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Brooklyn live-electronics outfit Blondes is set to make good on the large amount of hype and attention it has received lately with the release of the duo's debut EP, Touched, available June 28 via Merok. The original version of "Spanish Fly" will be part of the record's five tracks, but this remix from These Are Powers member and hotly tipped producer Brenmar (above) is an entity all unto itself. He warped Blondes' distinct proto-acid-house style into more of a rubbery future-house/UK funky tune tailor-made for the world's more bass-minded dance floors. (via Discobelle)
An exclusive track from Jimmy Edgar, "JNS-2000" leans more on the 27-year-old producer's instrumental techno side. Sure, the globe-trotting music maker throws in some chopped-up, tweaked vocal sounds, but they are only present to serve as more of a loose melodic element to weave between his track's slow-grooving bassline and repetitious, hard-knocking dance beat. The tune is a great predecessor to Edgar's upcoming "Hush" 12" for GLASSTABLE, and his new full-length album, XXX, coming June 21 via !K7.
On this upbeat remix, Brooklyn's tropically minded dance-pop duo Tanlines (above) have rearranged the pieces of Memory Tapes' Seek Magic single "Bicycle." A bouncing 8-bit dance beat kicks off the track before loads of percussive sounds and the original vocal melody are introduced. A booming percussion noise slams from one ear to the other throughout the song's four minutes, initially sounding a bit out of place and overbearing but ultimately fits better in the mix once Tanlines' rework turns into a joyously straightforward club tune. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Berkeley-based hip-hop phenoms Lil Uno, Lil B, and Young L (a.k.a. The Pack) have dropped their affiliations with Jive to release a follow-up to 2007's Based Boys album on SMC in August. SMC CEO Will Bronson said of his recent deal with The Pack, "I tried signing The Pack when 'Vans' broke but how could I compete with Too $hort? Read more »
Long-time dubstep icon Skream is set to follow up the release of his self-titled debut with his next album of bass music gems, Outside the Box. The forthcoming 14-track album comes four years after the DJ/prdoucer's last full-length dropped, and will be released by the same label, Tempa. Read more »
This bit of future-boogie brilliance from SF-based producer B. Bravo is catching a re-release on a forthcoming compilation from BBC Radio 1 personality Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label (who also had Bravo interviewed recently on his website). Brownswood Electric is a beat-centric affair focusing on up-and-coming producers from across the US and UK's satellite electronic music scenes, which also includes tracks from the likes of DevonWho, Shlohmo, Mount Kimbie, and Mosca. B. Bravo's contribution, the title song from his previously released second EP for Frite Nite, Computa Love, opens the 15-track release with a thick, confident bass groove, slow-knocking beat, and loads of shimmering synth tones floating all around the smooth rhythm.
News of more chilly dance grooves hitting our ears via Hyperdub just surfaced. UK DJ/producer duo Ill Blu has prepped two new jams for the bass-dealing label, entitled "Bellion" and "Dragon Pop." Each track flexes a particularly minimal style of future-house/UK funky that leans a bit more towards the darker, less-soulful end of the dance music spectrum, and focuses almost completely on rhythm, save for a basic bass synth or steel-drum melody. Read more »
Next week, L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok's Night Slugs label continues its reign atop Next-Level Awesomeness Mountain with the release of Lil Silva's Night Skanker EP. The six-track EP finds the young UK producer combining energetic, grime-influenced funky percussion with punchy synth melodies, and the results are spectacular. In advance of the EP's release, the Night Slugs crew has passed along the first two songs for us to preview on the XLR8R website. Read more »
We didn't think it was possible for anyone to love former cover stars and bliss-loving Spanish ravers Delorean any more than we do, but after watching this video, we stand corrected. These dudes are loving Delorean and loving life, and we can only stand back and gawk in amazement. Read more »
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