Bar none, XLR8R's favorite compilation of 2009 was DJ Koze's Reincarnations remix collection on Get Physical—hell, it ranks up there amongst the year's best records period. The Hamburg DJ/producer gave his signature treatment to tracks from artists as disparate as Chilean house god Matías Aguayo and '60s German torch singer Hildegard Knef. Read more »
Young Harlem transplant Mike Slott crafts glitchy, futuristic beats that fall somewhere between dubstep, hip-hop, and old-school breaks. What's most interesting about "40 Winx," then, is that it is so soothing, featuring bass sounds that recall Ellen Allien, and shimmering high frequency loops that can best be described as dreamy. Fresh off of a collaborative effort with Hudson Mohawke, the rest of Slott's latest mini-album, titled Lucky 9teen, is an exercise in creating ambient music from a jazzy, hip-hop perspective; in other words, the Irish native proves himself to be one of the more versatile and interesting producers working right now.
Given the success of The Juan Maclean's "Happy House," it's no surprise that the DFA decided to release a load of new remixes of the disco-house banger. Dance-pop auteurs VHS or BETA actually disco up the track a bit more, making the handclaps chunkier, adding some laser-synth stabs, and inserting a violin run that screams 1979 at Studio 54. While the remix doesn't really alter the original enough to make it a great departure, it adds an element of campy disco fun to an already excellent piece of dance music, and with other remixes from Will Saul & Mike Monday, Chateau Flight, and Lazaro Casanova, there are plenty of reasons to check out this new remix package.
On 2562’s debut, Aerial, songs like “Greyscale” and “Techno Dread,” both dub-centric meditations defined by roving basslines and gratifying percussive taps and crashes, suggested that the Dutch producer dabbled in a single color palette—gray. On Unbalance, Dave Huisimans plays a bit more Pantone, weaving in classic dance sounds for a more slinky, refined voice. Read more »
Gothamist reports that Juan MacLean live drummer and full-time member of Maserati, Jerry Fuchs, died early Sunday morning after a fall from an elevator shaft in a Brooklyn apartment building. Read more »
I don’t remember how I first met Dust La Rock, but I do remember last summer. I shared a backyard with a member of his Brooklyn BMX gang and at the end of long sweltering days, I often ended up sharing a beer or three with the quick-witted graphic powerhouse while he attempted to sell me pieces of his techstep drum & bass collection. (I didn’t buy any.) Read more »
It's been four years since Kieran Hebden (better known to most as Four Tet) released Everything Ecstatic, his fourth album of his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink style of music production. While he's managed to keep listeners happy with his Ringer EP, a remix album, and his fittingly mysterious collaborative effort with Burial, it's safe to assume that There is Love in You, Four Tet's forthcoming fifth full-length, is a long time coming for his fans wanting a proper release. The album will hit retailers via Domino January 26, preceded by the single "Love Cry," backed with the exclusive "Our Bells" track. A "Love Cry" remix 12", featuring versions by Roska and Joy Orbison, is also in the works. Check out Love in You's tracklist after the jump. Read more »
If you thought the original of "Baby Can't Stop" was massive, then the Aeroplane remix will seem earth-shattering. The early-'80s disco-funk sound of Lindstrøm & Christabelle's original is transformed into a stomping disco-house number, filled with cosmic synth flourishes, acoustic guitar strums, chunky handclaps, and high-frequency washes accompanied by some out-there arpeggiations. While it may be hard to imagine another artist sounding more Lindstrøm than Lindstrøm, Aeroplane succeeds in the best way possible, giving us one of the best remixes of 2009. Lindstrøm & Christabelle's Real Life Is No Cool comes out on January 19, 2010.
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