Many moons ago—if you'll remember with us—we premiered a brand-new song from the burgeoning post-rock artisans in Chicago's A Lull, entitled "Weapons For War." Since that song went live on our website back in October 2009, the boys of that band gave it a bit of a facelift in preparation for its official release as the lead track on A Lull's debut LP for the Mush label, Confetti—not to mention the Weapons For War EP (pictured above), which drops on March 1. Also on that EP are a handful of remixes, including this one from fellow Chicagoans Houses. The electro-pop-inclined pair reformat the original song's baroque layers of percussion and busied melodic elements into a simple and bubbling tune that floats somewhere in between The Postal Service's more sullen moments and that one song from the '90s about a phonebooth by Primitive Radio Gods. But instead of sampling B.B. King's bluesy vocal hooks, Houses nabs a lyric from singer Nigel Dennis—repeating "We'll all lay down when it's time to/Not one minute early/Not one minute early" before trailing off into the remix's gradual comedown. A Lull's Confetti is out on April 12.
To be released through Tectonic, a forthcoming 12" single from label boss Pinch (pictured above) will feature two collaborative tracks the DJ/producer crafted with the help of fellow UK tunesmiths, including Swamp 81 honcho Loefah and Rinse FM's Roska. Read more »
The fine folks over at Kompakt just unleashed this gem on their Soundcloud the other day, a patently bass-laden and hyped-up remix of Rainbow Arabia's "Without You" by fellow LA-based duo Nguzunguzu. The two groups' musical ideas work almost perfectly here, as both the remixing couple and the couple behind the original track have insatiable hungers for tropical instrumentation, tribal percussion, and dubby soundscapes, and yet Nguzunguzu do much more than just up the tempo. What was once some kind of warped, islander dance-pop tune ready for radio rotation is now a club-friendly piece of cyclical space-juke ready for your next footwork battle on the moon. And don't forget that Rainbow Arabia's debut LP, Boys and Diamonds, will drop on February 29 via Kompakt.
UK producer Jon Hopkins has been hard at work as of late, and it looks like he won't be letting up any time soon. After dropping a remix 12" with tracks from fellow English artists Four Tet and Nathan Fake and prepping a new collaborative album with King Creosote, the musicmaker just finished up his own remix of a new track by director-turned-producer David Lynch, and he's got a tour coming up, too. Read more »
Back in November XLR8R posted "Fail Forever," a single from Danish group When Saints Go Machine, a track that channeled Arthur Russell in lead singer Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild's voice as much as the music channeled disco and baroque pop. Now with the release of their debut album of the same name, !K7 is offering up a remix of the track from nascent techno producers dOP. In this version, the French trio accentuates the most obvious elements of the original—further distorting and pitching Vonsild's voice, updating the disco to techno, and allowing the original's string sections to bask in their own soothing glory for the final two minutes.
Montreal's multilingual vocalist and producer Boogat just released a new mixtape where he raps in Spanish over tracks ranging from his own productions to that of Dutch producer Munchi, Buenos Aires' El Hijo de la Cumbia, and New York's Chromeo. Read more »
Book of Matthew: LA-based cassingle digger Matthewdavid mixes Low End Theory and TapeOp aesthetics to turn the beat around.
To his peers in the LA beat scene, Matthew "Matthewdavid" McQueen is an innovator— a man whose crackling, dreamlike compositions, full of tape hiss and half-heard ambient tones, inspired some of the most mind-blowing moments on Flying Lotus' game-changing Los Angeles. Read more »
It was just last week that the Southern California purgatory that is Orange County unloaded a disarmingly mature 17-year-old producer by the name of Zeadron Del Gomez. Helped in part by online magazine Rebel, yet another young OC gun has emerged, this time by the name of Ages (a.k.a. Michael Lundy). At 20 years of age, Lundy is making the kind of beat music LA is known for, except his soundscapes seem to infuse darker techno, ambient, and house details that make for a particularly rich listening experience. Lundy has released an eight-song EP, Failures, that is available at any desired price over on his Bandcamp. Check the title track before you wander over to preview the rest of the album; the song's lusty guitar licks, percussive shivers, and swooning female vocals are as seductive as anything else on the record.
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