The boys from Radioclit are unabashed lovers of African dance music—between their work with Esau Mwamwaya as The Very Best and their Secousse party in London, they're pretty much running the new-school African club game. Now they're adding to their resume by curating the Saga Africa compilation, which features their song "Tutule Dance" alongside tracks from French producers Douster, Lazy Flow, and Myd. The latter's "Train to Bamako" is a joyous romp, filled with singing African children, warm tones, and just enough bass bump to best Radioclit at their own game. The Saga Africa EP is available for sale at Beatport.
Taken from the latest album by Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Nickodemus, "The Love Feeling" gets treated to a classic techno burner of a remix by Germany's Christian Prommer. His work, along with treatments from the likes of J.Boogie, HIRD (who's worked with Fever Ray and Little Dragon), and EarthRise SoundSystem, will be featured on a reworked version of Nickodemus' album Sun People. Sun People Remixed hits retailers January 19.
While Copenhagen-based bandleader Jakob Skott has been quietly producing music as Syntaks for the better part of a decade, Ylajali represents an important new step for the project—not only is it the first Syntaks full-length on Ghostly, it's also the band's first album as a duo, as one-time guest vocalist Anna Cecilia has officially joined the group. Her addition is certainly welcome, adding some human warmth to the fuzzy drone of Skott's Boards-of-Canada-meets-Cocteau-Twins soundscapes. Read more »
This is just some straight club heat. ZZK compatriot and XLR8R Artist to Watch Douster has flipped ATL rap hero Gucci Mane's "No No No" and stuffed it full of party-starting crunk-rave synths and stomping hip-hop beats. Mad Decent dropped this today as a bonus track from the forthcoming Gucci Mane mixtape, which also features production work from the likes of Diplo, Zomby, Salem, Memory Tapes, and Flying Lotus. The FREE mixtape, entitled Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of The Cold War Mixtapes), drops next Monday. (via Mad Decent)
The bevy of music bubbling out of the London underground still doesn't have a proper name, but we here at XLR8R are happy to keep lapping up the infectious mix of house, garage, funky, and bass sounds being produced by artists like Shortstuff. With only a handful of proper releases to his name—albeit on top-flight labels like Planet Mu, Ramp, and Berkane Sol—Shortstuff (a.k.a. Richard Attley) also runs the Blunted Robots label (with fellow XLR8R fave Brackles) and has quickly risen to the top of this nebulous scene. Read more »
Ultraviolet took three years to come out, but that duration only confronts the listener on "Pro Nails," the Kanye-guesting acrylics jam that broke Kid Sister: it sounds not so much dated as simply known—a remarkable shelf life for a blog hit. Nothing here challenges its single potential, but Ultraviolet thumps throughout (courtesy of production from boyfriend A-Trak, XXXchange, et al.), equal parts anthem-house and straight-up joyrapping. Read more »
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