In case you weren't sure, there was at least one specific reason why Ariel Pink adorned the cover of our latest print issue, and that's because the dude is releasing a new album with his band, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Said record, Before Today, comes out in a week, but the LA Times ran a piece on the band today that featured the premiere of the forthcoming album streaming in its entirety. Read more »
The consistently excellent and utterly prolific artist known as Dâm-Funk recently dropped this gem on the world as part of his Straight from the Lab series displayed on the Stones Throw website. It's another addition to his ever-growing catalog of forward-thinking boogie tunes that prominently feature thick, buttery bass synths, classic drum-machine tones, spacey analog keyboards, and a big helping of Dâm's colorful vocal delivery thrown in for extra effect. This new tune sounds both off the cuff—as it jams on only a couple of ideas for nearly four minutes—and well rehearsed in its delivery, since just about everything Dâm-Funk puts his hand to has the soulfulness and immediacy of a classic track we've listened to for years.
Somewhere within the spectrum of next-level house, techno, and dubstep lie the sounds brought together by UK producers Al Tourettes (above) and Appleblim on the duo's upcoming new EP, Lipsmacker, for Will Saul's Aus label. The three-track release features two original numbers from the production team, "Lipsmacker" and "Mr. Read more »
Two years after Barcelona's Pablo Díaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho) released his last album of Latin-flavored psychedelic pop music, Alegranza!, the producer is ready to bring the world more of his warped, upbeat analog soundscapes. Read more »
This one comes to us courtesy of Night Slugs, the consistently impressive label headed up by bass afficionados Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990, and its taken from a recent white-label release by fellow UK DJ/producer Lil Silva. The grime-influenced youngster just released the Night Skanker EP—which can be previewed here—and while this track won't be found on the record, it's still pretty exciting. "No Hooks" is a perplexing title for the song, as it flexes one singular bass-synth melody for three of its four minutes and is one of the more accessible UK funky tunes we've heard in a while, but the track's simple, infectious groove is definitely strong enough to stand without another sound added.
When it comes to the production of wonky beats, Los Angeles and the UK are more or less the world's power centers. Yet thanks to the efforts of Onra, Paris just might force its way into the conversation. This week, the soulful producer is releasing his latest album, Long Distance, via Dublin-based All City Records, and we've got an exclusive chance to preview the entire full-length here on XLR8R.com. Read more »
DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA) shows that he isn't just some funky one-trick pony with this exclusive dub mix of "Freakout." Though the funky, pseudo-tribal percussion is still present, the synths that ride atop are more akin to tech-house sounds of the mid-oughts, showing some of the eclectic influences that the UK funky culture has absorbed into its sound. What makes the track truly special, though, are the synth gurglings that subtly drone under the piece, a flourish that only a true composer would insert into such a dancefloor workout. DVA's The New World Order EP comes out this week on his own label.
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