Tiger Beer's Hidden Depths series continues its exploration of prominent UK record labels this week with Hyperdub. On June 13, Hyperdub founder Kode9 will perform at KOKO in London alongside roster mates Cooly G, DVA, and Laurel Halo (as well as non-Hyperdub artists Actress and Rashad & DJ Spinn) for the second installment. Ahead of that event, Tiger Beer and London online music hub FACT have put together a five-minute video of interview clips with Cooly G, DVA, and King Midas Sound producer The Bug to help present the history and development of Kode9's iconic imprint. Read more »
When Richard Attley's Shortstuff moniker gave way to his incarnation as Mickey Pearce, a distinct sound quickly took shape around the handle, one that was tougher, heavier, and more sharply focused on rhythms. Pearce's first outing for Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen imprint stays true to these principles with a pair of immense, machine-minded club tunes. Read more »
Last month, when Annie Mac debuted Voyeur's remix of Santigold's "The Keepers," she described it as "perfect for a sunny evening." The same could be said for the UK duo's rework of "Can't Hold Back," the centerpiece of the latest EP from Kerri Chandler's Madhouse label—that is, until a few minutes in, when the intensity generated by the croaky bass synths and silky vocal loops starts to build. Voyeur's remix steeps the original production in stormy sounds, transforming Jonathan Meyer's and Anna Cavazos' polished deep house into a screwed burner that pushes the track toward techno territory. "Can't Hold Back" will be released on June 25, along with Voyeur's rework and other mixes by Issac Christopher and Major Notes, but you can stream it all now, after the jump. Read more »
Nathan Fake's records never fail to be truly synesthetic affairs. Arguably, the thread of continuity through his every release is the thick, shoegaze-like effect of his production, regardless of whether the track is more dancefloor oriented or aimed directly at the brain (as his tracks often are). Read more »
The most recent FACT mix comes from a man of many names and many influences—so many, in fact, that the DJ/producer was allowed nearly three hours to show them off. Hieroglyphic Being (a.k.a. Jamal Moss, I.B.M., IAMTHATIAM, The Sun God) recorded his lengthy mix back in March at the Musicbox in Lisbon, but has only just unveiled it today. Read more »
Coming off of the heels of its Cardiac Arrest EP released back in March, British duo Mista Men are back with a new offering out on June 18 via DJ Haus' Unknown to the Unknown label. On the new record, simply titled UTTU EP, producers Mella Dee and Woozee craft three hard-hitting tracks influenced in equal parts by techno, house, and garage. One of the record's standout tunes, "Forget U," is a four-on-the-floor-style stomper that resonates with stabs of vocal samples as well as a simmering, gurgling bassline.
This cruncy, hard-edged tune is a joint production from Geiom (pictured above) and My Panda Shall Fly, the former hailing from Nottingham and the latter calling London home. The UK pair evokes the sound of old-school IDM from the likes of Gescom (or even early Autechre, for that matter) across "Telephone Telepathy," and imbue those skittering rhythms and fractured melodies with a more straightforward sensibility that should work well on contemporary dancefloors.
As we have done a handful of times before, we offer you today a peek at the next release coming from Tiga's Montreal-based imprint Turbo. But this release is, as you'll find, a bit different from Turbo's previous records; New Jack Techno is a 10-track compilation featuring cuts from the likes of Locked Groove, Nautiluss, Sei A, and Gingy & Bordello. It's also sort of a mission statement, offering the kinds of forward-thinking techno, house, and bass music that Turbo aims to continually bring to the table. You can get your fill of those sounds after the jump. Read more »
There's only a handful of artists that can justify a four-part series of full-length reissues: Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and (of course) Drexciya. Even though pretty much no one would agree with that statement for various reasons, you have to admire Rotterdam's Clone Records for knowing exactly what they like. Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller II is the latest in Clone's Drexciya retrospective, and like the first edition, Journey II takes songs from the Detroit band's 10-year existence (1992 to 2002) and builds a tremendous case as to why its singular "techno from the deep" is more relevant now than ever. If electronic music's sea of genres has dissolved into a sea of icononclasts, Drexciya populated those waters first. Read more »
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