Polish duo Catz 'n Dogz is getting to release its second full-length album, Escape from the Zoo, next month, but in the meantime, the boys have passed along this non-album cut. "To Be Cool" is a sturdy techno/house hybrid with thick drums and a sexy vocal that's been thoroughly chopped, sliced, and filtered without sacrificing the song's sultry spirit. Apparently Escape from the Zoo features the guys stretching their creative legs and dipping into street bass, R&B, hip-hop, and disco; kudos for that, but honestly we don't know if anyone would complain too much if they just turned in 10 more "To Be Cool" soundalikes.
White Sea (a.k.a. Morgan Kibby of M83) has turned in an epic, blissful remix of LA's Seven Saturdays. While the original is sparse and ethereal, White Sea's remix is a driving, pulsating mass of melodies completely drenched in processing. Kibby's vocals take center stage, layering intricate loops of oohs and ahhs before giving way to the triumphant climax. It sounds like the kind of heavenly electro-dream pop you'd expect from a member of M83, and that's a good thing. Keep a look out for an EP from White Sea some time in the near future.
Yes, we know this is kind of stupid, but if any music scene deserves to have the piss taken out of it, it's the whole chillwave/witch-house continuum. Also, within 30 seconds we got the names Glowing Marrow, Spirit Fear, and Eternal Mindd. Give it a whirl right here. Have fun. (via Gorilla vs. Bear) Read more »
It's been five years since "fidget house" stalwart Jesse Rose began his Made To Play label with the idea of pushing dance music forward by drastically shortening the time between the creation of tracks and putting them in the hands of DJs. Now Made to Play is releasing a comp of entirely new originals, remixes, and collaborations Read more »
Here in the US, it seems like the coasts get all the attention when it comes to tropical bass, global bass, and all the other buzzwords being tossed around to describe the dance music that's borrowing from and inspired by the sounds of the Third World. But down in Austin, the Peligrosa crew is holding things down for Texas, both with its monthly parties and growing record label. The latest Peligrosa offering is the Siempre Fresco EP from San Antonio producer Sonora, who's offering all five songs for free download via Bandcamp. Siempre Fresco is powered by cumbia rhythms, slightly screwed reggaeton beats, and plenty of squealing synths that settle somewhere Argentinian cumbia villera and contemporary rave anthems. "Tierra Santa" might be the best of the bunch, thanks to its can't-miss vocal samples of Colombian legends Petrona Martinez and Toto La Momposina. Even better, the track's synth-heavy double-time breakdown sounds a lot like something Uproot Andy would do, which is just fine with us.
Since launching their club night Secousse in London back in 2008, the members of Radioclit have been championing dance music from all over Africa and bringing it with them around the world. Now Brussels' Crammed Discs will be releasing a collection of "Club Secousse Anthems" hand-picked by Radioclit. Read more »
Last week, Toronto house outfit Azari & III—perhaps you remember them from our recent feature—released this new single on Tiga's Turbo imprint. Where older Azari & III efforts like "Hungry for the Power" and "Reckless (With Your Love)" were big vocal tracks, "Indigo" relegates the (still-excellent) vocals to a support role, allowing the song's pulsing synths, piano melodies, classic Chicago style, and feelgood spirit to lead the way. Don't get us wrong—this one can still be an anthem, just not one of the sing-along variety. The Azari boys are currently at work on their debut full-length, which should see the light of day next year.
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Fabled Detroit record store Vibes New and Rare Music may be a thing of the past, but its owner Rick Wilhite remains an important figure in the city's music scene. This month saw the release of a Wilhite-curated compilation on the Rush Hour label, fittingly entitled Rick Wilhite presents: Vibes New and Rare Music. The comp features tunes from the likes of Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall, Urban Tribe, and Wilhite himself, operating under his alias The Godson. "Nova2" is one of his efforts, albeit one created in collaboration with DJ RayBone. It's a pretty standard Detroit cut, one with a taut beat and a simple, yet soulful, string melody and some scattered synth flourishes. In true Motor City style, Wilhite's production doesn't have a lot of flash, but frankly, it doesn't need any.
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