To commemorate their recent tour together, Washington DC's Fort Knox Five and Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak have worked out a remix swap—each group taking a stab at one of the other's tracks. For Kraak & Smaak's reinterpretation, they tweaked and twisted "What Make Ya Dance feat. Rootz," a song that originally sounded something like a contemporary "Low Rider." Here, pilfering only a horn loop and Rootz's vocal track, the song is turned into a classic rave-up chock full of skronking basslines, punchy breakbeats, and sinister synth melodies.
Creating space techno from a jazz perspective is not a common approach, but somehow the duo of Skinnerbox manage to do just that on "King of Diamonds," utilizing a 7/8 time signature, harp-like synth arpeggiations, some weird acid squelch, and a warm Moog-driven melody. Though the track's sound is certainly of the present, it does share some lovely similarities with old Mr. Fingers workouts and more meditative Detroit tracks of the 1990s. If this is the future of techno, then we have a lot to look forward to!
Bradford Cox (a.k.a. Atlas Sound) may lead a rock band, Atlanta’s Deerhunter, but on his own, he commands altogether hazier and more fragile armies. Last year’s Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel was all loops, electro-static, and burbling reverb—Deerhunter stuffed into a microchip. Now with the folk-tinged Logos, Cox is finally letting some air into the room—along with some friends. Read more »
Taken from an official Gucci Mane mixtape in the works over at the Diplo-run Mad Decent camp, his remix of "Danger's Not a Stranger" doesn't sound quite like something the Philly-based party starter would make. Subdued synths, soft-sung choir vocals, and a R&B piano melody jacked from Mariah Carey kick the track off before a head-nodding beat and Gucci's guttural croon take it to new levels. The remix is probably one of the most thoughtful and seemingly heartfelt tracks from Diplo in recent memory—which isn't all that surprising since he's an unabashed Gucci fan—and provides a great contrast to the rapper's original tune with DJ Drama. (via Mad Decent)
Beginning with atmospheric, echo-chamber synths and machine-like secondary percussive flourishes, Numan's "Skull Crusher" explodes into glitched-out, distorted synth stabs, buzzing bass, and a crisp dubstep beat. At only 18, the Mancunian producer and DJ's work is anything but subtle, but the youngster has already received accolades from Mary Anne Hobbs, Oneman, and perhaps most importantly, Philly's Starkey and Dev 79, who are releasing the tune on their own Slit Jockey imprint.
The first track on Liars' forthcoming fifth album, Sisterworld, beguiles the listener—coaxing us into a soft bed of vocal melodies and quiet orchestral arrangements that, at the risk of sounding trite, sound not unlike something from a post-Kid A Radiohead. Then, ever so abruptly, a smash of drums and distorted guitars remind us this is indeed a Liars song. It's an interesting re-introduction to a band that continues to challenge themselves both musically and in concept. Sisterworld is out March 9 on Mute.
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