It seems like the sounds coming from Bristol's purple dubstep scene are working their way stateside. From the Battle Hues EP by Vermont's Guttstar (out now on a new label also based in Burlington, VT, Party Guy), Kastle's remix of "Not Money or Show" injects the original's sound with an extra dose of soulful hip-hop and R&B influence, effectively changing its aura to a royal hue. The Pittsburgh-based producer (pictured above) piles melody upon melody to help characterize his remix, and does so with a handful of buzzing synth tones, some low-rent piano samples, and a bassline you can feel more than you can hear. You can check out more of the Battle Hues EP, which includes another remix by Dev79, on the Party Guy website, here.
Parisian tunesmith Manaré finishes out his recently released Quiet Riot EP with this hyperactive, UK funky-ish club tune, "Blitzkrieg Riddim." The booming production is an extremely clean, well-made track whose pristine sounds were tailor-made for the world's dancefloors and the brilliant soundsystems that power them; this isn't headphone music. Manaré's bass tones are full and bone-shaking, and his melodies cut like gems through every thickly layered sound effect; each sound on "Blitzkrieg" hits with a biting punch, forcing the listener to pay attention. You'll find that the rest of the producer's new release, which includes three original tunes and remixes from folks like L-Vis 1990 and French Fries, follows suit. You can preview the Quiet Riot EP here.
This previously unreleased slice of street bass heat from Philly native Starkey premiered the other day on FACT, and we just couldn't resist sharing it with our readers as well. "Gasping for Air in this Void" is introduced with a sample-based orchestral melody that sounds like it was lifted from one of hip-hop's strongest beatsmiths, but is quickly traded out for Starkey's trademarks: dirty bass synths, razor-sharp beat work, and intergalactic noise. The producer's hot new tune switches between a slow-grooving shuffle that could soundtrack a head-nodder's wet dream and a grimy breakdown that Three 6 Mafia ought to consider for its next mixtape—all before Starkey finishes "Void" off with skittering hi-hats and staccato synth melodies riding a booming 808 off into the distance.
Berlin-based house and techno label Ostgut Ton is nearly half a decade old. In that time, the imprint has dropped releases for the likes of Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Shed, and Scuba, among many others. Those well-regarded releases helped solidify its place in the world of dance music, a position equally bolstered by Ostgut Ton's Berghain/Panorama Bar affiliations. Read more »
DJ Spoko is a South African DJ/producer who came up under the tutelage of Shangaan Electro mastermind Nozinja, and, consequently, mentored DJ Mujava, eventually helping produce the massive "Township Funk" song. Lately, he's been working on a new style of dance music he's calling bacardi house, and this track is one of his latest experiments. "Mzansi," which is a local slang term used to refer to South Africa, is a sharp, bouncing kwaito mover produced with a distinct ear for old-school synth and drum machine sounds. Whether the effect is inadvertent or not, DJ Spoko's track invokes the spirit of another time when simple production techniques paired with a strong groove were all you needed for a good tune. He forgoes the plug-in-obsessed production tactics of most contemporary electronic music, aiming for a stripped down, straightforward, hardware-based house aesthetic, which effectively bolsters the soul of "Mzansi" more than any glossed-over computerized sound ever could. (via Altered Zones)
Austrian music, art, and politics get-together Elevate Festival is all set to go down in the town of Schlossberg this fall. The festival will host not only innovative and established musicians and artists, but politically and socially active speakers and organizations ready to join open panels and deliver thought-provoking lectures on the hot topics of the day (i.e. environment, economics, etc.). Read more »
UK dubstep producers Peverelist and Hyetal (pictured above) are bringing together their unique styles of percussion-heavy, low-end-laden electronic music for a collaborative 12" to be released on Punch Drunk. The two-song release features the joint productions "The Hum" and "rrrr," and will be available at retailers in both vinyl and digital formats on October 18. Read more »
The term has been floating around XLR8R HQ for a good while now, but maybe the forthcoming Future Bass compilation will solidify the genre title across the board. On September 27, the UK's Soul Jazz label will drop a 13-track release that investigates the wide spectrum of electronic music primarily focused on beats and bass. Read more »
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