Truthfully, we're a little surprised Ann Arbor, Michigan's long-standing electronic label, Ghostly International, hasn't already broken the 100 mark in its discography. Throughout its decade-plus time as an artful, forward-thinking music hub, Ghostly has released a huge amount of great records with amazing packaging tailor-made to fit each eclectic release. But this limited-edition 100th release absolutely takes the cake. Read more »
Yes, we did post up the Le Chev Remix of this song just yesterday, but XLR8R is never worried about overkill when it comes to Brooklyn trio Lemonade. Ever since they left San Francisco to set up shop on the (L)East Coast, we've been missing their unique blend of tropical rhythms, vintage dance-pop, and psychedelic weirdness. But if the new remix package for "Lifted" is any indication, the boys' taste in electronic music hasn't diminished one bit. Here they've enlisted UK producer Hackman, who stretches the song's vocals and steel-drum melodies over a mellow house beat that pops and shuffles its way through a relaxing five-plus minutes. (Warning: bad joke ahead.) If Lemonade is the audio equivalent of a cool beverage on a hot day, then perhaps this Hackman remix is the audio equivalent of an Arnold Palmer. Get it? Lemonade? Arnold Palmer? Eh? Get it? (via FACT)
After sharing a snippet from his older Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixx CD, El-P was kind enough to let us have a taste of his forthcoming third installment for the series. "Meanstreak (In 3 Parts)" is an old-school-futuristic beat triptych that could soundtrack some sort of gangsta version of Blade Runner—we'd call the movie Blunt Runner. Dome-thumping MPC beats are paired with grimy bass synths, buzzing insect-inspired melodies, and El-P's uncanny ability to make shifting between three seemingly disparate productions sound seamless and wholly necessary. Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 is out August 3.
Following last year's Flashed EP, Detroit techno enthusiast and Berlin-based producer Jon Gaiser (or just Gaiser) released a new single yesterday on Minus. The two-song digital EP contains the slow-building techno soundscape of "Static Level" and the dubby excursion "Zebra Talk," both produced with the pristine sound quality and eclectic micro-sampling expected from Gaiser's growing list of work. Read more »
You've really got to hand it to the women populating our world's clubs. Whether it's MCs spouting off their stream-of-conscious nonsense or DJs dropping one booty jam after the other, females are constantly being corralled onto the dancefloor with demands of what to do with their various body parts. Some such requests go unrequited, to be sure, but if you're a girl and you're on the dancefloor when MaddJazz's "Pop Dat Pussay" drops, you're going to have a hard time refusing the track's suggestions of how to treat your nether regions. Though not on his forthcoming Mind of a MaddMan EP, the Ghetto Division cohort (who helped hook us up with their Chicago-centric podcast for XLR8R a few months back) delivers booming bass thumps, pristine synth stabs, and simple percussive elements on this track, which work perfectly alongside the hyperactive, traffic-directing vocal sample—effectively coercing the ladies of the world to 'shake what they mamma's gave 'em' with some of Chicago's finest ghetto-house.
It's hard not to root for young Martin Kemp. Aside from the fact that he makes amazing tunes and is also a top-notch DJ—remember that ridiculously excellent podcast from late last year?—he's also a bit of an underdog. Even Shortstuff and his big brother Brackles, who run the Blunted Robots label they all call home, enjoy poking a little fun at Kemp the younger. Yet all the teasing aside, Martin Kemp is a truly innovative producer, whose liberal use of tropical percussion gives his brand of UK funky/house/garage/whatever-you-call-it an infectiously distinctive feel. Next Tuesday, Blunted Robots will be issuing its fourth record, which contains two more pieces of shuffling Martin Kemp magic. Read more »
Throughout the month of July in Denver, Colorado, as part of the Biennial of the Americas celebration, The Nature of Things will exhibit musicians, artists, and speakers from across North, South, and Central America sharing their music and experiences at the culturally rich festival. Read more »
From Leeds, Jamie Grind is another producer from the growing crop of forward-thinking post-dubstep/future-garage/whatchamacallit tunesmiths honing the fresh style to a finely tuned, soulful point. Grind has a new split EP with Irish beatmaker Gon, which is out now on Infrasonics, but "Keep Wondering" won't be found on infra12003. This exclusive tune starts out flexing a slow-bubbling vibe with a mellow synth melody underfoot and filtered synth-washes undulating overhead, but it's quickly reformatted into a solid club track with a heavily percussive groove, a couple of disembodied vocal loops, some synthetic string stabs, and, of course, a whole lot of low-end. It may not have a proper release yet, but "Wondering" stands as an excellent companion piece to Grind's other three tracks featured on the new EP.
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