German techno diva and Bpitch Control boss Ellen Allien has never been someone afraid to take chances, but we'd be lying if we said that we expected something like "Rain the Sun." Taken from her freshly released album, Dust, the song finds Allien's processed vocals hazily floating over what sounds like dance-friendly indie pop. It's not bad—it's just that the Interpol-esque guitar riffs and general Metric-y vibe sound a lot more like Bowery Ballroom than Berghain. We'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that's a good thing.
So, a few clips on YouTube surfaced yesterday of a recent DJ set performed in Metz, France by Lord Richard D. James, which were purported to contain possible new tracks from the electronic music mastermind. At first we were skeptical of the videos, as it's a bit baffling how the videographer was able to capture such pristine audio while his video quality looks no better than that of a phone's camera, but after a few close inspections, the clips seem totally legit. Read more »
Twenty-plus years after the original release of their seminal self-titled album, Chicago house pioneers Virgo are seeing their masterwork reissued and receiving a whole new round of praise in the process. Read more »
Between running his own label, collaborating with superstars, and DJing around the globe, it's a wonder that Mr. Wesley Pentz, the man better known as Diplo, had any time to finish his documentary about the funk carioca movement, Favela on Blast. Read more »
Environ label head, Metro Area member, and NY dance music icon Morgan Geist put his hand to this track from the auto- and Italo-obsessed production duo (Cosmo Vitelli and buddy Julien Briffaz, check out our recent profile on the duo here). Geist's remix of "Overdrive" sounds as if it emanates from a bunker on the Moon; a motorik bass line holds together icy synth tones and a propulsive drum beat while we receive indecipherable noises transmitted from the depths of outer space.
Two of the three members from "Brooklynati" hip-hop trio Tanya Morgan, Donwill and Von Pea, are following up their collective and solo releases with an EP of quasi-collaborations with The Roots. Read more »
Earlier this week, the guys from Discobelle paused their blogging to bring an official, original compilation into the world. Turned On Vol.1 was curated by DJ Neoteric and features new tunes from the likes of Nadastrom, Brodinski, Radioclit, Crookers, and Schlachthofbronx alongside efforts from a grip of up-and-coming producers whose names we'll likely be repeating endlessly in the very near future. To help drum up some extra attention for the release, remixes of Expendable Youth's "Cannibalistic" were commissioned from the likes of Samo Soundboy—check that one out here—and Montreal/LA duo LOL Boys ("pictured" above). Slowing down the original version's tweaky electro, the LOL Boys layer its hyperactive synth riffs over a seasick tribal guarachero bassline and some galloping house beats, to glorious effect.
Do you like hip-hop? Certainly you do. At this point in its history, nearly everyone likes some form of the classic genre. Well, if you ever wondered about the building blocks of what could arguably be one of the world's most popular styles of music, wonder no more. Read more »
Gold Panda has been setting the indie blogosphere aglow as of late with his intricately produced, electro-tinged hip-hop beats and micro-sampled atmospheres. His work has landed the UK producer a slot on HEALTH's forthcoming second remix album, and he also has his own set of releases coming out on the respectable Ghostly label. Read more »
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