A label that has surely done its part to help explore and define the darker ends of UK club music, Dusk + Blackdown's Keysound imprint is set to issue its 50th release on Monday in the form of a 14-track compilation. Featuring new productions from the likes of Logos, Wen, Murlo, E.m.m.a., Facta, and more, the forthcoming Certified Connections comp is now streaming in full ahead of its release exclusively on XLR8R. Read more »
The Sheffield-based Bad Taste imprint is in the midst of celebrating its fifth year as a label, and to mark the occasion have released a name-your-price compilation featuring tunes from Walter Ego, Timbah, Tony Quattro, and this clattering electronic affair from Louville. Spanning almost six minutes, "Dawn ‘46" melds somber chords with a smattering of textured percussion layers, most of which fill the production's background with various shakes and clatters while a loose, thumb piano-like melody takes the lead. The second of two fifth anniversary compilations, the Bad Taste outpost's new collection can be grabbed here.
New York-based musician/producer/DJ and the man behind XLR8R's bygone advice column, Hi, Doctor Nick!, Nick Hook has revealed the upcoming Collage V.1 EP, a four-track record featuring the likes of Egyptian Lover, DJ Sliink, and more, which will be accompanied by a web series chronicling the nature of the artist's collaborations. Read more »
A frequent producer of beats for adventurous rapper Le1f, Taskforce will issue his official debut next week via the Silverback label. Entitled Return Notice, the 21-year-old beatmaker's upcoming effort is said to be inspired by "nervous breakdowns, feedback migraines, crippling anxiety, gasoline rainbows and... 'the taste of the whip.'" Though not set to appear on Return Notice, bonus cut "CDJ2000" gives us a better sense of the Chicago-born artist's creative aims, as it unrolls an ever-evolving set of heavy-handed rhythms that chug beneath some menacingly sparse synth work. Set to include remixes from Renaissance Man and Nguzunguzu, Taskforce's upcoming Return Notice EP can be previewed after the jump before it officially arrives on November 24. Read more »
A staple of the Anticon label's first generation of beatmakers, Dosh (full name Martin Dosh) will return to the imprint with the Def Kith EP, a collaborative effort alongside fellow Minneapolis producer/musician Jon Davis (a.k.a. Ghostband). Read more »
While Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space radio show rarely, if ever, disappoints, the weekly broadcast has been on a particularly impressive roll lately, following last week's sessions from Jackmaster and Fort Romeau with UK staples Joy Orbison and Ben UFO serving as this week's guest selectors. Read more »
Born in Limpopo and raised in Johannesburg's Ivory Park township, Aero Manyelo is a South African producer who has spent a number of years building his catalog of releases, to which he will add the Herbs Abroad LP next week. Appearing towards the middle of the forthcoming album is "Kharele," a cut which fuses together African and electro rhythms, on top of which Manyelo drapes slinking synth melodies that retain more harmonic content as the track grows with intensity. Spanning just under five minutes, "Kharele" will be joined by 12 other similarly vibrant, hybridized house productions when Manyelo's Herbs Abroad LP sees its official release on November 24 via the Akwaaba label.
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