Though generally more thought of as the pioneering godfather behind minimal techno, Detroit's Robert Hood also has another side. Complementing the lean machine funk of classic albums like Internal Empire and Minimal Nation, Hood released a whole string of minimal-influenced house records under the name of Floorplan. Exposing the funky roots at the heart of the Hood sound, Floorplan—for the most part—eschewed the synthetic in favor of a more organic, sample-based sound. Yet, while the Floorplan side-project was well received, Hood seemingly abandoned the alias in 2002. Read more »
The Tri Angle imprint is set to take us on yet another intense sonic adventure next month with the debut release of vocal sculptress Ayshay. The Senegalese-born, Kuwait-reared, and now New York-based artist aspires to reconfigure the "sacred" music of her international past, utilizing only her own voice—which does receives its fair share of manipulation and layering. "WARN-U," the title track of Ayshay's forthcoming EP, is a meditative exercise of sorts, one in which she re-pitches her own ghostly vocals up and down the sound spectrum to achieve a chorus of droning tones which seem to move in the kind of intricately methodical pattern that ultimately only makes true sense to its creator. The WARN-U EP, which comes with this tune, two other originals, and a remix from LA production outfit Nguzunguzu, is slated for release September 26.
Arguably one of the most influential house-music labels of all time, Trax has reached its 25th year of existence and is celebrating the occasion with the release of a compilation CD and documentary chronicling the Chicago label's history. Read more »
Maybe someday far off in the distant future there will be an intergalactic equivalent to the "booze cruise," where passengers can get drunk and party on board some sort of spaceship contraption while the inner workings of the galaxy unfold outside the ship's windows. But until then, we have the sounds of Salva. The man has an undeniable knack for funky, futuristic sounds, which he puts to good use on this remix, seamlessly weaving plenty of lazery vibes into DZA's stomping ADD dubstep tune, "Zoo Keeper." And, even better, Salva makes sure the whole affair is super smooth, even taking some of the original's more obtrusive elements—like the quasi-turntable scratching "Ahhs"—and throwing them so far into space that they come back polished enough to neatly fit right into his rework. DZA's eight-track Zoo Keeper EP is out now.
This jangly, lighthearted little ditty might not be the usual kind of tune you'd hear in XLR8R's download feed, but we figured that if Stones Throw is willing to take a step away from their usual hip-hop-centric output, we'd come along for the ride. Plus, we're also into the quasi-Stereolab-meets-"beat scene"-meets-Animal Collective vibes Jonti exudes on "Hornets Nest." Look for more of this when the producer's Twirligig record drops on October 18, and check out a cool mixtape of Jonti's unreleased productions in the meantime, here.
It's only been a few short weeks since Kingdom dropped his latest helping of music on the world with the release of "Take Me" b/w "If You Buck" for the Fool's Gold imprint (which you can stream in its entirety here), and already a deluxe digital edition has popped up, adding the LA-based producer's sought-after remix of Floetry's seminal neo-soul tune, "Say Yes," to the tracklisting. Read more »
Having recently returned to his native Detroit stomping grounds, Underground Resistance affiliate DJ 3000 (a.k.a. Franki Juncaj) hasn't wasted any time getting down to business. Just yesterday, he sent along an exclusive track from Max Tkacz, who is about to release a new EP via 3000's Motech imprint. But ahead of that, DJ 3000 will be dropping two records of his own. Read more »
Not content to just produce mind-bending, game-changing beats, LA-based beat producer Steve Ellison (a.k.a. Flying Lotus) has just announced that he'll be extending his talents into multimedia with The Mapping of Countries Yet to Come, a new collaborative project with visual artist Miwa Matreyek. Read more »
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