Primate, the debut album to come from Berlin-based sound artist Tommy Four Seven (out at the end of this month via CLR), takes an interesting and relatively fresh approach to the well-traversed genre of techno. The up-and-coming producer forwent the usual course of re-working drum samples and handmade synth tones to flesh out his compositions, and instead created his own library of sounds, which was built from field recordings made throughout his daily life and intricately crafted vocal melodies. Here, we have the vaguely dystopic video for one such piece, called "G." Read more »
Forthcoming on Eliot Lipp's Old Tacoma label is a fresh EP of old-school-indebted jams from Brooklyn's Mike Bubbles. His record, Bubble Works, features six tracks of boogie- and G-funk-flavored dancefloor music, and "Inspek Ya Dekz" is easily one of the strongest of the batch. For this tune, Bubbles takes no time diving right into a slick, massive groove, and employs a veritable cornucopia of organic percussive sounds and smooth synth lines to keep your body swaying in between the boom and smack of the solid beat. The whole thing radiates late '80s/early '90s authenticity—making it more than apparent that the producer knows the work of his sonic forefathers inside and out. You can hear more of Bubbles' music when Bubble Works drops next week, and check out a video for his "Groovin 4 Tha Sistaz" number below. Read more »
Apparently, a couple years ago, DJ Aphrodite nabbed a few samples from "At Your Best (You Are Love)" by R&B starlet Aaliyah, and tossed them into the mix of a new jungle tune he was producing. That track became "Let Me Know (Aphrodite Jungle Remix)," a song which was just recently re-worked ever so slightly by Brooklyn leftfield crooner Laurel Halo. It seems like the burgeoning artist just layered on some floating synth pads and other swirling soundscapes to the low-end-heavy rave jam for her edit. It may not be the biggest of changes ever made to a track, but it nonetheless adds a deeper vibe to an already standout piece of dancefloor heat. (via Altered Zones)
The latest sub-busting number to drop from Philly bass cadet Dev79's hard drive and into our anxious ears is a cut the producer describes as "future garage meets street bass," called "In Grain We Trust." And while that may be an apt comparison, we'd like to note how much the Pennsylvania native's new track reminds us of early '00s Tigerbeat6 fare. The tweaked reggae samples, the 8-bit sound bytes, the obtuse bass tones, playful synth melodies, and the incessantly ear-slamming beats all bring us back to the kinds of warped, dancehall-inspired rave jams that label boss Miguel De Pedro (a.k.a. Kid606) had a lengthy affair with back then. Dev79 does the sound justice and then some on this hyped-up title track from his new release. You can check out the rest of the In Grain We Trust EP (pictured above) over on Juno, here.
Completely out of nowhere, this wonderfully massive gem of information just dropped into our laps: Three masterminds of visceral, ethereal electronic music, Burial, Four Tet, and Thom Yorke, have collaborated on a two-song 12" that will soon be released via Four Tet's Text label. Read more »
On April 14, French-born, London-based Pierre LX (pictured above) will release a collection of largely improvised, on-the-fly house and UK bass productions titled Out 1. All of the tracks were made using hardware, a notable detail for an album made in free-form spurts. On this Enola remix of album cut "Winter Light," it sounds as if Enola kept with the analog aesthetic, using crackling metallic synths undeniably born out of a hot piece of machinery to drizzle them over the middle of the track. The only thing keeping this song from going to a factory warehouse in Berlin is a warm bed of high thread-count house drums and a friendly giant of a bassline. The album tracklist and cover art are below. Read more »
Back in February, XLR8R announced that revered beat magician Prefuse 73 will release a new record on April 26 via Warp. Song snippets from the record have been available since then, but now Warp has released a free download of album track "The Only Hand to Hold," featuring My Brightest Diamond frontwoman Shara Worden. Read more »
Although Salva is an artist who only began showing up on most people's radar during the past few months, we here at XLR8R have actually been monitoring his progression for quite some time, as the producer spent the last several years honing his chops in our San Francisco backyard. Read more »
Can four DJs coexist on one mix? DJ-Kicks thinks Brooklyn's Wolf + Lamb and Boston's Soul Clap can. These like-minded duos upturn the sad times promised by their ironically bummed-out cover photos by mixing a big-hearted, slow-tempo house cocktail stirred with vintage techno to transport even the coldest hearts to warmer climes and good times.
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On March 21, rising Berlin producer Mike Dehnert will release his first full-length via forward-thinking techno label Delsin. Framework will feature 11 songs (see below for full tracklist and sleeve), including this infectious heater. There is no shortage of analog grit on this one, as the bass pops as hard as the claps and an ominous, infrequent robot growl is raw like exposed wires. All of this may satisfy one's reasonable techno expectations, but a subtle, watery melody makes this track truly dynamic, stealthily putting itself in the foreground as it oscillates in the background. Read more »
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