The sweeping synth-pop of :papercutz seems to have made ripples among a number of producers. The Portugal-based artist's "Rivers" single has been remixed by everyone from Synkro to Nowa Huta to Stalker, and now, Ikonika (pictured above) has joined the club. On her remix, Ikonika, who recently dropped her I Make Lists EP, preserves much of the original's vocal lines. Rhythmically speaking, however, she doesn't really stray far from her usual drum-heavy style, adhering to a steady 4/4 beat replete with synths and skittering hi-hat taps.
After helping to reboot dubstep in 2008-2009 with a string of now-classic 12" releases, London producer Untold (a.k.a. Jack Dunning) has gone on to carve out a pretty idiosyncratic niche for himself within the grey area of bass music. However, even that seems like an awkward descriptor for Untold's productions these days, especially given his releases on Clone Basement Series and the just-completed Change in a Dynamic Environment trilogy of EPs on his own Hemlock imprint. Call it house or techno or maybe just a retreat away from anything dubstep, Untold's new stuff may offer shock and awe of a more conservative kind than that of, say, "Anaconda," but it's no less effective. Last week, we caught up with Dunning via AIM and asked about his ongoing stylistic evolution; in the process, we also discovered that the real source of his inspiration might very well be happy hardcore. Read more »
As a part of its Infiné Exclusive summer compilation, European label Infiné has offered this Max Cooper remix of Agoria's "Panta Rei". The track is an ambling journey of ascending arpeggiated synths with an undeniable groove and infectious energy imbued by the production's hypnotic repetition. The tight synths pair with reverb-addled claps and a 4/4 kick pattern as the descending bassline helps keep the song well-balanced and structurally sound. The gradually rising "aaah"s and "oooh"s float atop Max Cooper's mix, and characterize the airy nature of his song. Infiné Exclusive—which also contains remixes from Ben Klock, Sasha, and dOP, among others—is out today, and you can stream the whole thing after the jump. Read more »
By all accounts, 2011 was a good year for multi-aliased producer Eric Estornel. Working under his Maceo Plex moniker, he pumped out five singles and an LP, and, in the process, established his status as a serious producer of slick vocal tech-house. However, his wholesale adoption of the Maceo Plex identity came at the expense of a slowed-down release schedule for Maetrik, his older and more "proper" tech-house guise. In 2012, Estornel has attempted to make up for that slack by dropping The Entity EP in January, and now, Unleash the Beast, the first Maetrik release to find its way to his Ellum Audio imprint. Read more »
Ever since Touch silently slipped into the bass music scene back in February, the decidedly mysterious artist has periodically put out tracks that seem to materialize from the aether. He (or she?) first caught our attention with two sparse works, "Lost" and "Scent," and returns after some months (which the artist spent focusing on another project) with new track "Success." It's definitely proven something about the producer: Touch's style is just as hard to pin down as its identity. "Success" is quite different from the tunesmith's previous productions, but is no less bass-heavy. A hypnotic and catchy vocal melody forms the track's core, anchoring the mix as heavy drums and various percussion elements rattle and tumble about.
Throughout the week, a whole lot of material gets posted here on XLR8R. And while we know—and love—that some hardcore readers will eagerly pour over every single news story, interview, podcast, video, and MP3 download that appears on the site, we also realize that for most people, it's impossible to see everything, which means that some quality XLR8R content is likely to get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyone's daily lives. In the interest of making it easier for everyone to catch up, we've created The Lowdown, a weekly wrap-up of the best tidbits from our site. Read more »
This coming fall, Dre Skull's Mixpak label is set to release the first volume of a new series titled Mixpak Pressure, which will pay homage to riddims—something the Brooklyn record hub is undoubtedly known for—with each individual volume focusing on a different theme and sound. Read more »
In the six months since Germany's Essáy put out his proper debut single, Morning Mountain, via the budding Glyph label, the 21-year-old producer born Simon Schilling has proven himself to be a skilled purveyor of what he calls "emotional electronic music." He's since dropped the free Distance & Lights EP via Cut, and now, he's following it up with a new offering. Crying At Day/Night is due out on August 20, and features this "Alternate Edit" of one of the title tracks. On this track, Essáy's self-proclaimed term for his musical style rings true without a hint of pretension; the production really is heavily steeped in feeling. As soaring, beautifully textured synths swirl overhead and slowly swoop down to envelop the mix, resonant claps propel the stomping beat forward into a realm far beyond descriptors such as "chill."
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