It's hard to believe that classic American house music is nearing 30 years old, even as the music continues to mutate and endure on dancefloors around the globe. Twenty years in, Strictly Rhythm has come to be synonymous with the genre. 20 Years. Remixed. stuffs two discs with the label's most iconic tracks from big names like Ultra Nate, Armand Van Helden, and Barbara Tucker, leaving new twists to a younger generation of remixers. Read more »
Another stand-out remix from the just-released Ghostly compilation, The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night, Paul White's version of Mux Mool's "Wolf Tone Symphony" ups the original's hip-hop vibe quite a bit. In fact, you'd almost expect the track title to come with an "(Instrumental)" tag; the shuffling rhythm of White's reworked beat sounds is dying to be rhymed over. Only vocal samples are present, however, but White properly fills in the available space with enough melodic synth work to make up for "Symphony"'s lack of fiery cadence.
To celebrate 4/20 and the forthcoming release of Cosmogramma, Flying Lotus and members of his Brainfeeder crew will descend on the Dublab studios in Los Angeles for several hours to play some records and make some psychedelic sounds especially for you. To open the show, FlyLo will take you through the chosen cuts from the new LP, with other likely participants including The Gaslamp Killer, Ras G, Daedelus, Teebs, Matthewdavid, and Dr. Strangeloop. Read more »
Yokohama's BD1982 has a new album out now, and if the title single below is any indication, Let's Talk Math promises to be one of the most interesting funky, bass-driven records of the year. Featuring heavily-delayed synth-guitar plucks, lushly-vocoded vocal elements, and a daring near-tribal percussion sound, "Let's Talk Math" is fluid enough that it could fit into anything, from a Villalobos set to a Starkey mixtape. BD1982 performs quite a feat here, proving that bass music need not always contain subsonic throbs to work wonders on a dancefloor.
New York's reignited love affair with disco has been going strong for more than a decade now, and My Cousin Roy has been right in the thick of it. As head of the Wurst label, Roy has played a key role in the scene's thriving re-edit culture while also overseeing some of NY's most legendary parties. This past winter he was holed up in the studio, often with fellow NYC DJ/producer Nick Chacona, with whom he operates under the name Beg to Differ. Read more »
Kompakt co-founder Michael Mayer is readying the release of his third installment of the Immer series in June. Featuring Kompakt classics like Closer Musik's "Departures" as well as newer deep sounds from Culoe de Song, Immer 3 promises to be the most expansive installment of the series yet, with Mayer's emotional take on techno ever-present. Check out the tracklisting after the jump! Read more »
Though the vocal sample might be a bit tired—after all, we don't really need to hear another asshole intoning about the awesomeness of money—the instrumental elements of both Tom Trago's remix are jacking enough to make up for it. Trago's remix is especially nice, as it takes the more minimal stems of the original and transforms the piece into a Chicago-style electro-house track with a nice shuffle moving throughout and a shimmering synth apex that recalls The Youngsters' "Rock to the Bit." In the end, the vocals on the "The Wallet" make it a great track to get early crowds onto a dancefloor, but an instrumental version of Trago's remix would also be welcome.
Many words come to mind when first listening to the title track of the latest EP from Robot Koch, Listen To Them Fade, but "massive" seems to stand as the most appropriate. Booming toms, kick drums, and all sorts of percussive sounds and unfamiliar utterances start things off—sounding like the beginning of a ceremonial sacrifice on Mars—before the song eventually morphs into a more recognizable dubstep banger. Mexican singer Grace's soulful voice is featured prominently through "Fade," and acts as a sort of connection between the real world and Koch's tumultuous sonic environment.
When it comes to Los Angeles' music scene, there's no avoiding the heralded cipher circle Project Blowed and beat-head bastion Low End Theory. Nocando's debut, Jimmy the Lock, lives in both worlds. With a fully automatic delivery full of wig-splitting wordplay, the battle-tested Blowedian fires inventive, idiosyncratic, and unpredictable rhymes. Topics range from navigating LA life on "Exploits and Glitches" to sex with minors on the R. Read more »
UK beatmaker Four Tet (a.k.a. Kieran Hebden) has recently released a couple of 12-inches for "Sing," the latest single from his impeccable There Is Love in You album. Given that the album's clubbier direction was partially inspired by time spent at London nightspots like Plastic People, it's no surprise the Hebden has selected some choice remixers from the city's vibrant post-dubstep/future-garage/someone-really-needs-to-give-it-a-proper-name-soon music scene. Read more »
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