Today's installment of Press Play equally features heavy hitters and enticing obscurities from across the spectrum of electronic music. Read more »
The title of Berlin beat maestro Robot Koch's upcoming release, Cosmic Waves (artwork above), derives from the concept that everyone and everything is connected, and the production process behind the record demonstrates that the name is apt. Robot Koch sent half-finished tunes to artists both on and off the Project: Mooncircle roster, asking them to fill in the blanks, the results of which exhibit two styles—no matter how different—joining together as one. Some names on the Cosmic Waves tracklist, such as Kuhn and Submerse, might be instantly recognizable to you, and, if you've been diligently keeping up with XLR8R for the past month, you'll probably recognize Rain Dog, too. The young London-based tunesmith's "Think of You" ranked as our most popular download in July by an absolute landslide, and now, "Never Will," his collaboration with Robot Koch, features more of the spacious production style we've come to expect from him. Here, the duo lays down an energetic, garage-tinged shuffle, which they smother in ample servings of atmospheric synths. After nabbing this track, you can stream a preview of the rest of the EP before it drops on August 31, after the jump. Read more »
Otto Von Shirach was always one of breakcore's and glitch's most memorable icons (which was no small feat in a genre full of big personalities). Though that scene has sort of burnt itself to a crisp, he's risen out of the ashes of the '00s with both his strange sense of humor and his bass face firmly intact, as shown both by the mix he put together for this week's XLR8R podcast and Supermeng, his new album for Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint. In a little under 45 minutes, the latter finds the Miami-based producer peacocking his way through a trunk-rattling selection of leftfield Miami bass, dubstep, and moombahton tunes on a truly bizarre ride to the center of the sexyverse. Read more »
When Southern California's beat scene eventually rooted itself in their Pacific Northwestern stomping grounds, the members of Portland's Dropping Gems collective quickly established themselves as some of the West Coast's foremost purveyors of spacey instrumental hip-hop beats. Now, with the upcoming release of Rap Class' Greatest Hits, the label will be taking listeners on a trip into its early history, a period stretching from 2006 through 2009, when Rap Class (born John Kammerle) and label head Aaron Meola were college students living in Olympia, WA. Even back then, the Dropping Gems collective showed promise; just listen to record closer "Brothers Superhero," one of the oldest tracks on the release. The drums and the vocal sample (which were entirely created and arranged on a Korg Electribe) are relatively understated, allowing the wistful tones of the persistent flute lead to resonate throughout the mix, making for a fitting farewell at the end of a trip down memory lane. You can nab Greatest Hits, which drops on August 22, through a "name your price" download over on Dropping Gems' Bandcamp.
With only a couple releases on T.Williams' and S.E.F's now-defunct Deep Teknologi label from years past, London producer J. Bevin finally has some new stuff in the works. One of the latest productions to surface from the artist is "Deep (feat. Marisa)," an appropriately titled track with a deep, soulful dance groove that's filled with funky drum patterns underlining the otherwise synth-heavy instrumentation. Singer Marisa's voice is mostly chopped and looped, but nonetheless evokes a vibe reminiscent of the '80s and complimentary to J. Bevin's neon-hued melodies.
Ahead of the August 27 release of its forthcoming album, Sebenza, London production trio LV has shared a new video for the slow, synth-laden album cut "Spitting Cobra," a collaboration with Johannesburg MC and frequent cohort Okmalumkoolkat, who recently also teamed up with LV on the Get a Grip EP and bonus non-album cut "Inhliziyo Yami Izibozi." Read more »
Following up his first release, Neon Lights, Spanish producer Alizzz has announced his second offering, a four-track record called Loud, which is out exclusively on Beatport today, courtesy of the MofoHifi label. The EP dances somewhere between the realms of dubstep, synth-driven '80s music, and R&B, a sound which Alizz exhibits at full force on "Cruel." The tunesmith packs loud kicks, layers of harmonic synths, snappy vocal samples, and high-pitched chimes into his rhythmic and wavy soundscape, somehow managing to not sound too cramped or overblown while Alizzz exercises his deft musicality.
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