8-bit tunes are so 2005. Seattle's premiere bass-toting, hip-hop-obsessed gamers-cum-production duo, Splatinum up the resolution on its latest single, "Pumping Quarterz." The track's hard-hitting beat and vocodered hook ("fat booty bitches is so delicious") speak to the outfit's club-lovin' side, but the buzzing synths and assorted sound effects are clearly the work of pure video game fanboys. It would be a stretch to call "Pumping Quarterz" geek-hop, or any other contrived genre title, but Splatinum offers sounds for both ends of that spectrum—along with remixes from Mochipet and Inaudible—on its Pumping Quarterz EP, available for free download here.
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It was only recently, after having been together for nearly a decade, that Barcelona-based quartet Delorean had their biggest breakthrough: They didn’t need to be a "band" anymore, at least not in the conventional sense. Read more »
Call it sound collage, call it electronic indie, or call it totally unclassifiable, but the songs created by The Books stand in a special realm of true ingenuity and innovation. It's been five years since the NY-based duo released its third album, Lost and Safe, but news of the goings-on with the band has finally surfaced. Read more »
It's pretty awesome that Scion brought out the big guns to release this brand-new track from veteran garage producer Todd Edwards as the next installment of its Scion A/V Remix series. More awesome still is the host of remixers corralled to flesh out the release: 2-step legend MJ Cole, Feadz, and future-dubstep darling Joy Orbison all have a go at Edwards' original. Here, Orbison tones down the ecstatic sounds of "I Might Be" for an even-keeled number that places subtle synth melodies and sub-bass rumbles far below the soulful Auto-Tuned vocal hooks and stuttering dance beats. If you're interested in doing some comparisons on your own, you can grab Edwards' original version and the rest of the remixes over here, well before the EP's official release date on April 12.
Taken from Bustin' Loose, the fourth compilation released by the DC-based T&A label (run by Tittsworth and DJ Ayers), this remix of Steve Starks' "Lydia" by Smalltown Romeo is a high-energy exercise in rolling basslines, bouncing disco-house beats, and a seemingly endless arsenal of swelling background sounds. The Canadian supergroup—made up of the Smalltown DJs duo and Wax Romeo—seems to have only left the original's Spanish vocal intact, but even that is vocodered into oblivion. Basically, "Lydia" receives an almost complete 180—effectively transforming from a gritty street-bass number into something more suitable for a nightclub with a dress code.
The post-rock family tree inevitably leads to the Chicago Underground collective. At the heart of that group are Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor, who, despite their endless "rock" credits, are secretly an avant-garde free-jazz duo in the Ornette Coleman model. With Boca Negra, they pilot bare-bones drums, brass, and marimbas straight into the unorthodox tunings and slippery structures of Coleman's harmolodics, even covering his "Broken Shadows" to make the intent clear. Read more »
Two of the Bay Area's most forward-thinking producers of all sorts of experimental electronic sounds, Amon Tobin and Eskmo, have joined their genre-pushing forces under the collaborative moniker Eskamon. Read more »
While Sweden's Club 8 are among the most popular independent acts in their native country, their profile overseas has been virtually non-existent. Their sixth full-length, The People's Record, promises to change that circumstance, what with its pop hooks and indebtedness to world musics. Here, countrymen Pallers take the slick Afrobeat of "Western Hospitality" and transform it into a synth-drenched, dubby excursion. Maintaining the guitar melodies of the original through lovely buzzing synth parts, the duo have crafted a piece that fans of Tanlines and Lemonade will certainly appreciate.
Veteran German knob twiddlers To Rococo Rot are at it again. On June 29, the trio is releasing its seventh album, entitled Speculation. Recorded in the rural studio of legendary Krautrock outfit Faust, it's sure to find the fellows continuing to blur the lines between acoustic and electronic instrumentation and taking plenty of cues from their German forefathers such as Neu!, Harmonia, and Cluster. "Horses" is the first offering from the new record, and the serene track features a bubbling synth intermingling with light percussion and pastoral melodies. These days it seems like anyone with a budget bedroom setup can crank out a mellow tune and slap the "chill" label on it, but To Rococo Rot is still showing us how the pros like to get down.
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