It was announced today that Nite Jewel (the working pseudonym of LA-based singer/keyboardist/producer Ramona Gonzales) will release a new six-track EP, Am I Real?, on Gloriette on August 16. Read more »
Over the past week, we've been going back and forth with Definitive Jux label head and NY indie-rap icon El-P on Twitter about jokingly doing us a remix of Justin Bieber if we could find him an acappella. Read more »
Here's a new track from Brooklyn's Keepaway, which is apparently coming out on a 7" sharing its title with this song. "100" starts out with some looped percussion rolls before being overtaken by bright synth melodies, simple bass work, sparse drumming, subtle guitar upstrokes, and heavily reverberated falsetto vocals, all of which make up most of the short song. The mix is extremely dense, especially for a three-piece band, but every sound works together well enough to simultaneously convey a sense of longing and jubilance—not unlike playing a game of keepaway itself.
Eclectic UK global-beat/electronic label Honest Jon's has culled some of its favorite tunes from esoteric South African producers for a forthcoming compilation highlighting the region's vibrant dance music scene. Entitled Shangaan Electro, the 12-track release focuses on a style called shangaan, which is a super-fast (around 180 BPM) sound that utilizes plenty of marimba, organ, and vocal sampling. Read more »
Shlohmo's (pictured above) original version of "Post Atmosphere" is part of the hazily unhinged beat tunes on his debut release Shlomoshun Deluxe, but this remix comes from the producer's recent EP, Camping. Fellow California-based beat-making youngster Will Wiesenfeld (a.k.a. Baths) translated the tune into a heavily, um, atmospheric piano-led number full of bass rumblings and crunch. Along with the piano, you can make out the distant voice of Wiesenfeld cooing melodies into the expanse of the track—effectively transforming Shlohmo's head-knocking jam into a new version that is as patently poignant and melodic as Baths' original productions.
For their fourth installment of the I'm Starting to Feel Okay compilation series, the Mule Musiq and Endless Flight labels have brought together new and exclusive tracks from the likes of KZA, Mugwump, Marcos Cabral (from Runaway and pictured above), Sect (a.k.a. Soul Clap), Moscow, DJ Sprinkles, among many others. Read more »
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