Nearly a year after reuniting to drop its latest full-length album, CrownsDown, Oakland's Themselves has gathered some of its friends and labelmates for a release of remixes, called CrownsDown & Company. Before that 10-song record hits shelves, we've got the exclusive premiere of one of Company's remixes, by Lazer Sword (pictured above). Low Limit and Lando Kal (who have their own debut full-length coming out in the not-so-distant future) have traded in their usual robo-swagger for a more surly, punch-drunk soundscape wrapped around stomping beats. You can be sure that little to none of Jel's original production work from "You Ain't It" made it into Lazer Sword's piece, but once Dose One's vocal delivery gains headway into the mix, the tune switches gears into a slick-but-noisy hip-hop jam that Themselves' own beatsmith wouldn't shy away from. More remix work from the likes of Baths, 13 & God, Buck 65, Odd Nosdam, and others will be featured alongside this track when Company is released on September 21.
Over two deftly mixed discs of tasteful dance music, Berliner Matt Edwards (a.k.a. Radio Slave) will present the latest installment of the Strictly Rhythms mix album series from New York's Strictly Rhythm label. Each disc of the release will push its own unique vibe or tweak on the classic house sound; the first CD, dubbed Strictly Downtown Mix, has a moodier, late-night feel, and its Strictly Uptown Mix accompaniment is an upbeat affair. Read more »
What you think about Chicago's juke and footwork scenes is more or less inconsequential (but feel free to add your part of the debate over in our growing comment section for the DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn podcast), insomuch that the genre and its producers have been building a vibrant culture and style around the music for more than a decade, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. DJ/producer Gant Garrard (a.k.a. Gant-Man) is just one of the scene's leader. He's been honing his style of club-friendly dance tunes since his teenage years in the mid-'90s, runs the Bang tha Box label, and produces both house and juke tracks under two separate guises. Using his Gant-Man moniker, Garrard crafted "J.U.K.E.I.O.U." for Chicago publication 5 Magazine's fifth anniversary. The hyperactive number is made from a handful of vocal samples exclaiming "juke!," a bouncing bassline, a booming four-on-the-floor beat, and all sorts of flitting percussive elements and synth sounds played at breakneck speed; as such, the whole thing is over in under three minutes. And if for some reason this style isn't your bag, you can instead grab Garrard's exclusive house tune, "Poquito Spanish, Poquito House," here. (via Fool's Gold)
Well, this is wonderfully massive—in more ways than one. As we previously reported, the Brooklyn-based RVNG label nabbed that guy who, you know, made up that whole techno thing (a.k.a. Juan Atkins) to do a remix of a song by NY noise makers Psychic Ills (pictured above) for its fourth installment of the FRKWYS series. That's a pretty big deal, sure, but what's really huge is the track Atkins produced for his contribution. His remix of the heavily psychedelic and meandering "Mantis" eschews just about everything from the original save for its guitar plucks, moody vibe, and length. Instead of live percussion and wafting synth tones, the remix focuses on a thick, hypnotic bassline, an incessant drum-machine beat, and a few samples from Psychic Ills' number warped into unrecognizable sound effects. And if you've got it on repeat like we do, the 10-minute track seems to carry on indefinitely without ever wearing its welcome thin. (via Altered Zones)
Chicago house legends and recent XLR8R interviewees Virgo are following up their recently reissued self-titled album with a short list of tour dates this fall. On the first three days of October, Merwyn Sanders and Eric Lewis will bring their classic, ground-breaking music to the stage, performing live in Glasgow, London, and Berlin. Read more »
New Singles, Remixes Coming From Scuba, Four Tet, Bob Holroyd, Will Saul & Mike Monday, and T. Williams
A couple new releases coming down the pipeline hit our radar today. To be released via Phonica, a 12" of remixes of Bob Holroyd's "African Drug" track by Four Tet and Local Action compatriot T. Williams will drop on September 27. Read more »
San Francisco's Sutekh hasn't released a proper full-length album since 2002. Eight years later, the solo artist is set to drop a new LP into his discography, the nine-track On Bach. And yes, the album is precisely what the title implies: a Bach-inspired set of intricate electronic orchestrations composed by producer Seth Horvitz. "The Glorious Day Has Dawned" is one such song, and features flitting synth pulses taking the place of what might normally be an enormous string section; warbling sound effects and miniscule clicks work out a beat with a booming 808 kick underneath it all. You can check out all of the details for Sutekh's On Bach album, as well as stream it in full before it's released on September 13, here.
About three years after the release of his Walls album, Berlin's Apparat will take the reins as mixmaster on the forthcoming installment of !K7's DJ-KiCKS series. The DJ/producer will drop his contribution, a 24-track mix album that features two exclusive Apparat tracks, an unreleased Telefon Tel Aviv number, and music from the likes of Martyn, Oval, Four Tet & Burial, Pantha du Prince, Tim Hecker, Ramadanman, and Joy Orbison, on October 26. Read more »
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