Brighton trio The Qemists (pictured above) are getting ready to release their sophomore album, Spirit in the System, next week, but in the meantime they've been showering listeners with new singles featuring their oft-noisy, high-octane take on electronic music. "Hurt Less" originally surfaced last month, but now Ninja Tune has passed along this remix from bass-loving fellow Brit Hot City. The mysterious young producer turns up the tempo and thoroughly dirties up the track with galloping garage beats and potent synth stabs. He also manages to chop Jenna G's vocals into a stuttering delight while keeping just enough of her diva turns intact.
The sound of tribal guarachero has been percolating across the internet for awhile now, but, for the most part, 'official' releases have been hard to come by. The remix-heavy genre, noted for its unique Latin percussion, loping house beat, and squealing synth melodies, is dominated by young bedroom producers in Mexico, most of whom simply make tracks, post them online—usually on rudimentary and hard-to-navigate Spanish language blogs—and allow the natural web diffusion process to take place. That might change after today, as Monterrey's teenage 3Ball MTY crew, with a little help from Toy Selectah, has released 3BALLMTY!, a free EP with five tracks of tribal guarachero goodness. Better yet, the guys have actually elected to spread the word about it. The entire EP is available for download here, but we've gone ahead and re-hosted "Amantes Guarachero" from 16-year-old Erick Rincón. (Other 3Ball members include Sheeqo Beat and DJ Otto, both age 18.) Like many tribal tunes, "Amantes Guarachero" (translation: Guarachero Lovers) is a bit manic, but its hyperactive, borderline-trance melody and incessant drums are sure to get folks moving, regardless of what side of the border they happen to be on.
Matthew Dear's new album Black City is already available digitally and via custom-made totem, but old-fashioned types that want its contents on CD or vinyl will have to wait until the 'official' release date on August 17. "Little People (Black City)" is the closest thing the record has to a title track, and it finds Dear stretching his legs over the course of nine-plus minutes. We first spotted the track over at Pitchfork, who called out the vocal similarities to both David Bowie and Yello, and that's pretty right on. But it's also worth noting that even though Dear's vocals take center stage over the song's relatively laid-back techno skeleton, "Little People (Black City)" really works as a dance cut, albeit a bit of a spooky, leftfield one.
While trawling the web today, we came across a new blog-spawned genre name: screwgaze. Yes, it's obviously abhorrent, but it's only marginally worse than the other meaningless names people are tossing around, like witch house and drag. Yet ridiculous labels aside, something is clearly afoot, as the tide of bedroom producers has gone dark and a new sound is emerging. Instead of the cheery summer vibes explored by their chillwave—another genre title that still makes us cringe—counterparts, this new crop has a taste for the occult and loves screwing its melodies and vocals into fuzzy oblivion. Dream Boat is the latest player in the saga, and although the project is based in Providence, it's clearly in touch with similar-minded acts from around the continent, as "oOchre" is actually a cover of the song "No Summr4U" by San Francisco's oOoOO. The track is taken from Dream Boat's new EP, Fevers, which appears to have been released on cassette and is also available for free download (or purchase, for the kind-hearted) here.
In recent weeks, the interwebs have been buzzing with excitement over Shangaan electro, a speedy dance sound from South Africa. Now here's the part where we're supposed to step in and act like some kind of authority and tell you all about this "new" and "exotic" sound and remark on its rich cultural history or spew out some other music-blog jibber-jabber. But let's just skip that little charade, because frankly, we're not going to act like we know everything and we had never even heard of Shangaan electro—and neither had 99.99999% of everyone else, might we add—until the folks from Honest Jon's put together the Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music from South Africa compilation and tuned the planet into the music's crazy polyrhythms, 180-bpm marimba beats, and soulful vocals. "N'wagezani My Love" is just one sample, and after hearing it, we're definitely going back for additional helpings. (via Altered Zones)
The folks at 92bpm turned us on to Huess, a fresh name on the UK beat-making scene likely to be getting increasing attention in the coming months. The producer draws a lot of influence from the usual suspects—J. Dilla, Prefuse 73, Boards of Canada, Madlib—but effectively filters those oft-referenced names into something a bit less familiar. Huess' debut EP arrived nearly a year ago on Inaudible Answer, but a fresh batch of tunes has just surfaced, a freely downloadable EP called Broke. The title track from that new release is a shimmering bit of funky beat work loaded with earnest synth melodies and pristinely chopped vocal samples, all working in tandem to deliver one of the most soulful electronic soundscapes we've heard this year. Stay tuned for more jams from Huess when Inaudible Answer drops its first-ever 12", a four-track EP featuring remixes from Fulgeance and Kelpe.
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