Pretty much everyone into contemporary indie music knows that The xx has some serious chops, and gradually, it's becoming ever-apparent that at least one of the band's three members has his own solo chops, too. Jamie xx has been showing us what he's made of with his upcoming single for Numbers and a couple of choice remixes, including this new jam for Nosaj Thing's forthcoming Drift Remixed record. This re-work of "Fog" is a spooky, shuffling, and off-kilter bass tune that alternates between a sluggishly staggering pace and subtly spirited mood. On his production, Jamie xx keeps true to the original's cavernous sounds and those arpeggiating melodies that are so reminiscent of the "Castle Theme" from Super Mario Bros. (via Pitchfork)
Leave it to New York sound artists The Books to make something out of anything. First, they made one of the most interesting and enjoyable albums to be heard this year out of self-help tapes, recordings of children's stories, and other pieces of "humanity's sonic hodgepodge" (as our 9/10 review of The Way Out puts it). And now, the duo of Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong made a wacky music video for their funky "I Didn't Know That" tune with manipulated VHS footage of golfers, car explosions, airbag testing, and plenty of other randomness. Read more »
Hamburg's disco- and house-indebted DJ/producer Tensnake (a.k.a. Marco Niemerski, featured in our pages here) is taking his wealth of club-friendly dance music—including the breakout "Coma Cat" single—across the pond for a 10-day tour of North America, starting on November 11. Read more »
Though the Downtown-affiliated imprint has been in business for nearly four years now, Fool's Gold, the label run by DJs A-Trak (pictured above) and Nick Catchdubs, is only now releasing its first compilation. Today, Fool's Gold Vol. 1 dropped both online and IRL, featuring a 14-song tracklist of completely brand-new music from the label's roster. Read more »
You see, guys, not everyone associated with the beat scene has to match a wobbly bass tone with a herky-jerky rhythm, throw in a couple of samples, and call it a tune. Like Leaving Records affiliate and hot weather lover Sumsun shows on his "Ants" track, it's okay to drop a simple beat (that's perfectly in time), wrap it in a single sun-bleached soundscape that's as beautifully orchestrated as it is lo-fi and indecipherable, and ride the waves for about four minutes. The producer, born Judson Rogers, reminds us a bit of what we've been hearing from Teebs lately, but with a more prominent dancefloor beat and a slightly stronger slant toward chillwave. We'll see how the rest of Sumsun's record compares when Leaving Records drops Samo Milagro on November 2.
Seven years after his LP, Make Your Peace, paved the way for what the whole world now calls dubstep, Maddslinky is back. In fact, he never actually went away, but the recent popularity of music inspired by his early work has brought the man also known as Zed Bias back to everyone's attention. Read more »
Kicking off later this week in Washington, D.C., Berlin-based DJ/producer Radio Slave will spend a handful of days in October and November touring the United States in support of his forthcoming album to be released as The Machine, Red Head. The tour lasts from October 28 until November 6, with six performances squeezed into that time. Read more »
Between his incessant Twitter feed, lengthy Ustream broadcasts, unloading of free tracks online, random guest appearances, and the like, 2010 has turned out to be quite an unconventionally big year for UK grime icon Wiley. We say "unconventionally big" because, despite not releasing a proper album and only one official single, Wiley seems to have popped up on everyone's radar multiple times throughout the year. Continuing in that fashion, Wiley delivers this fresh tune, which he recorded while spending some time in Jamaica (incidentally, what happened to the Ustreams from that trip?). Wiley is in top form as he spits his whirlwind verse over producer Prodigal's banging, brand-new Showa Eski Riddim—waxing somewhat nonsensical for a large part of his stream-of-consciousness flow, but we wouldn't take our Eskiboy any other way. Read more »
For our purposes, Spark is a young, up-and-coming UK pop artist, but for UK wunderkind producer and Hessle Audio co-owner Ramadanman's purposes, she is a voice worth slicing and dicing to pair with hypnotic drums and musical triangle melodies. Percussion is unquestionably Ramadanman's biggest strength, his Ramadanman EP an absolute tour de force in drum samples, and everything since has been no less mesmerizing. (via Sonic Router).
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