The ranks of LA's beat scene have swelled exponentially in the past year, but even amongst the sea of FlyLo knockoffs, a small cadre of truly innovative producers continues to stand out. One of those producers is Matthewdavid, an accomplished beatmaker and sound collage artist who also happens to run the inventive Leaving Records label. Read more »
Out December 6 on Civil Music comes a new EP from street-bass godfather and US dubstep heavy-hitter Starkey. Continuing in the spirit of Starkey's sci-fi character Starkbot, Space Traitor Vol. 1 is an intergalactic intrusion of grimy synths and pneumatic, machine-like drums. The EP features five new tracks as well as remixes from Ital Tek, Egyptrixx, and +Verb. Read more »
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It's hard to believe that the careers of Aksel Schaufler and Sasu Ripatti—you might know them better as Superpitcher and Vladislav Delay—stretch back to the late 1990s. Read more »
Born and raised in New York, Harry Bornstein is producer Magick Mountain (pictured above), a lover of deep, dubby vibes and dense, repetitious soundscapes. Also a fan of the dark musical arts is the multi-national Holy Other, and the two outfits join forces here. Bornstein's remix of "Yr Love" (a tune taken from Holy Other's recently released 7" on Transparent/The Pop Manifesto) plays with a few sounds from the original and folds in his own additions over the course of an intense seven minutes. What was once a disturbingly lovelorn ballad from beyond becomes a driving dancefloor number that is equally ripe for headphone listening, as Magick Mountain keeps the original's haunting energy intact with floating vocal snippets, sparse synth rumbles, and a brooding atmosphere.
Easily one of XLR8R's favorite artists this year is Belfast's Jack Hamill (or the time-travelling Space Dimension Controller, if you ask him). Thanks to a relatively slept-on first album, a highly touted live set, and his stellar new Temporary Thrillz EP on R&S, the DJ/producer has been flying high on our radar, and we're certainly not alone in that respect. Yesterday, Resident Advisor delivered its latest podcast, an awesome hour-and-a-half mix of futuristic funk and house by Space Dimension Controller. Read more »
The first minute and a half of Memory Tapes' newest track "Pretend the Devil Isn't Real" could easily soundtrack the quietly ominous suburbia of a Todd Field film; unnerving xylophones are set against the innocence of flutes. The song then commits to the emotions that Dayve Hawke conjures best—nostalgia and optimism—shifting away from its deceptively threatening start. Hawke posted the song over the weekend on his own blog, and "Pretend the Devil Isn't Real" is actually the second of two recent tracks that he's offered up. Since he's apparently back in a creative mood these days, hopefully a follow-up to last year's Seek Magic will be on the way soon.
The burgeoning London-based Local Action label has a brand-new record that just dropped today, a 12" single of T.Williams' poignant "Heartbeat" tune with R&B chanteuse Terri Walker, and we've got a full stream of it here. Williams (who is also part of the Deep Teknologi production duo) serves up a serenely bubbling original track here, which is joined with a smooth and unexpectedly jazzy remix by DJ/producer Mosca and a radio edit to flesh out the physical release, with an instrumental version added to the digital download. Read more »
Newly minted San Francisco label Voltaire Records (run by producer Loose Shus and DJ Hotthobo of the Grow Up party) is prepping its first release from Sebastian Thomson (a.k.a. Publicist). Thomson also happens to be the drummer for synth-rock band Trans Am, but this is his first solo project. As Publicist, Thomson mixes live drums with retro-futuristic analog sounds that harken back to '70s-era Krautrock and Miami electro of the '80s, vocoders and all. Titled Keep It Off the Record, the release features five original productions and will be out November 16. Available for download is a song from the record called "Hand To Mouth," a funky space jam that is ready for take off alongside James Murphy, Kraftwerk, and Bootsy Collins. Publicist opens for Lindstrom at San Francisco's Mezzanine on November 12.
It's no secret: L-Vis 1990's and Bok Bok's Night Slugs label is at the forefront of club-friendly bass music. We've hungrily awaited each of the imprint's tastefully designed and excellently produced releases since its inception (we've even premiered some on our website), and now it is getting a bit more of the love and respect it well deserves over on Resident Advisor. Read more »
One half of UK experimental minimalists SND (pictured above), sound artist Mark Fell (on the right, above) has announced his forthcoming follow-up album to 2004's solo release Ten Types of Elsewhere, entitled Multistability. The 17-track full-length record will be released on December 7 through the austere Raster-Noton label, and covers some fairly heady ideas. Read more »
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