Long-time Detroit hip-hop producer Apollo Brown (pictured above) shared the latest single from his recently released sophomore album, The Reset. The record features loads of collaborations with a lengthy list of talented MCs, and here we have "Hungry" with wordsmiths Black Milk and Little Brother's Rapper Big Pooh taking the mic. Through Brown's bright and soulful beat work, the dual vocal attack assails the topic of—what else?—being awesome. Between each verse littered with organ stabs and snare cracks, Black Milk repeats ad infinitum, "I can't sleep, I'm on the grind, I'm hungry"—reminding us exactly what it takes to break through the ever-growing rap scene: ambition and persistence.
Seeing as how Vancouver's latest source of reverb-saturated dance tunes, Teen Daze, isn't keen on sharing much info outside of his moniker and geographic location, it's probably pointless to even rhetorically ask what exactly the song title "Shine On, You Crazy White Cap" means. But from what we can gather of the vocals that bubble up high enough over the track's thick blanket of synth melodies to become somewhat decipherable, the song has something to do with driving to the coastline, maybe the sunrise, and something about shining. Thankfully, the lyrics aren't so much integral to enjoying the music, which is overwhelming in its expansive sound and entrancing in its simple rhythms. Teen Daze's debut full-length, Four More Years, will be released July 23.
The most recent champion for the genre commonly called post-dubstep, James Blake, shared a new and somewhat unlikely tune with the internet, called "Measurements." We use the world unlikely because the track not only strays from the producer's typical format of sub-bass melodies matching with shuffled rhythms and warped vocal sampling, but also primarily features Blake's own lyrical performance front and center. Read more »
It seems like we've been inundated with material from the forthcoming second HEALTH remix album, DISCO2, and we can't say we're upset about it. There was the announcement of the whole thing, the digitally distorted take on "Eat Flesh" from Crystal Castles, the one original track on the release, "USA Boys," and now this bit from Black Moth Super Rainbow front-guy Tobacco (pictured above). The remix is precisely what you'd expect from the pairing: stripped-down hip-hop beats, spacey analog synth melodies, and HEALTH's ethereal vocal track lilting above everything. The sounds feel so naturally paired, maybe the two acts should consider forming a supergroup.
Erasure frontman Andy Bell dropped a new solo album yesterday on Mute, entitled Non-Stop. It certainly prompted a "That guy is putting out an album?" moment in the XLR8R office, but then we spotted that Bell had the good sense to tap UK producer and 2-step enthusiast Deadboy (pictured above) for a remix of the first single, "Call on Me." Read more »
Now in its fifth week of celebrations for its 20th year of releasing independent electronic music, Ninja Tune has offered up this free download of DJ mix history. Back in 1991 on New Year's Eve, two young DJ/producers named Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann (who was recently featured in XLR8R's pages) walked into Coldcut's Kiss FM studios on Holloway Rd. Read more »
Much like the cover for the record this track is taken from, Shlohmo's (pictured above) forthcoming Camping EP, Shigeto's remix is a colorful cut-and-paste affair. However, unlike the EP's artwork, its serrated edges are smoothed to a fine sheen and made to fit together like a seamless puzzle of intricate beat music. The fresh-faced Ghostly artist snagged the lo-fi bass-synth rumbles and warbled rhythmic noises from Shlomoshun Deluxe track "Spoons," and adorned those original sounds with his style of preciously crafted micro-sample beats and atmosphere. Aside from loving the song, it makes us even more excited to hear Shlohmo's latest originals alongside new remixes from LA beat kids Baths and Asura when the Camping EP is released on June 15.
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