Chicago has a big purity streak going on right now. A close-knit circle of DJs and producers including Tevo Howard, Justin Long, Mazi (a.k.a. Audio Soul Project), Hakim Murphy, and labels like Fresh Meat Records and Argot Music are returning to earlier sounds in electronic music. Championing vinyl in their DJ sets, analog equipment in their studios, and a nostalgia for classic '90s house and techno that furthers the music through a retrofitted framework, it's a mantra that's in lockstep with the work of fellow Windy City underground highlight Amir Alexander. Read more »
Ghostly, in celebration of its four-day art show in NYC, Ghostly International: Of Art & Artifice, has released a free compilation on Soundcloud in conjuction with Incase. The offering includes tunes from Fort Romeau, Tensnake, Com Truise, Shigeto, Tycho (a remix we premiered last week), and featured here, Michna's rework of Matthew Dear's "Earthforms." The NYC remixer (pictured above) maintains the predominantly indie feel of the original, while adding a horn solo into the first half of the track, leaving the musky vocals and smooth synthlines untouched, and preserving the easygoing beat of the cut from Dear's new Beams LP. (via Pitchfork)
With its inaugural release and label launch party both on the way, San Francisco club night/record hub Icee Hot is having a pretty busy month, but that didn't stop the crew—Ghosts on Tape (pictured above), Rollie Fingers, and XLR8R's own Shawn Reynaldo (sans Low Limit)—from putting together a fresh DJ set for LuckyMe's ongoing mix series. Read more »
Mmoths' ambient-leaning "Over You" is marked by brightly echoing vocal sounds, wood block percussion, and airy chimes, as well as a somewhat-muffled—albeit carefree—melody. The song's visual counterpart, which was directed by Brendan Canty of Irish film studio Feel Good Lost (who we profiled in a recent Vis-Ed feature) and premiered by UK DJ/tastemaker/radio personality Annie Mac, is equally ethereal. Read more »
Shadowy Swedish producer 1991 will be releasing a self-titled EP later this month via Astro:Dynamics, but in the meantime, the artist has offered up "Fabric of Space," a cut from that forthcoming record. Featuring primitive-sounding sine waves, gritty tape distortion, and murky synthscapes, the tune is something of a retro-minded experimentation with lo-fi electronics, albeit one with a refreshing beat and playful melody that help align it with more contemporary sounds. Despite the less-than-perfect production methods used in "Fabric of Space," 1991 achieves in delivering a mellow tune, which—along with the rest of his EP—was mastered by up-and-coming Tri Angle affiliate Vessel.
Beloved UK label/radio station Rinse FM is celebrating its eighteenth birthday this month, and to mark the occasion, has launched a series of videos documenting its existence with profiles of some of its key players and stories from the annals of Rinse. Read more »
On occasion, we here at XLR8R HQ just need to let loose a bit, and oftentimes that hankering is expressed through music, like, say, banging, tropical-tinged house music. With that in mind, we have this remix from London's Shy One (a.k.a. Mali Larrington-Nelson, pictured above), who adds a bit more structure to French Fries' innocently named collaborative tune with fellow Parisian Bambounou, "Hugz." The 21-year-old producer swoops in and removes the last two letters from the frequently used word "fuck," effectively softening the vocal sample and making the tune radio safe. However, her remix still retains the original's salacious intentions both on and off the dancefloor, as the body-moving production is equally hedonistic. On a related note, be on the lookout for Shy One's sophomore effort, an LP entitled Bedknobs and Boomkicks, which is dropping soon via Hyperdub and Rinse affilate Scratcha DVA's label, aptly named DVA Music.
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