London producer Lil Silva may be young, but he's already made a mark on the UK music scene. He's been championed by Marcus Nasty, his Night Skanker EP on Night Slugs added to the label's already impressive talent roster, and the guy just keeps pushing forward. His production combines a high-energy take on grime and UK funky with a knowledge of American house that results in some seriously potent tunes. Read more »
This coming Thursday at San Francisco's Public Works club, two lovers of hyperactive dance tunes, DJ Sega and DJ Rashad (pictured above), will overtake the venue's brand-new soundsystem with a smash of bass, beats, and re-appropriated vocal samples. Preceding that hotly tipped performance comes this collaborative track from DJ Rashad & DJ Earl, "2 Bottles of Goose." The Chicago-based footworkers hook up a typically solid production, matching syncopated hi-hats and claps with stuttering kick patterns, mind-numbing low-end, and a fresh wash of sinister synth melodies every so often. Rashad and Earl aren't necessarily treading uncharted territory on "2 Bottles," at least not within their own realms of Chicago-born dance music (represented well on XLR8R by an excellent podcast and in-depth feature), but suffice it to say, the track is another reminder why the juke/footwork scene remains interesting and innovative in the general scheme of club-ready sonics.
Listening to the career trajectory of Justin K. Broadrick gives one the feeling that he has mellowed significantly with age—how else could the man who helped bring Godflesh and Techno Animal to the world be creating trip-hop-infused ambient soundscapes? While the sonic palette of Pale Sketcher may be completely divorced from the dark, industrial metal of his former projects, Broadrick's precision and technical expertise still shine through on this slab of 'demixed' tracks from his Jesu project's last album.
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A good while after Brooklyn-based producer Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) released his Want to 1 2? album, a cut from that record, "Let It," was treated to its own small release—complete with an instrumental, acapella, and remixes from the likes of Lazer Sword and The Glitch Mob's edIT. Though not on the Let It EP (out now on Innovative Leisure), this exclusive version of Machinedrum's track—remixed by the artist himself—is a perfect example of the sub-busting beat work and glimmering synth sounds found on that record. Stewart reformats his glitched-out original into another kind of bouncing club tune: a sleeker, deeper, and darker track better fit for a late-night comedown than peak-hour revelry. It's that kind of versatility that "Let It" offers which makes the song so ripe for multiple versions, even from the original producer.
When it comes to electronic music producers whose live show is as memorable as their studio productions, Trentemøller is a top contender. Having enlisted eccentric fashion designer (and Trentemøller costume maker) Henrik Vibskov as his drummer, an eery Theremin player, and a fully costumed dance troupe, Trentemøller's band is as pleasing to watch as it is talented. Below is the official music video to "Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!!" from Trentemøller's latest album, Into the Great Wide Yonder. Read more »
The music of Brooklyn-based trio Selebrities has as much future-funk growl as someone like Space Dimension Controller and yet plainly lurking in the background is are the hollow guitars of Joy Division and New Order. Out later this month is the follow-up to Selebrities' debut EP, Ladies Man Effect (a conceit as much as it is a title), a 7" titled "We've Been Foolish" that features the b-side we have here, "When I Look At You." Singer Maria Usbeck sounds like she's whispering from an '80s-era downtown New York alley while the Grandmaster Flash classic "The Message" is blowing in from the Bronx up north.
L-Vis 1990's and Bok Bok's collaborative imprint, Night Slugs, is nearing its first birthday, and the label heads are preparing the release of Allstars Vol. 1, the first compilation album from the burgeoning bass music label. The 13-track offering is comprised of a handful of choice tracks from Night Slugs 12"s, including Mosca's "Square One," Kingdom's "Bust Broke," and Girl Unit's "Wut," as well as some unreleased numbers from Optimum, an L-Vis and T.Williams collaboration, and more. Read more »
"Deuces" is originally a Chris Brown track, but when Ciara recently remixed it, she may have bested Brown in both swagger and content. Produced by Kevin McCall, a mostly unheard-of producer, "Deuces" is one of the more memorable R&B productions of 2010, carefully layered with patient and tender synths, riding snaps and a delightfully broken female vocal sample. These elements aren't only ripe for rap and R&B's finest to hop on (the official Chris Brown remix features six grade-A rappers), but L.A. duo Nguzunguzu chucked up their own deuces with a remix that chops Baltimore club's best percussion into something that is wholly their own. The result is a late-night, bar-closing goodbye that hits with enough bass and stutter that it may actually confuse your desire to leave. Check out the mysterious Ciara-loving Tumblr blog from which this track was culled for another remix by Dubbel Dutch.
LA-based maestro of cavernous synth- and beatscapes Nosaj Thing (pictured above) is set to follow up his recently released remix record, Drift Remixes, with a quick tour across the West Coast through November. Dubbed The November Tour, the traveling showcase also features artists Toro Y Moi and Jogger, all three of which will be debuting their visual shows in the US. Read more »
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