Two years following their last album and not much longer after a move from San Francisco to Baltimore, the experimentally inclined pair of Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel (a.k.a. Matmos) have finally put the finishing touches on their collaborative work with Brooklyn's So Percussion. Read more »
The pairing of Southern California beat maker Teebs with the UK's Jackhigh has yielded some decidedly mellow sounds, as heard on this track from their collaborative seven-song EP, The Tropics. As Teebs & Jackhigh, the duo crafted "Clutch," a song which seems to borrow more from Teebs' penchant for ambiance than Jackhigh's sample-heavy beats. The song's atmosphere is laid thick as a London fog—allowing only particularly shimmering elements and low register rumbles to break through the swirling haze. It's perplexing to think how that sound came about given the duo's creative process; each song on The Tropics EP was crafted by manipulating a single sound file, instead of the usual arrangement of stems tweaked within computer software. Such unique approaches, sound experiments, and hand-painted art work by Teebs (shown above) make for one of the more interesting beat records to come out as of late.
Buenos Aires-based three-piece Tremor have been blurring the lines between traditional and digital musics for quite a bit now, and so it's no surprise that one of the kings of digital cumbia, El Remolon, has done a fantastic job in remixing the late 2009 piece. Though he strays from the saya rhythm of the original, El Remolón keeps the cross-cultural sonic textures of "Viajante" relatively intact, allowing both native South American music as well as Balkan melodies to weave in and out of each other in a seamless fashion. Ideal for an international dance party—or just any party. Taken from the just-released Caracol EP, which also features remixes from Clorofila of Mexico's Nortec Collective and fellow ZZK artists King Coya and Chancha Vía Circuito.
For her debut solo album, Ninca Leece throws small organic touches (think: babbling child) and quirky glitches into a melodic dreamland that alternates between subtle Télépopmusik-era house and bouncy electro-pop. The playful French producer's vocals could easily go bitchy à la Miss Kittin, but tend to end up cheery and sweet, as exemplified by the infectious, funky-bass-inflected single "Sitting on Top of the World." Where Leece opts to croon in her native tongue ("The Beast"), her simple lyrics suddenly become mysterious and sensual. Read more »
XLR8R favorites FaltyDL and Ikonika have featured remixes on Ital Tek's upcoming EP, Moment in Blue. Ikonika's remix of "Moment in Blue" takes the somewhat dark atmospherics of the original and turns it on its head, crafting a breezy, near-tropical funky track that is perfect for summer, whereas FaltyDL keeps some of the original's shadows in place. Read more »
Next Tuesday, April 27, DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz imprint will be adding Techno Rumba, the official debut EP from Oakland producer Chief Boima, to its impressive global-bass discography. Featuring a remix by Rupture & Shadetek and another by Uproot Andy, the EP finds Boima skillfully weaving African rhythms and melodies into modern dancefloor sounds. Preview the whole thing right here, and grab yourself a copy when it drops next week. Read more »
Earlier today, Austin-based DJ/producer Bird Peterson posted a new mixtape, Drankenstein, on the Mad Decent blog. Purportedly inspired by his love of "the Dirty South and the use of trance synths in current rap," Drankenstein features 15 tracks layering crunk acapellas over "classic" trance melodies. No, we're not joking. Read more »
Cold Cave, Wavves, DD/MM/YYYY, Glass Candy, Teengirl Fantasy, and More Join Iggy & The Stooges at NXNE
Though not quite a counterpart to the massive SXSW extravaganza, Canada's NXNE festival does offer its own special attractions. In addition to massive headliners the likes of Iggy & The Stooges and X's first performance on Canadian soil in 20 years, XLR8R faves Cold Cave, Glass Candy, Gold Panda, Indian Jewelry, Teengirl Fantasy, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, and more will be helping fill out the list of 650 bands playing over the course of seven days. Read more »
Any XLR8R reader with a pulse has probably noticed our unabashed affinity for the Night Slugs camp and all it has done to energize London dance music. In recent months, its reach has extended well beyond the English capital, even into the snowy wilds of Canada, as Toronto-based producer Egyptrixx was tapped for the second Night Slugs release. Read more »
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