It seems the world's current vampire craze hasn't limited itself to film and television. Swedish electro-pop songstress Josefine Jinder has used the iconography to make the backdrop of "Youth Blood," her ode to late-nightstalkers on the prowl for a good time. From the single's second remix EP, entitled Youth Blood Scandinavian Remixes, tech-house duo Boboes Kaelstigen give the track a filtered gloss-over suitable for ending the night's adventures. The release is out now on Trouble & Bass, who have also offered up a special promo mix from resident DJ The Captain.
The Madvillainz Beat Crew might remain an anonymous cast of producers, but their remix of "Gazzillion-Ear" is anything but shadowy—the dusty, warm beats of J Dilla's original production are transformed into cutting stabs of bass, rim-shots, and a triumphant sonic atmosphere that nicely compliments DOOM's rich, confrontational rhymes. In a nod to the original's beat-switch, Madvillainz does the same, paying homage to one of the best beat-makers of our times.
Still dolled up like fetishized East Berlin schoolmarms, Gina D’Orio and Annika Trost have kept up their art-damaged moxie, for better and worse. Uppers and Downers finds the pair unleashing more go-go swing, electroclash sleaze, and enough cryptic lyrics to puzzle feminist dissections for ages—on "Hello Celebrity" the girls catcall wonton-eating stars. Indie guitar icons Thurston Moore and J. Mascis show up on “Hang Up the Pinup” to flesh out a scuzzy metal jam while the ladies randomly hack up their vocals. Read more »
Is the multitude of year-end lists breaking your brain yet? If so, let us provide the grey matter a little respite by lacing you with ANOTHER CRAZY AMAZING LIST OF AWESOME SHIT FROM THE LAST 12 MONTHS!!!! Today, the jubilant jamz that kept us Bumpin' in 2K9—a.k.a. hotness for cruisin' down tha avenue in our pimp-ass rides. Read more »
Though he has worked stages and studios for nearly 30 years alongside veterans like Carl Craig, Derrick May, and Juan Atkins, Anthony "Shake" Shakir has only produced one-off compilation tracks, EPs, and 12" releases in the past. With the forthcoming release of Frictionalism 1994-2009, the seminal Detroit-based techno producer will soon have an official full-length album under his belt. Read more »
German house and techno producer Rainer Weichhold throws a bit of a twist into his repertoire with his latest single, "Infernal." The veteran DJ seems to try something new—making techno beats with the sounds of classic disco. Instead of hypnotic synth and drum machine loops, Weichhold used samples of live drums and percussion, bass guitar, and string sections to bring his grooves to life. The affect is still as chilly as any run-of-the-mill techno track, but "Infernal" stands apart thanks to its unique sonic lineage.
These 10 new tracks, plus electro-boogie romp "The Beat of the Heart" from 2008, mark a departure from Berliner Daniel Meteo's deep, dubby, island roots-inspired productions on ~scape and his own Meteosound imprints. His new approach crisscrosses genre borders, adding ambient and pop flavors, and the results are mixed. Read more »
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