Perhaps best known for working the decks at Berlin's Panoramabar, Cassy Britton is a DJ and producer whose penchant for sultry, lush sounds has long set her apart from her minimal ilk. Yet on her second official mix CD, her technique seems a bit off, if only because the first half of the mix features some questionable choices in contrast. Read more »
Brazil's Edu K gets down on this four-to-the-floor, jackin' slice of house, created exclusively for Bacardi B-LIVE. Though many producers have been incorporating marimbula samples into their tracks in recent years, "Flutesnoot" uses the thumb piano in a most effective way, bringing it in only when it is needed to maintain forward momentum. By coupling the sounds with Indian-seeming flute trills, vocals snippets, and some wonky synths bookending the piece, Edu K is proving to be one of the more exciting young producers from South America.
Thomas Koch, better known as DJ T. and the founder of Groove magazine, is the latest DJ-producer to craft a mix for the illustrious Fabric mix series. A true veteran of the dance music world, DJ T. has been spinning since 1989, but his mix features the freshest sounds from all over the dance spectrum, from the dark percussive beats of Bodycode to the throwback New York house of Azari & III. According to Koch himself, he's never "whipped up a mix with so many vocals," so those worried about accessibility can rest assured that the mix will bring all sorts to the floor. Tracklisting after the jump! Read more »
I'm talking inspiration with Alan Palomo, the 21-year-old Brooklyn-/Austin-based artist behind the psychedelic synth-pop outfit Neon Indian, when he offers up his earliest musical obsession. "It all started when I discovered [New Order's] "Bizarre Love Triangle," he says. "It summarized every blissful feeling of infatuation I've had since birth in those six minutes." Read more »
In a brief series of concert dates which kick off Feb 12 at the Unsound Festival in New York, one of Berlin's kings of dub-tech and founders of the ˜scape label, Stefan Betke (a.k.a. pole), will be returning to the US and Canada for live performances along with ˜scape co-founder, DJ Barbara Preisinger. Read more »
Newcomer Krystal Klear may keep his identity secret, but we certainly know he loves boogie. The thick washes of synth overlaying a propulsive low-end melody and shuffling dance beat scream early-'80s R&B, although Klear's production remains focused on the future. By the time his debut 12" gets released in April on All City, we'll surely learn a few more things about this exciting producer.
The song "Water" sounds something like a nursery rhyme penned by Three 6 Mafia or Lil Wayne, but performed instead by malfunctioning androids. In reality, the track comes courtesy of now LA-based duo Pit Er Pat, who recorded the song as the kick-off of their new album, The Flexible Entertainer. It's strange to say the least, but the elastic basslines, looped strings, and herky-jerky drum-machine beats somehow join forces to create a wonky cut that just might be the Top 40 of the future.
In comparison to the noisy rock sounds propagated by contemporaries such as HEALTH, Ganglians, and Liars, Dinowalrus is a far more unhinged outfit whose heavily reverberated atmospheres, herky-jerky basslines, and warped soundscapes bring to mind earlier days of post-punk. Read more »
The recordings for Jamie Lidell's forthcoming third album, Compass, started down in Los Angeles while he was working with Beck on the artist's Record Club project (essentially a group of musicians coming together for an impromptu covering of classic albums). After things began to take off in Beck's home studio, Lidell moved the sessions all around between studios in LA, New York, and Canada, making time to catch contributions from Feist, Beck, and members of Grizzly Bear and Wilco. Read more »
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