Maxmillion Dunbar (a.k.a. Andrew Field-Pickering) wears a lot of hats. Aside from his primary production moniker, he also releases tracks as Dolo Percussion and Max D, and serves as one half of both Beautiful Swimmers (with Ari Goldman) and Zsa Gang (with Jordan Czamanski of Juju & Jordash). On top of that, the Washington, DC-based artist heads up the Future Times imprint, which has spent the past few years becoming one of the most intriguing dance labels in the US. Though he's perhaps best known for his talents both selecting and producing left-of-center house and disco, Dunbar is someone whose musical scope goes well beyond dance music standards. Anxious to see his expansive vision in action once again, we've tapped Dunbar for the latest edition of the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Marcel Dettmann is an excellent DJ. At this point, it would be difficult to find pretty much anyone who would dispute that notion. After all, the veteran German spinner has long served as a resident DJ at Berghain, and this week, another of the world's most famous clubs, London's Fabric, has put Dettmann at the helm of the latest installment of its esteemed mix series. (For those odd few that remain unimpressed by these credentials, Dettmann's XLR8R podcast from last year still serves as concrete proof of his talents.) With two decades of experience under his belt, Dettmann has a wealth of knowledge to draw upon, which is why we inquired if he would be willing to share a bit of it for our 'Artist Tips' series. Often times, these articles center around artists' work in the studio, but for this edition, we asked Dettmann to focus on how to succeed in the confines of the DJ booth. His suggestions here are more philosophical than technical, but we're betting that aspiring DJs will find them plenty helpful all the same. Read more »
High Lucia is the new moniker of Leo Marcus, a 20-year-old producer who had previously turned in some impressive work under the name Pále. Next week, Marcus will issue the debut effort under his new handle, the Wash EP, via the Lex label. Set to appear on the record is "Afar" a dense, moody production which wraps water-logged melodies, dark chords, and layers of airy textures around a sparse, bass-heavy beat. Despite the expanse of sonic material Marcus uses here, the track is far from murky, as each element seems to have found its own specific corner in the sonic landscape, allowing for the tune's booming kicks and sharp claps to cut through the fog. High Lucia's six-track Wash EP sees its official release on August 25.
After a blimp donning the Aphex Twin logo was spotted flying over London this weekend and stencils of the logo were reported throughout NYC, it appears the electronic pioneer born Richard D. James will return with a new LP, SYRO, for which he has today shared the first official details. Read more »
The glowing "4 the Future" comes from the upcoming The Noise EP, which budding Brooklyn talent Seafloor plans to drop for free on August 25. With its ravey synths and understated skitter, "4 the Future" lands somewhere between footwork-indebted bass and pop-leaning beatwork, its candy-coated synths and active vocal manipulations leading the charge above the track's 808 rhythms. Seafloor's latest production, and his upcoming free EP, come ahead of a pair of efforts for the growing Infinite Machine label, which plans to deliver a digital EP from the man later this year and a proper 12" release in early 2015.
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