Definitive '90s house label Strictly Rhythm has announced that after years of fighting with Warner Bros. for the rights to its own catalog and remaining under the wing of the Defected label since 2007, on September 1 it will once again become independent for the first time in eight years. Read more »
UK dancehall MC Lady Chann lent her strong vocal presence to Sticky's instrumental production to create "Sticky Situation," the first 12" to come from Toddla T's new Girls Music imprint. To help send his label's debut release out in style, Toddla T hooked up his own version of the party tune, which warps Sticky's original riddim into a buzzing, hyperactive, electro-tinged dancehall track. Lady Chann's MCing is hardly touched through the next-level rave-up, save for the small number of times he chops and screws the delivery to fit the rest of his glitchy elements.
Veteran bass music producer Matt Shadetek has a solo instrumental album on the way for Dutty Artz. Entitled Flowers, it finds the Brooklyn artist indulging his ongoing love affair with thick low-end while exploring new influences from the world of UK garage and funky. While this first taste from the record is somewhat reminiscent of Shadetek's work with DJ /rupture on the XLR8R-championed Solar Life Raft mix album, in that it relies heavily on melody, the song ultimately distances itself immensely from that notable collaboration by ditching the thick atmospheres for a more stripped-down, upbeat, and dancefloor-minded production style. In doing so, "iHop" excels as a futuristic dubstep number with its focus on strong shuffling rhythms, thick bass melodies, and soulful, pitch-shifted vocal sampling on par with UK funky's finest.
In the bubbling brew that is London's electronic music scene, hot new labels pop up all the time, but few match the pedigree of Local Action, an imprint spearheaded by FACT editor Tom Lea with support from the esteemed shop Phonica Records. The first Local Action release is dropping this week, and we've got streams of the entire EP right here on the XLR8R website. Read more »
Reward the Curious: Jan Vormann and Sébastien Preschoux Discuss Their Vibrant Lego and String Installations
Musical multi-tasker Hanuman (who doubles as half of Monkey Steak and runs Steak House Records) is set to drop his latest track, "Bola," on Chicago's Sleazetone label. Included along with the even-keeled, dub-heavy original version are remixes from Kanji Kinetic, Thunderous Olympian, Sleazetone label head Chrissy Murderbot, and, here, XLR8R alum and Trouble & Bass spinstress Star Eyes (pictured above). On her remix, she decided to run with the underlying UK funky sound, and treat "Bola" to an extra helping of thick, juicy low end before introducing her own string-based melody to the propulsive house beat.
Slugabed, Free the Robots, Mux Mool, Teebs, Shlohmo, Baths, DevonWho, and More to Play Emerg-N-See Festival
July 16 through 19 in the scenic country setting of Macleay, OR, the seventh annual Emerg-N-See festival will get underway with a host of some of the freshest, most interesting electronic-music producers the US, Canada, and Europe have to offer. Among the artists included in the four-day music, art, and camping extravaganza are LA beat-makers Baths, DevonWho, Free the Robots, and Teebs, along with loads of other great producers the likes of Mux Mool, Shlohmo, Slugabed, Eprom, and NastyNasty. Read more »
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