It's always odd to hear a song and think, "this is really cool," but then also realize that it's something your mom might like. "Vatican Vibes" by New York's Fatima Al Qadiri—who also records as Ayshay—is one of those tunes. On the one hand, it's a slow-burning jam that pairs inventive drum-machine percussion with haunting synths, steel-drum melodies, and a decidedly futuristic vibe. On the other hand, it's not that far from being the 2011 version of Chant. Read more »
There is one over-arching question at the core of any examination of M83's fifth proper studio album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming: What artist in their right mind would write, record, and release a double LP in 2011? The answer to this question is also the single most important reason why French mastermind Anthony Gonzalez's 22-song epic (yes, the E word is applicable here) is a contemporary feat of musical craft: He's a uniquely inspired and wildly talented artist with absolutely no stock in the way music is currently perceived, who is driven, above all things, by pure, childlike emotion. Read more »
Veteran UK producer Zed Bias (pictured above) will release Biasonic Hotsauce - Birth of the Nanocloud via Tru Thoughts on November 1. The album features an all-star cast of collaborating beat makers, including Toddla T, Mark Pritchard, and Skream. Here, Brooklyn's FaltyDL makes an appearance from across the pond on "Lucid Dreams," a subtle piece of light-hearted 2-step. (via Pitchfork)
Following soon after the startling news of his suspected involvement in a murder conspiracy, Jamaican dancehall icon Vybz Kartel will soon release an EP of remixes for his "Half On a Baby" cut from this year's Kingston Story LP. Read more »
We promise the awkward title of Renaissance Man's newest track, "What Do You Do When You Do What You Do" sounds better sung than spoken. Factor in some heavy vocal effects and a hypnotic, bouncing bassline, and the lyrics seem downright genius. The EP of the same name dropped yesterday via Turbo and contains remixes by Matthew Herbert, Sei A, Paul Woolford, and this one by hot Canadian prospects Gingy and Bordello. The Gingy and Bordello version is the most straightforward house track on the EP and offers a significant departure from the loopy techno you can expect on their own forthcoming EP, Body Acid, due out November 14.
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]
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