Take has been crafting beats for more than ten years, but with his latest full-length Only Mountain, the Angeleno is poised to claim his spot at the top of his city's burgeoning beat scene. "Neon Beams" is a perfect slice of space-age funk, complete with bright arpeggiating synths, laser-beam effects, and a silky smooth synthesized bass. With lush synth flourishes and a rump-shaking beat backing it all up, the track is likely to become a late-night summer staple.
Brooklyn bass producer AC Slater has teamed up with rap crew Ninjasonik for his latest single, a brazen and blazing take on the heavy bass sound that's been taking over many clubs. Nadastrom's remix of "Take You" is a bit more subtle, removing many of the rap stems and creating a piece that combines the trance-leaning house of Marc Romboy with the deep bashment beats of the original. Perfect for a late-night bender ending at Market Hotel, the remix has a momentum that is sure to propel dancefloors throughout the summer, and with the single on sale now featuring more remixes from Drop the Lime and Lazer Sword, among others, there's no reason not to jump on this piece right now.
The 2000 classic hipster film High Fidelity wasn't exactly hip-hop, but Donwill (of Tanya Morgan) channels his inner Rob Gordon to deal with his quarter-life crisis, addressing his relationship woes through a clever concept album. Using the film's timeline, the MC creates a thoughtful and comical 16-track odyssey with Don Cusack in High Fidelity. Read more »
Gomma co-owner Telonius has a new single out, and in celebration, he's also prepared a free mix of some of the best in futuristic, French-inspired, disco-infused house music. Featuring everyone from Headman and Dennis Ferrer to Hot Chip and Susu Bobien, it's sure to please fans of the Gomma sound and newcomers alike. Download the mix here, and check out the full tracklisting after the jump! Read more »
When people talk about the rejuvenated New York house scene, they often point to Fred Peterkin, better known as Black Jazz Consortium. The Soul People Music label head has been quietly releasing a string of top-notch deep house tunes, both under the Black Jazz Consortium moniker and also as Fred P., which usually finds him experimenting or stretching his creative legs a little further. "On this Vibe" isn't exactly experimental, but it does find Peterkin settling into a relaxed, soulful groove over the course of its ten-plus minutes. With its rolling synths and intermittent piano stabs, it's the sort of track you want to hear toward the end of the night when the dancefloor is winding down, but you're still chilling with your friends and it's not quite time to go home.
London's Tape to Tape follows up its recent EP, The Devil Made Me Do It, with this rework of the first single taken from Headman's forthcoming album 1923, "Private Show." From producer Robi Insinna's original track, the production/DJ outfit crafts an eight-and-half-minute disco-house burner that's inherently funky in sound and undoubtedly classic in style. Headman's new album is set for release on his own label, Relish, and features collaborations with members of Yello, Beta Band, and Cassette Kids.
Seth Troxler's recent surge in popularity may have more to do with his gift for delivering the perfect sound bite than delivering consistently strong tracks, but one thing's for certain—the young Berlin-based expat knows how to craft a mix. Troxler's past podcasts for The Bunker and Save the Cannibals are first-rate efforts in low-slung, slinky house. Boogybytes Vol. 05, on the other hand, paints in broader strokes. Read more »
Next week, Scuba's Hotflush label will release the first of two remix EPs from up-and-coming UK duo Mount Kimbie. The original versions of tracks like "Sketch on Glass" and "Maybes" have stayed in heavy rotation for us since their 2009 release, so we're excited to see what producers like James Blake and Instra:mental have come up with when allowed to experiment with Mount Kimbie's original source material. Read more »
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