Dancefloor tracks that seemingly provide the perfect accompaniment to a late-night drive through the winding hills of Southern California or the neon-streaked streets of South Beach aren't exactly a new idea, but the fact remains that these updated '80s templates continue to provide compelling tunes. Furthermore, they are quite the stage for young producers to show off their production prowess and melody work, as we see on "Miami," a wistful number from Irish artist Reid. His track hits all the familiar touchstones including a hefty, rounded kick that propels glassy keys and a chugging bassline into a tropical-tinged sunset. Heavy compression and some spacious vocal textures add a sense of depth and verve to the proceedings, placing us in the cockpit with dark shades at the ready.
"Most Europeans think 'deep house' means shitty, high-energy vocal house." So goes the opening rant of DJ Sprinkles' 2009 masterwork Midtown 120 Blues, where the artist arraigns New York's house scene for exporting a commercial, all-frills product to the world, among other things. While Sprinkles' work acted as a singular answer to NYC's blighted deep-house sound, Fabric 63 serves to document the re-emergence of a credible scene in the city over the past decade. Read more »
Here, we see two young artists (Sweden's Bam Spacey and Michigan's RxGibbs) and two young labels (NY's Ceremony and NY/London imprint Cascine) combine forces on a spacious remix of "Vi Delar Samma Grav" from the Swedish producer's latest single. Armed with loads of reverb and shimmering synth pads, RxGibbs delivers a subtly driving cut peppered with plenty of his trademarked angelic vocal coos and light-footed percussion. You can catch the flip of this remix trade off, RxGibb's "Silver (Bam Spacey Remix)," after the jump. Read more »
A purveyor of warm, sensuous house music, George FitzGerald has collaborated with London singer Py on this emotional and mood-driven number, "Lungs" (artwork above). A staple of both the Hotflush and Aus Music artist rosters, FitzGerald has a distinct way of engineering his productions around a central vocal motif, giving his samples room to breathe amidst his dreamy, plushly cushioned instrumentation. Working here with a live vocalist, he begins the percolating tune with a high-octave arpeggio before an enveloping chord sequence takes hold, providing ample footing for Py's longingly desperate crooning. It's the sixth song off her forthcoming new mixtape, Tripping On Wisdom, which will be available on May 21 and feature additional production work from Damu, Breton, Raffertie, and more. Their contributions can be heard on Py's Soundcloud, alongside her recent collaboration with Throwing Snow for Raffertie's Super Recordings.
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Los Angeles beatsmith Mike Gao has designed an iPad app aimed at allowing users to easily create complex chord structures and melodies using color-coded buttons and geometric patterns rather than a traditional piano keyboard. The result is a program that is part MIDI controller, part music-theory lesson, and part music-making mind fuck. In other words, not your average app. Read more »
This soulful selection comes out of Santiago, Chile courtesy of Affctns, a new audio-visual duo working under the Diamante banner that includes Daniel Klauser, a producer we've posted about before. "Like You" rolls out with well-selected samples of R&B that act as percussive intonations rather than the focus of the track, which is itself saturated with Hotflush-style chords and fleeting, accented displays of saccharine melody. Many artists have been ensnared by the softly biting genius of '90s R&B, but when the referencing of such heartfelt, lovingly-constructed memories is well done, as it is here, bits of compelling originality seep through the nostalgic nods to the past. Check out the rest of the free Ginger Gyal EP (artwork above) on Klauser's Bandcamp, and be sure to scope their video for the title track after the jump. Read more »
For those who have paid close attention to the rise of Boston's Soul Clap duo, from its days as a party-starting East Coast entity to its role now as an international unit with countless remixes and an excellent DJ Kicks contribution to its name, there is a lot riding on this debut album. Unfortunately, Soul Clap falls short of expectations with E-Funk, delivering an LP that takes its wide range of influences and turns them into an uncomfortably diverse set of songs that barely fit together, with a handful of highlights and some surprisingly low points strewn throughout. Read more »
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