Never ones to shy away from giving out free tunes, UK DJ/production duo Hot City has shared a break-heavy cut following the release of its brand-new Buggin' Out EP via Moshi Moshi. Indulge in the wailing sirens, bulbous bass drops, old-school organ stabs, and pitched-up vocal hooks of "You & Me 4 Eva," and then go check out its utterly ridiculous (and NSFW) "music video" over on the Unknown to the Unknown YouTube channel, here.
The opening chords on the title track of San Francisco resident Reilly Steel's ICU EP sound strikingly similar to the lead single from Sepalcure's 2011 debut LP, "Pencil Pimp." The stabs are a bit higher on "ICU," and the crackle of white noise is more pronounced on "Pencil Pimp," but the two-tone melodies match. The semblance between the songs is a blessing and a curse for Steel, a dynamic that persists throughout his EP; although his work demonstrates some genuine skill with lush and clattering post-dubstep sounds, his songs don't always stand out from the scene's high-profile releases. Read more »
Berlin-via-Bay Area genre bender Kid606 has been teasing at his latest sound, a kind of glitch-leaning electronic shoegaze, with various EPs and free tunes over the past handful of months, and his efforts will soon culminate in the release of a new LP for his Tigerbeat 6 label. Read more »
It's been over a month since we last heard from London duo Maribou State, but the pair has returned today with a fresh remix following its recently released Native EP. The original track comes courtesy of UK electronic-fusion ensemble Submotion Orchestra, who's jazz-flavored "Blindspot" was handed over to Maribou State so that the twosome could rework its seductive vibes into a pretty, house-flecked groove. "Blindspot (Maribou State Remix)" warps the pattering jazz drumming into a clicking beat that charges the tune's shimmering synths and pleasantly sleepy atmosphere with a bouyant energy.
For the second release on his recently inaugurated Boardwalk label (read our review of the first one here), Bristol house monster Julio Bashmore has enlisted heavyweight tunesmith Maddslinky (a.k.a. Zed Bias, Dave Jones) for a two-track 12". Read more »
18-year-old UK producer Karma Kid has been garnering a lot of attention recently, mostly due to his tracks receiving play from the likes of Radio 1's Annie Mac, and will soon be adding to the hubub when he drops the "It's Always" single via Bondax's Just Us label. Featured here, "Lust, Love" is an unreleased track from the young tunesmith, which hints at Karma Kid's maturity as a beatmaker with its layers of vocal clips oozing over heavy basslines and grooving drum ticks. Karma Kid creates an emotive, club-ready production on "Lust, Love," one that sits comfortably amongst his peers without sounding like just another drop in the ever-expanding pond of the UK-bass scene.
The synth builders (and, more recently, app devlopers) at Moog have announced a signifigant update to the Animoog iPad/iPhone app, including an improvement to the use and implemetation of MIDI. Read more »
Groundislava (a.k.a. Jasper Patterson) may hail from Los Angeles and hold a membership in Shlohmo's Wedidit crew, but it's hard to argue that the young beatmaker hasn't carved out a sound all his own. Over the past few years, he's dropped a steady series of releases, most recently this summer's TV Dream EP. On August 28, he'll be following that up with a new album, Feel Me, a full-length effort on Friends of Friends that finds Groundislava synthesizing his loves of dreamy soundscapes, videogame nostalgia, and booming hip-hop beats into a singular musical vision. It seems that he's reached a new level of artistic maturity, which is why we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
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