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Bubblin': Optimum

Who: Optimum
Where: London, UK

The UK hardcore continuum continues to evolve, and exciting producers keep sprouting up. Optimum (a.k.a. South London native Malcolm Chen) is one of the latest, and although his name is new to many, he's been dabbling in music since he was a kid, learning piano and guitar before eventually buying decks and delving into the world of DJing. Read more » 

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Download: Jed and Lucia "April Showers (Shlohmo Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Ubiquity

California whiz kid Shlohmo (pictured above) has turned husband-and-wife duo Jed and Lucia's folky number "April Showers" into a monster of a beat on this new remix. Drenching the guitar and vocals of the original track in a bath of reverb, Shlohmo adds a layer of sizzling, jittery percussion, low, wobbly bass, and a generous helping of delicious noise. Right around the 1:10 mark is where he really starts to show off, letting the distorted elements take over the track, gradually twisting and turning until their eventual end. If this remix doesn't satisfy your appetite for the slow, broken beats we've come to expect from the young beat-scene staple, perhaps taking another listen to his excellent XLR8R podcast would do the trick. 

Average: 8.4 (57 votes)

Download: Donso "Hunters"

French Producer Pierre-Antoine Grison, better known as Krazy Baldhead of the Ed Banger crew, has collaborated with a group of Malian musicians to form Donso. "Hunters", a track from their recently released self-titled LP, is an exploration into the rhythmic possibilities between modern electronic production and traditional Malian instruments, one that relies heavily on both electronic drums and traditional percussion to move it along. Spurts of loops and live instrumentation add some texture and melody, and eventually, the difference between them gets blurred to the point where you're just lost in the tribal rhythm, getting in touch with your inner hunter.  

Average: 8.3 (42 votes)

Stones Throw Presents 10 hours of 10 DJs this Weekend, Including Dam-Funk, Madlib, and More

The good people at Stones Throw are throwing a ridiculously cool party this weekend to celebrate the fact that on Sunday it will be 10/10/10. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/08/2010

Soul Jazz to Release UK Funky Compilation

Following the recent release of the excellent Future Bass compilation (which you can stream from our website here), the UK's Soul Jazz label is set to release a new two-disc set compiling the best of the UK funky scene. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/08/2010

Download: Glasser "Mirrorage"

NY-via-LA-via-Bay Area chanteuse Glasser (a.k.a. Cameron Mesirow) finally unveiled her debut album, Ring, last week and now, as she gets set for a quick October jaunt around the UK and a November US tour, another free offering from the record has fallen from the heavens. "Mirrorage" finds Mesirow employing her vocal acrobatics over a warm electronic pulse and sparkling, chime-based melody. People will undoubtedly compare this to Björk, which isn't off base, but this is much more inviting and less weird, even with the scary robot vocal effects that come in about 2/3 of the way through the song (probably thanks to producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid, who employed similar trickery in their work with Fever Ray). Over the course of three-plus minutes, Glasser spins quite the intoxicating web, and we're thinking that plenty of folks will gladly crawl inside. 

Average: 8.2 (42 votes)

Review: Jimmy Edgar XXX

Label: !K7

For a producer as young, talented, and lauded as Detroit-reared Jimmy Edgar, releasing two albums within four years—not counting his output as part of Plus Device—is simply not enough. To be fair, Edgar wasn't focusing on his music, per se, and instead spent the time exhibiting his photography and honing his video work. So, the man keeps busy, but what has the lengthy gap between Color Strip and XXX, his sophomore full-length, yielded those for those of us anxiously awaiting his new album? Exactly what you'd expect. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 10/08/2010

Download: The Aikiu "Just Can't Sleep (Azari & III Remix)"

A couple months ago, we shared an Egyptrixx remix of "Just Can't Sleep," by disco-loving Parisian outfit The Aikiu (which includes Pilooski as a member), and now we've got another tasty, housey rework for you, courtesy of Toronto's Azari & III (pictured above). This soulful and deep revision of the tune precedes The Aikiu's US debut at Abracadabra's (record label) and Social Club's (Paris party spot) joint CMJ showcase on Thursday, October 21, in New York. The Aikiu are joined by The Krays (a new project from Yuksek and Brodinski), Mustang, Mikix the Cat, and a solo set from Pilooski. You can check out all the details on the flier for the showcase, here

Average: 8.2 (39 votes)

Download: Apparat "Sayulita"

Label: !K7

Berlin's Apparat is the latest producer/DJ to contribute a mix to the renowned DJ-Kicks series and "Sayulita" one of only three new tracks to make it on said mix. It's perfectly fitting for "Sayulita" to have been named after the Mexican town where he's recently been creating new material, as the track's lush pads and deep bass evoke images of a warm Caribbean afternoon, a beaming sun engulfing the sands of a coastal beach. Underneath the layers of bliss, Apparat delicately places small clicky percussion and driving guitar chops to take the song through its simultaneously danceable and ambient course. We can't wait to hear how Apparat lines up the song alongside selections from Joy Orbison, Oval, Pantha du Prince, Cosmin TRG, Thom Yorke, and others when his installment of DJ-Kicks is released on October 26. For more info on the release and to pre-order, click here

Average: 8.3 (68 votes)

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