We caught a short post over on FACT about UK house/garridge veteran Todd Edwards Tweeting about giving away all of his out-of-print remixes from over the years through his SoundCloud account. Read more »
One of the many uncredited Fischerspooner ensemble members, Michael Cheever is Le Chev, and this is his remix of Lemonade's (pictured above) "Lifted," which originally appeared on the band's Pure Moods EP. The song already dripped with bright, syrupy emotion, but this rework commissioned for the recently released single—which also features remixes from Shortstuff, Hackman, Ghosts on Tape, and others—is absolutely soaked in lovelorn poignance. Le Chev's track is a slow-grooving number rooted in many of the ideas pushed by future-boogie producers like Onra and Devonwho. But around the three-minute mark, his version hits a higher level of heartfelt-chest-beating, singing-with-your-eyes-closed, pleading-to-the-unknown-with-every-bit-of-your-soul balladry usually reserved for our favorite R&B classics. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Brooklyn trio These Are Powers has certainly changed a lot over the years. While the band was once known for angular guitar squall and dense post-punk percussion, "Anything Above Nothing" finds them adeptly combining a galloping, almost tribal drum beat with catchy R&B melodies. And frontwoman Anna Barrie's singing... it's actually, like, sweet and pleasant, albeit with just enough sass to keep things interesting. With percussionist Bill Salas (a.k.a. XLR8R fave Brenmar) taking a greater role in the group's production and recording, we're excited to see where These Are Powers' new direction leads. However, we'll probably have to wait until later in the summer to hear more, as the trio is about to embark on a European tour for most of July. Peep the dates at the band's myspace page.
Yesterday, the highly touted, noisy guitar- and distortion-pedal enthusiasts of New York's A Place to Bury Strangers dropped a brand-new EP, called I Lived My Life to Stand in the Shadow of Your Heart, via Mute. The five-track release features one original song from APTBS, "Girlfriend," along with the title track, which is originally on the band's last full-length album, Exploding Head. Read more »
On its most recent release, NY-based dub/dubstep/dancehall/bass music label Subatomic Sound comes with one of the stranger collaborations in dubstep's history. The label brought together a small handfull of disparate names from the music world and beyond for its recently released Chrome Optimism EP. Read more »
Here, two dubstep juggernauts come together for a track of epic proportions. From his just-released mix album for !K7's DJ-KiCKS series, Kode9's "You Don't Wash" was turned over to Martyn (pictured above) for another forward-thinking take on the tune. Martyn heaped on some of his trademark tumbling percussive beats, warped vocal loops, and sub-rumbling bass melodies, along with a fresh addition to his repertoire: a melody from something that sounds like a synthetic violin or fiddle. His track grows steadily with intensity until its midpoint, where the beat drops out and makes way for the new synth sounds to find their legs and carry the song into its final half.
Next week, the folks at Hotflush Recordings will be releasing their latest slice of dubstep-not-dubstep, the debut single from George FitzGerald. It's actually coming out on the Hotflush Two imprint, home to similarly genre-bending offerings from artists like Sigha, Untold, Pangea, and Joy Orbison, whose game-changing "Hyph Mngo" dropped on Hotflush Two last year. With their old-school rave synths, soulful vocal snippets, and mellowed-out techno vibe, these tracks from George FitzGerald are the closest things we've heard to "Hyph Mngo Part 2," so it comes as little surprise that he is also slated to release future material on Joy Orbison's own Doldrums label. In the meantime, we've got the exclusive streams of the present George FitzGerald release right here on XLR8R.com. Read more »
Londoner Paul Rose (a.k.a. Hotflush label boss Scuba) moved to Berlin a mere two years ago, but in that short time, he's made the killer full-length, Triangulation, and kick-started the city's best dubstep night, Sub:stance Read more »
Another act from the burgeoning witch house scene, Brooklyn's Creep just finished up this rework of "Green Knight," from Memory Tapes' Seek Magic album. The song is transformed into something far more orchestral and pared-down by Creep's two members, who inject their own ominous electronic hums and plinking, reverberated melodies into the mix. There have certainly been a lot of remixes done for Memory Tapes since his debut dropped last year, yet this latest from Creep stands high above many of them thanks to its simultaneous dedication to the original sound and fresh ideas. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
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