When people talk about The New Detroit, it's a safe bet that 18-year-old producer and DJ Kyle Hall is going to be a major part of the conversation. Born into a musical family, Hall grew up in the same Motor City neighborhood as techno legends like Robert Hood, Kelli Hand, and Anthony "Shake" Shakir, was later mentored by guys like Mike Huckaby, and now sits at the forefront of his hometown's next generation. Read more »
After shutting down operations for a month, San Francisco computer-music-gear retailer, occasional live venue, and how-to hot-spot Robotspeak will be re-opening its doors with a new business model and new storefront hours on Friday, June 18. Read more »
This über-wonky tune by UK producer Rekordah comes to us courtesy of the first release from his new label Astro:Dynamics. The forthcoming compilation shares its name with the record label, and features the likes of beatmakers Slugabed and LuckyMe's Mike Slott and The Blessings. Rekordah's contribution, "Candy Flossin'," as said before, is pretty crazy. Extremely warped samples somehow manage to push some semblance of a melody, while tumbling sound effects and subtle bass tones flesh out what could technically be described as a rhythm. Seems like Hudson Mohawke has some company in the sugar-high weirdo realm of beat music.
Jeremy P. Caulfield's Dumb-Unit imprint has been chugging for 10 years, and in celebration, the label owner (pictrured) has collaborated with Exercise One on the 10 Year Tango 12", which also features a collaborative remix with DU artist Elon. A champion of hard-driving, wonky techno sounds from the likes of Jake Fairley, Visionquest, and Butane, among others, the label has carved a niche for itself even in the post-minimal age, releasing hard grooves from a newer generation of producers like Maetrik, Ahmet Sisman, and Cesare vs. Disorder. Check out some videos showcasing the label's history after the jump! Read more »
Flying Lotus produced this latest slice from Killer Mike, the ATL MC best known for his 2003 hit, "A.D.I.D.A.S." The woozy sonics of FlyLo certainly shine through on the track, which features rolling bass fuzz, spacey synth lines, and a strange peeping of a section of Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body." Killer Mike's sure, relaxed delivery mixes perfectly, and there's no doubt that he ain't lying when he spits that "we smoke Thai sticks 'til we look Chinese." A definite summer jam.
Producer and mix-master of precious, simple melody and rhythm, New York's Arp (a.k.a. Alexis Georgopoulos) just offered a mix of the kinds of bands, artists, and songs he includes under the umbrella of "minimal" (or what most people might call "minimalism"). Read more »
Ukraine's three-week-long Kazantip festival, which refers to itself as a nation and its attendees as citizens, will feature more than 100 DJs on several stages this August, including Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, M.A.N.D.Y. (pictured above), Marco Carola, and Loco Dice. With artists from Get Physical, Poker Flat, and Cocoon making appearances during several showcases, the world's longest rave is bound to leave some party-goers recovering for all of September. Read more »
Last week, we offered up a streaming preview of Long Distance, the latest effort from boogie-minded French producer Onra. The 21-track opus has plenty of memorable moments, but few rhymes, as it's a mostly instrumental effort. But when MCs do pop up on the record, the results are incredibly natural. On "The One," T3 of much-missed Detroit outfit Slum Village—who incidentally have a new album on the way—builds on the upbeat vibe of Onra's funky grooves, lending the track an old-school summertime feel. Now that temperatures are heating up, feel free put this tune on at your local backyard BBQ—we promise, no one is going to be upset.
Appleblim has been using Joe's "Untitled" as a secret weapon in sets for months now, so it's no surprise that his Apple Pips label is set to release the track along with "Digest," a more experimental B-side, this July. Merging a minimal sensibility with jungle funk and hints of grime, the Hessle-associated producer's tracks are pleasing in both the contexts of the bedroom and the dancefloor, as they straddle the line between head music and body music perfectly.
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