As part of this year's edition of Unsound Festival New York, Lenny and Lawrence Burden (a.k.a. Octave One) will join a handful of other talented DJs/producers—including Bulgarian tunesmith Kink and Finland's Tin Man—on Saturday, April 9, for an exciting night of electronic music performances at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. To properly prepare us for the occasion, the Detroit techno stalwarts have offered fans and potential festival-goers a free edit of funky dancefloor tune "The Greater Good." The Brothers Burden have simply trimmed down their original track from eight-plus minutes to a more managable four—effectively cutting down excessive measures from the production to create an even slicker, more immediate slice of pulsating dance music. We expect much of the same from Octave One's set come this April.
It may seem like XLR8R is in the midst of Numbers fever this week, with our TURRBOTAX® and Icee Hot events in NYC and SF this weekend set to cross paths with two of the imprint's flagship artists, Deadboy and Jackmaster, and now this news of a new EP from the label's multifaceted beatsmith Redinho to come next month. Read more »
When we reported on the forthcoming dates for the various Sónar festivals going on this year, it was immediately after disaster befell Japan, so we thought it likely that the festivities in Tokyo would be cancelled. It appears we were wrong. Read more »
Parisian DJ/producer Sebastian has been a part of Ed Banger's electro-house takeover since nearly the beginning (back in 2005), but only now is he prepping the release of his debut full-length record, called Total. Read more »
On March 29, New Orleans' reigning queen of the sissy bounce scene, Big Freedia, is unleashing a brand-new EP in conjunction with the tasteful folks at Scion A/V, simply called Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia (pictured above), and we've got one of its fiery jams for you right here. As fans will likely expect (and hope), "Excuse" boasts the same kind hyperactive, club-ready breaks and rapid-fire vocal delivery we've all come to know and love from Freedia and her loudmouthed, booty-shaking cohorts, and we wouldn't have it any other way. But what's especially notable here is that this five-song EP is the diva's first-ever national release, which is quite an exciting accomplishment for an artist with more than a decade of history. She also just unveiled a pretty rad music video for non-EP tune "Y'all Get Back Now." Check that out after the jump. Read more »
German tech house producer Holger Behn (a.k.a. H.O.S.H.) has a new single in the works, and this time it won't be released through his usual Diynamic home. Instead, the Mobilee sister imprint Leena Music will drop his "Tour De Fonque" 12" on March 28. Read more »
This playful piece of analog electronics and lighthearted dance music comes to us from French hardware fetishist Koyote, who recently dropped his first installment of an amibitious EP trilogy via Brooklyn's Mixpak Records. "Dragonfly Frenzy" won't be found on that three-song release, but nonetheless offers a raw glimpse into the warm and inviting world of vintage sounds that producer Alexandre Lotz has been hard at work honing for about five years. The tune starts out quite frantically, not really offering a solid groove or single melody to latch onto at first, but eventually coalesces its flitting elements into a big, Solvent-esque jam comprised of a booming TR-909 groove and a host of melodies delivered from Koyote's beloved Juno-106 and Virus KB synths. There's plenty more of these sounds on Lotz's Midsummer Tales EP, which you can listen to here.
Buenos Aires cumbia futurist Chancha Vía Circuito may have dropped his sophomore LP, Río Arriba, in South America last year, but on March 29, the Argentinian producer will share that record with the rest of the world via the excellent ZZK label. Quickly following his album's international release, the artist born Pedro Canale will hit the road, touring the US throughout April. Read more »
It seems like a name change wasn't the only transformation that Daniel Lopatin's and Joel Ford's Games project underwent after it dropped last year's That We Can Play EP. Now simply called Ford & Lopatin, the duo has adopted a more clean-cut and less sample-centric approach to its '80s radio-pop aesthetic, which is surprisingly joined by an Auto-Tune/vocoder croon on the first cut to leak from the pair's forthcoming Channel Pressure LP (pictured above). The slick robo hook isn't the only unexpected sound on "Emergency Room"; there are synthetic slap-and-pop basslines, kitschy electronic bleeps and bloops, super-compressed drum-machine beats, and it all sounds like it was ready made to deliver straight to the radio—instead of ripped straight from it. It will certainly be interesting to hear what else has changed for Ford & Lopatin when their debut record drops on June 7 via their own Software imprint. Before then, you can check out the album's tracklist after the jump. (via Gorilla vs. Bear) Read more »
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