Berlin-via-Bay Area genre bender Kid606 has been teasing at his latest sound, a kind of glitch-leaning electronic shoegaze, with various EPs and free tunes over the past handful of months, and his efforts will soon culminate in the release of a new LP for his Tigerbeat 6 label. Read more »
The opening chords on the title track of San Francisco resident Reilly Steel's ICU EP sound strikingly similar to the lead single from Sepalcure's 2011 debut LP, "Pencil Pimp." The stabs are a bit higher on "ICU," and the crackle of white noise is more pronounced on "Pencil Pimp," but the two-tone melodies match. The semblance between the songs is a blessing and a curse for Steel, a dynamic that persists throughout his EP; although his work demonstrates some genuine skill with lush and clattering post-dubstep sounds, his songs don't always stand out from the scene's high-profile releases. Read more »
It's been over a month since we last heard from London duo Maribou State, but the pair has returned today with a fresh remix following its recently released Native EP. The original track comes courtesy of UK electronic-fusion ensemble Submotion Orchestra, who's jazz-flavored "Blindspot" was handed over to Maribou State so that the twosome could rework its seductive vibes into a pretty, house-flecked groove. "Blindspot (Maribou State Remix)" warps the pattering jazz drumming into a clicking beat that charges the tune's shimmering synths and pleasantly sleepy atmosphere with a bouyant energy.
For the second release on his recently inaugurated Boardwalk label (read our review of the first one here), Bristol house monster Julio Bashmore has enlisted heavyweight tunesmith Maddslinky (a.k.a. Zed Bias, Dave Jones) for a two-track 12". Read more »
18-year-old UK producer Karma Kid has been garnering a lot of attention recently, mostly due to his tracks receiving play from the likes of Radio 1's Annie Mac, and will soon be adding to the hubub when he drops the "It's Always" single via Bondax's Just Us label. Featured here, "Lust, Love" is an unreleased track from the young tunesmith, which hints at Karma Kid's maturity as a beatmaker with its layers of vocal clips oozing over heavy basslines and grooving drum ticks. Karma Kid creates an emotive, club-ready production on "Lust, Love," one that sits comfortably amongst his peers without sounding like just another drop in the ever-expanding pond of the UK-bass scene.
The synth builders (and, more recently, app devlopers) at Moog have announced a signifigant update to the Animoog iPad/iPhone app, including an improvement to the use and implemetation of MIDI. Read more »
Groundislava (a.k.a. Jasper Patterson) may hail from Los Angeles and hold a membership in Shlohmo's Wedidit crew, but it's hard to argue that the young beatmaker hasn't carved out a sound all his own. Over the past few years, he's dropped a steady series of releases, most recently this summer's TV Dream EP. On August 28, he'll be following that up with a new album, Feel Me, a full-length effort on Friends of Friends that finds Groundislava synthesizing his loves of dreamy soundscapes, videogame nostalgia, and booming hip-hop beats into a singular musical vision. It seems that he's reached a new level of artistic maturity, which is why we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
The latest roster addition over at Kastle's Symbols label is UK producer Walter Ego, who dropped his Shadows EP just today. Whereas the record's title track is more reminiscent of Burial's oft-borrowed sound, "Rebounds" is undoubtedly more upbeat, percussive, and well-suited for the club. The song's chopped vocals hover over a steady groove that's spearheaded by the deep and wavy bassline, which is punctuated by dynamic accents coming from Walter Ego's smacking claps and tinny cymbal crashes.
Nostalgia in music can be a tricky thing. In most cases, a balance is sought somewhere between the reverence an artist has for a certain bygone era or style and their ability to fit that into a modern context. Greeen Linez—the duo of Tokyo-based producer A Taut Line and Chris Greenberg of indie-lounge outfit Hong Kong in the '60s—is not bashful about its love for cheeseball jazz and new-age spiced muzak on Things That Fade, the group's debut LP (which follows the self-titled EP the pair dropped along the same lines last year). Complete with the occasional nods to '90s dance music, the album hits on a few worthwhile combinations, but largely proves exhausting in its unrelenting retro indulgences. Read more »
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