2011 was a breakthrough year for Maya Jane Coles, who brought us a slew of great EPs and established herself as a hardworking, globetrotting DJ. The young Londoner looks to make 2012 a busy one, as well, with a lengthy world tour in the works. Read more »
Brooklyn-based label end fence, an imprint devoted to releasing free batches of electronic music, has offered up an EP featuring five remixes of NYC trio Archie Pelago. "Prospect Dub," one of the band's jazzy, horn-laden shufflers, is warped here by New York producer and end fence co-founder kuxxan SUUM, who converts the original cut into a speeding, brooding piece of techno. The saxophone that noodled through the original now courses through kuxxan SUUM's remix, sped along by new, echoing synth stabs. It is a specifically inorganic take on a band whose trademark has so far been a careful mix of live instrumentation and electronic processing. (To see Archie Pelago in action, watch this in-studio performance video.) The rest of Prospect Dub Remixes EP is available to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
The rise of cassette releases appears to be continuing unabated, which hopefully means that we can count on upstart labels like Culture Dealer to regularly supply the world with blasts of homespun weirdness. One of its latest offerings is Freekbeat (artwork above) from Virgina-based producer Ohbliv. Part of the Chocolate Milk collective, Ohbliv seems quite adept at crafting funky slices of beat-driven electronic pop. '80s funk and boogie are obvious touchstones in his music, and "Freekphone"finds him indulging in that era's laid-back sense of collective cool while piecing together chopped-up strings and breezily bouncing beats.
James Welsh spent the first half of the '00s in Austin, TX punk band The Rise before recently moving on to exclusively make electronic music. Nonetheless, Welsh's productions are sure to get bodies moving en masse. But maybe his beats are more likely to make listeners move their hips rather than headbang, as "Integra" is four minutes of techy grooves defined by a fat, swirling bassline and retro organ-like stabs. This fine deep-house cut is a digital-only bonus track offered by the producer in advance of his Air Waves EP, which will drop on January 30 via Hypercolour's Losing Suki imprint.
While much of the Northern Hemisphere remains hunkered down during the dark winter months, folks closer to the equator are already gearing up for Carnival's street festivities, which culminate next month ahead of Ash Wednesday. While it probably won't be warm in Quebec come Mardi Gras, Montreal's Poirier is nonetheless starting to heat things up with some new high-energy riddims, and will release a new EP, Soca Road, on January 17 through the Mixpak imprint. Read more »
It's been over 30 years since the last full-length release from the combined efforts of UK musicians Vince Clarke and Martin Gore. That album, Speak & Spell, released by the then-nascent Mute imprint, launched Depeche Mode into the mainstream and provided the band with its most recognizable song, the indelibly saccharine "Just Can't Enough." Late last year, the pair came together as VCMG for the release of "Spock," the first single from the duo's forthcoming full-length effort, Ssss, which is fittingly being released by none other than Mute on March 13. Read more »
NYC-via-Sierra Leone DJ/producer and Dutty Artz affiliate Lamin Fofana is set to release a new EP, Dubious Prey, the follow-up to his 2010 debut EP, What Elijah Said. The new EP features two originals, including this one, "Brokedown City," a dark but still active piece of techno with a steady four-on-the-floor. The song's notably tropical percussion is buffeted by potent synth lines, which bleed in and out of the song, and a barely audible vocal sample that occasionally slips into the mix. UK label Sticks N Stones will release the vinyl format of Dubious Prey on January 30 with a digital release to follow on February 27. The tracklist for both formats, as well as the artwork, can be found after the jump. Read more »
Over the course of the past year, Charlotte-based duo Clicks & Whistles has charted an interesting trajectory. The pair's debut single, "Cranberry Goose," made a splash on Distal's Embassy label with its infectious combination of vintage videogame melodies and Southern rap-indebted beats. Followed by some quality remixes and the announcement that Clicks & Whistles would be joining the impressive artist roster of Kingdom's Fade to Mind label, the producers appeared poised to become one of the US' breakout bass-music acts. Then, things started to get a little weird. Read more »
UK producer Graphics caught our ears last year with his introspective and deeply danceable take on techno-infused bass music, as illustrated on the track "Fine Yarn," which we debuted back in August. Graphics' latest offering, "The Provoker," is still meditatively reflective, but finds the young producer reaching a new level of immaterialness as he operates without the constraints demanded by the club-centric spectrum of dance music. A bonus track from Graphics' recently released "There's a Way Back" single (artwork above) on GETME!, the song's beat stutters while chaotic percussive noises flit over background synths, a simple melody, and a vocal sample of a French child. It's all part of a fine start to what's looking to be a busy 2012 for the up-and-coming beatmaker, who has another EP, Mama Grizzlies, on the way later this month via Made to Play. (via FADER)
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