With his song "Un Chat Dans Mon Jardin" (which translates directly to "A Cat in My Garden"), fresh-faced French DJ/producer Luca Cazzoni is given the first release slot of Slant's 2010 catalog. A newcomer to the label, Cazzoni's track is equal parts energy and atmosphere—the churning bass and cowbell percussion evened out by reverberated synths and lilting melodies. It's an understated piece of minimal tech-house made even more desirable by the fact that the entire EP is available for free download. Consider it a free sample, as Slant has Cazzoni's even tastier Tourniquet Time EP, featuring remixes from Pezzner and Let's Go Outside, on tap for early February.
Romanian future-garage (or whatever you want to call it, someone needs to name this genre soon) producer TRG (a.k.a. Cosmin Nicolae) recently made the decision to de-simplify his moniker, expanding it to Cosmin TRG. Following the change comes this exclusive download of "Love 2 Hide." The song's repetitive beat utilizes a number of classic drum sounds along with chopped-n-screwed vocal samples, ambient synthscapes, and a throbbing bassline, all of which add up to a solid club track. Chances are, when Cosmin TRG takes the decks during his appearance at the next FWD>> + Rinse event, he'll be playing plenty of equally tasty beats. Check out the party info here.
In the landscape of re-released indigenous pop, the Caribbean sticks up like Mount McKinley—the briefest trend from the tiniest island can quickly be deemed box-set-worthy. Yet throughout all those calypso/ska/soca/reggae/etc. compilations, Soundway Records has managed to come up with something not only original, but exciting to chin-stroker and rump-shaker alike. Tumbélé! collects music from Francophonic islands such as Guadeloupe and Martinique that slinks Paris-café style while still shaking with Afro-Latin rhythms. Read more »
The most recent release from San Francisco's Mi Ami, a 12" record containing the two songs "Cut Men" and "Out at Night," finds the band in a far more frantic state than it was on their debut full-length, Watersports. Through copious amounts of jangly guitar riffs, syncopated basslines matched with propulsive drumming, grating vocal yelps, and sparse electronics, "Cut Men" sounds as if Mi Ami are channeling the incendiary post-punk of their former entity, Black Eyes. It's a uniformly energetic piece of contemporary no-wave which is hopefully a foreshadowing of sounds to come on their upcoming second album, Steal Your Face.
Chicago's Numero Group is delving into the world of film for the first time with Celestial Navigations, a collection of films and articles documenting and celebrating the work of filmmaker Al Jarnow. Perhaps best known for his work doing short animations for public television shows such as Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact! from the late 1960s onward, Jarnow was also heavily involved in the experimental film world of New York City, working alongside Harry Smith and Stan Brakhage on numerous works. Read more »
As his Motor City Drum Ensemble moniker implies, Stuttgart's Danilo Plessow is a fan of classic Detroit techno, but, as this exclusive mix shows, the man also has an affinity for old-school Chicago house, not to mention vintage soul and disco. Through his Raw Cuts series and releases on the Four Roses label, Plessow has developed a hypnotic deep house sound that simultaneously reveres the past while remaining clearly focused on the future. Read more »
Seems like the think-tank over at online music retailer Bleep has one-upped the plethora of year-end lists from 2009. The music store already put together their 100 favorite songs from last year, but now they've also compiled every one of those tracks into a single download of pure contemporary classics. The songs are all DRM-free, high-quality mp3s, and include music from such luminaries as Animal Collective, Hudson Mohawke, DOOM, Bok Bok, Dam-Funk, FaltyDL, and so many more. Read more »
Once a part of The Fat Truckers and Gucci Soundsystem, and now in cahoots with the Disco Bloodbath crew, Ben Rymer has stepped out from behind his monikers to release a solo production entitled "La Trinciarice." The UK producer's new track is a bit softer around the edges than his earlier work, but still just as epic and chock-full of analog synthlines and energetic dance beats as his tracks for DFA and International DeeJay Gigolo.
Machine Dreams, the second album by Sweden's Little Dragon, treads similar territory as The Knife's Deep Cuts. Sure there are some differences—Little Dragon's instrumentation is largely influenced by Prince-styled sex jams and Tom Tom Club's percussive R&B—but songs like "Feather" and "Looking Glass" are direct descendants of The Knife's contemporary classic "Heartbeats." Things do get a bit more interesting when singer Yukimi Nagano and the rest of band allow their compositions to breathe. Read more »
XLR8R Downloads Player