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Frankfurt clubbing institution Robert Johnson keeps it close to home on the fourth installment of their ongoing mix series. Having manned the decks for nearly a decade at the club's Liquid night, Thomas Hamman and Gerd Janson are no newcomers to the world of house, and on Live at Robert Johnson Vol. 4, the duo weaves a striking, confident testament to the genre. Mirroring the exemplary track record of Janson's Running Back label, the selections here are impeccable. Read more »
DJ /Rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz label, blog and parties are indisputably ground zero for New York's exploding global bass scene. Here, we speak with Shadetek and longtime collaborator Jahdan Blakkamoore about the rising tide of dancehall, daggering, Latin, and tropical and what it takes to push music into the future.
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It's a tall order to remix this classic ghetto-house track from Chicago's DJ Deeon, but if anyone is up to the task, it is Brenmar (pictured above) from Brooklyn outfit These Are Powers. He speeds the piece up a bit, adds some frenetic secondary percussion, and takes the original's vocal to the cutting-room floor, delaying it along the way. And with the remix making appearances in banging sets by XLR8R favorites Bok Bok and Ikonika, among others, there are plenty of reasons to blast this remix loud.
At the end of March, veteran trip-hop producer Bonobo will be releasing Black Sands, his fourth album. In the meantime, he's let the world munch on "Eyesdown," a sultry offering highlighted by a soulful vocal turn from Andreya Triana. Even more to our liking is this remix from London-based duo Warrior One, who crank up the tempo, swap out the original's trip-hop haze for a lively UK funky shuffle, and chop Triana's vocals to hypnotic perfection. Also featuring remixes from Floating Points and Appleblim, the "Eyesdown" single is sure to be a hot commodity for all those insistent on slurping up the new sounds of London. (Consider us guilty as charged.)
The third full-length from Hendrick Weber maintains the high quality of previous efforts while pushing certain elements of his shoegaze-y, minimal-inspired techno sound further. Noah Lennox (a.k.a. Panda Bear) contributes some lovely multi-tracked vocals to "Stick to My Side," giving even more emotional resonance to Weber's always-emotional sonic palette. And in a nod to classical minimalists like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, the prepared bells and other organic percussive elements heard on the album repeat in hypnotic swirls, yet change slightly every so often. Read more »
Since 2007, Montreal's Guillaume Coutu Dumont has risen through the ranks of house to become one of the most acclaimed producers working today. With an aesthetic that combines electronic dance music with jazzy, live instrumentation, the man's latest record takes this sonic palette to new heights. Breaking the Fourth Wall not only features the requisite synths and drum machines, but live saxophones, Rhodes and Hammond organs, and soulful vocals. Read more »
Poirier's latest release is a collaboration with Spanish-speaking MC and fellow Montreal resident Boogat, and the EP is packed full of throbbing remixes from the likes of Uproot Andy, El Remolón, and Douster. Here, the reggaeton-inspired track gets the treatment from Argentina's Lagartijeando, who keeps the original's dancehall stems but pumps up the bass and adds some seriously jamming secondary synth harmonies. Take these tweaks and pair them with an explosive loop-based peak and you have dancefloor gold. Poirier's Las Americas V.1 EP drops tomorrow.
Boston's Many Mansions exist somewhere between the tropicalia of Tanlines and the spaced-out synth trips of Experimental Audio Research. On "Frontier Gnosis," the group utilizes a swirling synth drones, high-frequency tinklings, and a propulsive beat to create the feeling of being completely unmoored—and loving every minute of it. With incomprehensible but nicely delayed vocal lines coming in and out of the mix, the piece could fit nicely next to Animal Collective, or even something a bit more subdued. Taken from the group's upcoming split 12" with Truman Peyote, which is available for pre-orders here.
Yeasayer's 2007 debut, All Hour Cymbals, was the closest thing indie rock had come to world music since the Talking Heads released Fear of Music 20 years ago—a jittery blend of religious folk, West African polyrhythms, and synthesized experimentation. With Odd Blood, the Brooklyn trio has left behind its most obvious ethnic influences—and its environmental anxiety—for a tighter, more polished sound. Gone, too, is much of their debut's organic instrumentation. Read more »
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