The hubbub surrounding Ninja Tune's 20th anniversary has featured a lot of looks back at the label's history and accomplishments over the last two decades, but while it's fun to look back at the imprint's storied past, it's important to remember that it also has a vibrant future, thanks in no small part to artists like Toddla T. Read more »
Frontwoman of pioneering all-girl punk outfit The Slits Ariane "Ari-Up" Forester (a number of different spellings for her proper name appear across the web and from official sources) died yesterday after battling with what has only been described as "a serious illness." Read more »
This unofficial-but-Caribou-approved edit of the Canadian musicmaker's Swim cut "Sun" is a deftly chopped-up and collaged version of the psych-heavy dance tune by UK-based Midland (pictured above). The talented Leeds-based DJ/producer has been gaining momentum lately, thanks to a collaborative 12" with Ramadanman and a hotly tipped contribution to FACT's mix series, among other big moves. Taking just a cursory listen to his Caribou re-work, it initially seems like not a whole lot has changed from the original track, but underneath the wealth of recognizable sounds—the warbling synth melodies, the delayed vocals, the upbeat rhythms—subtle extras have been introduced to the mix to strengthen "Sun"'s dancefloor appeal. Midland's addition of bouncing low-end, live percussion sounds, and eventually, his own layers of moving synths help transform Caribou's song from a piece of bedroom party music to a club-appropriate house jam.
Texan DJ/producer Orion—who also happens to be the head honcho of Austin's monthly Peligrosa party—has taken it upon himself to do us all a favor and invent another genre. Now, we can all work on integrating 'boombachero'—a new sound that combines moombahton, tribal guarachero, and juke/footwork around 140bpm—into our musical lexicon and collections. A great place to start would be this downloadable collection of edits by DJ Orion, appropriately titled Boombachero Vol.1. Read more »
Baltimore producer Jason Urick has dismantled the elements of the "Tin Man" song, originally composed by his B-more brothers in experimental sounds, Future Islands (pictured above), and flung them to the far reaches of outer space on this remix. For most of Urick's 10-plus-minute re-work, rolling, tribal drum rhythms are the only thing keeping the wafting synth ambiance, indecipherable vocal utterances, delayed guitar plucks, and atonal alien transmissions from completely floating off into the empty expanse. It's repetitious, it's somewhat formless, and it's a bit indulgent, but those are the precise reasons why this dubby track is so overwhelming and easy to lose oneself in.
From the recently announced album by Norway's Bjørn Torske, entitled Kokning, "Bergensere" is a lengthy exercise in the producer's self-proclaimed "skranglehouse" sound. Torske's spacey disco tune rides on a single groove created by a straightforward dance beat, a funky bassline, a handful of assorted percussive sounds, and a slow-growing mass of melodic instrumentation. On its journey, "Bergensere" grows bigger and bigger with each new element introduced to its sonic arsenal, but never becomes dense enough to overshadow the solid rhythm at its core. You can find out more about Torske's upcoming new record before it's released on November 15, here.
Born on a 2009 trip to Japan, Bomb Zombies is the brand-new duo of DJ Nobody and MC Nocando, both residents of LA's infamous Low End Theory club. The newly formed, forward-thinking hip-hop outfit will release its nine-track debut, entitled Sincerely Yours, via Nocando's recently minted Hellfyre Club label on November 9. Read more »
Dutty Artz to Drop 'New York Tropical' Comp in November; Free Ringtone Version of the Album Available Now
Brooklyn's premiere hub for globally minded dance tunes and other electronic sounds, Dutty Artz, is set to release a brand-new compilation of international DJs and producers, entitled New York Tropical. Read more »
2010 has been another busy year for dance music and, as per usual, a whole new crop of subgenres has entered the lexicon. But perhaps none has been more unexpected than moombahton, the loping Latin sound that Dave Nada stumbled upon by slowing down Dutch house tracks to reggaeton tempo. In the span of just a few months, the sound has exploded across the globe, and while Dave Nada—who also spends time as one-half of Nadastrom—remains the de facto moombahton king, NYC DJ/producer Sabo has emerged as the movement's clear number two. Read more »
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