The lazy electronic pop of "Blue Steel" first caught our attention last year, especially when we spotted the song's oddly compelling video, which is basically a series of slow-motion shots of a station wagon running into inanimate objects. Since then, we've profiled the car-obsessed French duo, and on October 25, the pair will be releasing its debut album, Babylon by Car. However, before the full-length is officially unveiled, Benjamin Boguet (a.k.a. Cosmo Vitelli) and Julien Briffaz have commissioned the Blue Steel Remixes EP, which comes out next week. The record includes re-works by Azari and III, Para One and Tacteel, I Cube, Hannulelauri, and this take from NY duo Still Going. The DFA affiliates have taken the original, bumped up the tempo, excised a few snippets of its dreamy vocals, and turned in a banging Italo cut full of bright melodies and vintage synths. It may not be suitable as the soundtrack for a slow-motion car crash, but it will definitely work on the dance floor.
Tristan Perich's 2005 release, 1-Bit Music, presented an idea so straightforward, it was a little revolutionary: By inserting a single microchip, along with a headphone jack and some simple controls, into a CD jewel case, he replaced recorded music with a device that literally recreated the music each time it was turned on. Read more »
Lover of both culturally rich sounds and modern electronics, New Jersey-based Chico Mann will release his eclectic Analog Drift album on October 26 via Wax Poetics. The record is said to incorporate elements of Afrobeat, the sounds of Cuba, the Latin flavors of 1980's Miami and New York, and the pulse of electro, much like this track from Drift, "Ya Yo Sé." Producer Marcos García's song kicks off immediately with a high energy beat, bright neon synth melodies, funky guitar plucks, and a slightly distorted bassline. It immediately grooves, and Mann's lively croon floats over the top of the music—sounding not unlike the buoyant voice of fellow pop archeologist El Guincho. We can't quite understand all of the lyrics, but to us, it sounds like Mann spends the whole song trying to incite all those listening to groove along with him.
Here's a pretty massive collaboration on the horizon: Carl Craig's Planet E label is gearing up to re-release one of his tunes produced as Paperclip People, "Throw", sometime in October, and the a-side of that record will feature a cover of the song by James Murphy (pictured above) and his merry band of music makers, better known as LCD Soundsystem. Read more »
If it wasn't readily apparent from our review of last year's Continent by CFCF, we were definitely into that record. Canadian producer Michael Silver showed us a great combination of vintage pop, Balearic and Italo disco, modern house, and soulful R&B, among other styles, and as this cut from his new EP, The River (inspired by Werner Herzog's massive cinematic masterpiece Fitzcarraldo), shows, he's ready to expand on it all. "Before and After Light" is epic in the truest sense; it swells gradually with the continuing addition of new sounds over the course of five minutes, it sounds compellingly large in sonic scope, and it's simply a beautifully crafted song. However, there is no climax to this particular CFCF saga. Instead, he uses "Light" as the grand introduction to his new body of work, but we'll have to wait until October 12 to hear the tales those other five songs have to tell. If you need more of a CFCF fix in the meantime, check out a new mixtape that Silver put together exclusively for the RVNG website here.
We've been anticipating the release of the first Games EP for a little bit now, and while we still have to wait until November 2 for the whole thing to drop, we've got a special preview from the record here. Read more »
Following that awesome double a-side 12" Soul Jazz released for Four Tet and Mala a while back, and after the release of the label's heavy-hitting Future Bass compilation, leftfield dance tune don Untold will drop his own single. The record comes out on October 11 with his contribution to the Bass compilation, "Fly Girls," on one side, and a brand-new tune called "Come Follow Me" on the other. Read more »
Well, this is a bit different from what we've come to expect from the recently Bubblin'-featured artist Canblaster, but we're into it all the same. French producer Cedric Steffens leans a bit heavy on the original kuduro sound for his remix of "Spark" by J-Wow (of Buraka Som Sistema fame, pictured above), but still manages to squeeze a heavy helping of club-ready house into the mix. But while the beats may change between four-on-the-floor steadiness and a skittering electro-tinged bounce, the thickly layered synths and assorted sound effects remain constant—keeping the listener (read: dancefloor patron) focused among the hectic back and forth. (via Discobelle)
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