Rapper/producer Oh No is Michael Jackson. Literally. He was born Michael Jackson, which isn't an easy burden to haul around when you're an aspiring musician and your older brother Madlib is being celebrated as a living legend. Yet he pressed on, carved out a small niche in the hip-hop underground for himself, and a few years back, tackled the whole MJ issue head on by remixing the Off the Wall album. Oh No called it Michael Jackson vs. Michael Jackson, and although obvious legal/sample issues prevented the record from ever seeing a proper release, today this small piece of project emerged on YouTube. Read more »
There must be something in the water down in Texas, because it seems to be the only place on Earth with a steady supply of cumbia crunk. Yes, cumbia crunk. It's exactly what it sounds like—low-slung, hard-hitting hip-hop beats with all kind of chopped-up accordion riffs, classic cumbia-isms, and rap acapellas layered over the top. And for whatever reason, all the best stuff comes from Texas. The latest participant to pop up is Corpus Christi's DJ Dus. He's part of the Peligrosa crew along with DJ Orion and has already digitally released one album this year, entitled Soy Yo!. "Noche de Estrellas" comes off his freshly released Enemigo Publico EP, and it's a zoned-out version of the vintage cumbia anthem that slowly thumps over some screwed hip-hop beats. More new music from Dus is expected later this summer on Ernest Gonzales' Exponential label.
Here's a quick piece from Arp's forthcoming second album, The Soft Wave. The two-and-a-half-minute "White Light" is an experience of fuzzy static and other variously manipulated noises, all wrapped around a constant loop of soft guitar strums. Occasionally, a semblance of melody outside of the hypnotic guitar work bubbles to the surface, but those flute puffs and electronic hums are short blips in the timeline. "White Light" is a small, temporary place, most likely created by Arp as a doorway to a larger room. (via Pitchfork)
When you’re stuck at a shitty techno club at 4:00 a.m., 20 minutes outside of Barcelona, with no ride in sight and no money to pay for one either, one thing becomes abundantly clear: half the fun of Sónar is giving in to serendipity. Read more »
The translation of "Saanko Jäädä Yöksi?," the first single from Finnish electronic twee-pop trio Regina's new album, Puutarhatrilogia, into English is "Can I Stay the Night?". But if you're listening to Ghosts on Tape's (pictured above) remix of the song, it comes across much more like "I'm Not Going Anywhere, So Let's Fucking Dance." The drastic shift in vibe and genre (from lighthearted pop tune to late-night club heater) might lead one to wonder what—outside of the etheral vocal samples that waft in and out of earshot—exactly did producer Ryan Merry use from the original song to color in the thick rhythms of his version. Really though, it doesn't matter; the tune crafted by Ghosts on Tape is full of enough of his own style (crunchy tropical percussion, floating melodic elements, massive wallops of bass, and hypnotic rave tendencies) to allow his production to stand confidently with or without the "remix" tag.
Young UK DJ/producer and Numbers label co-conspirator Jack "Jackmaster" Revill graced last week's Sónar festival in Barcelona with a stellar mix of the many kinds of bass music and future-house tunes propagated by his insanely talented cohorts. Read more »
Yes, we did post up the Le Chev Remix of this song just yesterday, but XLR8R is never worried about overkill when it comes to Brooklyn trio Lemonade. Ever since they left San Francisco to set up shop on the (L)East Coast, we've been missing their unique blend of tropical rhythms, vintage dance-pop, and psychedelic weirdness. But if the new remix package for "Lifted" is any indication, the boys' taste in electronic music hasn't diminished one bit. Here they've enlisted UK producer Hackman, who stretches the song's vocals and steel-drum melodies over a mellow house beat that pops and shuffles its way through a relaxing five-plus minutes. (Warning: bad joke ahead.) If Lemonade is the audio equivalent of a cool beverage on a hot day, then perhaps this Hackman remix is the audio equivalent of an Arnold Palmer. Get it? Lemonade? Arnold Palmer? Eh? Get it? (via FACT)
Truthfully, we're a little surprised Ann Arbor, Michigan's long-standing electronic label, Ghostly International, hasn't already broken the 100 mark in its discography. Throughout its decade-plus time as an artful, forward-thinking music hub, Ghostly has released a huge amount of great records with amazing packaging tailor-made to fit each eclectic release. But this limited-edition 100th release absolutely takes the cake. Read more »
After sharing a snippet from his older Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixx CD, El-P was kind enough to let us have a taste of his forthcoming third installment for the series. "Meanstreak (In 3 Parts)" is an old-school-futuristic beat triptych that could soundtrack some sort of gangsta version of Blade Runner—we'd call the movie Blunt Runner. Dome-thumping MPC beats are paired with grimy bass synths, buzzing insect-inspired melodies, and El-P's uncanny ability to make shifting between three seemingly disparate productions sound seamless and wholly necessary. Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 is out August 3.
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