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 »
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 »
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 »
Wow—RinseFM is having another birthday. Seems like just yesterday the next-level bass music hub was celebrating the procurement of its official broadcast credentials, and now it's ready to celebrate its Sweet 16. That party is getting ready to jump off at London's illustrious Fabric club, along with an unbelievable lineup that includes Skream, Benga, Joker, Oneman, Zinc, Ben UFO, Elijah & Skillam, and Roska, who passed along this exclusive track. "Play Gamez" comes to us straight from the UK funky DJ/producer's harddrive as a gift to fans preceding the upcoming massive party; it's an even-tempered dancefloor track with a sharp, shuffling beat, a bulbous bassline, and plenty of warbling sound effects. We're sure you'll be hearing more lengthy club-friendly productions like this from the army of mixmasters ready to take over Fabric on September 10.
Calling the upcoming second album from German DJ/producer Shed "highly anticipated" seems like a complete understatement at this point. After the dust settled from his 2008 debut album on Ostgut Ton, the momentum has been gradually rebuilding behind producer Rene Pawlowitz's follow-up record, The Traveller, in the form of interviews, podcasts, and now, a stream of the whole record, courtesy of FACT. Read more »
For the first time in nearly a decade, Berlin's historic Spreepark amusement park will open its gates to host the Lunaland festival on August 28 and 29. The two-day extravaganza will feature performances from DJs and live acts the likes of Tiefschwarz, M.A.N.D.Y., Jamie Jones, Mathew Jonson, DJ Kaos, and many others. Read more »
For the first official release on his Mr. Intl label, Hercules & Love Affair frontman Andy Butler has teamed up with Jason Kendig (of San Francisco's Honey Soundsystem crew) to craft this incendiary piece of bouncing classic house. Read more »
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