Though the name may suggest a single entity, Sly One is a dynamic trio of house producers hailing from Bristol. Despite a lack of releases, the group has been making headway as residents at the Fiftyone 27 parties that take place in the heart of Bristol every week. "Beats Like Them" showcases the production outfit's fresh, collective sound with a chopped-up vocal hook ripped from Tupac's "I'm Losing It," smooth and punchy drums, and eerie synths, a concoction that's sure to keep any warehouse party moving.
The duo of longtime electronic adventurers Mouse on Mars have developed a custom sound-modulating iPhone app, deemed WretchUp, which the pair has used in its live performances and recordings as of late (possibly even its wild new Parastrophics LP). Now, they want to let the WretchUp loose as a wide release for all iPhone users, but need help raising funds to further develop the app into an open source product for public consumption. Read more »
Word of new music on the way from the now Baltimore-based duo Matmos surfaced back in July with the announcement of an EP (which we particularly enjoyed) and a subsequent LP, both of which were said to feature music based on the concept of telepathy. Now, we have more details of Drew Daniel's and M.C. Schmidt's next full-length album. Read more »
While at this year's Decibel Festival in Seattle, the NYC-based production school Dubspot caught up with one of Detroit's finest, Carl Craig, and picked his brain for a bit of insight into the man's career and approach to production and DJing. Read more »
Though we've listed some excellent names in the headline of this week's edition of Press Play, those DJs and producers aren't the only top-shelf talent we've got fresh tunes from today. There are also some contributions from artists like Nautiluss, Tim Hecker, Lee Foss, Nguzunguzu, James Ferraro, Vondelpark, and Kingdom, among others—the whole pack delivering a load of originals, exclusive premieres, album streams, DJ sets, and more. Give it all a listen after the jump. Read more »
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Andy Stott's Studio, What's New in Serato DJ, and a Gold-Plated Moog Voyager
This week in the wide world of music tech, Andy Stott shows us where he conjures up his dark and murky dub-techno, the features of Serato's new DJ software get a full video introduction, and Moog introduces a new delay and celebrates 10 years of the Minimoog Voyager by making one plated with 24-karat gold. Read more »
Berlin-based artists Ben Mono (a.k.a. Paul Beller) and Lars Moston have returned to the drawing board to create two new cuts of bass-minded deep house, which the Barcelona-based Tracy Music label will release on November 26 as the centerpieces of the Woodpecker EP. Also included on that record are four remixes of the garage-leaning "Unison," one of which was helmed by the three Tracy label heads. "Unison (Tracy Music Remix)" chops the original's cheesy vocal sample—"People of all nations, dancing together"—into monosyllabic blips and screwed-down grunts, until about halfway through the track, when the anthemic line is completely unleashed over stuttering drums.
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