With his forthcoming Our Love LP a little over a month away from seeing its release, Caribou has revealed plans to stream his live performance from the Dimensions Festival's opening concert tomorrow. Read more »
"Soul Rhythm" is the title track from Spanish duo BSN Posse's new EP for the Freshmoon imprint. Described by the label as a slice of "easy-listening footwork," the tune is heavy on late-night vibes, coming flushed with moody keys and effervescent strings. Rhythmically, the track is very much indebted to the Chicago footwork tradition as sharp kicks, skittering hats, and crisp claps are used to fill the space left by the production's widespread arrangement. The BSN Posse's full Soul Rhythm EP is out now.
Home to artists such as Shlohmo, LOL Boys, Groundislava, Salva, and others over the years, 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of Los Angeles imprint Friends of Friends. To mark the occasion, the label is said to have a compilation in the works (as well as a pair of anniversary shows in LA and Seattle next month), but first, the label has tapped LA beatmaker Daedelus—who recently announced his forthcoming The Light Brigade LP for Brainfeeder—to put together a label-spanning Five Years of FoF mix. Read more »
Landing somewhere between space-age electro and steely techno, "Rotten" is one of five tracks set to appear on Djedjotronic's forthcoming Drum Program EP. Built around industrial percussion tones and crisp drum machine hits, the track is acutely focused on its rhythmic content, looking only to a few icy, atmospheric touches and a sequence of looping bleeps to provide any sort of outright musical components. As it turns out, that's really all "Rotten" needs, as its rhythmic patterns frequently shift and evolve throughout the effort's four-plus minute run, making for an effective dancefloor tool. "Rotten" and the rest of Djedjotronic's Drum Program EP are set to arrive on September 1.
Miles Whittaker, Cabaret Voltaire, and the Venue That Stole the Spotlight: Berlin Atonal's Five Most Memorable Moments
Berlin Atonal, which wrapped up a five-day run in the German capital during the early hours of Monday morning, was ostensibly a music festival, but it was much more than that. Art and food also played a big role, but Atonal wasn't really about those things either. Read more »
Quiet isn't a word that many people would use to describe Basement Jaxx, but in recent years, the lively UK duo of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe has maintained a relatively low profile. Still, even though the outfit responsible for international smash hits like "Where's Your Head At?" and "Red Alert" may have stepped out of the spotlight a bit, the pair hasn't exactly mellowed with age. This week, Basement Jaxx is releasing its seventh studio album, Junto; as expected, it's a madcap, genre-hopping effort that finds Buxton and Ratcliffe delivering another batch of shuffling house rhythms, soulful vocal turns, and oddball pop experiments. That being said, as inventive as Basement Jaxx's productions have been over the years, the duo first made its name in the DJ booth. (Basement Jaxx was actually the name of the pair's mid-'90s club night; it was followed by another party called Rooty, whose name was later used as the title of the group's second LP.) Curious to see if the boys' DJ chops were intact, we invited them to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Daisuke Tanabe is set to return to German label Ki with his Floating Underwater LP next month. Spanning 15 tracks, the record shows off the Japanese producer's (and former RBMA participant's) knack for crafting genre-defying beats. On "Origami"—a cut pulled from the first half of Floating Underwater—Tanabe sews together an off-kilter array of hi-fi percussion and fuzzy chords with a disjointed bass synth. The resulting concoction is pleasantly reminiscent of Uprock Narratives-era Prefuse 73—burnt with a touch of soul, the track can be unpredictable, though its spastic, miniature movements never venture too far off the map. An alluring taste of Tabane's forthcoming full-length, "Origami" can be download below before Floating Underwater officially drops on September 15.
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