Yes, Universal Studios Florida is a pretty awesome band name, but names alone won't get you very far. We need the music to make us move, and the two Seattle residents in U.S.F. make the kind of blissful, summery synth-pop that we've been moving to for some time now. Like a slow-grooving Delorean tune, "Branss" offers a thick wash of hazy atmosphere and lilting melodic elements alongside the slow bounce of its island-inspired rhythm. It's the aural equivalent of a bright afternoon spent alone on a white-sand beach, throwing a colorful beach ball into the surf and watching it bob up and down in the warm water as you swim towards it lazily—completely content in the day's relaxing simplicity. And if you yearn for more musical goodness from the production duo, check out a preview of U.S.F's forthcoming new album, The Spray, over on Bandcamp. (via 20 Jazz Funk Greats)
After years of producing, Wolf + Lamb compatriot Nicolas Jaar still doesn't have a proper debut album, but we're okay with that, seeing as how he wisely spends his time making tasteful, intricate edits like this one for Nina Simone's version of "Feelin' Good." Jaar's production, entitled "Nico's Feelin' Good," is a dark, brooding number that exists equally on planes of swirling textural ambience and softly undulating deep-house grooves—the varied sounds not once interfering with the indelibly haunted vocal performance by Simone. The New York producer may not yet be known for his work with edits, but after hearing this track, not to mention the rest of the free six-song EP it comes from, we'll happily trade the release of his debut for another handful of these re-works. You can download the 6 Edits EP via Resident Advisor, here.
If you're only familiar with Christopher Willits as the man behind our XLR8R TV series What You Talkin' Bout Willits?, you should also know he puts those same Ableton, Max/MSP, and other live-electronics skills to excellent use as a solo producer signed to the illustrious Ghostly International label. Read more »
Recently, BBC News reported that veteran drum & bass icon Goldie will be featured in a new television series setting its sights on finding youngsters with "raw musical talent." The program, called Goldie's Band - By Royal Appointment, will follow Goldie as he looks for the musicians, helps them receive mentoring from established artists, and, finally, gets them a live show at Buckingham Palace in front of Prince Harry. Read more »
Following a series of well-received singles and one-off compilation tracks, London-based production team Darkstar is set to release its first full-length album on October 19 via Hyperdub. The forthcoming record is called North, and finds the duo expanding its ranks to include vocalist James Buttery. "Gold," which is actually a cover of a more obscure Human League song, is set to be the first single from Darkstar's new, 10-track album, and will also be the album's first music video. Read more »
Mahjongg's lead vocalist, Hunter Husar, was once quoted as saying, "When you're in your early 20s, you want to take on the world and take over a city." The Chicago band appears to have been successful in achieving their objective, which they continue to cement on their third LP, The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger. Honing their own particular brand of hybridized post-punk dance music and dub-electronic to a near-OCD level, Mahjongg's tone on their latest disc is intricately planned, genre-splicing, and dance hall-ready.
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The first release from Cheese on Bread's fresh new record label is a two-track single by UK grime production duo Jargon V.A. The burgeoning outfit enlisted Roll Deep MC Killa P to contribute his fervent flow to their bassline-flavored track, and the results are pure soundsystem fire. Through the wobbly low-end of "Crime Scene"'s energetic bass, head-smashing dance beats cut the wall of sound with Killa P's omnipresent vocal work riding atop it with a speed and tenacity that quickly justifies his connections to icons like Wiley and Dizzee Rascal. You can also check out the video for "Crime Scene" here, and keep your eyes peeled for more magic from Jargon V.A with a forthcoming Tinie Tempah collaboration and a full-length album, entitled It's All On Top.
You've been warned: This isn't your average music video. The man responsible for what easily stands as one of our favorite albums from last year, Dutch-born producer Martyn, recently worked with director Ramón Gieling on this heartbreakingly gorgeous short film, which presents a Fellini-esque interpretation of the 2003 death of Martyn's father, pro footballer Gerrie Deijkers. Read more »
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