Since the folks at Ableton recently released the format of their Live instruments to third-party sound artists, a slew of these Partner Instruments have been popping up for sale on the Ableton website. Now, in a generous turn, the company is offering its Partner Instruments Compilation to users of its music-making/performing program for absolutely free. Read more »
In another bit of free music from FACT today, Detroit's minimal-techno godfather and XLR8R's current cover star, Robert Hood, put together an outstanding mix for the website's podcast series. Technically, the set itself comes from a live performance the veteran DJ/producer delivered in Barcelona during Sonar, but Hood agreed to publish it as his official FACT mix. Read more »
London grime producer and Planet Mu/Butterz/Hyperdub acolyte Terror Danjah may not be as widely known as, say, Wiley, but he's certainly just as generous. Just as the eccentric Eskiboy hooked up a load of his music for free download via Twitter, Danjah delivered a link to download a supposedly brand-new album on his Twitter profile. Read more »
Thanks to the blogosphere's usual bang-up music journalism, it's unclear whether Christopher Laufman (a.k.a. Wise Blood) hails from Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Mars. Regardless, his '+' EP, from which "STRT SRNS" is taken and which also happens to be available for free download, shows real promise. Well, as much promise as any other lo-fi bedroom project these days that perilously skates the line between musical genius and happy accident. With his off-kilter vocals and heavily echoed drum beats, all wrapped in the requisite layer of hazy fuzz, Wise Blood is definitely borrowing from the Animal Collective playbook, but the melody here has a bit of a tropical R&B bent. Jeez, how many more 2010 music buzz words can we cram into this blurb? Was Wise Blood created in some kind of a lab as the perfect marketing tool for targeting upwardly mobile urban tastemakers and thought leaders? Hmmm... we can't rule it out. Let's just say that yes, we like this, but we kind of hate ourselves for liking it. (via Pitchfork via Delicious Scopitone)
Marco Niemerski, the Hamburg, Germany native known musically as Tensnake, doesn't mind when people point out his influences—he is, indeed, trying to make his music sound like the records he loves. "I get really excited when I come close to a point where it sounds like that," he says, and this excitement translates viscerally into the irrepressible joy that his tracks evoke on the dancefloor.
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The members of Brooklyn dance-pop outfit Restless People might have their hearts in the right place, but their band isn't what we'd call, you know, good. The original version of "Days of Our Lives" is a bit of a trainwreck that leans heavily on uncomfortably emotive vocals and misguided rave nostalgia (think Tiesto synths), but this remix by Kingdom (pictured above) wisely whittles out the awful and transforms the song into a quality piece of taut house music. Pitch-shifting the vocals into a lower register is a vast improvement, as is the subtraction of the original's chipmunky vocal snippets and dabblings in Eurodance. Kingdom's version puts the snapping drums out front, and relies on bass stabs and lazer-like synth swooshes to fill out the melody. To hear more of his fine craftsmanship, check out That Mystic, his new EP on Night Slugs—a streaming preview is available here—which drops this week. (via Pitchfork)
Ok, so maybe M.I.A.'s summer hasn't gone exactly as planned. Turns out that people aren't exactly loving her new album, but maybe she can find some salvation on the remix front. We're not sure if this reworking from DJ Mujava (pictured above) was officially commissioned or not, but it's certainly a good start. With the help of DJ Qness, the South African kwaito wizard places M.I.A.'s pop vocal turn over some galloping drum beats and accentuates the piece with some beeping and bubbling synths. In the right hands, maybe /\/\/\Y/\ Remixed could turn out pretty solid. (via Mad Decent)
From the oft-reliable Astralwerks stable of artists, Parisian chamber-pop trio Revolver (pictured above) recently gave fellow Frenchman Joakim a go at its vocal-heavy, sullen number, "Birds in Dm." While still focused around lead vocalist Ambroise Willaume and his backup singers, the producer transforms the band's even-keeled, acoustic song into an epic electronic dance tune that builds slowly and confidently into an overwhelming sonic experience. And even though Joakim's remix—which will be released on a limited 7" next month—is heavy with rhythm, it's his composition of thickly layered melodies and gradual introduction of chaotic noise elements that take the song over, turning it into some kind of i-Dose before it becomes a moody dance track again.
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