The folks at Ninja Tune dropped us a line to share the new video for "The Music Scene," the title track from NYC hip-hop producer Blockhead's album from late last year. The clip features some really excellent psychedelic animation—think Dr. Seuss—courtesy of Anthony Schepperd, but we must admit that it does bring to mind a video from our younger days. Read more »
Seattle duo Splatinum consists of a couple of goofballs (Andrew Luck and Adam Houghton) who love 8-bit sounds, big bass, and crunked-up vibes. As such, it's entirely fitting that the latest Splatinum EP is entitled Love for Those Hustlers. The six-track release is not only stuffed with bouncing blap, stinging synths, and loads of classic party raps, it's also available for free download. Despite its not-so-clever title, "Vadonna's Magina" won us over with its fuzzy low-end, sharp percussion, acid tweaks, and liberal use of Lil Jon vocal samples.
Leaving Records boss and Southern California beat-scene impresario matthewdavid is a man of many talents, many of which revolve around discovering and promoting other like-minded artists. But he also makes his own tunes, like this unreleased gem, "Trusss," that surfaced online earlier in the week. Has anyone coined the term "beach funk" yet? This might be it. Imagine if Aphex Twin's famous "Windowlicker" didn't scare the living shit out of everyone... that's kind of what "Trusss" sounds like. Regardless, we approve. (via Pitchfork via Friendship Bracelet)
Brooklyn glitch-beat maestro and recent LuckyMe signee Machinedrum has been hard at work getting together his inaugural release for the Scottish label, Many Faces, which comes out later this month. Read more »
This classic disco edit is the first taste from the epic Walter Gibbons retrospective compilation, Jungle Music: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986 (read more on that here), coming July 20 via Strut. For his version of the classic TC James & The Fist O'Funk number "Get Up on Your Feet," Gibbons more than doubled its length, pumped up the percussion and horn elements, and tossed in his own bunch of analog synth sounds—effectively taking the art of edits well into the future. Listening to this track, it's easy see why Gibbons is often referred to as a pioneer; many of the ideas displayed here are still production mainstays of contemporary disco-minded artists such as DFA, Lindstrøm, and Todd Terje.
Brooklyn duo Wolf + Lamb has been throwing amazing underground parties and releasing a steady stream of disco-influenced music for years now, but until today, the pair never had an official artist album. Love Someone is the first full-length offering from Gadi Mizrahi & Zev Einsenberg, and they've passed along the album's first three tracks to preview here on XLR8R.com. Read more »
This bouncing piece of Afro-tinged techno comes to us courtesy of the Hard Ass Sessions - Volume II compilation, and Italian producer Nic Sarno. Chosen by the Enchufada label, Sarno is one of four hotly tipped producers—alongside Bok Bok, Douster, and Zombies for Money—who were asked to contribute a track to the series that featured their personal interpretation of the kuduro sound somewhere between 135 and 142 BPM. Sarno crafted "Mana Wasa" with a group of crackling vinyl samples of African singing and flute playing, which he intertwined with a thumping four-on-the-floor beat, hypnotic synth melodies, and a ton of percussion elements. It's a great extension of the kuduro style we're familiar with, and piques our already budding interest in the other three tracks Volume II has to offer.
Following the July 6 release of Cerulean, his debut full-length for Anticon, SoCal producer Baths will set out on a short string of West Coast tour dates, with one appearance in Austin, Texas kicking off the whole bunch. Read more »
If we didn't know any better, we'd say Planet Mu was going soft. Not that we don't like soft, but this track from UK producer Tropics seems to be particularly serene compared to artists like FaltyDL, Luke Vibert, and Venetian Snares, whom he now shares a label with. Even the title of this song from his forthcoming debut for the label, "Soft Vision," conjures up ideas of blurred expanses of swirling melody, subtly pattering percussive noises, and any number of other delicately made soundscapes. We certainly welcome Mu's shift in focus, especially if they continue releasing awesome productions like this. (via Pitchfork)
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