Mike Mago (pictured above) sent over a cut from his recently released Galactic EP, a remix from Italian producer Broke One. This version of "Galactic" boasts a glittering melody that dances around in the higher octaves, a robotic voice that works out the mid frequencies, and a pumping bassline that drives the low end. The tune creates a massive space with its big-room arrangement and detailed sounds—like, say, the mechanical crickets tucked in between the dusky elements—and makes for an ideal tune for any post-sunset playlist.
As one would undoubtedly imagine, house/garage legend Todd Edwards has collected a massive amount of vinyl records over the span of his 25-year musical career; the good news for us is that he's now auctioning off his enviable collection on eBay. Read more »
Gear: This Week In Music Tech: Korg's iPolysix, Roland's Synth Legends, QuNeo Goes Wireless, MIDI Turns 30, and Understanding Trackers
This week's music tech wrap-up gathers some news from Korg, Keith McMillen Instruments, and Roland, and—oh yeah—MIDI has officially been the backbone of electronic music for 30 years now. Read more »
It may seem like we say this every week, but we've seriously got a crazy list of artists dropping great music in today's edition of Press Play. Names like John Tejada, Claude VonStroke, Matthew Herbert, Ruff Sqwad, Chromatics, Happa, Bok Bok, and Mount Kimbie all appear in our roundup of original tunes, exclusive premieres, live performances, DJ mixes, fresh remixes, and more. Check out what's what after the jump. Read more »
During the early months of 2009, Hemlock—the label co-founded four years ago by Jack Dunning (a.k.a. Untold)—played a pivotal role in a genuinely exciting moment in the continuum of UK dance music. As dubstep hit maturity, it created the conditions for the rise of another wave of producers working at 140 bpm, a crop of artists working with dubstep's powerful sub-bass and sparse leanings but incorporating creative mid-range synths, disjointed garage vocals, and complex percussion—i.e. the sounds that for better or worse would come to be referred to as post-dubstep. It's these sounds that are the focus of the opening third of the Untold-mixed Hemlock Recordings: Chapter One, which touches upon the work of Fantastic Mr Fox, Mount Kimbie, Ramadanman, James Blake, and Dunning himself within the space of its first six tracks. To Dunning's credit, it's an exceptionally well-crafted bit of nostalgic mixing; while it might sound peculiar to be reminiscing about tunes that were released just over three years ago, a wave of ambivalence towards post-dubstep—brought on by the overuse of certain production techniques, a slight critical backlash towards some of its main exponents, and the effects of that cringe-inducing genre name—has dulled the memories of just how exciting some of these tracks where when they first appeared. Yet hearing, for example, James Blake's debut single "Air & Lack Thereof" mixed into his rework of Dunning's own "Stop What You're Doing" is like a jolt to the senses, a reminder of just how fascinating and unique these productions were. Read more »
Last week, Detroit stalwart Anthony "Shake" Shakir revealed his remix of "REflex," the title track from Don Froth's upcoming EP for New York outpost UNO. Although the release date for the REflex EP has been pushed back to December 11, LA-based Froth (pictured above) has unleashed another offering from the record, "VAP." This one is a chunky, hectic burner with a host of different textures firing off at once, from the smooth surging synths to the laser-gun zaps, quavering beat, churning low end, and chattering vocals.
Euphoric is a tricky word to throw around when describing electronic music. With a few too many applications in the service of progressive house, its use carries some unnecessary baggage. And yet, that's one of the first signifiers that comes to mind when listening to "The Source of Light" from 22-year-old Mancunian Callum Wright (a.k.a. D/R/U/G/S). Over the course of his young career, the pliant producer has shown a keen agility, navigating his way through a body of work that is at once techy, worthy of a house set, referential of classic electronic acts like the Chemical Brothers, and as relevant in a bass-music context as it is when presented live in opening sets for new wave indie rockers Delphic. His is borderless electronic music, and that's what allows "The Source of Light" to brim with emotional upliftedness without taking on any of euphoria's negative connotations. Read more »
The Brooklyn duo of Bryce Hackford and Frank Lyon, who produce together as Pearl Necklace, is the most recent signing to Norway's Smalltown Supersound label. Their debut offering, Soft Opening, sees the artists collaborating with the likes of Arp (a.k.a. Alexis Georgopoulos) and MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden, the former of which lends "Did You Feel It" his Kraut-inspired production abilities. The resulting tune has a beginning but seemingly no middle nor end, and it conjures imagery like a walk on the beach with its oceanic percussive touches. Look for the rest of Pearl Necklace's 10-track Soft Opening when it's released on January 29.
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