Originally produced in 1981, DeeKay Jones' "New York, New York" is an experimental bedroom production that hints at the origins of house and hip-hop. According to the Shaddock imprint, the track did not receive its due back in the day, and so the label has resurrected the song, along with two other previously unreleased DeeKay Jones works, on the Jones Coming Down EP (which also boasts a new remix from Hercules & Love Affiar). Actually the work of two producers—Dennis Kelley and Bruce Grant—"New York, New York" combines restless percussion loops with rugged synthlines and the manipulated twists of vocal samples, appropriately setting the scene for the much grimier and menacing NYC of the early '80s which DeeKay Jones called home. Out now, the Jones Coming Down EP can be previewed via the streaming player included after the jump. Read more »
The latest guest to appear on Daniel Avery's monthly Rinse FM show was the man behind this year's excellent The Inheritors album, James Holden (pictured above), and that joint session has now made its way online to stream and download for free. Read more »
Spanish house specialist John Talabot is certainly no stranger to crafting top-notch tunes in the studio, but he's also built a solid reputation for himself as an excellent live act with frequent collaborator Pional. So it's no wonder that the two musicians get booked at just about every festival in the world with a quality lineup—including Budapest's Electronic Beats Festival, which just released this live footage of John Talabot performing two cuts from the XLR8R Pick'd ƒIN LP and one from 2011's Families EP for Young Turks. Read more »
The third and latest offering for Let's Play House's one-sided white-label series comes from its co-owner Jacques Renault, following efforts by Waze & Odyssey and Urulu. Like much of the label's catalog, "Got to Believe " offers an update on tried-and-true, garage-leaning, early-to-mid-'90s-house motifs. Coupled with its runtime of around seven minutes, it's hardly the kind of weird or epic piece one associates with its quick-shot release format, but it does show Renault in typically decent form. Read more »
Manchester has long been one of the UK's most dependable musical hotbeds, with a decades-long lineage of pioneering outfits calling the historically industrial city home. Dave Jones fits snugly into that narrative, and whether he's operating as Maddslinky or Zed Bias—the alias under which he just last week delivered his Boss LP for Loefah's Swamp81 imprint—he's unquestionably an integral member of Manchester's electronic scene, serving the city as one of its foremost 2-step/UKG DJs and producers. As such, we've tapped Jones for the latest edition of Locals Only, asking the man from Manny to share some of his favorite spots from around the city and to highlight exactly where we might find the UK stalwart when he's not busy assembling new tunes in the studio. Read more »
Last year, Melbourne producer Hugo Frederick was profiled as one of the the winners of Warp's and Bleep's Filtered competition, a contest in which unsigned electronic musicians submitted music in hopes of being discovered by the seminal label and selected to appear on a digital compilation of the best entries. Since winning the competition, Frederick has signed to the Plastic World imprint, and is set to unveil his Waved EP for the label early next year. "Hanging Gardens" serves as a teaser of the release, and sees Frederick exploring aquatic textures and movements which skip and weave over buoyant toms and autumnal synth pads. The production is full of bubbling builds which develop into pressurized bursts of interlocking melodic passages.
London-via-Belfast production duo Bicep has proven itself to be more than capable of churning out classically minded dancefloor stunners—its sultry 2012 single "$tripper" perfectly paired a carefree, blissful attitude with an old-school Jersey garage sound, while "Vision of Love" exhubertantly channeled the spirit of '90s diva-house anthems. More recently, the pair has collaborated with Simian Mobile Disco on the melody-driven "Sacrifice" and dropped the diverse Stash EP. Now, Bicep has delivered Satisfy, a similarly varied three-track release for via its own Feel My Bicep imprint. According to the producers themselves, the record finds them taking a darker, more synth-oriented approach. Read more »
Barely two weeks ago, Berlin techno enchantress Nina Kraviz announced that she'd soon break her year-plus lull in releasing new music with Mr. Jones, a double-12" EP which is out this week via Rekids. And the DJ/producer/singer has decided to mark the release of her latest record with a full stream of its six tracks. Read more »
London-based producer Pause has unveiled the highly sanitized "Plucky" tune ahead of the release of his forthcoming Distance EP on December 2. On his production, Pause employs a stocky kick drum, electronic bleeps, and searing frequencies that are washed out by a salvo of piercing tones. He balances the sounds on a nearly swung beat, as buzzing static and clipped synthscapes phase in an out of the mix while the whole thing builds to a fractured and lulled conclusion.
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