Amsterdam duo Know V.A. (a.k.a. Marijn Brussaard & Feico De Muinck Keizer) recently released its O Horizon EP via Lowriders Collective, and has now passed along its acerbic-yet-alluring album closer. The Houston-based grime producer Rabit seems to care less how rhythms can work together on his version of "Donkey Kong," and focuses more on how individual trajectories can foster an uncanny and captivating sonic landscape. His production continues the original's minimalist approach, adding to the mix a shrill and quivering synth that quite nearly overpowers the simple beat bouncing underneath. The erratic tempo of "Donkey Kong (Rabit Remix)" is further complicated by disjointed clicks and taps that circulate until the track concludes unexpectedly with a continuous hum of white noise.
Todd Terje has been all over the internet this week. Following the release of his debut full-length, It's Album Time, various press outlets—ourselves included—have been essentially lining up to say how wonderful it is. Today, the Norwegian producer has stoked the flames even further by issuing an entertaining new video for album cut "Leisure Suit Preben." Read more »
"It’s soul time down at the Cassette Library," the accompanying press release to West Norwood Cassette Library's forthcoming Missing You EP boasts. Before its release next month, though, XLR8R readers can get a better idea of what exactly "soul time" at WNCL really sounds like, as London DJ/producer/label head Bob Bhamra's latest effort is now available to stream in full. Read more »
19-year-old New York-based producer Rambow has managed to cut through the clamor with his fresh "Shadows/Ice Melt Fiya" track. Featuring two very distinct segments, the production's first half maintains a lethargic energy, with an emphasis on throwback keys that circle around soulful arpeggios, R&B vocal snippets, and a relaxed-but-cavernous bassline. At nearly the exact halfway point (which is marked with a record scratch), the closing portion of Rambow's track rapidly switches into a jungle-infused tune with a metallic, hollowed-out synth clanging to the beat. The new sound palette is backed by the same groaning low end as before, albeit ramped up to an exceedingly accelerated pace and overlayed by rapid vocal samples that only grow in intensity.
Two very different-but-equally enticing mixes hit the internet to stream and download today: A 22-track workout of a session from Unknown to the Unknown boss DJ Haus and an Egyptian-themed mixtape from relentlessly busy Londoner Mumdance (pictured above). Read more »
Veteran DJ/producer George Evelyn celebrates his 25th anniversary of releasing music as Nightmares on Wax this year, a birthday he also shares with longtime label home Warp, and has announced some big plans to mark the occasion. In addition to issuing a career-spanning compilation, Evelyn will also embark on a North American and European tour lasting from late spring to early fall. Read more »
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