The Czech Republic's burgeoning Meanbucket imprint just let loose with its fourth release, four tracks of bubbling, forward-thinking club music by Berlin producer Naifian, called the Blue Snow EP (pictured above). Along with the German producer's own single, the record offers remixes by the likes of DJ Donna Summer, Quime, and featured here, Czech Republic's own DJ Tuco. Naifian's Meanbucket labelmate delivers a ghetto-house version of "Blue Snow" that twist, turns, slides, and grinds in all the right ways. While clicking, whirring, and shuffling sound effects start working out an angular dance rhythm, synths stabs color the soundscape with melody and the busy, acid-leaning bassline grooves with the next-level house beat in double time. It's certainly not a distant departure from the original tune, but Tuco's remix offers just enough recognizable tweaks to nearly outshine its sonic forefather.
The Emerald Forest: With his third LP, Lone takes a 180 and ventures into the deep end of electronic music's past.
Lone has been the nom de tune of Matthew Cutler for about three years now, when he set off on an ambitious path that would see him release an album a year of R&B-kissed beat music. His first pair of critically acclaimed records, Lemurian and Ecstasy & Friends, bore song titles like "Sungrazer Cascade" and "Lens Flare Lagoon," and featured blunted hip-hop beats, smooth basslines, and voices of stoned slacker chicks intertwined with Boards of Canada-esque analog haze. Read more »
Veteran crate digger, sample splicer, beatsmith, and all-around production guru Guillermo Scott Herren (a.k.a. Prefuse 73) has announced that he will release a new album under his longtime moniker, an 18-track record of collaborations with strictly female singers called The Only She Chapters. The LP will drop on April 26 via Warp, and will feature the vocal talents of the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast, Zola Jesus, Nico Turner of VOICEsVOICEs, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and more. Read more »
Next week brings the physical re-release of a beautiful and somewhat lost early electronic masterpiece, Harald Grosskopf's Synthesist. More than two decades after that music was first heard, the RVNG label has remastered and repackaged the album, whose title track we brought you last month. Now, we have a remix of that same song by Brooklyn knob twiddlers Blondes (pictured above), which is just one of 11 remixes included on the reissue's companion disc, Re-Synthesist, which comes with versions from the likes of Oneohtrix Point Never, CFCF, Arp, JD Twitch, and more. At first, Blondes' reinterpretation of "Synthesist" seems to froth and flow with the same smooth analog tones and restrained energy of the original, but as the pair's track progresses, the thumping four-on-the-floor beats, clattering percussion sounds, and translucent washes of sonic atmosphere grow in both intensity and density—only to recede once again before disappearing completely. (via Pitchfork)
One of last year's finest ambient/minimal techno albums, Black Noise by Pantha du Prince, is now being treated to a load of remixes and a subsequent release come April. XI Versions of Black Noise is precisely what it sounds like: 11 different takes on songs from the beautiful record by 11 different artists, including The Sight Below, Animal Collective, Moritz Von Oswald, Efdemin, Four Tet, Pantha du Prince himself, and more. Read more »
The low-end-obsessed party starters of Germany's Schlachthofbronx have a fresh EP coming down the pipeline next week via Diplo's Mad Decent label. Called Nasty Bass (where do they come up with this stuff?!), the four-song release will feature guest vocalists Spoek Mathambo, Timberlee, and Bigspace, and will drop the day after Valentine's Day (February 15). Read more »
Since we last heard from Brooklyn's psyched-out, post-punk-indebted Dinowalrus (pictured above), the outfit has gone through a bit of a reformation in both sound and style. Now boasting a stronger proclivity for acid-y synths and pop hooks, Dinowalrus has been finishing up its sophomore album, which is slated for release in mid-2011. The original version of "Gift Shop" will appear on that forthcoming record, but what we have here is a remix of that tune by Philly's own Pink Skull. The weirdo tunesmith keeps the psychedelic vibes alive on his version of the song, wrapping jangly guitar riffs, raspy vocal hooks, cyclical percussion, and all kinds of warped noise around a thumping dance beat. The end result sounds something like what we might expect from a jammy band like, say, Tussle or Geoff Barrow's Beak>—a group that juxtaposes hypnotic polyrhythms, spacey synth washes, and tweaked bass and guitar sounds, a group like Dinowalrus.
French proto-house figure Bernard Fevre, of Black Devil Disco Club fame, will release a new record titled Circus on April 12 via Lo Recordings. Fevre has rarely worked with vocalists in the past, choosing to keep his disco club solo. Read more »
Not long before the release of their collaborative contribution to the classy DJ-Kicks mix series, the two DJ/production duos Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap have announced a music video contest for fans to enter and potentially win big. Read more »
Moscow-based producer Pixelord recently put out his third EP, Fish Touch on Error Broadcast, a pop-infused record of 8-bit glitter that moves easily between hip-hop and dubstep influences. Pixelord also seems to be engaging ever more closely with the future bass sounds going on west of him; his Love Is EP for Seattle's Car Crash Set is an example of what Pixelord's blips sound like when paired with UK garage and chipmunk vocals. Departing again from the half-step sounds of other Pixelord releases, he put together his own VIP remix of Fish Touch's title track, transforming the original's squelchy ragga flavors into a rolling UK bass nodder that moves the track onto the dancefloor and into 130-bpm territory.
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