Austrian music, art, and politics get-together Elevate Festival is all set to go down in the town of Schlossberg this fall. The festival will host not only innovative and established musicians and artists, but politically and socially active speakers and organizations ready to join open panels and deliver thought-provoking lectures on the hot topics of the day (i.e. environment, economics, etc.). Read more »
DJ Spoko is a South African DJ/producer who came up under the tutelage of Shangaan Electro mastermind Nozinja, and, consequently, mentored DJ Mujava, eventually helping produce the massive "Township Funk" song. Lately, he's been working on a new style of dance music he's calling bacardi house, and this track is one of his latest experiments. "Mzansi," which is a local slang term used to refer to South Africa, is a sharp, bouncing kwaito mover produced with a distinct ear for old-school synth and drum machine sounds. Whether the effect is inadvertent or not, DJ Spoko's track invokes the spirit of another time when simple production techniques paired with a strong groove were all you needed for a good tune. He forgoes the plug-in-obsessed production tactics of most contemporary electronic music, aiming for a stripped down, straightforward, hardware-based house aesthetic, which effectively bolsters the soul of "Mzansi" more than any glossed-over computerized sound ever could. (via Altered Zones)
UK dubstep producers Peverelist and Hyetal (pictured above) are bringing together their unique styles of percussion-heavy, low-end-laden electronic music for a collaborative 12" to be released on Punch Drunk. The two-song release features the joint productions "The Hum" and "rrrr," and will be available at retailers in both vinyl and digital formats on October 18. Read more »
The term has been floating around XLR8R HQ for a good while now, but maybe the forthcoming Future Bass compilation will solidify the genre title across the board. On September 27, the UK's Soul Jazz label will drop a 13-track release that investigates the wide spectrum of electronic music primarily focused on beats and bass. Read more »
This overstimulating remix of the new Steve Starks (pictured above) track, "Git Em," didn't make it onto the official release because the producer was a bit late in getting it to the label, the Tittsworth- and DJ Ayres-run T&A. But that doesn't make this rework from Dutch tunesmith Munchi any less deserving of praise or attention. Most people know him for his experiements with moombahton (like this one here), but this kuduro treatment of Starks' bass-heavy club smasher is an intricately crafted track filled with a number of energetic micro-samples, a huge amount or percussive sounds, and enough hyped-up, atonal synth noise to push a dancefloor over the edge into 'crazy' territory. Truthfully, you could say that for just about any of the five songs that did make it onto the Git Em EP, which includes remixes from Zombies for Money, Dillon Francis, and DJ Ayres. You can preview and purchase the whole thing here, and keep an eye out for Munchi's own T&A EP, which should see the light of day in the next few months.
Either Andreya Triana sold her soul to the gods of electronic music or she's just got awesome connections. Case in point: she follows the brilliant Flying Lotus remix of her "Lost Where I Belong" song (a collaboration most anyone would pine for, at this point) with another re-work produced by one of the hottest outfits in post-dubstep, Mount Kimbie (pictured above). And yes, Kai Campos and Dominic Maker deliver another bit of their trademark sound—complete with the pops, clicks, fuzz, bass, and soul that we've so thoroughly enjoyed on Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers debut. The duo's treatment of "A Town Called Obsolete" works especially well thanks to the natural pairing of the R&B-flavored instrumental with Triana's buttery vocal work; it sounds like something we might hear from Mary J. Blige decades from now.
Back in 2007, Brooklyn label Barbès Records released The Roots of Chicha, a collection of psychedelic, surf-influenced electric cumbias from '60s and '70s Peru. The compilation was a surprise success, so much so that, on October 12, Barbès will be releasing a second volume. Read more »
"FM Tan Sexy" is the latest track to leak off of El Guincho's much-anticipated new album, Pop Negro, and actually fits its nonsensical title quite well. It wears a radio-friendly sheen on top of its funky, Timbaland-esque beat, the twinkling hook and surrounding melodic elements are all reminiscent of carefree days spent soaking up the sun, and when the bass really starts to work, things get downright steamy. El Guincho's new song is certainly a departure from the warbling, psychedelic soundscapes of 2008's Alegranza!, but as other bits of Pop Negro have shown, it's a trajectory that producer Pablo Díaz-Reixa follows with aplomb.
- September 18: New Forms Festival 2014 with Oneohtrix Point Never, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Madlib, and More
- September 24: Decibel Festival with Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, and More
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
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