At this point, it's beyond cliché to talk about the merger of dubstep, garage, house, and techno, as we've moved past the point of collision into entirely new hybrid territory. For instance, take "What You Do With What You Have" b/w "Vibe Decorum," the latest release by Jamie Roberts (a.k.a. Blawan). Standing in stark contrast to the material he made even a year ago, Roberts has dropped a veritable manifesto for the new sound of UK dance music in 2011. Read more »
UK producer Midland has a real knack for transforming dreamy pieces of psychedelic pop music into extended house jams. Remember his ace re-edit of Caribou's "Sun" from last year? Now, he's dissected and reassembled the spacey "You'll See It" from quintessential chillwave act Washed Out. The floating sonic textures from the original remain, but Midland adds a steady, driving pulse throughout, resulting in something a bit more suitable for the dancefloor.
Last month, we profiled up-and-coming LA producer Samo Sound Boy as part of our Bubblin' Up series. During the interview, Samo spoke of his forthcoming projects with fellow Angeleno Jerome Potter from LOL Boys. The first? A new label called Body High. The second? A collaborative production venture the guys are calling DJ Dodger Stadium. As of today, both entities officially exist, as the label and the project are officially introducing themselves with the release of the five-track Stadium Status EP, which can be purchased here. Unlike the relatively mellow Drake remix the boys sent over a couple weeks back, "Stadium Status" is a high-energy, acid-heavy banger that largely takes its cues from Chicago, pulling both from classic acid and '90s ghetto house. Body High appears to be hitting the ground hustling; the young imprint's second release, a four-track EP from the mysterious DJ Funeral, should see the light of day in a matter of weeks. In the meantime, listen to the rest of the Stadium Status EP after the jump, and also take a look at the "Stadium Status" video, which utilizes footage from the LA Riots, the O.J. Simpson Bronco chase, and other LA-centric events. Read more »
At this point, does an artist like Robert Hood require an introduction? (After all, we did put him on the cover of XLR8R last year.) All kidding aside, the man is a Detroit techno legend, although these days he calls Alabama home. A founding member of Underground Resistance and one of the first pioneers of the minimal sound, Hood is still going strong more than 20 years into his career, running his own M-Plant label and continuing to drop releases, both under his own name and as Floorplan. Read more »
Following the release of his Color Ways EP on Spontaneous Rhythm earlier this year—you may remember songs like ”Color Ways” and ”Folklore”—Atlanta producer Divine Interface has sent along a new track, “Fool Me,” a laid-back synthy number with pitched vocal clips, skittering hi-hats, and rumbling sub bass. It's a melancholy tune, a vibe intensified by the repeated line, "I feel so sad." Yet even with its dour mood, "Fool Me" is done so well that it's likely to make you a little happy, too.
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