Marley Carroll has just released his latest tune, "Woodwork," as a pay-what-you-like download on his Bandcamp. The tune presents a fresh perspective on the realm of bass music, as it begins with a percussive-driven chant of ambiguous origin before suddenly—though smoothly—transitioning into an eerie dubstep-leaning groove. Percussion flutters in the background while spacey, metallic pads envelop the beat, which gradually and continually slows down until it comes to a standstill. Carroll explains the progression of this unique track, saying "[it] was initially going to be a one-off, something to be released as a casual bonus track for people who bought the new, limited-edition print that just came out, but over time, it became much more. I became deeply invested in the song, and now I think it stands alone as a single."
Keeping tabs on Zomby is no easy task, even though the mysterious UK producer is constantly communicating with the world via Twitter. (If anything, the onslaught of 140-character missives only adds to the confusion.) That said, the sharp-eyed folks at FACT have slogged through his online stream of consciousness and unearthed a few gems, including a brand-new track. Read more »
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Vestax's Spin 2, FL Studio Mobile, Free Ableton Instrument, and In the Studio with MK
After last week's flurry of developments in the realm of digital DJing, things slow down a bit this week, giving us just enough time to take a closer look at Marc Kinchen's art of remixing and catch up on a handful of production-related developments. Read more »
Seeing as how we've got some some unreleased jams, exclusive premieres, free downloads, lengthy DJ mixes, and more from top-shelf talent like Madlib, Hercules & Love Affair, Guy Andrews, Artifact, Simian Mobile Disco, Johnny Jewel, Pachanga Boys, Blanck Mass, and others, today's edition of Press Play is simply one you can't afford to miss. Read more »
Belgian producer Locked Groove (a.k.a. Tim Van de Meutter) just sent over a track he's been working on, offering to our readers as an exclusive one-off. It's a bit out of the blue, but we don't really need an occasion to post a Locked Groove tune—this one in particular, "Affinity," is reason enough in and of itself. Van de Meutter's production showcases many of the strengths found in his previous work: "Affinity" opens with some pounding, barebones techno and eventually sinks into softer moments of whirring synths and effervescent basslines, with some faraway and soulful female vocals thrown in for good measure.
Constructing dance beats around chirping crickets is a rare occurrence—if not a first—but it's exactly what Uruguayan duo Rocha does in the opening bars of "Night Music," before settling into a cool, midtempo groove and riding it for 10 reverb-drenched minutes of dubby bass, marimba, and psych-rock guitar riffing. The first band to release on International Feel, which also calls the small South American country home, Rocha's sound is a spot-on summation of the vibe the label is championing—breezy, Balearic chill-out—and of IFEEL024 – A Compilation, a two-disc collection that captures previously limited-edition, vinyl-only releases, rare remixes, and the distinct path International Feel is carving through underground dance music. In fact, if one asked founder Mark Barrott—of Future Loop Foundation fame—what tempo that he liked to live his life at, it would come as no surprise if he supplied an answer around 110 bpm. Many of the releases on his imprint ostensibly groove right there with him, and have been doing so since he founded International Feel back in 2009. Read more »
Vancouver-based DJ/producer 22:22 (a.k.a. Juri Gregurec) is set to release his Travel Music EP on October 18 via East Van Digital, and has opted to share one of its four original tunes beforehand. While many up-and-coming producers seem to be blindly writing tunes in halftime to keep up with the recent trap craze, it's refreshing to hear Gregurec aggressively tackle the seemingly forgotten up-tempo side of 140bpm. "Tap Dance" is a percussion-driven, peak-time banger that wastes no time immediately locking into a four-on-the-floor groove propelled by fluttering congas, indecipherable vocal glitches, and a rollercoaster of swelling synths. Toying with the listener, the Canadian artist breaks the beat up with more vocal rips and an equally lo-fi synth before unleashing his bass- and clave-driven drop.
At this point, Enjoying the "Sex Drive" single likely has very little to do with one's opinion of Jimmy Edgar. After all, the song first appeared on his latest full-length, Majenta, which dropped back in May. On the whole, the LP didn't offer much in the way of surprises, apart from the fact that it was released on Scuba's Hotflush imprint. In musical terms, the album largely saw the Detroit-reared producer continuing to refine his sleaze-drenched explorations of various electro-oriented soundscapes, and "Sex Drive" was a solid example of that. Now, nearly six months later, the release of a "Sex Drive" single isn't likely to change a lot of minds about Edgar, or even garner the original track a lot of extra play. On the other hand, the remixes here—courtesy of Jon Convex and John Talabot—are quite interesting, and are well worth a closer examination. Read more »
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