The jacking, frenetic rhythms of "7713GHv2" will lead off the forthcoming All I Have cassette from rising Stateside talent REKchampa. One of six new productions included on the tape (which will be limited to just 50 copies), "7713GHv2" is lined with an appropriate amount of hiss that peaks out from behind the thick chords and restless percussion REKchampa utilizes during the course of the tune. Set to appear via Atlanta's fledgling Harsh Riddims label, the soul-washed All I Have cassette will see its official release on August 20.
Following the release of his surprise 12" for Clone's Royal Oak series earlier this month, Leon Vynehall has shared a mesmerizing new video for a-side cut "Butterflies," along with news of an upcoming North American tour. Read more »
Melbourne-based duo GL (pictured above) will soon drop its Love Hexagon EP, a collection of glossy, funk-striped pop tracks that will serve as the pair's debut outing. Appearing ahead of the release is this dub mix of "Won't You See"—Love Hexagon's lead single—from Running Back label boss Gerd Janson. In his hands, the song is stripped of most of extremities, being refitted around a steady drum machine pulse, which comes highlighted by percussion hits that come bathed in heavy digital reverb. Holding on to its simply infectious groove for the remix's entire four minutes, Janson renders the track a dub by throwing coy snippets of spacey vocals atop the mix. GL's full Love Hexagon EP can be expected to arrive in September via the Plastic World label.
DJ Slugo was one of the key players in Dance Mania's mid-1990s heyday. He's possibly best known for "Wouldn't You Like to Be a Hoe Too," but Slugo also authored countless other hits, including "Smoke-N-Ride," "A Blunt," and "Freaky Ride," all of which exemplify how well his inimitable, quintessentially ghetto house touch still stands up today. Considering the heavy interest in that period as of late, it makes sense that Slugo would turn up again to school the younger generation as he has on 'King Of Ghetto House,' his latest EP (although its appearance on Nicolas Jaar's Other People label is certainly a surprise). Beyond its compositions, much of ghetto house's appeal stems from its raw, slice-of-life sensibility, and it would follow that a forefather like Slugo has had his share of moments—positive and negative—to draw from. As such, he seemed like an obvious candidate for our 'Trainwreck' series, and once we got him talking, he shared this fairly ridiculous story of cowardice and bravery. Read more »
For a label to reach 303 releases is no small feat, and to commemorate this milestone longstanding Cologne-based outpost Kompakt has announced it will dedicate its 303rd release to the iconic Roland TB-303 synth. Read more »
Randomer (a.k.a. Rohan Walder) isn't a new artist, but it does feel like the London-based producer is hitting his stride as of late. First surfacing amongst the post-dubstep flurry of the late '00s, he's released tunes for a variety of labels over the years, including Soul Jazz, Tru Thoughts, Numbers, Hemlock, and Turbo. And though his name has long been associated with tough rhythms and inventive percussion, Randomer's sound has gradually drifted toward techno, eventually settling on an aesthetic that infuses raw, warehouse-ready sounds with a distinctly UK flavor. Just this month, he's been on a real hot streak, as his Residents 12" for L.I.E.S. was the label's 50th release (and first from a UK artist), and was quickly followed by Stupid Things I Do, his debut for the similarly esteemed Clone Basement Series. Suddenly, Randomer appears to be at the peak of his powers, so it's rather fortunate that he's also been working on an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
In celebration of a decade in operation, the Hyperdub label has been releasing a series of compilations, each of which focus on a different aspect of the label's broad stylistic catalog. The upcoming third edition, 10.3, reportedly follows the "melancholy vapor trail" mapped by longstanding label affiliate Burial's beatless atmospherics, and assembles new material from the likes of Lee Gamble, Fatima Al Qadiri, Dean Blunt, and The Bug alongside older cuts from Laurel Halo, King Midas Sound, and label head Kode9, among others. Read more »
With appearances on Project: Mooncircle and Finest Ego to his name, Berlin-based producer Sieren (pictured above) will shift his aims more towards the dancefloor on his upcoming The Convoluted Truth EP. Said to find Sieren delivering "five slices of deep, UK bass-inflected experimentation," the upcoming record (which will see a release via the Shades label) is preceded by a remix collection, from which Duct's take on EP cut "Prism" comes to us. On it, Duct refits the original track into a more efficient structure, focusing on rhythmic bass-weight and detailed percussion while filling the production out with subtle atmospherics. Out on August 4, Sieren's upcoming The Convoluted Truth EP can be streamed in full after the jump while the record's accompanying remix collection—which also features reworks from Fybe:one and Manni Dee—can be downloaded for free here. Read more »
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