This double mix CD sorts out the differences—some glaring, others more subtle—of dubstep's multidirectional past, present and future. Disc One finds South London DJ Chef juggling what might be called the scene's "foundation" sound based around clear-cut D&B, jungle, and UK garage influences, leading to a 34-track hardcore maelstrom full of crunch-time wobblers by Benga, Cyrus, Distance, and D1. Read more »
We can't pinpoint exactly why it's happening, but London is on a serious roll right now. Just go ahead and add Om Unit (who used to operate under the name 2Tall) to the list of camera-shy UK artists making infectiously wonky beats. "Lightgrids" is the a-side to his new 45 on the Irish All-City imprint, which has previously released tunes from like-minded producers like Mike Slott and Hudson Mohawke, and sounds like the kind of sultry retro-futurism that the Nite Funk collaboration might cook up. Om Unit has previously worked with outer-space soul pioneers Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow, so maybe Dam-Funk and Nite Jewel should give him a call.
Everyone's favorite debonair, beat-making maestro, Daedelus, has ventured into new territory with the launch of his own label, Magical Properties. After releasing the debut album for LA-based duo Jogger, entitled This Great Pressure, the label is now hitting the road. Read more »
As a general rule, XLR8R reserves the Downloads section of the website for the newest, freshest tunes. But when a certified techno legend like Carl Craig offers up a selection from his back catalog for exclusive download, we're willing to bend the rules a little bit. Taken from his Just Another Day release, "Experimento" is a slow-burning exercise in dub techno that will rumble your speakers in all the right ways. Perhaps Mr. Craig is in such a giving mood because he's excited about his upcoming appearance at New York's Unsound Festival. We were already really hyped about the festival, but then we saw that on February 5th Craig will be doing two live performances accompanying screenings of Andy Warhol's Blow Job. He'll be joined by Berlin duo nsi, who will be soundtracking Warhol's Kiss. Both Craig and psi will be performing on modular synths and analog gear. All the details are here and tickets are on sale today for both the 7:30 and 9:30 shows.
The boys from Radioclit are unabashed lovers of African dance music—between their work with Esau Mwamwaya as The Very Best and their Secousse party in London, they're pretty much running the new-school African club game. Now they're adding to their resume by curating the Saga Africa compilation, which features their song "Tutule Dance" alongside tracks from French producers Douster, Lazy Flow, and Myd. The latter's "Train to Bamako" is a joyous romp, filled with singing African children, warm tones, and just enough bass bump to best Radioclit at their own game. The Saga Africa EP is available for sale at Beatport.
Taken from the latest album by Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Nickodemus, "The Love Feeling" gets treated to a classic techno burner of a remix by Germany's Christian Prommer. His work, along with treatments from the likes of J.Boogie, HIRD (who's worked with Fever Ray and Little Dragon), and EarthRise SoundSystem, will be featured on a reworked version of Nickodemus' album Sun People. Sun People Remixed hits retailers January 19.
While Copenhagen-based bandleader Jakob Skott has been quietly producing music as Syntaks for the better part of a decade, Ylajali represents an important new step for the project—not only is it the first Syntaks full-length on Ghostly, it's also the band's first album as a duo, as one-time guest vocalist Anna Cecilia has officially joined the group. Her addition is certainly welcome, adding some human warmth to the fuzzy drone of Skott's Boards-of-Canada-meets-Cocteau-Twins soundscapes. Read more »
This is just some straight club heat. ZZK compatriot and XLR8R Artist to Watch Douster has flipped ATL rap hero Gucci Mane's "No No No" and stuffed it full of party-starting crunk-rave synths and stomping hip-hop beats. Mad Decent dropped this today as a bonus track from the forthcoming Gucci Mane mixtape, which also features production work from the likes of Diplo, Zomby, Salem, Memory Tapes, and Flying Lotus. The FREE mixtape, entitled Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of The Cold War Mixtapes), drops next Monday. (via Mad Decent)
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