This past weekend, London's Just Jam party soildered on after it was forced to move its enviable lineup—which included Omar Souleyman, Loefah, Mount Kimbie, RP Boo, and secret special guest SOPHIE—from the Barbican Centre over to a small club on Brick Lane. Now, full sets from Just Jam's most recent get-down have officially hit the web, with videos from Loefah & Chunky, RP Boo & Lightbulb, Omar Souleyman (pictured above), and a DJ set from Mount Kimbie member Dominic Maker now available to watch in full. Read more »
Last month, NYC-based arts organization Rhizome curated an event at the New Museum called This Is the End: The E-Cigarette in Context. The day-long program included various talks devoted to the history of electronic cigarettes and the rise of so-called "vape culture," and its organizers also commissioned a mixtape with original contributions from L-Vis 1990, Aaron David Ross of Gatekeeper, and several others. Read more »
After serving as half of the sadly defunct Grown Folk outfit, Motions is set to begin breaking out on his own, with a debut solo effort on the way in the coming months. In preparation, the London transplant has offered up "To the Sea," a calm and cool house cut that interweaves gliding synth melodies amongst a series of new-agey pads and bouncing arpeggios. Stretching to almost eight minutes, "To the Sea" is not afraid to take its time and—to Motions' credit—is moody and stoney enough to make us not worry about how long it takes the producer to get to the end of his journey.
Swedish synth-pop outfit Little Dragon is a couple of months away from releasing its fourth LP Nabuma Rubberband, the lead single from which is the lively and determined "Klapp Klapp." Now, ahead of the band's string of appearances at SXSW next week, we're treated to the premiere of a remix of Little Dragon's new tune by none other than Night Slugs mainstay Girl Unit. Read more »
Admittedly, on paper, this download may seem a bit strange. What we have here is UK producer Rope's 135-bpm refix of "Making of a Cyborg," a memorable composition from Kenji Kawai's soundtrack to renowned anime Ghost in the Shell. But no matter how peculiar that set-up may seem, it's hard to argue with the results—Rope deftly chops "Making of a Cyborg" into bite-size portions which fit snugly between the cyclical cascade of machine-made kicks, snares, and percussion hits. From epic anime soundtrack to heavy-handed club tune, Rope succeeds in giving "Making of a Cyborg" a truly unexpected transformation.
After launching a new series of remix 12"s last month, Bristol outpost Livity Sound has revealed that its next installment will feature new productions from A Made Up Sound (a.k.a. 2562, pictured above). Read more »
It was less than two months ago when Lee Bannon released the Alternate/Endings LP on Ninja Tune, but the Brooklyn-based producer is apparently gearing up for his next release already. Yesterday, Bannon posted a new track on SoundCloud, along with a claim that he's working on a "possible new project for 2014." Read more »
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