Don't be Afraid label head Benjamin Semtek (usually found operating solely under his last name as Semtek) drops the new "Pizza" 12" today and has shared this bonus track to help spread the word. "TBC" finds the Londoner stepping away from his usual techno fair, instead navigating a host of space-age melodies with a slow-moving beat gently bubbling below. The ever-so-slightly off-kilter percussion and slap-bass-reminiscent low end seem to flirt with Dam-Funk-esque future-boogie territory, but Semtek stays true to his roots, leaving the precise techno vibes he's known for deep down in the tune's core.
Cameron Stallones doesn't do small. Maybe it's just not a part of his musical vernacular, or maybe he doesn't see the point in creating only three and a half minutes of sprawling psychedelia. Regardless, the prolific vibe merchant isn't likely to release a record that isn't massive (at least by today's standards) in both size and concept. The eight-track, 80-minute-long Ancient Romans LP is the latest transmission from the Southern Californian's Sun Araw moniker, and though it may be nearly twice the size of his Off Duty EP—something that doesn't exactly bode well in this age of rampant, ADD-fueled consumption—the room Stallones allots his music is both warranted and beneficial. Read more »
Sure, it's a little strange that this Afrobeat-meets-Latin-rhythms style track is in fact a combination of efforts by artists hailing from LA (Rainbow Arabia, pictured above) and NYC (Atropolis). But who wants to waste time analyzing this seeming contradiction when the results are this irresistible? Not us, and apparently not the husband-and-wife duo of Rainbow Arabia, who are busy as ever with a slew of upcoming Japanese/European tour dates (which you can check after the jump) and a new 7" single for "Boys and Diamonds" (from their recent LP of the same title) coming out on Kompakt this week, a record which will feature another reworking of the track from South Carolina resident Hard Mix. Read more »
With the second solo album from London vocalist/producer Ben Westbeech a little less than a month away, the remixes for the LP's chosen single, "Something For the Weekend" (peep the video here), have come flooding in from the likes of Gerry Read, Lee Foss & Robert James, The Revenge, Joey Negro, Westbeech's own Breach alias, and this one from UK badman Roska (pictured above). Reducing Westbeech's vocal contribution to a few key phrases and one essential "uhh," Roska spins the disco-house vibes of the original into menacing dancefloor gold with enough distorted drums, funky percussion, and screaming, siren-like synths to do some serious damage. (via FACT)
Last year, LA beatsmith Asura (a.k.a. Ryan York) splashed onto the music scene with a string of well-received singles and, Asura, his debut full length. Not content with just a big entrance, the Topanga Canyon resident is currently hard at work on a proper follow-up and a collaborative album with Ana Caravelle. Considering such a busy workload, it's a pleasant surprise that York has announced the imminent release of If I Am This Forest, a brand-new EP to be released on Non Projects. As a teaser, he's offered up the title track, which features a wild combination of haunting vocals, organic atmospherics, and shambling 8-bit rhythm synthesis. If I Am This Forest will see release September 13, and pre-orders for the limited-edition vinyl pressing are currently being taken on Non Projects' website. The perpetually curious can check out the album art and tracklisting after the jump. Read more »
It's putting it lightly to say that Sherard Ingram has an impressive resume. Famously kicking off his career with a residency at a motorcycle bar in Detroit (with Moodymann of all people), Ingram later went on to be Drexciya's tour DJ, DJ Stingray. Read more »
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