Even if you haven't heard Shlohmo's remix of "Enough Said," the posthumous Aaliyah track produced by Drake, you probably knew it was coming, and you probably know exactly what you're in for. In trademark Shlohmo style (at least, it should be trademarked by now), both singers are screwed down, which muddies up Drake's flow a little and contorts it into a sort of codeine-sipping robot voice. Compared to Shlohmo's remix of "Crew Love" from earlier this year, Drake's rap is a little more grating, and his vocals are screwed down even lower. However, both remixes share Shlohmo's penchant for clicking beats and spectral energies—which is perhaps called for, considering the highly controversial resuscitation of Aaliyah's vocal recordings for the original "Enough Said."
Picture this: In the year 2999, a robotic race of androids repeats the tragedy of the Titanic by striking an iceberg. As the ship sinks, the frigid water freezes the robots' circuits, eliciting a sudden, almost human response from the metallic beings. That's the story behind Longwalkshortdock's (pictured above) "You Berg" track, which comes as part of Canadian label King Deluxe's ongoing 2999 project, in which beatmakers collaborate with visual artists to share vignettes from an Earth 987 years in the future. Now, King Deluxe has put out a remix album for "You Berg" that includes this glitchy reworking by Toronto beatsmith Knowing Looks. On his upbeat version, the producer adds an ominous, extremely low-pitched vocal sample to the mix, and also drops the icy guitar strums of Longwalkshortdock's original tune front and center. You can nab the "You Berg" remix album when it drops on September 10.
Travis Stewart is one busy dude. In recent years, it's hard to think of another artist within the bass-music sphere who's put out more releases, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that Stewart also maintains a rigorous tour schedule that keeps him constantly hopping around the globe. Operating solo as Machinedrum and working as one half of Sepalcure (with partner Praveen Sharma), the American-born producer resides in Berlin and does much of his music making in a bedroom studio located in the city's Kreuzberg district. Curious about his current production methods and how they've evolved over the years, we paid Stewart a visit earlier this summer, and somehow got him talking about the essential role that Weezer played in his musical coming of age. Read more »
Just this past Thursday, Brainfeeder signee and Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid dropped a free EP titled Producers in 2012 Learn to Spread Love. The record is wholly inspired by music from the 1980s; in fact, its opener, "All Night Long," is a loose cover of the sexy 1980s hit of the same name by soul group Mary Jane Girls (who were proteges of Rick James, who features on the EP's cover art, pictured above). In his reinterpretation of the classic track, Matthewdavid does away with the peppy soul instrumental of the original, replacing it with a skittering, bass-heavy beat more suited for rattling speakers than acting as the soundtrack for a long night with a significant other (if you know what we mean). You can download the rest of the three-track EP over on Brainfeeder's website, here.
XLR8R's top pick for the Best Releases of 2011 was a five-song EP called With U, the first sizeable release issued by Manchester producer Holy Other. We also named him one of the year's best new artists, and it should be obvious why: Holy Other arrived with an arguably unique sound and shrouded aesthetic which were fully formed and irresistable from the start. Even when the vitriol for "witch house" was hitting critical mass, critics and fans would always seem to grant the UK artist a pass, citing his tasteful use of poignant R&B and the fact that he sounded more like he was meticulously crafting slow-motion house music than banging out gothy rap beats. Holy Other had a good thing (some might say a great thing) going since day one, so its no real surprise that very little has changed on his debut LP for Tri Angle, Held. Read more »
Cologne duo RaucherEcke has an EP set for release via hometown label 200 Records. From that upcoming release we're given "Gekko," a sunny techno track with uplifting melodies which eminate from an expansive bed of synths. The tune's funky bassline billows underneath a galactic soundscape, helping to drive the momentum of RaucherEcke's song and insert a bit of necessary deepness into the mix. Look for the production pair's Malibu EP when it drops on October 1.
The DMZ label often gets defined by Mala's smokier, more introspective dubstep flavors, but his Digital Mystikz cohort Coki is really known to rough up the dance; his secret weapons are hypnotic synth patterns that can buzz around a dark warehouse like angry insects on a warpath. Like drum & bass producer Krust, Coki likes to hone in on a loop and then minutely twist it and turn it over and over. After a few minutes, your brain is in a vice grip... and it's a feeling you either like or you don't. Read more »
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