As a former member of the genre-bending Black Strobe, Ivan Smagghe's contribution to the popular Robert Johnson mix series suitably features an eclectic selection of different dance music styles, from the hypnotic minimal sexiness of the Wighnomy Brothers to the campy disco revival of In Flagranti. While employing this sort of catholic selecting technique is laudable, the individual tracks here have such personality that the overall feel is one of scattered incohesiveness. Read more »
Hot on the heels of Friends of Friends Vol. 2 (if you need a refresher, we posted a couple of mp3s from the release), the LA-based label is coming back with the Self Awakening EP from Texan Ernest Gonzales. Featuring remixes by Faunts, Yppah, and Mexicans with Guns, the EP should also whet appetites for Gonzales' upcoming full-length, slated for release on FoF early next year. In the meantime, they've offered up the EP's title track for download—its melancholy guitar work recalls bands like Tristeza, but Gonzales' music is also backed by peppy laptop beats and glazed with a warm Nintendo fuzz.
When it comes to dubstep and the outer fringes of UK garage, few names ring out quite like Kode9. Next week, the Hyperdub label head will release 5, a two-disc compilation that both looks back at the influential label's history and lays the groundwork for its future. To help commemorate the release, we asked Kode9 to submit something for the XLR8R podcast. Read more »
Los Angeles beatsmith and FlyLo compatriot Samiyam is yet another foot soldier in Southern California's army of electro-crunk futurists. Taken from the Cinnaman- and Jay Scarlett-compiled compilation Beat Dimensions 2, "Swamp Tarts" glides on a stuttering beat while speaker-rattling synth stabs and woozy melodies creep into your earlobes. Blunted beats for 2010 and beyond.
Known to many as Helado Negro or as collaborator with Guillermo Scott Herren on Savath y Savalas, Brooklyn-based overachiever Roberto Carlos Lange has contributed his productions to Volume 5 of Asthmatic Kitty's ongoing Library Catalog Music Series. His 12-track exploration of elongated rhythms, warped analog effects, and found-sound collages, entitled Music for Memory, is a stand-up addition to the series' other installments (we previously shared tracks from Volumes 1 and 3). Here, "Amazonian Pacific" starts out like a warbled Flying Lotus b-side before it descends into rhythmic field recordings, vocal loops, and reverberated machine noise; returning occasionally to friendlier, head-nodding beats.
Drawing inspiration from the halcyon days of juice bars, loft parties, and the earliest glimpses of the Chicago rave scene, Melvin Oliphant’s skewed vision of the past is a creative force unto itself. Read more »
San Francisco's NastyNasty is one of the Bay's up-and-coming masters of bass, and on "No Names," he kicks it down with dark bass rumblings, synth blips, and some truly impressive polyrhythmic intensity. Though the genre can often get a bit tired, this track is particularly noteworthy because of a prominent Marvin Gaye vocal sample, which turns a well-done but standard bass track into a much more sentimental affair, with a resonance approaching that of Burial. Next month sees a new single on Frite Nite, featuring remixes from wonky leftfield bass producer Slugabed, among others.
Founding member of Canada's improvisational techno outfit Cobblestone Jazz, Danuel Tate, has announced the follow up to 2007's Pushcard EP, the 5-track Doesn't Like You Back. Coming October 19 on Wagon Repair, Tate's latest output showcases his proclivity for jazz-influenced tech-house delivered with a strong dose of swelling horn sections and playful vocoder synth throughout. Doesn't Like You Back is also said to convey the "moment on the dance floor when you realize the woman next to you is way out of your league." Truthfully, as long as we're gettin' down to these beats, we're not too worried about that. Tracklist and more after the jump. Read more »
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