San Francisco's Mi Ami lost one of its three members to other pursuits not too long ago, leaving founding members Damon Palermo and Daniel Martin-McCormick to soldier on into the next phase of their dubby, punky, dancey, post-whatevery musical outfit. Well, that new phase has come a lot sooner than we expected with the announcement of Mi Ami's forthcoming 12" EP, Dolphins. Read more »
If you're at all like us (you are reading this, so you're probably at least somewhat like us), you're a bit tired of the bands/producers/etc. tweaking the names of famous people for use as musical monikers—Joy Orbison, Ill Gates, Dananananaykroyd, and Wevie Stonder immediately come to mind. Easily the most unlikable of the bunch is the awkwardly re-imagined name Com Truise, a bedroom producer hailing from Princeton, New Jersey born Seth Haley and who recently signed to the lovely Ghostly label. This little slice of homegrown synth-pop, called "Slow Peels," is featured on a remastered version of Haley's Cyanide Sisters EP (pictured above), originally released by AMDISCS and soon to be reissued by his new label on January 25. The song is fuzzy and not exactly of the highest fidelity to be sure, but the many different analog synth sounds and super-compressed drum beats wouldn't really sound right any other way. Obviously, Com Truise knows his way around a melodic soundscape and a pop-friendly groove, so despite the laughable name, we'll be keeping a keen eye on whatever emanates from his home studio next.
Can someone explain exactly what's going on? Prior to this week, XLR8R had settled into a comfortable little relationship with the electro noiseniks at Ed Banger—namely, the label was a convenient whipping boy for everything that had gone wrong with electro-house. It may not have been fair, but at least we didn't treat the French label as bad as, say, Steve Aoki. Regardless, now our whole world has been turned upside down, courtesy of Ed Banger's DJ Mehdi. Yesterday we found his ace remix of Eli Escobar's "Love Thing 2," and now he's got his hands in another quality tune, this remix of last year's "Do! Do Do!" by Carte Blanche (pictured above), his collaborative project with Riton. To be fair, the original "Do! Do! Do!," which first appeared on the Black Billionaires EP, is a paint-by-numbers electro-ish number with some largely forgettable rap-singing by Kid Sister. So all the credit on this one goes to remixer Strip Steve, who injects some jacking house flavor, picks up the tempo, and chops Kid Sister's vocals into sexy oblivion. This version doesn't appear on the new Black Billionaires: The Remixes EP, which came out yesterday, but that release does include re-workings from Green Velvet and Laidback Luke. Let's hope their remix work is similarly impressive.
The A Place to Bury Strangers remix of "Red Lights" is a lot more sinister than Holy Fuck's original, and now the Brooklyn band has crafted a video to match. Girls in black face paint engaged in mortal combat with umbrellas in the middle of the desert? Yes please. Read more »
Who in the hell is Jon Giovanni? Besides being the latest signing to Sinden's Grizzly imprint, he's also a veteran, Grammy-award-winning artist—at least that's what we're being told; the guy is operating under an alias. Read more »
Who: Laurel Halo
Where: Brooklyn, NY
While the washy synthscapes and peppy drum-machine beats of her debut EP, King Felix, underscore Laurel Halo's place in the current class of Brooklyn bedroom producers turning out leftfield electronic pop, her music is also marked by a sheen and wondrous nature that recalls vintage 4AD. Read more »
Here, Portland tunesmith Tyler Tadlock (a.k.a. Spirituals) has delivered a preciously glitched-out remix of "Southern Suite C" by Moodgadget-signed producer Beautiful Bells (pictured above). What was originally an overwhelming bit of sub-heavy rhythms and churning audio shards has become something more serene and melodious, though equally full of sonic fragments. Spirituals creates a lush soundscape of skipping samples, bubbling atmosphere, and thick low-end tones for a minute and a half before introducing the skittering beat that carries the remainder of his version of "Southern Suite C," and travels even further down the path of playful, glitchy electronica à la Nobukazu Takemura or Oval (maybe even Four Tet) for its remaining six minutes.
French producer and Ed Banger acolyte DJ Medhi delivers this tastefully club-ready remix of "Love Thing Pt. 2" by NYC artist Eli Escobar. Boasting a vocal hook that reminds us of Kylie Minogue's infectious "Can't Get You Out of My Head," this track kicks off immediately with its sights set on the climax of playlists for your next hands-in-the-air dance party. And yet DJ Medhi's version has a mature and reserved vibe to its revelry—even when the tune is rocking three synth melodies, a string section, a funky bassline, a straight house beat with plenty of percussion, a slick vocal hook, and all kinds of aural filler, it all twists and shouts just beneath the red so we can fully enjoy every sound working together to make us groove. And if "Love Thing Pt. 2 (DJ Medhi Club Mix)" strikes your fancy, make sure to check out the rest of Love Thing Remix EP over here.
The fine folks over at Intruders.tv, the website responsible for bringing us some engaging interviews with the likes of Roska & Untold and Mount Kimbie, just recently sat down with Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Sepalcure) while they were in the midst of touring the UK just before the release of Fleur, their second EP for the Hotflush label.Read more »
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