James Whipple (a.k.a. M.E.S.H.) has put forth a handful of remixes for the likes of Teengirl Fantasy, Amerie, and o F F Love, and now the Berlin-based producer has focused his talents toward the realm of original productions with the recent release of his Share The Blame EP (pictured above) via German label Dyssembler. "On My Body" is taken from that record, and blends a brooding rhythm with a tense, ravey synth melody—seemingly drawing inspiration from both hip-hop and the R&B-saturated current that runs through much of contemporary electronic music. Share The Blame is available as a digital download or on 12" vinyl at Dyssembler's webstore; the 12" features three M.E.S.H. originals and a remix from Teengirl Fantasy, while the digital version includes additional remixes from Craxxxmurf and Arca. You can listen to the full release after the jump. Read more »
Brooklyn duo White Ring recently released a new 12" via Texas-based label Handmade Birds. The single features a cover of Neil Young's "Hey Hey, My My" alongside original track "Felt U," the latter of which is of particular importance to White Ring, both as a favorite track amongst fans and as the closer to the outfit's live sets. Placing an emphasis on space, "Felt U" finds White Ring working in a style similar to that of spacey hip-hop producer Clams Casino—or just about any other Tri Angle-signed artists, for that matter—as echoing claps and soaring synths contrast with a hi-hat pattern that would just as easily be at home in the world of Southern rap music.
Kwame Safo is the Londoner behind Funk Butcher, the moniker he's used for his various producer/DJ endeavors, which includes running his Sunday night Rinse FM show, Houseology 101 (you can tune in 6-9 p.m. GMT), and helming his very own Houseology imprint. Here, we have a track from the man himself. "Up and Down" employs rolling low-end, tasty percussion, and an unexpected-though-welcome amount of jazzy flutes, which results in—you guessed it—an infectious and funky house number.
While Sol Republic (a relative newcomer to the audio electronics game) has built a considerably solid and rich-sounding pair of headphones with its Tracks On series, the most impressive part is no doubt the price point—selling for a mere $100 at most retailers. Read more »
Last week, XLR8R was invited to Madrid for a few days to get a behind-the-scenes look at this year's Red Bull Music Academy. The annual summit is currently in the midst of its second term, and upon his arrival, our editor Shawn Reynaldo was thrust right into the thick of things. Here are some of the highlights of what he saw. Read more »
Melbourne producer Lucid recently released a new EP, entitled The New Reprise, via Nightshifters. The record showcases four originals from Lucid, alongside a handful of remixes—including this one from Club Cheval's Sam Tiba. Preserving some of the lunacy of Lucid's production, Tiba's remix explores a thunderous low-end that was only hinted at on the original. Nightshifters has also offered a video from the new EP: you'll find Mark Brown's hectic visual interpretation of "Closed Eye" below. Read more »
Over the past year or so, a huge swath of the bass-music world has been preoccupied with creating the perfect middle ground between the urban sounds of the UK and the US, a place where stuttering grime and garage beats smoothly intermingle with hip-hop swagger and R&B divas. Yet this is a sonic space that Kingdom has been occupying for years, and his latest release, the four-song Dreama EP, proves that he's still miles ahead of the pack. Read more »
The considerably prolific London producer known as Om Unit is prepared to drop his latest EP, Transport, on November 28 via the Civil imprint, and has passed along its opening tune, "Swimming Dragon," to serve as the first taste of the forthcoming release. In the past year or two, Om Unit has established himself as a producer who is not afraid to move between genres while still seeming to keep at least one foot firmly placed in UK bass, and this production is no different. Almost unclassifiable except for an all encompassing 'future-music' tag, "Swimming Dragon" folds pieces of electro-house drums, dubstep-appropriate low-end, and the kind of hazy, arp-filled synth clouds that one might expect to find from a West Coast beat head. There are even some Asiatic flute samples buried in there, too.
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