German house/techno artist Mathias Schaffhäuser did something relatively uncommon in the electronic music world just the other day: He recorded a live album and offered it for free download online—no strings attached. Read more »
This summer in Petrcane, Croatia, a large number of dance music's most lauded and loved DJs and producers will come together for the sixth annual Garden Festival. The week-long party will take place between Wednesday, July 6, and the following Wednesday, July 13, and feature live performances from the likes of Commix, Art Department, Tensnake (pictured above), Soul Clap, Larry Heard, Greg Wilson, and Motor City Drum Ensemble, among many others. Read more »
Last year, UK producer Doc Daneeka launched his own label, Ten Thousand Yen, and began releasing a five-part series of limited-edition 10" singles from acts like Venom & Damage, C.R.S.T., and Julio Bashmore. Next week, the final chapter of that series will arrive, courtesy of Manchester-based beatmaker xxxy. Read more »
"I never 'discovered' grime," DJ Elijah, one half of the Rinse FM DJ team Elijah & Skilliam, assuredly states. "I'm from East London—I was born into it. Everyone used to listen to pirate radio at school and have tapes; it was more of a taboo if you weren't into it."
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Released on Monday, Hackman's (pictured above) new record for the PTN label is a 10" slab of vinyl featuring two solid cuts of funky and deep futuristic house music from the burgeoning producer. This remix by Bristol's Hodge could be described just the same; instead of transforming the bouncing groove that carries "Made Up My Mind," the remixer restructures its clattering percussion elements and 8-bit sound effects around the bulbous bassline—making for a roomier mix of the dancefloor burner. You can't get this version on Hackman's new record, but his original tunes certainly warrant a listen or two at the very least, which you can do here.
With the release of a brand-new single this February, veteran French house duo Cassius returns once again to the dance music fold after a four-year lull since its last single, "15 Again." The production pair will drop the I <3 U So single, a record which comes with remixes from Skream, L-Vis 1990, Bowski, and Gesaffelstein, on February 28 via French party-tune imprint Ed Banger. Read more »
Flying Lotus once described LA beatmaker and Brainfeeder artist Teebs' lush compositions as sounding "the way Avatar looks." Now, if comparing that hyperreal 3-D movie with those glistening MPC experiments is accurate, then that would make the work of veteran chopper Prefuse 73 (pictured above) practically a virtual reality experience. And that goes for this remix of "Always" by the José González-led Junip band, too. In between his work on mixing the upcoming Games LP, Guillermo Scott Herren crafted this vibrant collage of nearly palpable sounds that jump out at you and swirl around your headspace. The beat of "Always (Prefuse 73 Remix)" is broken, distant, and cavernous, which appropriately leaves the focus of the track on the churning milieu of crunchy sonic bits and thick atmospheres that comprise most of the virtual world Herren created here. (via Pitchfork)
Bristol's promising Punch Drunk label continues to sink its teeth deep into dubstep's pulsing, low-frequency core with more tasteful tunes coming down the pipeline, this time from newcomer Kahn. The UK producer will drop his first record for the imprint on February 28, which will feature the tracks "Like We Used To" and "Helter Skelter." Read more »
Scottish-born, Berlin-based producer Rudi Zygadlo had himself a stroke of generosity over the weekend, which resulted in his offering two eclectic and funky bass-centric tunes via Bandcamp. Don't Disturb the Beasts is two tracks of impeccably produced, forward-thinking dubstep from the tunesmith that he couldn't "justify" releasing physically because they are "essentially reworks," but for our money, "Kiss the Braille Mirror" and its lengthy counterpart "Filth, Hounds of Hades" are just as good as—if not much better than—many of the crates of CDs and records our office is inundated with on the daily. Zygadlo's "Mirror" tune is punchy, hyperactive, and catchy, like many of its club-ready dubstep contemporaries, but maintains a certain musicality and futuristic soul that isn't quite as common. You can check out more about Beasts on the artist's Tumblr.
Easily one of the first things to come to mind when settling into a smooth, ethereal ambient album (or track, for that matter) is space. Whether it be travelling through space or just floating in its vacuous environs, the feeling of what those experiences might be like can often seem tantamount to the music itself, and as made apparent by this space-friendly music video for LA sound sculptor a.d.l.r. (a.k.a. Nicholas Morera), we're certainly not the only ones with dreams of interstellar travel. Read more »
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