LA's Lawrence Grey, a new face in the world of electronic music, will be making his formal debut on July 31 with the release of Claustrophilia, an EP which was written and composed during the summer following Grey's graduation from NYU, where he studied music composition. The results of that summer's work are far different from the first encounter most may have had with him through his jittery single "Peaches for the Baby," which was included on Proximal's 2010 Proximity One: Narrative of a City compilation. Here, Grey takes on a versatile, techno-oriented approach, opening his production with bleeps and bloops that eventually fall into place as a stomping, propulsive beat kicks in, creating a track that is equally at home on both headphones and booming club speakers.
Lianne La Havas's music is no stranger to the art of the remix; after all, the British crooner's tunes have already been reworked by everyone from Shlohmo to Ganggaddy. In fact, Maya Jane Coles' excellent remix of "Lost and Found" still ranks among our most popular MP3s. And now, Bostonian duo Soul Clap have entered the fold of remixers by turning "Is Your Love Big Enough?" into a dancefloor-friendly tune. In this version, La Havas' vocals go relatively untouched, and Soul Clap stays true to its name by heaping dollops of funky, soulful bass into the mix and punctuating the ambling beat with resonant claps.
One of the heavy hitters in the visual sound editing business, iZotope's spectrogram-based audio restoration suite RX has long been aimed at those looking to clean, polish, and otherwise restore audio files. With Iris, the developer has taken this fairly mundane concept and transformed it into a plugin that's being called a "sampling resynthesizer," aimed primarily at music makers. Read more »
On August 13, Houston-based label Freshmore's catalog will reach 10 offerings with the release of Cosmic Revenge's Crystal Skies. The record, which also features b-side "Here With Me," boasts a slew of remixes by a list of up-and-comers that includes Texan producer Arms & Suites, who won us over with his 2010 track "Brainwash." Now, following up his most recent offering for Freshmore alongside DJ Yayyay and Droplette, last year's "Microchips" single, Arms & Suites is back to give "Here With Me" a treatment that encases its skittering rhythms in an even thicker shell of glacial synths than before. Once you get your fill of this version, you can preview the rest of Cosmic Revenge's Crystal Skies, after the jump. Read more »
Flying Lotus once said that Brainfeeder is the sound of the seeker—the sound of someone trying to understand the universe through music, always on the hunt for something higher. That's why there could be no other home for Raw Money Raps, the debut full-length from Jeremiah Jae and an effort in which he explores his own complex existence with the kind of honesty and mysticism common to all of the label's signees. Read more »
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