In all fairness, it was only a matter of time until wobble bass crept into the farthest corners of the globe. For all the recent chatter about UK funky, post-dubstep, post-garage, or whatever you want to call it, the anthemic, screeching midrange bass sounds currently ruling the dubstep scene can still sound quite potent, especially to those who haven't been subjected to night after night of moshstep and endless rewinds. So it comes as little suprise that Argentina's Super Guachin has married wobble bass with the squealing synths of his homeland's native cumbia villera. Taken from his Bass from la Villa EP, which is available for free download and also features a remix of Schlachthofbronx, "Pega la Gilada" is the bouncy product of some well-executed cross-genre and cross-cultural alchemy. The chiptune-loving producer even mixes in some Game Boy blips and bleeps. If any more music-blog memes were involved, the internet just might shut down.
These New Puritans were tossed into the "art rock" genre following their 2008 debut, but that might have been a pre-emptive classification. Hidden, the quartet's second LP, is packed with references both obscure and banal, skittering between sparse post-punk and anthemic industrial sounds. Frontman/co-producer Jack Barnett geeked out on the Foley during the recording process, eventually including taiko drums, a wind ensemble, and the sound of biscuit-covered melons being smashed as musical elements. Read more »
If Toro Y Moi had the chops of Matmos and the beat savoir-faire of FlyLo, it might sound something like "Maximalist." Though he hails from the Valley, the LA-area solo producer known as Baths has a forthcoming full-length on Anticon, and the woozy Dilla-like beats and gauzy samples of this piece show that he certainly deserves our attention. Though it is tempting to place Baths within the same realm as glo-fi or chillwave or whatever funny name it has this week, there is certainly more funk and texture to "Maximalist" than the more hazy, sunny works of his peers.
UK bass fanatic Doc Daneeka rounds out this recently released remix EP for Sekta & Spoek Mathambo's "Peterpan," along with Julio Bashmore, Sharkslayer, and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Dubbel Dutch. Doc Daneeka treats Spoek's hyper-sexual vocal workout to one of his bouncing future-riddims—complete with stuttering snare rolls, massive bass drops, and elastic synth sounds all working in tandem to move your hind parts.
Last week we featured an interview with NYC show promoter Todd P prior to his inaugural MTYMX Festival in Monterrey, Mexico. While XLR8R wasn't able to attend, we were obviously curious about how it all went down. Here's a wrap-up from a few different sources. Read more »
A shuffle of distorted, percussive noise starts off this smooth diddy from Toronto's subtle and smooth crooner Chris Cummings (a.k.a. Mantler). While the singer-songwriter waxes poetic on the pitfalls of love, Jeremy Greenspan (of Junior Boys) provides some slow-grooving beats to serve as the soulful backdrop of "Fresh and Fair." All in all, the song comes off sounding like it could be an actual Junior Boys number, but with Cummings' forlorn baritone traded out for Greenspan's usual falsetto.
It takes two minutes for MyKill's "Flashback" to really get moving, but move it does. Funky guitar and piano samples slowly filter into the mix, and hold on tight to the propulsive disco-house beat. The San Francisco DJ/producer fades back and forth between a couple different classic disco samples throughout his clubby track for the Solid Bump compilation Pleasure & Pressure Vol. 2—maintaining a vibe not unlike Mylo's more energetic moments, all the while.
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