Almost a decade and a half after its first release, !K7's DJ-KiCKS series is being treated to less of a typcial DJ mix and more of a music history lesson, courtesy of DFA mainstay Juan MacLean. The disco and house-obsessed artist took the six months before recording his contribution to DJ-KiCKS debating the relevance of the craft in 2010, and came to the conclusion that he would rather delve into his roots in dance music. Read more »
The UK's 10-20 cuts straight to the chase on its new track, "majik." Within five seconds, a fully formed beat jumps into the forefront, flanked by ephemeral sonics and swirling bits of electronic soundscape, and doesn't quit, save for a few seconds of intermittent reprieve, until the song's seven minutes are up. "majik" could be mistaken for an early-'00s Autechre cut, or something from maximalist producer Clark's catalog, though it manages to maintain a clustered aesthetic all its own. The track is taken off the forthcoming Mountain EP, the third in 10-20's four-part geographically conceptual Landform series.
A Bronx-based mixing pioneer, John Morales certainly worked with some disco luminaries, and it is these tracks on best-of collection The M&M Mixes that still hit with force. Selections from Curtis Hairston, First Choice, and Universal Robot Band still get people out on the floor at gay disco nights, mostly because of Morales' use of prominent funk bass and ass-shaking congas. Read more »
The upcoming album from Daedelus is a study in juxtapositions: 19th-century China rubs up against the tele-technological future, organic sonic textures play with electronics, and hope is mixed with an uncertainty about a sinister future. Righteous Fists of Harmony is a sonic tribute to the thousands of Chinese martial artists who died during the Boxer Rebellion, as well as a musing about our society's reliance on contemporary technologies. Read more »
Late last year, XLR8R commissioned a number of city-themed podcasts to celebrate the launch of our City Guide mobile application. Now that the app has been made available for the Google Nexus One and Motorola Droid, we're continuing the City Guide podcast series to celebrate the sounds of our favorite cities. For this installment, we check in with Boston, one of the oldest cities in the US, albeit not one necessarily known as a hotbed of electronic music. Read more »
Robag Wruhme, best known as one-half of house duo The Wighnomy Brothers, has joined the eclectic Circus Company fray for his latest EP, PrOVIANT. Featuring four tracks, the EP displays the sonics that Wruhme does best: minimal that somehow manages to stay organic in its aural textures, and emotional house that can be compared to Herbert, or even Isolée. Read more »
Known as one of the founding members of the Shinkoyo music collective as well as a resident at Brooklyn's Paris London West Nile performance space, Zeljko McMullen (pronounced 'zhel-ko') has recently been returning to the dance forms of his youth. But rather than producing dark, hard techno tracks that hurry along at ungodly speeds, McMullen's Wish project has a brighter feeling. "trippelette," for example, is a shimmering number featuring warm bass tones, astoundingly multi-layered synth polyrhythms, and watery, high-frequency tinklings. Like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the piece is bound to make it onto stereo systems as warmer weather approaches. For more information as well as other tracks from the Wish project and Shinkoyo, check out his artist page.
Tracey Thorn, the singer-songwriter best known for her seminal role in Everything But the Girl, will see her latest album released this May. For Love and Its Opposite, Thorn has once again teamed up with producer Ewan Pearson to meditate on love's joys and pitfalls. Read more »
Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth are undoubtedly the contemporary band most deserving of a Tom Moulton mix: the group's powerful soul sound, led by three lead vocalists, recalls the heady days when soul and the new disco sound were often indistinguishable from each other. Tom Moulton stretches "Don't Take My Shadow" in all of the right spots, letting its Philly International stylings breathe—the strings alone are intoxicating in their repetitions. The piece is taken from the group's upcoming record on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, titled The Outsiders Are Back.
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