From his string of self-released instrumental beat tapes, New York hip-hop producer El-P let loose this jam as a heads up for the forthcoming release of his third contribution to the series, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3, set to appear on August 3 via Gold Dust. "East River Float" comes from Volume Two, and actually features a quick vocal guest spot from P's hypeman, The Mighty Quin, before getting straight down to business with funky basslines, piano and horn samples, along with an old-school, nod-worthy beat. Snag more tunes from El-P's Weareall series here and here.
Until recently, the name MJ Cole was more or less synonymous with late-'90s/early-'00s UK garage and 2-step, as the man born Matthew Coleman was one of the scene's progenitors and biggest names. Yet as the bubbling beats and shuffling rhythms fell by the wayside and were eventually swallowed by dubstep's wobbling swagger, it seemed as though MJ Cole might end up simply another footnote in the annals of electronic music history. Read more »
Seeing as how Vancouver's latest source of reverb-saturated dance tunes, Teen Daze, isn't keen on sharing much info outside of his moniker and geographic location, it's probably pointless to even rhetorically ask what exactly the song title "Shine On, You Crazy White Cap" means. But from what we can gather of the vocals that bubble up high enough over the track's thick blanket of synth melodies to become somewhat decipherable, the song has something to do with driving to the coastline, maybe the sunrise, and something about shining. Thankfully, the lyrics aren't so much integral to enjoying the music, which is overwhelming in its expansive sound and entrancing in its simple rhythms. Teen Daze's debut full-length, Four More Years, will be released July 23.
Long-time Detroit hip-hop producer Apollo Brown (pictured above) shared the latest single from his recently released sophomore album, The Reset. The record features loads of collaborations with a lengthy list of talented MCs, and here we have "Hungry" with wordsmiths Black Milk and Little Brother's Rapper Big Pooh taking the mic. Through Brown's bright and soulful beat work, the dual vocal attack assails the topic of—what else?—being awesome. Between each verse littered with organ stabs and snare cracks, Black Milk repeats ad infinitum, "I can't sleep, I'm on the grind, I'm hungry"—reminding us exactly what it takes to break through the ever-growing rap scene: ambition and persistence.
The most recent champion for the genre commonly called post-dubstep, James Blake, shared a new and somewhat unlikely tune with the internet, called "Measurements." We use the world unlikely because the track not only strays from the producer's typical format of sub-bass melodies matching with shuffled rhythms and warped vocal sampling, but also primarily features Blake's own lyrical performance front and center. Read more »
It seems like we've been inundated with material from the forthcoming second HEALTH remix album, DISCO2, and we can't say we're upset about it. There was the announcement of the whole thing, the digitally distorted take on "Eat Flesh" from Crystal Castles, the one original track on the release, "USA Boys," and now this bit from Black Moth Super Rainbow front-guy Tobacco (pictured above). The remix is precisely what you'd expect from the pairing: stripped-down hip-hop beats, spacey analog synth melodies, and HEALTH's ethereal vocal track lilting above everything. The sounds feel so naturally paired, maybe the two acts should consider forming a supergroup.
Erasure frontman Andy Bell dropped a new solo album yesterday on Mute, entitled Non-Stop. It certainly prompted a "That guy is putting out an album?" moment in the XLR8R office, but then we spotted that Bell had the good sense to tap UK producer and 2-step enthusiast Deadboy (pictured above) for a remix of the first single, "Call on Me." Read more »
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