On 6Blocc's remix of Venezuelan producer Pacheko's bass-heavy "Lockdown" single, the LA-based veteran DJ/producer stays true to the original, slow-grooving bassline and reverberated percussion—only going so far to drop in the occasional double-time beat and a dancehall vocal sample. Taken from the fourth volume of Seclusiasis' ongoing Street Bass Anthems series, 6Blocc's re-work fits well among the record's other lazer-dub tracks by Starkey and DNAEBeats.
Earlier this week we peppered the boys of Zombie Disco Squad with questions for our weekly Inbox feature. While that displayed Lucas Hunter's and Nat Self's lighter side, we figured the only way to really showcase their hip-hop-flavored and tropical-tinged house sound was to enlist their DJ services for the XLR8R Podcast series. Read more »
A swirl of dreamy arpeggiated synths and sparse percussion lead us into "BEAD," a track taken from budding Brooklyn trio Dinowalrus' debut album, %. The song's hazy electronics, bleating vocal attack, and occasional clarinet squawk create the perfect arena in which the band can unleash its tribal/post-punk fusion reminiscent of The Rapture, albeit on a heavy dose of psychedelics and Tangerine Dream records.
Chilean producer Matias Aguayo (formerly of Closer Musik) has created a dark carnival of an album on Ay Ay Ay, a restrained event with sustained creepiness underlying the celebration. Filled with thudding drums and melodies constructed from vocal tics, tones, whispers, and asides, it plumbs disorienting depths—imagine an Audion track where the corkscrew melodies have been replaced with a choir composed of the whispers from Lost. Read more »
In conjunction with Beats in Space radio's 10th anniversary, Tim Sweeney will showcase celebratory events in Los Angeles, New York, Glasgow, London, and San Francisco, with the latter kicking off a new monthly residency at the city's Triple Crown club. Additionally, the new year will mark the first release from Beats in Space Records, a 12" from German disco-house producer Tensnake. Read more »
With the advent of ringtone rap and hip-hop singles that all sound alike, it is a pleasure to hear some heavy MCs spitting over beats that are more late '90s than late aughts. LA's Strong Arm Steady crew has been rolling together since 2003, and this longevity is evident on "Get Started," where the internal rhymes, political commentary, and clever roasts pop with unbridled energy. Having Talib on the piece only elevates it further, and with Madlib producing, the deal is sealed: "Get Started" is some tight hip-hop for those who are tired of the tacky electro-commercialism of what is played on most "urban" radio stations. From the upcoming Stoney Jackson album on Stones Throw, produced entirely by Madlib himself.
Legendary disco-funk group the Universal Robot Band is perhaps best known for its break-out 1976 single, "Dance and Shake Your Tambourine," but the large URB crew produced a number of other singles before splitting up, including the epic "Doing Anything Tonight," which guarantees a packed dance floor whenever it's played. Part of URB's legend is intertwined with one of the most accomplished producers and remixers of the dance music era, John Morales. A remixer whose prolific output over the past 30 years has helped many people get on the floor, Morales has a new retrospective compilation coming out, The M & M Mixes, which features his extended club mix of this one-off from URB, who got back together to record the track in 1982. Though not revolutionary in its extension of the original, Morales' mix certainly allows Patrick Adams' synths to shine and gives LeRoy Burgess' voice more urgency, particularly in these times of infernal money trouble.
Out-of-control revelers at Berghain might disagree, but it seems like a lot of new techno has been greeted with a collective yawn from the dance music community in 2009. Enter Redshape, a mysterious masked man from Berlin whose debut full-length just might provide the techno world with the true north it so desperately needs. Read more »
Finnish producer Sasu Ripatti (who occasionally works under the name Vladislav Delay) made an interesting step in his musical career with the release of this year's Tummaa, an esoteric exploration of experimental music sifted through the filter of Ripatti's jazz sensibilities. Today, we were fortunate enough to receive the video interpretation of one of Tummaa's darker tracks, the slow-burning and heavily percussive "Toive." Read more »
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