Just in time for Valentine's Day, global beat hunters Nguzunguzu have gone and topped themselves with a mixtape devoted to the Art of Noise classic "Moments in Love." Blending together hip-hop, ghetto house, B-more club, drum & bass, R&B, and even cumbia, the LA-based duo has done some serious digging here, all in celebration of this timeless tune. Your girlfriend might not enjoy this mix as much as you do, but if she's into it, we're going to say just go ahead and marry that girl. Download the mix here and peep the tracklist after the jump. Read more »
Polish electro-acoustic composer Jacaszek is riding a wave of interest in his work, what with his recent Resident Advisor podcast and numerous soundtrack projects under way. "Lament" is exemplary of Jacaszek's work, which shares Henryk Górecki's ponderous movements, Arvo Pärt's neo-classical melodic sensibilities, and dark atmospheric flourishes that wouldn't be out of place on a Burial record. Tonight, Jacaszek will be playing with members of the ACME orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge as part of a showcase of Polish composition, which has been given a special spotlight as part of this year's Unsound Festival, wrappin up this Sunday in New York.
As with many underground UK producers, Hot City's true identity remains shrouded in mystery. Yet this shadowy figure's tunes, often powered by bouncing beats, chopped vocal snippets, and dirty piano melodies while sounding something like the bastard child of Todd Edwards and the early days of MTV's The Grind, continue to light up DJ sets on both sides of the pond, which is why we lured the elusive producer out of his rave cave to assemble this exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Two of the biggest names in electronic music have confirmed appearances at this summer's Sónar Festival in Barcelona. The pioneering sounds of The Chemical Brothers will be gracing Spanish ears for the only time this summer, and countryman Dizzee Rascal will be bringing his grimey house game to the festival stage, too. Read more »
What starts as a provocative non sequitur reiterated over handclaps and heavy percussion turns into something of a mantra for Femme En Fourrure as their track, "Plump Bisquit," gains momentum and intensity. Classic disco elements give way to a particularly bass-heavy style of minimalistic house that eventually reaches higher and higher with stabbing horns and tense, ascending vocal samples.
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.
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 »
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 »
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