The music of Daniel Martin-McCormick practically begs to be conceptualized, contextualized, and intellectualized. Under the banners of Black Eyes, Sex Worker, and Mi Ami, he's bolstered his visceral noise, punk, and electronic output by exploring ideas of subverting social norms—touching on gender issues, politics, identity, and more. It's certainly not meant to be a distraction, as the music is often more than capable of standing on its own, but, sometimes, the message can overshadow the songs that carry it. And even though Martin-McCormick has all sorts of ulterior motives and mangled ciphers woven throughout his debut full-length as Ital, Hive Mind is first and foremost about sticky house grooves and atmospheric sprawl, of which there are plenty. Read more »
Here's a fresh slice of brooding, dubstep-ian soundscapes from London's Drop/Dead. Slightly reminiscent of the thunder and rainfall on Burial's new Kindred EP, "Basic State" employs a steadily knocking beat, a nearly inaudible synth melody, and a dark-as-night bassline to drive its slow groove home. It reminds us how nice it is every time we hear something new from the tunesmith, so if you're in the market for more of Drop/Dead's handiwork, look no further than the solid mix he dropped for Vienna's Danceteria, after the jump. Read more »
Over the past month, we've brought you three different tracks that were put together at last year's installment of Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid. Those cuts were part of a double-disc compilation that RBMA has finally released online. Read more »
London duo Zombie Disco Squad has been delivering party-ready house jams for several years now, releasing original productions on labels like Made to Play and mixing an XLR8R podcast several years back. Now, the team has remixed "Superimposer," a bubbling track by Amsterdam's Mason. The remix is a warm, crisp slice of funky house, a tune that's perfect for an early-morning haze. It's out now as part of the Superimposer EP (artwork above) on Animal Language, which also includes remixes from Harvard Bass, Arveene & MiSK, and Polymath.
Just last week, Brighton up-and-comer Ambassadeurs shared a video for his tune "M.O.P.E." Now, he's passed along a new track, "Duke Red," which is said to serve as the first taste of the producer's as-yet-untitled forthcoming debut album. As on "M.O.P.E.," Ambassadeurs manages to combine a number of genres here, as traces of West Coast beat music, UK bass, and the now-ubiquitous touch of modern R&B are all present. It's the kind of tune a beatmaker can appreciate, one that moves in measured steps and is held together by its solid drum work and an impressively precise aesthetic.
Late last year, Suspect teamed up with Creepy Autograph (an alias of the prolific Jimmy Edgar) for a split EP (artwork above) on the freshly minted Thug imprint. The release came stacked with an original track from each producer along with remixes of each other's tunes, which unfortunately left no space for Australian duo Stereogamous' sleek rework of "Inurface." On its remix, the pair from Down Under manages to take Suspect's cut into even deeper territory, dropping the original song's robot vocals and injecting a healthy amount of undulating low-end into the affair, ultimately yielding a cut as primed for the dancefloor as either of its counterparts.
If there is a still-active group whose past discography is undoubtedly ripe for revisiting, it's German duo Mouse on Mars. Composed of veteran artists Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma, the band boasts a rich and unprecedentedly varied musical history during which the pair has experimented with elements of glitch, dub, ambient, noise, acid, IDM, classical, and even pop music across the span of 18 years or so. But Mouse on Mars aren't out-of-touch has-beens; in fact, the duo's music might be more relevant now than ever before. It's not difficult to hear the influence—both direct and otherwise—that the trailblazing artists have had on the evolution of electronic music (they started utilizing oversized bass wobbles before anyone had even considered the ideas of dubstep), and now, Mouse on Mars' forward sounds have culminated in another offering of patently skewed and challenging tunes, the Parastrophics LP for Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Read more »
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