San Francisco's B. Bravo has been keeping busy lately with the recent unveiling of his Computa Love EP for Frite Nite, not to mention his recent acceptance, along with the likes of Appleblim, Clark, Hudson Mohawke, Daedelus, Oneman, and Untold, into the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 in London. Here, he pilfers the hook, along with a few other elements, from '90s R&B jam "Swing My Way" by K.P. & Envyi for his bootleg remix of the same name. Bravo's production slows the tempo down a bit, introduces plenty of swirling synths, and gives the vocals a heavy dose of spacey reverb—transforming the one hit wonder into a future-boogie anthem.
Croatia's foremost funky future-jazz duo, Eddy Meets Yannah is set to release another offering of soulful, house-tinged dance tunes for its third album, entitled Fiction Jar. The long-standing outfit, which consists of Eddy Ramich on the production duties and Yannah Valdevit handling both the songwriting and vocal side of things, will release the new album via Compost on March 26, with a handful of live dates to follow. Read more »
After relocating from Chicago to Brooklyn, Brad Loving, who produces instrumental electronic tunes under the name Lobisomem, composed and recorded the varying elements which make up his upcoming Brightest Solids EP. Taken from that EP, "Plasma Is For Lovers" is a choice cut of Loving's loosely structured songwriting, which he creates digitally before dedicating it to tape and tweaking it further, and showcases a playful style of electronic production akin to the likes of E*Vax or Dntel scoring a kid's version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Brightest Solids EP is out February 23 on Tall Corn.
Frankfurt clubbing institution Robert Johnson keeps it close to home on the fourth installment of their ongoing mix series. Having manned the decks for nearly a decade at the club's Liquid night, Thomas Hamman and Gerd Janson are no newcomers to the world of house, and on Live at Robert Johnson Vol. 4, the duo weaves a striking, confident testament to the genre. Mirroring the exemplary track record of Janson's Running Back label, the selections here are impeccable. Read more »
Stylist: Kristin Vincent
Assistant Stylist: Nadia Koch
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Appleby
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DJ /Rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz label, blog and parties are indisputably ground zero for New York's exploding global bass scene. Here, we speak with Shadetek and longtime collaborator Jahdan Blakkamoore about the rising tide of dancehall, daggering, Latin, and tropical and what it takes to push music into the future.
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It's a tall order to remix this classic ghetto-house track from Chicago's DJ Deeon, but if anyone is up to the task, it is Brenmar (pictured above) from Brooklyn outfit These Are Powers. He speeds the piece up a bit, adds some frenetic secondary percussion, and takes the original's vocal to the cutting-room floor, delaying it along the way. And with the remix making appearances in banging sets by XLR8R favorites Bok Bok and Ikonika, among others, there are plenty of reasons to blast this remix loud.
At the end of March, veteran trip-hop producer Bonobo will be releasing Black Sands, his fourth album. In the meantime, he's let the world munch on "Eyesdown," a sultry offering highlighted by a soulful vocal turn from Andreya Triana. Even more to our liking is this remix from London-based duo Warrior One, who crank up the tempo, swap out the original's trip-hop haze for a lively UK funky shuffle, and chop Triana's vocals to hypnotic perfection. Also featuring remixes from Floating Points and Appleblim, the "Eyesdown" single is sure to be a hot commodity for all those insistent on slurping up the new sounds of London. (Consider us guilty as charged.)
The third full-length from Hendrick Weber maintains the high quality of previous efforts while pushing certain elements of his shoegaze-y, minimal-inspired techno sound further. Noah Lennox (a.k.a. Panda Bear) contributes some lovely multi-tracked vocals to "Stick to My Side," giving even more emotional resonance to Weber's always-emotional sonic palette. And in a nod to classical minimalists like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, the prepared bells and other organic percussive elements heard on the album repeat in hypnotic swirls, yet change slightly every so often. Read more »
Since 2007, Montreal's Guillaume Coutu Dumont has risen through the ranks of house to become one of the most acclaimed producers working today. With an aesthetic that combines electronic dance music with jazzy, live instrumentation, the man's latest record takes this sonic palette to new heights. Breaking the Fourth Wall not only features the requisite synths and drum machines, but live saxophones, Rhodes and Hammond organs, and soulful vocals. Read more »
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