There's not a lot of information out there about Clive Tanaka. He's from Hokkaido, Japan. He makes music both alone and with the help of his "orquesta." (That's Spanish for orchestra.) He's just unveiled Jet Set Siempre 1º, a cassette-only release with two parts, "For Dance" and "For Romance." As for the music, it doesn't really fit in with any particular scene, but it sure is delightful. Read more »
It's completely apparent, both from the wealth of sonic textures in his beat work and the loads of experimental sounds he recently gave away for free download on his Disk Collection, that LA sound artist matthewdavid is a lover of fuzzy, organic, shapeshifting, inexplicable soundscapes. With nothing more than a brief, nonsensical quote to accompany it ("Who has not felt Outmind falling from the sky, half-speed?"), the Leaving Records honcho offered up "Outmind" for download on his label's website. The track is categorized under "ambient/collage," and really, not much more else can be said about it. The sonic scientist made an aural landscape that feels like being underground and underwater, and all you can do is lay still, listening to the muffled rumblings pass by.
Earlier this year, Space Dimension Controller (a.k.a. Jack Hamill) caught our attention and wound up in our Bubblin' section, but now the youthful Irish weirdo is getting ready to release a new EP, Temporary Thrillz, via the ridiculously on-fire R&S imprint. Read more »
This energetic bass number is the product of a remix trade off between Montreal's Ango (pictured above) and San Francisco's Salva. The Bay Area-based beatsmith tweaked the elements of his Canadian neighbor's "Part Time" track into something a bit funkier, a bit more upbeat, and a bit more ready to make an appearance in your next peak-hour DJ set. Salva's bubbling future-house remix shows a new side to his production work—one full of the kind of squelchy bass notes, frigid synth tones, alien textures, and skittering dance rhythms you'd catch coming from UK tune hubs such as Night Slugs or Blunted Robots. Now, we're left wondering what the other side of this exchange will yield.
At this rate, Belgium's R&S label is likely to release a record of some sort for just about every one of XLR8R's favorite producers. Next in line is the forthcoming new 12" by Hemlock label head and bass music champion Jack Dunning (a.k.a. Untold), which follows Numbers' recent release of his "Myth" collaboration with UK funky star Roska. Read more »
Did the boys of Studio make some kind of nefarious deal with the devil? Not to imply that these Swedes spend their free time worshiping Satan, but their music always sounds so damn good. It's like the perfect mix of new-wave pop, laid-back disco, and Balearic beach vibes—all of these things might be familiar tropes in 2010, but Studio have been turning out music like this for years now. And thankfully, they show no signs of altering their sonic formula. Take this remix of UK crooner Joe Worricker—the original "Bobby Blue" comes off like a low-rent Antony, but Studio's Dan Lissvik (operating under the more simple Lissvik moniker and pictured above) has transformed the song into a slightly dubby piece of tropical disco-pop heaven. Keep it coming, guys, and while you're at it, maybe release another album... please?
Brooklyn-based tropically flavored pop duo Tanlines has planned a sort of unconventional release for its European fans. While folks in the US enjoyed the band's debut EP for True Panther, Settings, it never received a proper release on the other side of the pond. To remedy that problem, on December 6, Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm will release a limited-edition, double-disc compilation album, entitled Volume On [sic], that takes its 18 tracks from various EPs, singles, one-off tunes, remixes, and never-before-heard numbers by the pair and some of their like-minded peers. Read more »
While many producers discover their knack for crafting inventive electronic music later in life, some people were just born to make it. Take London's Sabina Plamenova, a 25-year-old college student who has been producing bass-centric tunes since the age of 18. Even her given name is a prime foundation for the auspicious musicmaker's slightly tweaked moniker, Subeena. The talented lady has her own record label, too, called Opit, which just dropped her new "Neurotic" b/w "Wishful Talk" single, complete with remixes from Egyptrixx and Ghosts on Tape (preview all that here). Not on that release, "Dual" is an exclusive jam that highlights both the light and dark sides of Subeena's music. The driving track starts out with twinkling melodies and bubbling basslines, and leans heavy on those elegant sounds until ominous low-end churns, stomping percussion, and an all-around darker mood take over—only to give way to the pleasantries again before its four and a half minutes are up.
After months of anticipation—a time which saw mention legions of naughty DJs ripping segments of the track from online DJ mixes and YouTube—London producer Girl Unit is finally releasing his anthemic "Wut" to the masses. Read more »
For the next edition of the never-ending run of mix albums released by London's all-encompassing Fabric brand, Skull Disco co-owner and inventive bass music patron Shackleton will deliver a lengthy, self-centered (in a good way) live set on December 6. The producer's Fabric 55 mix features 21 new, old, and unreleased tracks all created by the mixmaster himself. Read more »
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