Since the announcement of the sophomore LP to come June 7 from the three NYC genre defiers in Battles (via Warp), the anxiousness for hearing what the insanely innovative outfit has created is palpable, but now, we're offered just a bit of relief. Battles is hitting the road in the months before Gloss Drop, uh, drops, playing almost exclusively in "small venues." Read more »
Don't bother checking your calendars; though it may seem like it based upon today's download section, March 2 is not How to Dress Well Day. But maybe it should be. It could be safely said that just about everything artist Thomas Krell attaches his solo moniker to is of the highest caliber of soul-driven, visceral sound quality. Between his R. Kelly cover, his "seance" with Matthew Dear, and this edit of his lovely "Ready For the World" cut by UK bass producer xxxy (pictured above), HTDW gets full stars across the board. Though the editing producer is fully responsible for transforming the lo-fi R&B gem into a deep, club-appropriate tune, it sounds almost like xxxy is simply beefing up the number with stronger kicks and thicker bass tones—filling up the gaps that Krell intentionally left empty. xxxy is basically extracting the soundsystem banger that lays repressed in "Ready For the World"'s murky essence. And seeing as how this edit is taken from a forthcoming remix EP courtesy of Tri Angle, let's hope there's more of this where it came from.
This may seem odd to many people, but seeing as how we here at XLR8R HQ deal with the constant inundation of MP3 streams and downloads, most of which can squeeze easily between three and five minutes, it's quite out of the ordinary for us to offer our readers the first sounds to be heard from Gang Gang Dance's forthcoming fifth studio LP, Eye Contact (out May 10 via 4AD, pictured above), in the form of its 11-plus-minute opening track, "Glass Jar," which you can now stream, below. Read more »
Getting music for free from the internet is no new concept (even doing it legally, too), but it's still fairly rare that you're offered a full-length record for absolutely no monetary cost. And yet here we are: South Carolina's burgeoning beatmaker Hard Mix just released his debut album, Defaults (pictured above), via Dovecote Records, and you can have it all for free right now. Read more »
Hardly two months after dropping his debut EP, promising Canadian house producer Jacques Greene will let go of another small collection of his music, once again via LuckyMe. The forthcoming 12" will feature one new track, "Another Girl," in addition to remixes of two tunes from his debut EP, The Look. Read more »
Sinden's Grizzly label certainly has picked up steam in recent months, as the young imprint is getting ready to drop its third release of 2011. The latest offering comes from UK youngster Melé (a.k.a. Krissy Peers), an 18-year-old producer who has already made waves with previous releases on the Mixpak and Sound of Sumo labels. His new EP, Mugged, finds the young man melding together grime, house, UK funky, garage, dubstep, and more into a high-energy, rave-minded concoction. Read more »
The Parisian duo of Pentile and edit maven Pilooski admirably pump fresh blood into mutant disco on their debut album as Discodeine. "We dance to organized noise," sings Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, keenly, on Discodeine's lead single, "Synchronize." Backing Cocker’s claim is a nimble, Moroder-disco melodrama of pulsating synth riffs and orchestral flourishes. Read more »
In the midst of working on his "seance" (read: cover/remix/etc.) for Matthew Dear's forthcoming Slowdance EP (pictured above), Brooklyn's soulful lo-fi specialist How to Dress Well must have taken a break from his old-school R&B obsessing and nursed a little itch to hear some poignant '80s pop—namely, Berlin's "Take My Breath Away." Singer/producer Tom Krell didn't exactly steal from the classic song, but you can hear some distinct similarities in both vocal performances. As it happens, Krell's song may even reach loftier heights of heart-wrenching emotions; from a distant and hidden place he mumbles unintelligible stanzas with his patently injured falsetto while strangely crisp synths swell and sink around shuffles of distorted noise. You can hear more versions of "Slowdance" from the likes of Todd Edwards, Nicolas Jaar, and Bear in Heaven, among others, when Matthew Dear's EP drops on April 5.
Austin's Insect Records is getting ready to release a massive compilation of forward-looking funk and soul tracks made by over 20 producers from around the globe, and this sample-heavy jam is its flagship offering. "Didn't Wanna DJ" is LA beatmaker P.U.D.G.E.'s contibution to Starship 27 Vol. 2: Lift Off, which is squeezed in between tunes from the likes of Dibia$e, House Shoes, Devonwho, Dâm-Funk, B. Bravo, and Ras G, among many others. The boom-slapping tune steadily rides a few psychedelic samples—lifted from an obscure Indian record no doubt—for the entirety of its nearly three-minute runtime, with just enough space left in the mix for aggro bass tones, warbling space noise, and the occasional drop of silence. You can check out the artwork and full tracklist for Starship 27 Vol. 2 below, before it drops on March 29. Read more »
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