EESH! Somebody please get Nelly on the line, because it just got really hot in here. Funky bass music champion L-Vis 1990 deconstructed the lead track from Polish production duo Supra1's debut EP, Still Believe, ditching Amy Douglas' vocal altogether and reformatting the whole tune from wobbly banger status to supreme future-house heat. We can't say for sure whose influence on the track is more responsible for the stellar outcome, so we'll opt to say that we'd like to hear more collaborations from L-Vis and the Supra1 duo in the future. (via FADER)
Flick-following blog The Playlist got the scoop on this interesting piece of music news. Anthony Gonzales (known to most as the man behind electronic prog-pop outfit M83) has finally been commissioned to do something he's probably been doing in his mind since his first self-titled album: score a feature film. Read more »
The original version of Hardhouse Banton's "Reign" surfaced in 2008, back when most of us were still saying, "UK funky? They're really calling this genre just 'funky'?" Nonetheless, the track's tropical percussion, garage-like shuffle, and flirtation with house music helped set the blueprint for what has become a global movement. The song obviously has staying power, as earlier today UK funky heavyweight Roska gave away his own remix of "Reign" for free via Twitter. Roska's version features his patented kicks and snares, and also inserts a little more space into the track, giving it a sexier, less manic vibe. At this rate, we all might be hearing "Reign" for another two years, and that's just fine with us.
Rave stab / bass + house master Hot City's How's My Raving? VIP Crew has put together a masterful mix in anticipation of next week's How's My Raving? party in London. Featuring everything from the ravey pleasures of Armand Van Helden to the old-school house of Hardrive, it's sure to make you want to get sweaty. Download the mix here, and check out the tracklisting after the jump! Read more »
We're not complaining, but every day our inboxes are filled with pleas from artists, managers, labels, and PR jockeys pleading with us to write something about their or, more often, their client's music. So sometimes it's nice when an artist we know simply passes something along without any sort of self-promoting agenda. That happened yesterday when Dubbel Dutch sent us a link to fellow Austin producer Arms & Suites. There was no sales pitch and no back story, just a link and a note that said "deep spacey bass weirdness." As it turns out, his brief description pretty much nailed it. Arms & Suites' music takes all the shuffle, offbeat rhythms, and chopped vocal samples of UK funky and London bass music and places them in a freezer, putting a whole new spin on what is often a high-octane genre. Even better, the producer's self-titled EP is available for free download via Bandcamp. All the songs are quality, but "Brainwash" particularly won us over with its use of a mellowed-out tribal guarachero beat.
We love Ariel Pink—after all, the LA troubadour is the cover star of our brand-new issue—so we're pretty jazzed to see that he's recorded a number of live, in-studio performances with his Haunted Graffiti bandmates. Watch "Menopause Man" above, and then head here to check out a few other tracks, including a couple of selections from the forthcoming Before Today album, which comes out on June 8. Read more »
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