It pains me to say this, but I've never been to a proper 'electronic music' festival. Be it geographical location or lack of appropriate funds, getting to those kinds of massive happenings somehow always skirted my grasp. So, when travelling up to Seattle, WA, for the city's annual Decibel Festival, I was brimming with an eagerness and excitement usually reserved for pre-teens on Christmas morning. And here I am on my third day of the experience, still riding that high of anticipation and the overload of a whole lot of great music. Read more »
Colorado beat scientist Alex B is in the midst of a massive US tour that kicked off shortly after he completed his recent XLR8R podcast, but this new bootleg remix just surfaced last week. The 1320 imprint has released a free label sampler, and this re-work of Missy Elliot is one of the standout selections. It's nothing too fancy, as Alex B lays Missy's inimitable flow over some propulsive hip-hop drums and, as expected, plenty of bass. Things do get a bit wobbly toward the end of the track, but the song got our heads nodding, so we'll give it a pass.
Not to pat ourselves on the back too hard, but gathering the likes of Untold, Cooly G, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Jamie xx, for last night's XLR8R-sponsored Icee Hot event (and official after-party for The xx's Oakland show), was no small feat. Read more »
Yet another example of the Northwest's emerging electro scene, Portland's Copy and Starfucker have connected for a remix of the former's track, "I Can Smell It." Starfucker's remix, "Can You Smell It," is a mid-tempo instrumental banger, complete with some 808-ish drums, fast arps, an abundance of sweet synth lines, and some sort of chopped-up clav breakdown (say what?!). The song builds up and breaks down a few times during its three and a half minutes, and when it fully kicks in you'd be hard pressed not to shake your head or stomp your foot. Copy's new LP, Hard Dream is out now on Audio Dregs. (Via Impose)
Polish duo Catz 'n Dogz is getting to release its second full-length album, Escape from the Zoo, next month, but in the meantime, the boys have passed along this non-album cut. "To Be Cool" is a sturdy techno/house hybrid with thick drums and a sexy vocal that's been thoroughly chopped, sliced, and filtered without sacrificing the song's sultry spirit. Apparently Escape from the Zoo features the guys stretching their creative legs and dipping into street bass, R&B, hip-hop, and disco; kudos for that, but honestly we don't know if anyone would complain too much if they just turned in 10 more "To Be Cool" soundalikes.
White Sea (a.k.a. Morgan Kibby of M83) has turned in an epic, blissful remix of LA's Seven Saturdays. While the original is sparse and ethereal, White Sea's remix is a driving, pulsating mass of melodies completely drenched in processing. Kibby's vocals take center stage, layering intricate loops of oohs and ahhs before giving way to the triumphant climax. It sounds like the kind of heavenly electro-dream pop you'd expect from a member of M83, and that's a good thing. Keep a look out for an EP from White Sea some time in the near future.
Yes, we know this is kind of stupid, but if any music scene deserves to have the piss taken out of it, it's the whole chillwave/witch-house continuum. Also, within 30 seconds we got the names Glowing Marrow, Spirit Fear, and Eternal Mindd. Give it a whirl right here. Have fun. (via Gorilla vs. Bear) Read more »
It's been five years since "fidget house" stalwart Jesse Rose began his Made To Play label with the idea of pushing dance music forward by drastically shortening the time between the creation of tracks and putting them in the hands of DJs. Now Made to Play is releasing a comp of entirely new originals, remixes, and collaborations Read more »
Here in the US, it seems like the coasts get all the attention when it comes to tropical bass, global bass, and all the other buzzwords being tossed around to describe the dance music that's borrowing from and inspired by the sounds of the Third World. But down in Austin, the Peligrosa crew is holding things down for Texas, both with its monthly parties and growing record label. The latest Peligrosa offering is the Siempre Fresco EP from San Antonio producer Sonora, who's offering all five songs for free download via Bandcamp. Siempre Fresco is powered by cumbia rhythms, slightly screwed reggaeton beats, and plenty of squealing synths that settle somewhere Argentinian cumbia villera and contemporary rave anthems. "Tierra Santa" might be the best of the bunch, thanks to its can't-miss vocal samples of Colombian legends Petrona Martinez and Toto La Momposina. Even better, the track's synth-heavy double-time breakdown sounds a lot like something Uproot Andy would do, which is just fine with us.
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