Rinse FM radio host and Butterz cohort Royal-T (a.k.a. Mark Taylor) released his first record for the radio station's label earlier this year, a two-track 12" called Number One (check our review here), and now, he's been tapped by the imprint for a full-length record. Read more »
On the mic. This is a phrase that can easily strike panic into the hearts of any respectable house-music fan, as imaginations run wild with cringe-inducing thoughts of hip-house atrocities. It was definitely the first thing that came to mind when seeing that Siberian deep-house maven Nina Kraviz's latest single, "Aus," featured King Aus... on the mic. Well, your shoulders can relax, because the finished product is a tasteful spoken-word dance meditation, something fine-tuned for late-night dancefloors and fit to be counted alongside tracks like DJ Le Roi and Roland Clark's "I Get Deep"—a classic that Get Physical just re-released with a new batch of remixes (none of which rival the original). Granted, "Aus" may not quite be on that level, but it is a faithful recreation of an earlier era in house music. Read more »
When we received some tracks from a mysterious producer by the name of Shoot the Ghost—whose sparse website gives no real indication of a concrete identity aside from a homebase in the UK—our minds instantly turned to some of bass music's other enigmatic personalities from recent memory. Names like SBTRKT or Zomby, who go to great lengths to ensure that they aren't seen without their signature masks, came to mind, among a myriad of other anonymous tunesmiths. One might ask why this phenomenon is so prevalent in bass music, and as SBTRKT would say, it's about "giving the world something to sell that wasn't just my own face and name," or, in other words, letting tracks speak for themselves. And that's exactly what Shoot the Ghost is doing on "Love Rain Down." As an R&B sample repeats "love rain down on me," the enigmatic producer warps and cuts up the phrase into energetic vocal chops, punctuating it with wonky synths. By adding spurts of bass and shuffling drums, Shoot the Ghost morphs the originally wistful phrase into something entirely dancefloor-friendly.
With another summer comes another outdoorsy video, this time from Columbus-based lo-fi beatsmith Monster Rally (a.k.a. Ted Feighan). Like last year's video for "Surf Erie," the clip for "Honey" records a camping trip in which couples canoodle, boys jump in rivers, and the overall mood is easygoing and carefree. Read more »
For his third EP of 2012, German producer B-Ju is dropping an animal-themed record of club music that lies somewhere in the mysterious nether regions between garage, bass, techno, and house. The five-song EP is titled Eclectic Zoo (artwork above), and contains three original tracks that boast the beastly titles "Bird Call," "Cry Wolf," and "Taurus." Like most of B-Ju's work, "Taurus" displays detailed percussion, specifically, skittering hi-hats with syncopated kick and snare patterns. Chopped vocals and regularly spaced piano stabs feature prominently on the tune, although both take a backseat to synth pads and heavy bass as the song progresses. You can get your copy of Eclectic Zoo, which also includes remixes from 123Mrk and Tete de Tigre, on July 9 when it comes out through Squelch & Clap.
Though we didn't exactly champion Com Truise's first LP for Ghostly, Galactic Melt, we still found plenty to enjoy about his neon-hued concoction of nostalgic beat and synth work, so we're pleased to discover that producer Seth Haley will drop a so-called "new collection" of music next month. Read more »
After this year's Sónar Festival in Barcelona, we declared Yosi Horikawa one of the event's big winners due to his excellent live performance at the SonarDôme, which put his uplifting and enticing music on full display. We also suggested that great things were on the way from the producer, and now it appears that that prognostication is due to bear fruit sooner rather than later. "Bubbles" is wildly original and imaginative, with the bulk of the song's textural sounds provided by what seems to be recordings of small objects being dropped (possibly an homage to a classic Aphex Twin song). The songs' subtle melodies blend with the babbling pitter-patter to create a cool and soothing bit of artful easy listening. "Bubbles" is being released by the First Word imprint on two separate records—a four-song EP from Horikawa called Wandering and a 12-song compilation from the imprint put together by label boss DJ Gilla. The Wandering EP (whose title track we offered up for download last year) is out now, and can be purchased over on Horikawa's Bandcamp, while the compilation will be released as a free download on July 4.
Passion is a diverse album from an artist who's been serving up varied offerings throughout his career. Beginning his forays into production more than a decade ago with an MPC and hip-hop in mind, Para One eventually shifted his aim towards adventurous dance music, becoming a mainstay of the sadly now-defunct Institubes label and, more recently, pushing a steady current of releases through the Marble imprint (which he heads up along with Surkin and Bobmo). Without a doubt, Passion is the French producer's most distinct and rewarding release to date, running through house, techno, boogie, and even bits of hip-hop and R&B with a warped funkiness and a keen sense for endlessly vibrant sonic colorings. Read more »
"Totem" is the lead-off track from Digital Native, the debut LP by synth-loving Italian Polysick (pictured above), and is, incidentally, one of the record's stand-out cuts. While the original tune and the full-length on which it resides seem directed at those with an inclination for noodling modular synthlines, this remix from NYC bass practictioner FaltyDL (a.k.a. Drew Lustman) is a production of an entirely different variety. Lustman retains the tune's clattering percussion and rattling maracas, but strips away most of the song's melodic and tonal components. To compensate, he injects a heavy dose of bass and emphasizes a vocal hook that offers to "tell you something." The remix is sparse, percussive, and fairly unusual, but is also sure to perk up the ears of those who already count themselves as fans of FaltyDL's bass-centric creations.
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