It's really no surprise any longer when you find out that one of the more interesting up-and-coming producers you're into is still a teenager, but it's not entirely common to come across one with the kind of knack for emotional subtelty that London's Will Archer (a.k.a. Slime) has. Take "Break Fall" from his debut EP, Increases (out now via Tough Love), where Archer pairs half-whispered vocal melodies with softly strummed guitars and sparse synth flourishes for an effect that's both heartwarming and alien. You can hear hints of both James Blake and The xx emanatinge from Slime's music, but we're nonetheless interested in hearing more from the budding artist.
In this particularly technical installment of our video premiere series for Red Bull Music Academy World Tour 2011, the travelling musical extravaganza descends on the Motor City to talk with techno, rock, hip-hop, and soul legends about their culturally vibrant hometown and the sounds its residents have created. Read more »
In recent weeks, the blogosphere has been alight with praise for Austin's Sleep ∞ Over and the dreamy soundscapes that populate her new album, Forever. Along with the praise has, of course, come a bevy of remixes (see here, here, here, and here), most of them tackling "Casual Diamond" or "Romantic Streams," the two standout tracks from the record. For those growing weary of the same sort of airy remix sound, this may be a better option, as bass-exploring LA duo Nguzunguzu (pictured above) takes Sleep ∞ Over's dreamy synth-pop, pitches up the vocals, strips away the instrumental layers, and adds off-kilter percussion until the song is nearly unrecognizable. [via Dis]
Simply put, Ben UFO (a.k.a. Ben Thomson) is a DJ. Sure, his rise to prominence during the past few years is tied in part to his role as one of the founders of the consistently impressive Hessle Audio label, but most of the praise sent his way can be traced back to one simple fact: the London-based artist is an impeccable selector. As such, it comes as no surprise that Rinse: 16, his first official mix CD, offers a musical journey of the highest quality. Read more »
German producer Call Super, who shared his track "Timora" with us a couple of months back, has updated the classic "Gabriel" from Chicago house legend Roy Davis Jr. His remix keeps the rolling bassline, but tweaks the original's sound into something darker and stranger by pushing the vocals into the background while adding shimmering synthesizers, acid squelches, and more complex percussion.
2011 is shaping to be a big year for globetrotting DJ/producer Maceo Plex. He's already got an EP out on Crosstown Rebels, a single coming via No. 19 Music, and now, he's announced that he's starting up his own imprint and releasing another EP. Read more »
Before Irish imprint Hsuan drops a fresh EP by label head Arianna (available exclusively through Boomkat) on October 17, we're treated to this edit of "So Real" by roster mate Kuei. Over drifty synth tones and disemboided vocal snippets, the multitasking artist drops a bit of rhythmic madness on his footwork-indebted rework. We noticed this one has been floating around the web for a little while now, but were smitten enough with "So Real (Arianna's Juke Edit)" to give it a proper home as a free download.
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