Almost every year that Boston duo Soul Clap heads down to Winter Music Conference, it makes a mixtape to distribute to the party people taking over Miami. In 2010, a breakout year for Soul Clap, the pair decided to go a bit bigger, and arranged a hefty, 45-song mixtape featuring their signature house sound mixed with large doses of funk, R&B, hip-hop, and general goofiness. The package was dubbed E-FUNK: The Mixtape (artwork above) and given a small-batch release via Phonica, but has just resurfaced today. Read more »
We're sure you remember the free tunes that OM Unit was giving away last year under his footwork/jungle-obsessed pseudonym, Phillip D. Kick. Well, it would appear that another high-energy tune was meant to be a part of those offerings, but missed the cut due to a delayed approval from the man behind the original production. But now that UK producer/vocalist Louis Blaise (pictured above) has given OM Unit the go-ahead, we can all reap the benefits of the pair's hard work, as this hard-eged and relentlessly fast-paced remix of "Love and Gwalla" is a rewarding slice of Phillip D. Kick's patented hybrid style.
Over the past few years, Brooklyn duo Sub Swara has developed a rapport for giving a distinctly organic, Eastern flair to the computer-driven world of bass music. "Smoke Riddim" is the latest track from the group, and it combines buzzing, crisp electronics with sampled percussion and mallets. The piece works in an idiosyncratic, minor scale, one that seems somewhat out of place when considering the scope of bass music in 2012, but Sub Swara manages to make it sound completely natural over the two-and-a-half-minute span of "Smoke Riddim," a cut taken from the outfit's upcoming The Rudiment mixtape (artwork above). Look for it drop some time at the end of the month.
Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint has just digitally released its Kutmah-curated Worldwide Family Vol. 2 collection, with a physical release rolling out in the coming weeks. To give us all a bit of insight into the record's curation and creation, the label has shared this clip of Kutmah discussing the compilation at London record shop Eldica. Read more »
Whatever happened to Ill Blu? A few years back, the London duo was seemingly everywhere, an integral part of the UK funky explosion in 2008-2009. However, just as the scene reached its zenith, Ill Blu largely disappeared. In the last two years, the only releases have been 2010's "Bellion" b/w "Dragon Pop" single on Hyperdub and 2011's Meltdown EP on Numbers. However, following the recent announcement that Ill Blu was not only still together, but would be returning to Hyperdub with a new single, "Clapper," at the end of April, we figured now would be a good time to invite the duo to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Most of RaveDeep's catalog is indebted to house in some way—the last we heard from him, he put together an ambient, downtempo work that explored a more subdued side of the genre. "Step Right," the Oakland producer's latest, is a more glitchy, two-step-influenced piece that bursts with an array of guitar and vocal samples. It's part of a free label compilation offered by fledgling Oakland imprint West in Dust, which is co-run by XLR8R contributor Glenn Jackson, that also includes tracks from Elephant & Castle (RaveDeep's other production moniker), Colo, Rekchampa, shortcircles, Jackson himself, and more. You can stream and download all of West in Dust 2012 (artwork above), after the jump. Read more »
Dusting off old Black Dice records (or just typing the band's name into an iTunes' search box) reveals a sonic journey completely distinct from that of any of other recording artist. The music is difficult, of course, and, at times, confoundingly strange and different. Most artists are so far afield from Black Dice's tense and dissonant noise that it can be hard to even call them music by comparison. The group has also undergone great changes in sound and style from record to record, as if its members are playing devil's advocate with themselves and the larger music community. After all, why sound like somebody else when it's been done before? Why recycle old ideas when you can come up with something totally new and different? Black Dice's latest effort, Mr. Impossible, adds another chapter to the now-trio's long, strange trip, with what might be its most straightforward album yet. Read more »
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