Swiss dancefloor stylist Headman teams up with Yello's Deiter Meier for a grooving, sample-filled post-disco number. Then, Brooklyn's In Flagranti bring up the melodic Italo synths, give the kicks some extra padding, and cut out much of Meier's vocal, creating a disco-house monster that could easily fit into a set with The Juan Maclean. A burner if there ever was one, this one will be playing loud at a lot of New Year's Eve celebrations.
With a slice of cut-up and tweaked electro in hand, French producer Golden Bug has joined the Bang Gang ranks with the release of his Assassin 12-inch. The title track, which brings to mind elements of fellow countrymen Justice and the bi-coastal Lazer Sword, uses chopped and pitched vocal loops, funky basslines, and swelling horns to compliment the song's terse beats—making for a head-nodding number that's sure to set off some dancefloors in the near future.
Skweee is still strange to many ears, but that’s a shame given all the attention wonky and Flying Lotus are getting, given that the ideas are similar—only skwee turns the synthesizer knob up to 11. Dødpop is the newest label on the Scandinavian “Conflict R&B” scene, and its output is pure genius. Label stalwarts Beatbully and Sprutbass turn in an impressive myriad of jerky beats and crazy filtered synths, all bathed in a hip-hop feel. Read more »
The Toronto duo of Bonjay certainly know how to make dancehall, but they also know how to make it extremely weird—"Gimmee Gimmee" sometimes features more than three different vocal phrases happening simultaneously, not to mention gauzy distorted elements and an orgasmic, delayed scream at the end that reverberates long after the track is over. The group's just-released EP also features remixes from Grahmzilla of Thunderheist, Poirier, and Smalltown Romeo, so there are plenty of reasons to jump on this new group.
Sometimes, a remix sounds so little like the original that it's a bad thing, and sometimes, the opposite is true. Zombie Disco Squad's remix of Swedish pop wunderkind Erik Hassle falls firmly into the latter category, as it takes an embarrassingly derivative piece of emotional schlock and transforms it into a house track that includes bits recalling Derrick Carter's vocal cut-ups on his remix work. We're sure that Hassle fans won't be into the remix as much as we are, but then again, they're probably too busy crying in their rooms to notice that the remix exists.
It might be kind of a dubious honor, but no other techno/dubstep/grime/hyphy/etc. producers make better mix CDs than Modeselektor. Completely populist while still bleeding edge, Body Language Volume 8 wasn’t strung together with 100% exclusive tracks or eight turntables—Modeselektor just takes a lot of the best stuff out there and makes it seem like it was part of the duo's vibe all along. Read more »
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