In honor of XLR8R's and Dirtybird's Holiday Party, San Francisco culture portal SF Station asked for a mix from XLR8R's NYC-based Creative Director and TURRBOTAX® resident DJ Rem Koolhaus. Read more »
Over the last eight months, Germany's Tiefschwarz brothers, who have long been combining house, electro, and techno into their own uniquely potent brew, have released two out of a scheduled three remix EPs titled Melted Chocolates on their own Souvenir imprint. The third installment, which comes out later this month, will finish the duo's "chocolate" year—which also included the Chocolate and More Chocolate albums—by enlisting artists like Bruno Pronsato, Reboot, and Marcus Meinhardt for remixes. To celebrate the final chapter of Melted Chocolate, Souvenir is giving away a free remix from part two by Soul Clap, whom you may remember as the guys who put together the Beantown edition of our City Guide podcast series. For their remix of Tiefschwarz's "Home," the Soul Clap boys play fast and loose with the song's 4/4 beat, turning in a remix that stumbles as much as it chugs, adding even more disorientation to a track whose vocals are already about losing one's way home.
The duo of Al Bleek and Kid Drama, better known as Instra:mental, will be unleashing its debut album on its own Nonplus+ imprint, which has also been home to releases from Actress, dBridge, and ASC since its founding in 2009. The album is hardly Instra:mental's first release. The Londoners originally formed as a drum & bass duo back in 2000, then went on a six-year hiatus before returning to the collaboration. Read more »
Earlier this year, German's self-proclaimed "poem-producer," AGF, and accomplished film composer Craig Armstrong (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!) collaborated in scoring a theatrical interpretation of Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel Orlando: A Biography. The performance featured the score written by the two, as well as live electronics and poetry from AGF. Now AGF Producktion will be releasing a CD version of the score comprised of classical cello, field recordings, and AGF's trademark tiny, intimate voice, all digitally processed as they weave through the narrative of the play. Read more »
In Stones Throw's bio of 30-year James Brown drummer Tony Cook, it is said that Cook's 1984 single "On the Floor" was originally a rap record. Cook says, "...we didn't know what to call it, but it definitely wasn't a rap record. When we released it in 1984 the phrase ‘garage’ came out, then ‘house’ came out, and someone called it ‘The Granddaddy of all House Records,’ so we knew we had something different and new.” Read more »
DFA seems to have a lot going on while it finishes out the year. Yesterday, the massive NYC music hub sent over the brand-new video for The Crystal Ark's "The City Never Sleeps" single, and today we got word of a few goings on with James Murphy and his constituents. Read more »
Lefse's Way Slow series may only be on its second release, but it's already proving to be something worth paying attention to. Last month, we shared the a-side of St. Louis-based Phaseone's contribution, and now we've got our hands on the flip. "Right & Wrong" is an instrumental cover of sorts, almost like an oddball re-interpretation of Keith Sweat's "Right and a Wrong Way." Phaseone proves he has a knack for making slow and melodious head bangers, referencing some riffs and the chord progression of Sweat's 1987 original and reworking them into a modern slow jam that sounds like you're floating on a G-funk cloud (is that just an all white '66 Impala?). If the two free downloads aren't enough for you, make sure to check out the exclusive mix Phaseone gave us earlier this month, featuring more of his originals and a few choice gems for your downloading pleasure. The limited cassette/CD edition of Phasone's Way Slow will be available December 14. (via FADER)
NYC-based annual art/music/culture digest K48 is gearing up for its latest issue, a massive book filled with articles, images, and sounds called ABRAK48DABRA. Its many pages will feature a variety of underground artists, an interview with Salem, and a mix CD of music from Blondes, Brenmar, Nguzunguzu, Light Asylum, Salem, Teengirl Fantasy, and many others. But there's a problem: Publisher Scott Hug needs your help to actually produce his book. Read more »
We've posted a couple of items about UK beat maker Huess over the last few months, including his excellent "Broke" track and a pretty on-point podcast he made for his label, Inaudible Answer, back in October. Now, the producer has another EP that just dropped via the up-and-coming label, the six-track What It Cost EP. Read more »
Manchester/Leeds-based beat craftsman Darren Williams (a.k.a. Star Slinger) has been blowing up some of our favorite blogs as of late, and we're starting to understand why. Along with making a ton of tunes and handing them out like so much Halloween candy, the producer's work is all over the musical map—making remix stops in Deerhunter, Small Black, and Cocteau Twins territory when he's not crafting his own glistening, sample-based hip-hop locales. Our first offering on behalf of the up-and-coming artist is the R&B-heavy "Baby Mama," an ecstatic head-nodder that brings to mind the wonky, neon sounds of Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, and the like, although this tune is perfectly quantized. Comparisons aside, Star Slinger shines not only as an expert sample user, but also as a musician who knows how to use a catchy, memorable melody to keep the listener coming back to his songs again and again.
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