Ku Bo's Latin-flavored "Su Manita" gets punched up a few notches by Daniel Haaksman, who not only speeds the track's BPM to 145, but also adds enough intense electro melodies, elided vocal snips, and percussive flourishes to make any club go absolutely insane. Taken from the Ku Bo Remixes EP, which comes out today.
When Uproot Andy rolls out the names of rhythms, he savors them deliberately, like a hoodoo priest chews on a root: kuduro, bullerengue, cumbia. And like a root doctor, it’s from the mixing of these ethnically diverse musical styles that Andy Gillis draws power. Read more »
Only a total genius nutcase like Dan Deacon could remix a remix and get away with it. Baltimore's most infamous party-starter makes GZA's take on Salvador Santana into a synth-drenched, vocoder-laced piece of hypnotism that almost begs the listener to smoke some heady weed and put it on repeat. With high-frequency whirs and GZA's voice panning throughout the track, it is difficult to even conjure the idea of the original, which was elegantly produced by The Hood Internet.
It’s tough to top this album’s closing horrorshow. For the 10 minutes of “Woods Flesh Bone,” the Australian ambient duo known as Solo Andata recorded a stroll through a forest where ominous guitar drones and queasy, gurgling liquid noises cut through the wilderness. The rest of the album is bathed in otherwise placid dronescapes crafted from acoustic and homemade instruments. Read more »
The Google-proof London School of Economics has created one of the weirder dubstep tracks in recent memory, liberally sampling The Rolling Stones' "Cocksucker Blues" as well as Primal Scream, ending with a dark, atmospheric piece that will certainly be echoing at late-night parties throughout the winter months. Read more »
From one of XLR8R's favorite new albums, DJ /rupture & Matt Shadetek's Solar Life Raft, comes this remix of Telepathe's "In Your Line." This version trades in the original's drumline percussion for slow-moving beats and atmosphere, making for one of Life Raft's more serene moments. Here, we're given an exclusive opportunity to check out the reworked song unmixed from the album's other bass-heavy components. You can hear more stand-alone tracks from Rupture & Shadetek on the digital-only compilation Solar Life Raft: The Ingredients when it's made available this February.
Here, Brooklyn's Runaway tries their hand at "Life is Boring," the posthumous single from indie-dance outfit Cazals. The now-defunct UK band's song is re-envisioned by the NY duo as a tropical-influenced disco number fitting for beach parties and intergalactic journeys alike. More remixes from Jali, Viking, and Josh Pillbox can be found on the Life is Boring single when it sees release December 8. Order it now from
From The Stimulus Package, Freeway's forthcoming follow up to his '07 sophomore release, Free At Last, comes "Know What I Mean," the Philadelphia MC's tribute to hood euphemisms. Assembled by Seattle's Jake One, the veteran producer behind the boards on the entire album, the track's beat centers around a constant organ melody, plucked guitar riff, and soulful vocal sample. It may not be the freshest idea, but the music works perfectly, as it allows Freeway's non-stop verbiage to take center stage amongst the song's varied instrumental elements.
Largely conceived in the London bedroom studio of frontman Alex Shields, Mountain Debris is an impressive collection of distortion-bathed pop tunes that manages to stand out, even in an increasingly crowded lo-fi field. Combining a rough-around-the-edges pop pedigree with the warm fuzz of C86, the bleak soundscapes of vintage shoegaze, and just a hint of sweet psychedelic swirl, A Grave With No Name crafts impressively affecting songs that rarely crack the two-minute mark. Read more »