House producer Pezzner has been working for more than 16 years, but June will mark the release of The Tracks are Alive, his debut long-runner on Freerange. The Seattle-based DJ-producer brings his eclectic style to the disc, throwing everything from Reich-influenced minimal techno to lush, loopy disco into the mix. Two singles are already in the works as well, with remixes by Lusine and Stimming. Read more »
London's jack-of-all-trades Sinden has announced the creation of a new label, dubbed Grizzly, with two releases already slated for April and May. Aiming to reflect his "all-embracing, twisted-up" style of club music and beat-making, the first release on the label will be a collaboration between Sinden himself and SBTRKT, with the sophomore slot taken by Brodinski. Read more »
Here at XLR8R, new genre and sub-genre names cross our desks all the time, but rarely do the tunes have the heft to warrant major attention. But when it comes to moombahton, weight is something the music is definitely not lacking. Dave Nada coined the term after playing some pitched-down Dutch house for his bachata- and reggaeton-loving little cousins and their friends—check this FADER interview for the full story—and decided to start making some proper edits for his DJ arsenal. Check his thunderous "Riverside" edit, which slows down the Afrojack remix of the Sidney Samson tune and also mixes in a bit of Bay Area hyphy prodigies The Pack. The entire Moombahton EP is actually available for free download, and if these heaters are any indication, club DJs may no longer have to live and die at 130 bpm. Moombahton can rock the dancefloor at 108.
Already anticipating the next album from Stars of the Lid? Perhaps It All Falls Apart, the upcoming album from which "Fervent" is taken, will whet your appetite for a while. With its light, glassy synth drones moving glacially behind a high-frequency melodic loop and dusty scratches here and there, The Sight Below crafts perfect ambient squalls to soothe the ears and mind.
Radian are no strangers to deconstruction. Through past albums like 2002's rec.extern and 2004's Juxtaposition, the Austrian trio has taken apart every aspect of their band—rhythm, melody, and songwriting—and rebuilt themselves into a glitchy, experimental post-rock outfit that defies categorization. Read more »
LA-based tech-house label Culprit has announced the 2010 line-up of its famed summer rooftop parties, and this season looks to be as slamming as those of the past. Kicking off on April 11 with Konrad Black and Martin Buttrich, the label will also host the inimitable Henrik Schwarz, Dyed Soundorom, Matt Tolfrey, Heidi, Hot Natured, and many more. Read more »
New York's familial tech-house duo The Martinez Brothers are set to release the follow up to their last single, "Debbie Downer." TMB's new EP, entitled Don't No Yet, comes to us March 16 from Objektivity after nearly a year-long hiatus, and just in time for their performance at WMC. Read more »
The grimey garage of London's Jammer gets seriously pumped up in this remix from Milwaukee's Lorn, whose reputation as a member of FlyLo's Brainfeeder crew precedes him. The crunchy bass stems of the original are brought way up in the mix, frenetic secondary percussion is added, and the backing beat is more in line with contemporary bass than the danceable grime of the original. With its truly sick breakdown that artfully incorporates the epic strings of Jammer's track, Lorn's remix is bound to get clubs burning this spring.
It's not just the name of the track that makes "Curtain Call" sound like the last salvo from Little Brother's final album, LeftBack. Amidst shimmering synth flourishes, a boogie-indebted bassline, and a shuffling drum-machine beat, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh declare, "this is it, the last monologue/last act in the play, you could say the epilogue," and then list off their thank-yous as the track fades out—sounding less like an acceptance speech than the end of a memoir. LeftBack is out April 20 on Hall of Justus.
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