When Kutmah, the UK-born, formerly Los Angeles-based artist/producer, was snapped up by federal agents and detained in a New Mexico prison, the LA music and artist community rallied together by throwing events, raising funds, and showing support for their fellow creative, eventually raising enough money in their "Free Kutmah" campaign to get him legal assistance. After being detained for almost two months, Kutmah was eventually deported to the UK, where he now resides. During his term of imprisonment, he had no outlet for his frustrations and emotions other than to draw with "only a short pencil and ID card" and now those sketches, 39 in total, are the subject of a new art exhibit entitled Two Soups and a Honeybun (after what was the reported price of a blowjob in the New Mexico facility). Read more »
New York's Hercules and Love Affair have been rolling out a lot of content lately in anticipation of its sophomore effort, Blue Songs, and its quickly approaching release date. The album's lead single, "My House," has already seen one remix courtesy of London's Stopmakingme and an incredible video, but now its come full circle and has been remixed by Hercules' own master-mind Andrew Butler. Read more »
One of the only producers that can tastefully straddle the lines dividing pastoral folk songs, hazy beat music, funky soul jams, smooth pop confections, and fiery synth explosions, UK-based artist Bibio has a brand-new full-length album of such eclectic tunes coming down the line. Mind Bokeh will be released on March 29 and April 4 in the US and UK respectively, and features 12 songs, including a supposed tribute to Thin Lizzy. Read more »
It seems that the extensive efforts of (MF) DOOM to make his underground instrumental series Special Herbs as hard as possible to find have been thwarted by the people over at Nature Sounds, who are set to release a comprehensive box set of the long-running series. Read more »
Eclectic London-based imprint Citinite has an interesting project in the works, which should surface in the not so distant future. Some of electro's and boogie's top contemporary names are coming together on a brand-new EP, contributing their own versions of classic jams by vintage '80s-funk outfit Sexual Harrassment (known best for the tunes "I Need a Freak" and "If I Gave You a Party"). Read more »
Chillwave has become, with good reason, a term that makes some of us cringe, but this remix of Ohio-based Brothertiger (pictured above) from Grecian duo Keep Shelly In Athens shows that there are definitely redeeming qualities to the array of blissful, bedroomy sounds often associated with the genre. Not that this remix is straight-up chillwave—sure, its got a lo-fi arpeggio intro, completely reverb-washed vocals, and layers of distant pads, but about halfway through the track, something sinister takes over. A dark, distorted bassline begins to peek through the layers of reverb and delay, pulsing along at a slow chug until, just beyond the three-minute mark, the noisy bassline and steady beat completely take over. A small army of evil, fast-moving synths eventually join this sludgy procession, capping off this remix in a much different place than where it began.
Back in November, we delivered the news that Los Angeles duo Rainbow Arabia planned to put out its debut LP on Cologne's legendary Kompakt label. Even though there's still a little less than two months until Boys and Diamonds sees its release, we've gotten our hands on a stream of "Without You," a quaint '80s-electro-meets-Balearic-percussion pop tune. Read more »
Young French DJ/producer Cédric Steffens (a.k.a. Canblaster) continues to secure himself as an integral part in the forward movement of contemporary club music with a brand-new release scheduled to drop on the party-starting Nightshifters label. The Master of Complication EP will be released on Feburary 15, and features eight tracks comprised of four original tunes and four remixes from the likes of Teki Latex & Para One, Jubilee, and others. Read more »
Originally slated for a planned EP/single/what-have-you from Mad Decent's premiere 'clubstep' patron Rusko that was ultimately scrapped, this version of "Feel So Real" by Austin, TX-based DJ/producer Dubbel Dutch (pictured above) certainly inspires a couple of questions upon first listen. Namely, is this really a Rusko remix? Sure, snippets of the canned vocal performance by Ben Westbeech weave in, out, and around the spacious bass composition crafted by the Texan tunesmith, but, thankfully, it seems like not a single other sound is related to the original track. Dubbel Dutch treats the acappella of Rusko's song like he would any other found vocal sample, chopping and tweaking it to perfectly fit the shuffling dance beats and deep soundscapes he's so keen to create. So, maybe since this solid, UK-leaning club tune didn't quite make it on an official remix release, we'll just thank Mr. Westbeech for the voice work, slap Dubbel Dutch's name in the "Artist" field, and be on our merry way.
The Red Bull Music Academy has been gathering up-and-coming producers, DJs, and musicians with legends and pioneers of the music world since it began in 1998, every year choosing a new city and music scene to highlight. For 2011 the Academy has chosen Tokyo, Japan as its destination. There they will gather 60 participants with an assortment of music professionals (other artists, journalists, DJs, label heads, studio engineers, etc.) to share ideas, make music, perform, and do all the other things that fall in between. Read more »
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