New York's Hooray For Earth gets this remix of its song "Comfortable, Comparable" courtesy of the tropical rave trio from across The Bridge, Lemonade (pictured above). Probably because that three piece isn't much into guitar anthems or jams of that same ilk, this version of "Comfortable, Comparable" dismisses just about every sound from the original tune, except for its reverberated vocal work, which Lemonade then soaks in even more cavernous effects. They also adorn their song's whispy sounds with a bouncing future-house beat, all sorts of percussive elements, and a glistening coat of synth melodies that never stop reaching for the stars. If nothing else, we're just pleased to hear some fresh, club-ready productions from the Lemonade team to help tide us over until they finish work on their second full-length.
London low-end specialist Spatial will soon be releasing a new 10" on the UK's Infrasonics label, which hits retailers on October 4. This cut doesn't appear on the vinyl version, but it is a fine example of the dubby, techy, bassy, post-whatevery excursions put forth by the producer. "100505" sports some quasi-melodic metallic sound effects that remind us a bit of the glitchy minimalism on SND's Atavism record from last year, as does the impersonal song title, but with a more gluttonous appetite for gut-rattling frequencies and more fluid dance moves. If that's your bag, make sure to also catch this live mix Spatial just offered ahead of his appearance at next month's Unsound Festival.
Just in case you were wondering, this new jam from German DJ/producer/label head Mathias Modica (a.k.a. Munk) isn't an Italian cover of Madonna's decade-starting return to the spotlight, "Music," though it certainly shares the same energetic dancefloor-ready vibes. We're not sure why songs simply about music are so often such upbeat dance tunes, but regardless, we're sold on Munk's addition to that list. "La Musica" starts with a dark piano and bass melody backed by a solid four-on-the-floor beat and a bit of vocal help before things elevate a bit in mood with the introduction of a luminous wash of rave synths. Eventually, all of the sounds coalesce into a busy club tune that we prefer over the aforementioned diva's single. You can hear what other music Munk has to offer when he drops his five-song Mondo Vagabondo EP on October 18 through his own Gomma label.
This Friday, September 24, London UK funky DJ/producer Hardhouse Banton will be running the soundsystem and dancefloor in Fabric's Room Three, alongside fellow party-starters Gemmy, R1 Ryders, Rossi B, and Luca. To get all would-be club-goers excited for his performance, Banton put together a special Fabriclive promo mix for us to listen to and download at our leisure. Read more »
About a week ago, we shared news of The Bug gearing up to release a new double 12", entitled Infected. That release will feature reworks of two London Zoo tracks with new vocal work from King Midas Sound's Hitomi and Roots Manuva, as well as a couple remixes from IDM icons Autechre (pictured above) and UK funky patron Scratcha DVA. Now, before The Bug's new EP drops on November 15, you can download Autechre's hotly tipped remix of "Skeng feat. Flowdan" over on FACT. Read more »
It must be a blast being Dominique Young Unique. As this video for her Domination mixtape cut "The World is Mine" shows, life for the underage Tampa-based MC is filled with just about everything a girl could want: flashy manicures, a quiet man, a couple of friends to dance around with, and loads of attention. Read more »
Since quietly dropping a couple of EPs on Hotflush Recordings last year, UK duo Mount Kimbie has shot into the stratosphere, as its recently released debut album, Crooks and Lovers, has taken the whole post-dubstep-future-bass-whatever-it's-called continuum to a whole new audience. Read more »
Pacific Northwest bass producer Simon Ho (a.k.a. Cedaa) is another young music maker taking a page or two out of the footwork/juke playbook for his own tunes, although Ho likes to call his sound Bellingham bounce. So leave it to newly minted XLR8R scribe Dave Quam—who wrote this fine article on the Chicago-based genres for our latest print issue—to sign three of Ho's tracks for the first release of his new imprint, the cleverly titled Free Bass. The opener of Cedaa's Old Growth EP is "Escalade," probably the closest relative to footwork featured on the release. All the key attributes are present: incessant vocal samples, woofer-cooking bass, breakneck 808 beats, and halftime claps. Yet Ho still manages to make those trademark sounds his own with the injection of more melody into his low-end, a serious helping of warm synth pads, and a particular sheen uncommon in your average Chicago-born footwork production. You can download the whole Old Growth EP for free via Quam's It's After the End of the World blog, here.
On D.O.B., his third full-length release, Jamaican dancehall sensation Busy Signal shows no signs of slowing the momentum that has made the Saint Ann's native and Alliance member one of the genre's leading proponents. Busy's known for his seemingly endless energy, and the mix of his tireless lyrical exhortations with frenetic, hot-stock riddims makes for a kinetic listening experience. Read more »
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