Next week, the production duo/technology experts Hermutt Lobby—who most recently helped develop the Beatsurfing iPad app—will drop a new EP of original material, calling it Haters Gonna Hate. Pulled from that effort's tracklist is "Computer Club," a nod-worthy endeavor that threads together flecks of soundsystem culture and glitched audio with clacking percussion and a steady dose of boom-bap. This selection will be accompanied by three other similarly nerdy, albeit visceral, examples of expert beatsmithing when Haters Gonna Hate drops on January 14. Those interested can check out the artwork and tracklist for the forthcoming EP after the jump. Read more »
The beginning of each year is always a time for looking ahead, which is why South London Ordnance is a particularly fitting choice for the first XLR8R podcast of 2013. Granted, the UK producer had himself a rather solid 2012, dropping well-received releases on a myriad of labels and snagging the #4 slot on our list of the year's Best New Artists. Nevertheless, the general consensus is that even brighter days are ahead for the youthful beatmaker. With South London Ordnance riding a wave of momentum and currently sitting atop of pile of as-yet-unreleased heaters, we figured now would be a good time to enlist him for exclusive mix. Even better, the selection ties right in to our ongoing Bubblin' Up Week, as the producer was the subject of his own Bubblin' Up feature just a few months back. Read more »
Although Unknown to the Unknown boasts a tradition of nonconformity, calling DJ Haus and his cronies iconoclasts wouldn't be entirely correct; the odd—and sometimes jarring—aesthetics in the label's album art and videos drip with nostalgic pop-culture references, and its musical output has paid homage to—and, in some cases, revitalized—a number of obscure or moribund genres. UTTU's latest single, "Trust," by East London's Palace, is no different in that respect, as it provides a reverent yet interestingly modern twist on grime-tinged garage. Read more »
The original version of Martyn's "We Are You in the Future" appeared nearly two years ago as part of the excellent Ghost People LP, and provided a truly epic finish to the producer's second album (it was our sixth favorite track of 2011, too). So while it's surprising to see that a free download has appeared for Claude Speeed's belated remix of the tune, it's simultaneously exhilarating to revisit this music. What's more, the Berlin-based producer's "You Are Us in the Past" version of Martyn's track is a wholly new experience, one which utilizes half-discernable fragments and trace elements of the original production within its droning, expansive space.
One would be forgiven for recognizing the name Sumsun, but not exactly remembering the past work of the Floridian producer—it's been a while. Back in 2010, he emerged as a unique voice amidst the explosion of jittery, haze-filled tunes heard on Matthewdavid's Leaving label, as his debut album, Samo Milagro, explored blissfully static-laden electronics underpinned by straightforward dance rhythms. In the two years since then, Sumsun has had little in the way of output (aside from the occasional remix), but as the Avey Oliver EP shows, he's still managed to mature, developing a sound that captures his same intriguing slant on dancefloor-inspired music while successfully incorporating a more polished aesthetic. Read more »
Following a break-out year that saw the DJ/producer release two excellent 12"s, feature in our Bubblin' Up series, and score the 28th position in XLR8R's list of the 50 best tracks of 2012, Brighton DJ/producer Leon Vynehall has announced his next record will soon arrive courtesy of Well Rounded Housing Project. Read more »
Lisbon-based French producer Jérémie Moussaïd Kerouanton (a.k.a. DJ iZem) may be fairly new to the scene, but if this track is any indication of his prowess, we can be rest assured the producer will be climbing the ranks quickly. Sent over to us as an unofficial remix of Michael Kiwanuka's "I'll Get Along", Kerouanton's bootleg boasts the same soul-felt melodies and emotions of the original, but furthers its exploration into rhythm with the inclusion of African and Latin inspired organic beats (not to mention a tastefully utilized Beatles sample). Look for the rest of DJ iZem's five-track EP2 when the artist self-releases the offering in two weeks.
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