Yesterday, Sinden finally released his UK-curated response to Diplo's Free Gucci mixtape, which came out just over a year ago. Seeing as how this is the Burrrtish Edition, Sinden culled remixes from a wide swath of artists, including Rustie, These New Puritans, and Scratcha DVA. The whole kit and kaboodle is available for free download here, but we thought we would take the opportunity to a highlight a particular favorite. This, from Night Slugs' Mosca, sees the style-hopping producer turning in an effortless ode to grime, even enlisting MC Trigga Nom for a few bars alongside Gucci. Mosca's basslines swing subtly underneath gunshot handclaps and an eerie, high-frequency whistle that punctuates a track mostly dominated by low-end.
Opposite ends of the Brooklyn beatmaking spectrum come together on this FaltyDL remix of the more hip-hop inclined Kotchy, whose latest album, Two, came out today. Although FaltyDL is more known for his melancholy-soaked takes on garage and house, this remix finds him picking up the tempo significantly in an apparent nod to juke and ghetto house. It's certainly a different sound from Drew Lustman, but it really works, as he expertly inserts bits and pieces of Kotchy's raps over a flurry of 808 kicks and claps. Is this just a one-off experiment? We'll have to wait and see what his upcoming album, You Stand Uncertain, has in store when it drops in March. In the meantime, New Yorkers can ponder that question at Kotchy's album release party, which is happening this Thursday, February 3 at Piano's. (via Self-Titled)
To inaugurate the new year and a new release schedule, Blunted Robots label partners Brackles and Shortstuff (get to know them in last summer's interview) have launched a new website complete with their signature robot cartoons from in-house cartoonist Spam Chop. Read more »
Last year, Michigan beatmaker Shigeto won us over with the leftfield, hip-hop influenced sounds of his debut album, Full Circle. Apparently the young producer wants us to keep swooning, because now he's prepped a collection of re-works, simply entitled Full Circle Remixes. The 10-track offering does include one new song, along with remixes from the likes of Mike Slott, Mux Mool, Samiyam, Om Unit, and others. Those can be purchased at the Ghostly Store, but in the meantime they've sent over this effort from LA producer Take. Given the frequent comparisons of Shigeto's music to that of his Southern California counterparts, it's a natural pairing, and the song offers nearly four minutes of woozy melodies, bedroom boom-bap, and celestial vocal snippets. The Full Circle Remixes artwork is above, while the full tracklist and some upcoming Shigeto tour dates can be found after the jump. Read more »
London producer Oriol sports quite the musical pedigree—the man studied saxophone for four years at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. But even with all that academic training, he couldn't be stopped from jumping on the computer and trying his hand at beatmaking, an effort that eventually resulted in last year's stellar debut on Planet Mu, Night and Day. In a way, his music successfully updates '70s soul and '80s electro-funk, and that trend continues on his installment of the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Com Truise: still a horrible name, but, thankfully, a quality producer. Here, the recently signed Ghostly artist shares a free download of a bonus track from his re-released Cyanide Sisters EP. "Innerfacer" is a bit more intense and more heavily indebted to sci-fi soundtracks than, say, the light-hearted synth-pop of his "Slow Peels" tune. A restless synth melody is surrounded by booming, motorik drum-machine beats and woozily floating space noise on the slow-grooving number; the song only strays from this basic recipe during a brief reprieve. Tunesmith Seth Haley is seemingly confident with the immediate catchiness of his bassline, the song's sole hook, as every other sound he introduces feels like window dressing for its low-frequency core. We hope to hear more of these bedroom-born sounds when Com Truise drops his Ghostly debut—a love story between androids in the vein of Philip K. Dick, called Galactic Melt—in May.
Like his slow-brewing music, James Blake's new video for "The Wilhelm Scream," a choice track from his forthcoming self-titled debut LP, is an exercise in soul and subtlety. Watch as the image of Blake's head and upper torso is washed with color and blurry lens effects, only revealing a clear picture of the artist in portions as the song builds in restrained intensity. Read more »
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