Variety can either be an enhancement or disaster on full-length album projects. In Nick Chacona’s case, cohesion steers his debut album, Love In The Middle, toward brilliance. Born wanderer, former XLR8R scribe, and prolific producer, Chacona artfully unites house, reggae, disco, and cosmic dance modes. Right off the bat, opener “Especial” brings percussive disco beats, reverby keys, and steady, dub-inspired bass pathways together at a sunny intersection. Read more »
Joshua Harvey produces under a couple of monikers, namely The Count and Hervé, all of which propagate buzzing party beats meant for late-night dance-a-thons. From his Hervé project comes Harvey's latest single, Zombies, and this hyperactive club tune, "Hot! Drum Attack." The beat-heavy rave-up scales the heights of intensity many times over within its six minutes, as Harvey uses every punchy drum sound, tweaked vocal sample, and filtered synth at his disposal to get the job done right.
VBS produced this great 16-minute piece on London's still-burgeoning pirate-radio scene. Read more »
Honey Soundsystem, San Francisco's paragon of gay disco and house parties, has released its first compilation. Brotherhood is a 13-track, unmixed CD of the best in underground queer dance music from around the world, featuring everyone from London's Filthy Luka to Oakland's very own Party Effects crew. Only 500 copies are available for purchase here so cum and get it while it's hot! Complete tracklisting after the jump. Read more »
Flight Facilities are quickly emerging as the best new thing in retro-house sounds, and this version of "Crave You" will only cement their reputation. With a monstrous proto-house bassline charging behind a sentimental piano chords, the path is cleared for Giselle's sultry vocals to enter and make the track into certifiable dancefloor fire. Sometimes recalling Debbie Harry if she was involved with golden-era Frankie Knuckles, "Crave You" is the sort of piece that will be heard everywhere in the coming months, from house nights to the gayest of afternoon brunch parties.
In all fairness, it was only a matter of time until wobble bass crept into the farthest corners of the globe. For all the recent chatter about UK funky, post-dubstep, post-garage, or whatever you want to call it, the anthemic, screeching midrange bass sounds currently ruling the dubstep scene can still sound quite potent, especially to those who haven't been subjected to night after night of moshstep and endless rewinds. So it comes as little suprise that Argentina's Super Guachin has married wobble bass with the squealing synths of his homeland's native cumbia villera. Taken from his Bass from la Villa EP, which is available for free download and also features a remix of Schlachthofbronx, "Pega la Gilada" is the bouncy product of some well-executed cross-genre and cross-cultural alchemy. The chiptune-loving producer even mixes in some Game Boy blips and bleeps. If any more music-blog memes were involved, the internet just might shut down.
These New Puritans were tossed into the "art rock" genre following their 2008 debut, but that might have been a pre-emptive classification. Hidden, the quartet's second LP, is packed with references both obscure and banal, skittering between sparse post-punk and anthemic industrial sounds. Frontman/co-producer Jack Barnett geeked out on the Foley during the recording process, eventually including taiko drums, a wind ensemble, and the sound of biscuit-covered melons being smashed as musical elements. Read more »
If Toro Y Moi had the chops of Matmos and the beat savoir-faire of FlyLo, it might sound something like "Maximalist." Though he hails from the Valley, the LA-area solo producer known as Baths has a forthcoming full-length on Anticon, and the woozy Dilla-like beats and gauzy samples of this piece show that he certainly deserves our attention. Though it is tempting to place Baths within the same realm as glo-fi or chillwave or whatever funny name it has this week, there is certainly more funk and texture to "Maximalist" than the more hazy, sunny works of his peers.
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