Los Angeles boogie maestro Dâm-Funk simply does not stop working. After releasing his 5-LP Toeachizown and touring non-stop, one would expect Dâm to take and break at some point and recharge his batteries. Maybe the man doesn't need sleep, because the music just keeps on coming. Here's "HowUGonFuckAroundAndChooseABusta," another unreleased gem that Dâm is giving away for free, even though its funkified grooves and drum-machine claps sound just a fresh as the tunes on his myriad releases. Dude is a straight-up hustler.
Chicago's juke and footwork scenes have been bubbling for years, but now that Planet Mu has officially signed young producer DJ Nate, the hyperactive sound is blowing up on a whole new level. Whether it's "witch house" bands in Brooklyn name-checking juke as an influence, or UK funky producers slipping juke tracks into their sets, lots of ears are locked in to the Chicago underground. This tune comes from another young producer, DJ Elmoe, who pairs juke's traditional breakneck bass tones and snapping hi-hats with a surprisingly pretty pitch-shifted vocal sample. More songs like this please. (via 20 Jazz Funk Greats)
A couple months ago, we shared some news about Buenos Aires-based cumbia digital label ZZK prepping a lengthy tour which would include a full list of North American dates. Well, some of those dates have been announced, and it looks like a bit of the West Coast will be treated to the likes of Tremor, El Remolón (pictured), Chancha via Circuito, and El G come late July/early August. Read more »
It's getting to be that calculating the size of SoCal's mass of labels and artists dedicated to the region's beat scene is becoming a task meant for N.A.S.A.'s computer mainframe, but that doesn't mean we've lost interest. Another new label has appeared on our radar, and we'd like to bring you the inaugural taste of what it's all about. The new LA imprint, Proximal, is the brainchild of producers Carl Madison Burgin (a.k.a. Sahy Uhns, pictured above) and Jeff Elmassian, who launched the project to provide a hub for local producers to come together. Read more »
Finnish disco-house producer Koobra's music aims straight for the dancefloor, not unlike his work with Helsinki 78-82. But while that project aims towards the DIY raves populated by todays' youth, his solo moniker is slanted more towards a futuristic 1980s night club. On "Thrills," filtered pad synths, spacey arpeggiated melodies, and bouncing bass lines all work in tandem over a simple dance beat to effectively harken to a realm where Blade Runner and The Running Man are more fact than fiction.
Not long after the release of Jamie Lidell's latest album of wonky, electronically minded soul music, Compass, and following the pretty rad footage found in his piece for "The Ring," comes this new video for the hard-hitting, funky single "I Wanna Be Your Telephone." Read more »
From the collective hub of forward-thinking house and bass music, Rinse, comes a new compilation encompassing the top contemporary jams heard throughout the UK's dancefloors. The release, entitled I Love Funky, is comprised of two discs, each mixed by a separate DJ. Supa D handles the first mix, MA1 (above) the second, and artists the likes of Zinc, Roska, and Major Lazer make appearances on the compilation. Read more »
No joke, it takes seven minutes for this track to really take off. That's twice the length of most songs coming out these days, so we understand if your patience wears thin, but if you give "Hen's Bells" by It's a Fine Line a chance, it will reward you with its warped Italo sensibilities. The project is a collaboration between ex-Black Strobe member Ivan Smagghe and buddy Tim Paris, who will be digitally releasing a self-titled EP on June 4. Though not on the EP, "Hen's Bells" is a fair representation of the duo's style: motorik bass lines, wobbly synth melodies, and pounding dance beats all working to transport you to another time and, possibly, another place.
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