Machinedrum, Omar-S, Delroy Edwards, Dorian Concept, Martyn, Todd Edwards, and More Announced for BEMF 2014
Originally appearing on Neneh Cherry's Four Tet-produced Blank Project LP (released via Smalltown Supersound earlier this year), "Spit Three Times" has been handed over to Lee Bannon for a remix treatment. As one would expect from the former XLR8R podcast contributor (who has an EP of his own on the way), the rework finds Bannon taking Cherry's track deep beneath layers of icy chords and cavernous textures, allowing the seasoned vocalist's lyrics only to seep through the few small cracks left in his murky reconstruction.
Berlin-based producers Baron Castle and Lando (formerly Lando Kal, pictured above) have announced the launch of a joint label venture, Myth, with Lando set to deliver its inaugural 12" next month. Read more »
New Forms' line-ups are clearly chosen by heads. The 2014 edition of the Vancouver festival, which kicked off last Thursday and continued through the weekend, included an embarrassment of rare and unique acts, several of whom were making their first trips to Canada. Read more »
The rise of Pional (a.k.a. Miguel Barros) has been a gradual one over the past few years, but 2014 feels like the year in which the Madrid producer has properly stepped into the spotlight. He's long been associated with John Talabot and his Hivern Discs label, and though Barros has been issuing solo work since 2010, including efforts for both Hivern and Permanent Vacation, he was for a long time best known as the "other guy" in Talabot's live show and the man behind the poppy vocal hook on "Destiny." That began to change in late 2013, when Barros signed on with Young Turks to issue the Invisible/Amenaza EP. Combined with an increased presence on the DJ circuit as a solo artist, the record garnered Pional plenty of new attention, and his latest effort, an official release of the hotly tipped "It's All Over" (one of the star tracks from Talabot's stellar DJ-Kicks mix album), is arguably even bigger. As such, we felt the time was right to ask Barros to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Much like the artwork for its upcoming Solid EP, Claude's productions are deceivingly clean and simple. The result of a partnership between French beatmakers Fulgeance and Darius Broobecker, Claude takes a rather direct route to combining bits of classic disco and house with the sonic weight of UK bass—all of which comes wrapped together with an undeniably French touch. "In Love," the closing effort from the pair's upcoming debut EP, fits finely chiseled slices of soul between sharp and efficient drum programming, resulting in a track that smacks and pops while also maintaing a cool air about it. Available to grab for free below, "In Love" will be joined by six other original productions from Claude when the duo's Solid EP lands on October 6 via Musique Large.
Illum Sphere has been tapped to mix the 78th edition of the Fabriclive series. The Mancunian DJ and producer born Ryan Hunn is noted for previous releases on Tectonic and Martyn's 3024 label—not to mention his debut full-length for Ninja Tune—and has honed his skills as a diverse selector through the night he co-founded, Hoya:Hoya, which recently began staging takeovers at the London club. Read more »
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