What's so enjoyable about French producer Canblaster's (pictured above) remix of Wafa's "Pop Up" track, which is taken from his Ewid Disco 12" for Sinden's new Grizzly label, is the many forms the house-inspired number takes while always remaining focused entirely on the dancefloor. This new version goes through a few movements with its five-minute runtime; an energetic synth melody and pumping future-house beat kick off the tune before the rhythm cuts into halftime and some massive bass tones are introduced, which is then followed by a fresh marimba melody and more pulsing synth sounds and spaced-out effects. As much as it seems like Canblaster's remix can't decide exactly which direction it wants to take, the quick changes in trajectory blend well with the track's other moments—making for not only great get-down possibilities, but exciting headphone experiences, as well. (via FACT)
For the first single off of Skream's forthcoming second full-length, Outside the Box (released July 26 via Tempa), director David Wilson saw fit to play God and stage the creation of Biblical icons Adam and Eve. The actual video won't be available to view until July 12, but here we have an extremely interesting inside look at the making of the "Listening to the Records on My Wall" video. Read more »
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The UK's Throwing Snow (pictured above) put together this hard-hitting remix for fellow countryman Greymatter and his "Mind Over Matter" track. After a brief intro, the remix's elements are slowly introduced one at a time; beats, synths, sound effects, and bass all step into view at their own leisure, and eventually work out the best way to lead Greymatter's original number into new territories. It's an understandably typical build into a well-produced dubstep tune, one which is bolstered more so by the sounds chosen by Throwing Snow than the directions they head. The Mind Over Matter Remixes Part 2 EP is out July 12.
It's starting to seem that Dâm-Funk releasing a two-disc/five-LP/24-track debut album last year really wasn't that big of a deal for the SoCal funkster. Judging by the extended run of new music Dâm's been doling out at will, dude could probably deliver us a few more Toeachizowns before the Mayan calendar expires. Luckily, each tune added to his repertoire is as consistently rad as those before it, and this one for the Proximal label compilation, Proximity One: A Narrative of a City (out August 10), is no different. "A Day at the Carnival" rocks a particularly high-tempo and upbeat rhythm that are somewhat uncharacteristic for Dâm-Funk, but his standard collection of vintage synth tones and G-funk basslines are as warm and groovy as ever. Dâm-Funk may not be trying out new hats, but at least the one he's got on won't go out of style any time soon. (via Pitchfork)
Lots of bands and producers seem to use the whole 'elusive artist' schtick as a crutch, trying to add an element of mystery to music that's nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Hidden faces, uncertain origins, and poorly defined band line-up aside, ceo makes music that is actually unfamiliar and blurry enough to be called mysterious. "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright," a bonus track not found on the outfit's debut, White Magic, carries a mixed bag of influences—dubstep bass and rhythms, Balearic fuzz and buoyance, tropical instrumentation, simple pop harmonies, and club-inspired vocal sampling—that mesh into a sound as ambiguous as it is inviting. The song is a standard length, but feels like an all-too-brief glimpse into a realm of new musical possibilities.
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