Off the recently released Brownswood Electr*c compilation, "Blad" is an old-school-sounding piece of soulful beat work from the UK's Letherette. The producers utilize what appears to be no more than two—maybe three—sample sources to flesh out the slow-grooving funk of their exclusive track for Electr*c, as each guitar strum, bass pluck, horn stab, drum hit, and vocal utterance chopped up and sequenced into "Blad" sounds as cohesive and complimentary as if it had all been performed live in one room, and not on an MPC. Letherette's impeccably crafted tune is just a small taste of the eclectic mix of beat-heavy music to be heard on the excellent compilation from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label.
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This remix of "Sun," from Danish house producers Kenton Slash Demon, comes from Alan Abrahams (a.k.a. Portable a.k.a. Bodycode), who transforms the bouncing original production into a soulful techno track more than twice its initial length. Portable's entrancingly epic composition and its accompanying forefather, are both part of the Sun EP, which is the first installment of Kenton Slash Demon's trilogy of releases entitled The Schwarzschild Solution. The first release drops July 26 via Tartelet, with the subsequent EPs, Matter and Daemon, following in the months ahead. If the quality of original tunes an remixers follow suit with this offering, we're sure to have a solid set of tracks on our hands when the Danish duo's triptych is finished next January.
Thousands of Miles and Decades Removed from the City's Glory Days, Robert Hood Takes the Spirit of Detroit into the Future
When Robert Hood came of age in Detroit, radical change was in the air. People, ideas, and product were on the move. The 1960s and '70s were marked by political and cultural swings, growing black empowerment, and abandonment by second- and third-generation ethnic whites on one hand; urban guerrilla creativity busting out across the racial spectrum on the other. Read more »
The latest single from Dim Mak's resident DJ Them Jeans is the tunesmith's inaugural release as part of the ever-expanding Top Billin artist stable. His new track, "Balloons," is a big, bass-laden future-house number with a buoyant dance beat and lots of woozy synth work filling out most of its five and a half minutes. Jeans' production seems content enough to stay rooted in only a few relatively even-keeled movements, as it never quite crescendos with the bombastic effects favored by his hyperactive Dim Mak peers. The Balloons EP, with remixes from LOL Boys, Mad Decent's DJA, and Camo UFOs, is out now.
Baltimore's leftfield hip-hop MC/producer Labtekwon just shared this video for the song "Onyxx Sphinxx," which is taken from his forthcoming album, NEXT: Baltimore Basquiat and the Future Shock. Read more »
Oakland, CA resident and multi-faceted sound artist Kristin Miltner recently contributed an edition of free-form compositions to Asthmatic Kitty's expansive Library Catalog Music Series, the label's eighth volume of such music. Taken from her installment, Music for Dreaming and Playing, "Melody From Dream" utilizes soft clapping and subtle clicking sounds to work out a pattering rhythm in the midst of her lilting synth tones and stuttering, melodic vocal samples. The song sounds preciously constructed, while simultaneously maintaining a relaxed mood of improvisation. And yes, Miltner's piece is quite dream-like, as its ethereal nature leaves only a slight indentation of a memory, best recaptured by going back to experience it again.
Venerable trip-hop icon Tricky has prepped his ninth studio album, Mixed Race, to drop October 5 via Domino. On the album's title and sounds, Tricky said, "You sat down at the table in my house and you saw every color. It’s made me much more open-minded than I could’ve been. I come from both worlds. I’ve been blessed because no one can put my music in a box—it’s not black, it’s not white, it’s not female, it’s not male. Read more »
DJ/producer Kutmah—who was recently deported from LA back to the UK by US immigration agents, and was also brought up in the beat scene feature from our latest issue—just dropped a fresh mix of inventive hip-hop and hazy beat music for the Stones Throw label's podcast series. Read more »
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