We usually don't get much in the realm of "downer" music here at XLR8R, so hopefully you'll appreciate the brief change of pace. This somber tune was produced by RJD2 for Ohio-born MC Copywrite, who penned the lyrics for "Forever and a Day." Copywrite wrote the song in remembrance of those who have passed on—specifically, his friend and musical partner Camu Tao and his father Peter James Nelson. It's a sentiment which meshes ideally with RJ's slow-grooving, tastefully mellow instrumental, and even the softly sung chorus from D.C. indie band Middle Distance Runner. "Forever and a Day" will be released on Copywrite's forthcoming full-length, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson, in October.
This new jam off of ZZK acolyte El Remolón's forthcoming EP, Pangeatico, kicks off sounding something like a Latin-flavored LCD Soundsystem; the thick bassline bounces slowly, funky synth stabs hop around the percussion elements, and a simple hi-hat-heavy beat carries the whole tune. But after the minute-long intro, guest vocalist Boogat's fiery Spanish vocal comes in, and it's made abundantly clear this is a tune straight from the Southern Hemisphere. Hopefully you can catch El Remolón playing this track on tour in North America—along with Tremor, Chancha via Circuito, and El G—after his Pangeatico is released July 20.
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Here's a new track from Brooklyn's Keepaway, which is apparently coming out on a 7" sharing its title with this song. "100" starts out with some looped percussion rolls before being overtaken by bright synth melodies, simple bass work, sparse drumming, subtle guitar upstrokes, and heavily reverberated falsetto vocals, all of which make up most of the short song. The mix is extremely dense, especially for a three-piece band, but every sound works together well enough to simultaneously convey a sense of longing and jubilance—not unlike playing a game of keepaway itself.
Eclectic UK global-beat/electronic label Honest Jon's has culled some of its favorite tunes from esoteric South African producers for a forthcoming compilation highlighting the region's vibrant dance music scene. Entitled Shangaan Electro, the 12-track release focuses on a style called shangaan, which is a super-fast (around 180 BPM) sound that utilizes plenty of marimba, organ, and vocal sampling. Read more »
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