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 »
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.
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.
The Blunted Robots catalog only runs three releases deep, yet label founders and former university mates Shortstuff (a.k.a. Richard Attley) and Brackles (a.k.a. Rob Kemp) have already left an impressive mark on London's hyperactive bass music scene. Read more »
Thanks to the party-starting peeps over at Mad Decent, it's likely our ears will never be void of free music. The label's latest contribution premiered this morning on its blog, Mad Decent Worldwide Radio #60 - Major Lazer Mix. The DJ set is actually a completely live affair that Diplo did a short while back in Chernobyl, and contains tracks from Rusko, Robyn, Ludacris, Jay Z, Ciara, and more. On his track selection, Diplo noted, "[They're] just some things I'm feeling. Read more »
The siblings and production team of Tiefschwarz recently unveiled Chocolate, another record full of the club-friendly, melodic house music the duo is known for. (Want proof? Check out the streaming preview we posted a couple weeks ago.) "Home" is a surprise, though, if only because its pop sensibilities are laid so bare: Daniel Wilde's croons are placed front-and-center, intoning over sleek, mid-tempo synthetic house that recalls recent efforts from fellow countrymen Booka Shade. Though little squigglings and samples come in here and there, the track moves along in this way for its entirety, perhaps suggesting that the Schwarz brothers are moving towards a more rounded, 'pop' sound? Maybe we'll find out on More Chocolate, a follow-up record to be released later this month.
For its fourth annual sea-faring shindig, NYC disco-minded music and clothing label Wurst will bring fellow city dwellers Neurotic Drum Band (pictured above), Robot Blair and David Bruno of People Don't Dance No More NYC, and its own My Cousin Roy on board to DJ, drink, and dance with partygoers upon the high seas. Read more »
Yesterday, Northern California wavegaze (yeah, you heard it here first) quartet Soft Crest premiered its latest EP, a two-song single paired with six remixes called Perfect Sound, offering the release for free download to any and all interested parties. The remixes are far more electronic-leaning than the original, but "Perfect Sound" is a wonderful song on its own. Warmed guitar tones put down the initial layer of undulating melody, which is quickly paired with a muffled live drum beat and reverb-soaked falsetto croon from frontman Paul Harper. It all eventually explodes into a flourish of delicately layered, slow-moving psychedelic pop ripe to be paired with any number of indie music's favorite genre titles. Download Soft Crest's Perfect Sound EP here.
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