A man of many monikers, Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Luomo a.k.a. Vladislav Delay a.k.a. Sistol a.k.a. Yung Patti a.k.a. Sasu F. Baby) is following up his latest release under the name Sistol, On the Bright Side (out now), with a large number of remixes and reworks of the album's glitchy, techno-leaning tunes. Hotflush label head and DJ/producer Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba, pictured above) took Ripatti's production and reformatted it to fit the dubby, ethereal, post-genre soundscapes he is wont to create. And whaddaya know—it's great. Soulful vocal melody blips, tantalizing vinyl crackles, filtered synths, smashing kicks, popping snares, and a strong undercurrent of bass all power Scuba's remix as it slowly builds from its disparate elements into an energetic whole ready to take over your favorite soundsystem's subwoofers. Scuba shares disc space on Sistol's handful of remix collections with FaltyDL, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Redshape, among others, which are also out now on Halo Cyan/Phthalo.
When writing about music, we often use the word "bounce" or "bouncing" to help describe the plethora of dance beats that make their way through the XLR8R office's many sets of ears. But were you to look up those words in some sort of online dictionary where music provided definitions, this rework of Sticky and Natalie Storm's "Look Pon Me" tune by el padre del moombahton, Dave Nada, would be there, waiting for you to hit the play button. Nada's thick groove is infectious to start, but once those vocals drop into the mix, things are taken to a whole new level of bounce; drop this track in your next DJ set and there won't be a still body in the room. Taking a break from producing the upcoming Nadastrom album with frequent partner in crime, Matt Nordstrom, the duo has embraced slower tempos and put together a new collection of moombahton remixes, edits, and reworks, calling it the Rum & Coke EP. Those six tracks are available now for free download, here.
For the latest installment of its ongoing podcast series, Glaswegian label Numbers posted a live mix by UK DJ/producer Deadboy from a performance in Barcelona this past June. The excellent DJ set finds the mixmaster working his crowd with a tasteful bunch of garage, bass, and house tunes, though an actual list of the tracks isn't available. Read more »
In Norwegian, Bjørn Torske's name translates to "Bear Cod." The title for his forthcoming fourth album, the follow up to 2007's Feil Knapp, Kokning, refers to a particular process of preparing dinner in northern Norway: set the potatoes to boil, go catch a fish in the sea, bring it back to make the meal. Read more »
A decade has passed since !!!'s debut album took a snapshot of the sweat, noise, and antsy groove those guys hashed out in overcrowded parties and basements across the sleepy state capital of Sacramento. Fortunately, Strange Weather, Isn't It? proves they won't be doomed as quaint hipster schlock from the "dance punk" movement of yore.
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Diaz-Reixa, the soft-spoken fellow behind El Guincho, needed to start his interview about one and a half hours later than was originally planned. "I had the chance to ride a black horse!" he tells me over the phone, having driven to a small town outside of his current hometown, Barcelona, to ride the steed in question. "It was like a dream. I had to take that chance." Read more »
Did you hear the podcast Boston's Soul Clap did for Resident Advisor this week? If you haven't, you really should. We'll wait... Okay, now that you're up to speed, here's a fresh cut from the duo that serves up more of the same kind of bubbly, disco-flavored filter-house. "Fallin' From the Sky" comes from a free EP of exclusive productions by the likes of No Regular Play, NavBox, and Death on the Balcony, which was curated by DJ/producers Charles Levine and Eli Goldstein, called The Clap & Friends FreE.P.. The free download was put together in light of the duo's impending take over of Fabric's Room Three this Saturday, September 18. Of their complimentary offering, Soul Clap says, "It's basically a compilation of some of our [and our friend's] favorite edits we played all summer that we want to share with you." On this track, they reworked Camp Lo's classic hip-hop jam "Luchini (a.k.a. This Is It)" into a slow-burning, deep tune barely recognizable from its original form. The rest of the FreE.P. closely follows suit, and you can download them all here.
If one were to make a list of debut albums that have truly been a long time coming, they would have to include this one from "The Godfather of DFA," Shit Robot. Irish DJ/producer Marcus Lambkin has been in the NY label's stable of artists for four years, releasing only a handful of singles before finally putting the finishing touches on his full-length record, From the Cradle to the Rave. Read more »
Hot on the heels of dropping its debut LP, 7AM, which we've got streaming here, Oberlin's Teengirl Fantasy (pictured above) deliver this unique take on a tune by London/Berlin outfit The Chap. The duo's version of "Even Your Friend" is strikingly different from the fidgety pop of the genre-jumping original—it's all thick pads, synth filters, drum-machine percussion, floating melodies, and blurred-out vocal samples. There are a few blips of a recognizable baritone utterance from The Chap's song in the beginning, but that's the extent of an obvious connection, save for the title. But what else would you really expect from Teengirl Fantasy? Those fellas have been building their small-but-solid discography out of re-orienting pop tunes into their own hazy house format.
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