Budding producer Ferdinand takes a clean and simple route to remixing "In My Dream," a track pulled from Clara Moto's Blue Distance LP, which landed last year via Infiné. This week, Moto's robot-pop tune has been revived for a new remix EP, which includes a "Violin Version" of the track, along with remixes by Thomas Müller, Vendredi, and this elongated rework from Ferdinand. Spanning just over eight minutes, Ferdinand's contribution is simple but effective, lacing a miniature house beat with percussive rhodes chords, swelling organ ambience, and soft touches of the original's dreamy vocals.
On his remix of bRUNA's "Closer," Brighton-based producer Lost Twin tones down the summer-soaked vibes of the Barcelona resident's original. In its new form, "Closer"—a cut pulled from bRUNA's 2013 Thence album for hometown label spa.RK—the track is reimagined as a stoney piece of understated boom-bap, its radiant synth lines subdued by hazy textures and lo-fi filtering. Lost Twin's purple-streaked remix of bRUNA is set to appear alongside additional remixes from Henry Saiz, Alizzz, and more on the Thence Remixes 12", out this month via spa.RK.
The exploits of prolific San Francisco producer—and recent XLR8R podcast contributor—Matrixxman are set to continue next month, as the Stateside artist has announced plans to return to the Delft imprint with a split 12" alongside Delft label head LA-4A. Read more »
"Austere" is one of 13 unconventional beats set to appear on an upcoming mixtape of original productions from NYC artist Quays. A producer who has in the past dropped new tracks via voicemail (allowing listeners to hear the songs by calling a particular phone number), Quays assembles a mix of wonky bells, bouncing rhythms, and sugary synths on "Austere." Though a bit unusual in its presentation, the tune is still in many ways a very sweet composition, its fizzy melodies likely to stay with listeners after Quays—at least for those wrapped up in the tune's intoxicating glow—abruptly cuts off his beat just past the two-minute mark.
Gui Boratto has unveiled details for his fourth full-length album on Kompakt, which is slated for release in early fall. The Brazilian producer has sustained a longstanding relationship with the esteemed Cologne-based label for nearly a decade, which oversaw the release of his debut album Chromophobia back in 2007. Read more »
Ever-evolving electronic artist Caribou (a.k.a. Dan Snaith) has shared an extended, DJ-friendly mix of "Can't Do Without You," which initially surfaced last month alongside the announcement of his heavily anticipated sixth studio album Our Love, which is due out on October 7 via Merge/City Slang. Read more »
After nearly a decade in dance music purgatory, drum & bass and jungle have gradually worked their way back into the spotlight. Throughout this process, few labels have proven more reliable than dBridge's Exit Records, and the imprint's latest offering, the Loving Touch EP, comes from Fracture (a.k.a. Charlie Fieber), a veteran UK producer who also heads up a quality imprint of his own, Astrophonica, with partner and frequent collaborator Neptune. On the record's title track, Fracture flips Ralphi Rosario's and Xavier Gold's house classic "You Used to Hold Me" into a hyperkinetic piece of drum & bass, while the remainder of the EP finds him working bits of footwork, grime, hip-hop, and dubstep into a jungle template. On a basic level, this sort of hybridization and creativity is at least partially responsible for the revitalization of drum & bass, and hearing these tunes left us curious about how the approach would work in an elongated format. As such, we invited Fracture to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
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