Modeselektor's unceasingly prolific Monkeytown label is about to get a little nostalgic on everyone, and release a compilation that looks over the year of releases, with California beatmaker eLan helming the mix. Read more »
Before the longstanding production duo Simian Mobile Disco unveils its new live show to the first North American audience on September 1 at FYF Fest, we're treated to a suitable dark music video for "Species Out of Control," one of the excellent cuts lifted from James Ford's and James Shaw's XLR8R Pick'd Unpatterns LP. Read more »
Sydney-based producer Dro Carey (pictured above) just sent over his remix of Thomas William's "SOME2602." The rising Australian tunesmith born Eugene Hector continues to make waves in the electronic music world following his spring release of RuckuSsmak, a limited-edition 12" for Ramp that dabbles in experimental UK house. Following his beat-heavy remix of Jonti's "Nightshift in Blue," Dro Carey's rework of "SOMA2602" is comparatively less structured and melodic, but does have similar outsider vibes. The tune is described in a press release as an "idiosyncratic montage of dub electrics, garage crunch and vintage pitch-bent synth sweeps," a soundscape which is bolstered by a subdued bassline and repetitive warbling synthlines that maintains a dark and funky spirit. Hector's remix will be featured on Thomas William's forthcoming remix album alongside cuts from other rising Australian artists—like Galapagoose and Wooshie—when it drops via Astral People on September 25.
Time flies when you're having fun... and solving problems. Only a few weeks have passed since we first introduced Nick Hook as XLR8R's new advice guru, and his weekly column, Hi, Doctor Nick!, is already set to debut next week. Inquiries have been pouring in from readers, all of them keen to get their hands on Hook's special brand of wisdom, but it's not too late to send in a question of your own. Read more »
LA-based producer Thavius Beck sent over the first leak from his forthcoming LP, The Most Beautiful Ugly, which is set for release on September 11 via Plug Research. "Imma Get So" is a lyricless tune driven by a crunchy hip-hop beat, autotuned vocal samples, and synths that wail inside the midrange frequencies. Beck's production is made more dynamic with EKG blips, layers of organ chords, and funky bass riffs—possibly a nod to his teenage days spent perfecting his chops on the saxophone and bass. While the multifaceted artist doesn't exactly employ the most complex of production methods on "Imma Get So," he does create a nice vibe that would be well-suited for an end-of-summer block party.
Last year saw the Sound Pellegrino imprint launch its Crossover Series, intended as a platform to pair up producers from different corners of the electronic-music spectrum. Following two collaborative efforts from Bok Bok & Tom Trago and Joakim & Bambounou, the third installment in the series brings together arguably two of the most influential producers to appear on the label yet—New Jersey garage legend Todd Edwards and French house/electro mainstay Benoit Heitz (a.k.a. Surkin). As individual artists, the two perhaps have a little more in common in terms of production traits and style than the series' previous pairings, and on I Want You Back, the collaboration occasionally proves to be a genuinely unique and interesting combination of forces. Read more »
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