Vancouver is a hotbed for electronic music, and one of its practitioners, HxdB (pictured above), has provided a remix for the new record from Max Ulis & Self Evident, Eastsiders. Out soon via Tenpin, HxdB's remix of the record's title track is a bewildering trap door of a dance tune that seems to take advantage of not only the stereo field, but a vertical aural axis that drops frequencies in and out with startlingly smooth precision. One can almost picture an endless hallway out of a Lewis Carroll novel guiding the tune's progression, sounds flying by the listener's peripheral vision as the eternal-yet-blissful chase for meaning continues. This is indeed a DJ track, but a refreshingly off-kilter and zoned-in one at that. Be sure to check out the other remixes accompanying the Eastsiders EP, including jams from LuckyMe's Prison Garde and Fade to Mind's Cedaa, after the jump. Read more »
In his review of New Jack Techno, the recently released compilation from Tiga's Turbo label, contributor Andrew Gaerig referenced Gingy & Bordello's "Iron & Water" as a "standout track" from the 10-song record. The same tune both kicks off and names the production duo's new EP, and is paired with two other equally solid cuts of forward-looking techno. Read more »
UK producer FunkinEven has been relatively quiet in 2012—he's only released a single 12" on his own Apron Records imprint—but that hasn't diminished the enthusiasm for his vintage-flavored and occasionally acid-drenched creations. Granted, he's experimented with various sounds and styles since first emerging in 2009 with the "Kleer" single on Eglo, but acid has often been one of FunkinEven's calling cards. As such, we thought it might be interesting to pick his brain and see if he could put together a list of some of his favorite acid cuts. Read more »
Violet is a Portuguese producer and former Red Bull Music Academy participant with a penchant for smooth, Detroit-styled house music. On this remix by newcomers Photonz, however, the dark, sensuous touch of Violet's original "Palmas" is dabbed with a touch of woozy-eyed gravitas that sees strings, pads, and vocoder synths detuning in a wave pool of heat-addled hysteria. The track is anchored assuredly by Photonz's slamming four-by-four beat, which crisply propells the remix through seasick passages, tropical sunrises, and a few closing moments of pure early '90s grooves. "Palmas (Photonz Remix)" is off of a new EP from Violet, called Collective Data, which dropped digitally today by Ukrainian imprint Wicked Bass. Have a listen to a preview of the EP after the jump, and check out the tracklist while you're at it. Read more »
"Honey Badger," the lead track off Metahuman, the debut full-length from Eprom, is articulated, tight, shiny, and round; a morning flight through a Vancouver psilocybin skyscape, a crispy dip into a cascading waterfall of thoughtfully hacked 0s and 1s underscored by a bucephalus bouncing ball of sub-bass. Much nicer than the cutthroat African animal (and YouTube sensation) from which its name derives, the track is a sensational intro to an album that dabbles in various popular flavors of the moment (dubstep, trap, 8-bit) while succumbing to the clichés of none. If these 13 tracks have anything in common besides a love of low end, it's a mostly glossy sheen on the highs—the California sun bouncing off a candy-painted car creeping into the sunset at the end of the world. Read more »
On the surface, "Gryphon Perc" by Savannah producer Cc (formerly C Powers) is a standardized exercise in contemporary garage: R&B vocals trace around a skipping beat, soft synths tease out of the rhythm, and bulbous sub-bass supplants the kicks to provide some dancefloor legitimacy. Dig deeper, though, and you'll find a bevy of Hessle-like polyrhythms ricocheting through the tune's skeleton, providing an ideal framework for the track's rather looming and all-consuming sub to take control. The groove of the track is thus very deep, and as "Gryphon Perc" snakes its way through a jungle of percussive tricks, that incessant R&B vocal so common in underground dance music today becomes a desperate, cloyingly sweet marker of the song's evolution from typical to twisted. The Up Wind EP is out now via JASS, and features seven tracks in total, including a remix from fellow Georgia boy Helix. Peep the official video for "K-Share," another jam off of Cc's EP, after the jump. Read more »
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