NYC DJ/producer Free Magic, a man who co-heads the local Discovery party and label, has been enlisted to produce a dub version of "Got Somebody," a vocal-heavy cut by stateside producer Moon Boots that was originally released last year as a free download via French Express. On his rework, Free Magic puts the tune under a brighter light, adding bursts of melodic arpeggios and bouncing organs to the R&B-led cut. He also makes certain to beef up the low-end, ensuring that his dub version is just as well-suited for dancefloor play as Moon Boot's original production.
Hi-Five - Snoop Dogg Selects His Five Favorite Dam-Funk Tunes and Dam-Funk Selects His Five Favorite Snoop Tracks
Although the coming together of G-funk mastermind Dam-Funk and legendary West Coast MC Snoop Dogg is the sort of collaboration that makes perfect sense, we never actually thought it would happen. Thankfully, Snoop and Dam felt otherwise, and next week, their joint 7 Days of Funk project will release its self-titled debut album via Stones Throw. Apparently, the pair's partnership was initially based on the artists' mutual admiration for each other's work, which prompted us to do a little bit of digging for some additional details. Specifically, we asked Dam-Funk to pick his five favorite Snoop Dogg tracks of all time, and incredibly found that Snoop was willing to return the favor. Their selections have been catalogued in this latest edition of our Hi-Five series, and as one might expect, the resulting feature just might be the most G-funk'd thing we've ever published on XLR8R. Read more »
There's something reassuringly upfront about Ben Sims. Refusing to raise his head above the parapet of underground techno for two decades or so, the Theory Recordings boss approaches the booth with principles based upon hip-hop turntablism and showmanship, only they've been read through a distinctly muscular club lens. Of course, the sledgehammer-solid, nigh-on banging, and occasionally manic end of techno has been receiving plenty of attention in the last year or so, with Blawan's rise to stardom (which has been fueled in part by his collaborative Karenn and Trade projects) and the music being turned out by key figures like Objekt. As such, Sims' long-awaited entry into the Fabric mix series couldn't have come at a better time in terms of public interest. Read more »
A week ago, we shared news of a forthcoming 12" which will feature a remix of Ø [Phase], the techno alias of London producer Ashley Burchett, by pioneering Detroit minimalist Robert Hood. Now, that rework can be previewed before the single drops later this month. Read more »
Russian producer Hmot's musical landscapes are largely made up of found sounds and lo-fi filters. His Oneirology mini-album (available here) is a collection of seven tracks that processes psychedelic ambience through deep-house mechanisms, binding the field recordings of animal calls and running water to rhythmic structures. Record cut "Tartu"'s six minutes carry an aquatic quality with sampled wind chimes embellishing a steady four-on-the-floor kick. A house-inspired beat floats to the surface of Hmot's production as melodies are haphazardly pitched around and the track oscillates between astral bliss and swelteringly sour tones.
South London producer Louis Carnell (a.k.a. Visionist) has released a deluge of EPs and singles this year, and this latest effort marks his debut for the long-running RAMP imprint. "M" b/w "Secrets" continues his foreboding line of stripped-down bass sounds, but also finds the UK artist tightening up his production technique without deviating far from his established formula. In a brief nine minutes, Carnell's self-assured, minimal pair of cuts presents itself with little fanfare, but the release is still a worthy complement to September's I'm Fine EP. Read more »
Two days ago, unstoppable UK artist Four Tet performed a live set at the Hostess Club Weekender in Tokyo, and for those of us who happened to not be in that particular part of Japan on December 1, a recording of the music Kieran Hebden played that afternoon can now be streamed in full. Read more »
Shapeshifting Nashville duo Jensen Sportag (pictured above) dropped its debut LP, Stealth of Days, via Cascine late last month, and with the record's release still freshly in the rearview, Brooklyn producer and LuckyMe affiliate Obey City has been enlisted to take on the slippery, R&B-infused "After Gardens" track. For the most part, Obey City relies on the existing music to dictate the flow of his remix, allowing floaty grooves and island-bell melodies to run their course as he reinforces them with new layers of sturdy percussion and an enhanced low-end slink. When all is said and done, Obey City has effectively reformatted the sweet, syrupy pop of Jensen Sportag to make it all the more street-wise.
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