London-based producer Champion (a.k.a. Reiss Hanson) is having quite the month; in addition to making his first stateside appearance courtesy of a couple Trouble & Bass parties in Philly and NYC, on June 21 and 22 respectively, he's also releasing the highly anticipated single "Crystal Meth" via premiere grime hub Butterz on June 25. Read more »
The Berlin-based husband-and-wife duo UMA has turned over one of its recordings to Welsh producer Doc Daneeka for a remix of "Wild At Heart." The original track, along with the other songs on UMA's Drop Your Soul EP, was recorded in the couple's home studio using a combination of analog and digital equipment, and constructs most of its rhythmic complexity from the interplay between vocal loops. Doc Daneeka, however, took a more percussive approach to his version by molding UMA's low-end-centric beat into a head-nodding house pulse. "Wild At Heart (Doc Daneeka Remix)," which will be included in a three-track digital EP (released via Seayou on June 15), extends UMA's low-impact, ambient-pop tune into a seven-minute roller with more emphasis on bobbing rhythms and dizzying synthlines than Steve Reich-inspired vocal patterns.
It's actually pretty great that Paul Rose basically has the freedom to do whatever he wants with his music. Since he runs his own label, Hotflush, he basically has no one else to answer to when it comes to making drastic stylistic shifts in his productions or choosing who will deliver the remix on the b-side of his next single. That's likely why he was able to dust off his SCB moniker for a remix of his own tune "NE1BUTU," the forthcoming new single taken from this year's divisive Scuba LP, Personality. Read more »
Teeth (a.k.a. Matti Pentikäinen), the newest addition to Sound Pellegrino's stable, didn't get his start in music by creating the kinds of skittering rhythms featured on his upcoming EP, Meme is the New Riddim. As a member of the Finnish hip-hop crew Ceebrolistics for more than a decade, Teeth earned his stripes by crafting smooth, laidback beats throughout much of the late '90s and early 2000s, but his interests gradually shifted into the realm of club music. Last year, it led him to create his most well-known track, the slick and seductive "Shawty" (our 18th favorite tune from 2011), as well as drop some solid EPs, start his own label, and remix the likes of Renaissance Man and Bambounou. Featured here, "Percolator Meme" is one of Teeth's latest productions, a largely minimalistic and percussion-driven track that winds its way through a number of different rhythms while male and female vocal samples call and respond to one another over intermittent synth squelches. You can pick up the five-track record, which also features a remix of "Percolator Meme" by Lazer Sword, on June 18.
Danish producer Tomas Barfod has been pretty damn busy lately; you've probably seen and heard him pop up on XLR8R a number of times already. The most recent occasion brought us a video for his solid "November Skies" track, as well as the news that he would release yet another EP for the Friends of Friends imprint, called Came to Party. The record drops today, and features two original productions from Barfod alongside remixes by Ghostly-signed techno stalwart Mark E, Frite Nite label boss Salva, and LA producer Suzanne Kraft. You can take a listen to the whole thing after the jump. Read more »
It was more than two years ago when Germany's Iron Curtis (a.k.a. Johannes Paluka) first caught the ear of XLR8R, prompting us to take a closer look as part of our Bubblin' Up series. But while 2010 saw him release a torrent of singles, his original offerings slowed significantly after that—although 2011 did include a fair share of Iron Curtis remixes—most likely because the Berlin-based producer was plugging away on his debut full-length, Soft Wide Waist Band, which finally dropped last month via the Mirau imprint. In celebration of this return, we went ahead and invited Iron Curtis to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
According to Trouble & Bass' website, this week's release from Nottingham duo Ursa Major is "one of [the label's] moodiest releases to date," but "in the best way." "Whitecaps," the a-side of Ursa Major's new record for the New York label, takes a melodic approach to UK garage with moments of jazzy chords collapsing into rattling percussion and robust low end. The track eventually sinks into a grime wobble, balancing the pleasant synth stabs and glittering tones with gritty intensity.
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 »
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 »
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