East Coast DJ/producer and Italians Do It Better label head Mike Simonetti has announced that his latest project, a new label he's named New Jersey, will release a 12" featuring two collaborative tracks from Simonetti and Monty Luke. Read more »
Like Hudson Mohawke and Lunice's recent self-titled EP as TNGHT, "Beamer"—the latest single from young Liverpool-based producer Melé—is brash, energetic, and has little time for subtlety. But whereas TNGHT's music straddles the line between hip-hop and the more colorful ends of 140-bpm bass music, "Beamer" pairs its maximalist synth lines with the livelier, rough-edged UK sounds of grime—providing a platform for former N.A.S.T.Y Crew member Kano to deliver one of his most likeable performances since 2004's "Ps & Qs." Read more »
UK "goth-pop" chanteuse Charli XCX (pictured above) gets a bare-bones reworking here, courtesy of Numbers affiliate Deadboy. The shadowy tunesmith picks apart the singer's edgy new single, "You're the One," only nabbing fragments of her vocal performance to weave throughout a tumbling bassline and garage-leaning rhythm, all of which makes for an unsettling-but-effective dancefloor tune.
The sweeping synth-pop of :papercutz seems to have made ripples among a number of producers. The Portugal-based artist's "Rivers" single has been remixed by everyone from Synkro to Nowa Huta to Stalker, and now, Ikonika (pictured above) has joined the club. On her remix, Ikonika, who recently dropped her I Make Lists EP, preserves much of the original's vocal lines. Rhythmically speaking, however, she doesn't really stray far from her usual drum-heavy style, adhering to a steady 4/4 beat replete with synths and skittering hi-hat taps.
After helping to reboot dubstep in 2008-2009 with a string of now-classic 12" releases, London producer Untold (a.k.a. Jack Dunning) has gone on to carve out a pretty idiosyncratic niche for himself within the grey area of bass music. However, even that seems like an awkward descriptor for Untold's productions these days, especially given his releases on Clone Basement Series and the just-completed Change in a Dynamic Environment trilogy of EPs on his own Hemlock imprint. Call it house or techno or maybe just a retreat away from anything dubstep, Untold's new stuff may offer shock and awe of a more conservative kind than that of, say, "Anaconda," but it's no less effective. Last week, we caught up with Dunning via AIM and asked about his ongoing stylistic evolution; in the process, we also discovered that the real source of his inspiration might very well be happy hardcore. Read more »
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