It's over halfway into "Ocean Floor for Everything," the first tune to surface from How to Dress Well's forthcoming sophomore LP, Total Loss, before the beat drops. That moment is preceded by a swirl of soft Rhodes melodies and singer/producer Tom Krell's evocative falsetto, all of which sounds decidedly more upfront and hi-fi than the beautifully tattered productions on 2010's Love Remains. But when that smash of a slo-mo hip-hop beat hits, that's the moment when it feels like How to Dress Well officially arrives as the tender troubadour we've been waiting to hear from for years. The loop barely lasts a minute, but could be easily replayed time and time again, at least until Acéphale drops Total Loss this fall.
Released yesterday, Darko Kustura's new 12" for Berlin label Cambrian Line is a slab of solid house music fit for late nights and early mornings. "Hazard," which isn't on that record, could be aptly described in the same way, as its soft synth pads and rolling bassline work with the skeletal percussion to create quite a warm and nocturnal vibe. You can compare this exclusive tune with the Croatian producer's latest release once you take a listen to a preview of "The Sky Turned Away" b/w "Fading Story" (artwork above) after the jump. Read more »
It was about three months ago when we got word that veteran Danish duo Laid Back would be releasing a mini-LP of reworked material from the same sessions that produced John Guldberg's and Tim Stahl's most notorious tune, "White Horse." Those old eight-track tapes—which feature five proto-house jams chock full of classic analog sounds from "a Roland TR-808 rhythm box, a SH-101, a Pro-One monophonic synthesizer, and a GR-500 guitar controller-and-synth"—have been compiled into Cosyland. The record dropped today via Laid Back's Brother Music label, but you can preview the whole thing exclusively on XLR8R, after the jump. Read more »
Just a few weeks after showcasing the talents of Fantastic Mr Fox, the XLR8R podcast series has once again turned its focus to a talented Brit who's been rather quiet for some time. Granted, London's Braiden hasn't disappeared completely off the radar, as he continues to DJ regularly on Rinse FM. On the production front, however, he's more or less been missing in action. Braiden's first and only single, "The Alps," was released to all sorts of acclaim back in 2010 on Joy Orbison's Doldrums imprint, but has subsequently been followed by only a handful of remixes. While whispers persist of additional original productions in the pipeline, concrete details have yet to emerge about his future releases. As such, we've been left with only Braiden's skills as a DJ; admittedly, these have never come into question, which is why we have no qualms about hosting this exclusive mix. Read more »
Last week, we shared "Jungle Jim," an understated track from Croydon's Deft, but here's a remix of the producer's work that turns up the gas just a bit. Fybe:one's remix of "Thought You'd Fancy It" presents a melange of jazzy synth mashes, which stutter along start-stop, stereo-panned percussion. The original track can be found on Deft's Clotting EP, which drops on June 4 via WotNot, and features remixes from Jimmy Edgar, Soosh, and others. A tracklist and preview for that release can be found after the jump. Read more »
Tomas Barfod, better known as the drummer of Copenhagen's WhoMadeWho, is enamored with beats and solid pop hooks in equal measure. While WhoMadeWho is being sucked into an LCD Soundsystem–shaped vacuum, the market for Barfod's own productions is less clear. He aspires to the sensation of timelessness that defines pop while availing himself of production cues drawn from house and the overtly exploratory hip-hop associated with LA's Brainfeeder as well as new home Friends of Friends. Barfod's also a recent LA transplant, and calls on labelmates and locals like Shlohmo and Salva provide backup—and a new context—in the form of remixes and shared bills. Read more »
Hard-working Parisian DJ/producer Djebali recently celebrated his birthday (apparently, he got an iPad), and is giving away this lively production as part of those festivities. The funky groove at the core of "Hell for This Love" gives the tune a decidedly French house vibe, which Djebali pairs with some flitting vocal samples, bouncy synth melodies, and just the right amount of percussive sounds. Look for more of the tunesmith's infectious dancefloor concoctions when his Djebali 04 12" drops next week.
Alongside Joker and Gemmy, Guido is one of the three best-known purveyors of the "purple" sound of Bristol. He's arguably the most consistent producer of that crew, exhibiting excellent quality control over a handful of singles and 2010's quietly brilliant Anidea LP. This 12-inch—the second 2012 release from Guido on his new personal label, State of Joy—is largely in keeping with his established brand of woozy, R&B-flavored dubstep. There is, however, a more brooding, ruminative wrinkle to his usually joyous sound this time out. Toning down the lush, delightfully cheap-sounding instrumental components of much of his previous work, Guido opts here for a pared-down, punchy style that goes down quite nicely. Read more »
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