Two hotly tipped artists working on the forefront of dark electronic music, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper (pictured above) and London's Nowa Huta, have teamed up for a remix exchange, which has produced a couple of lovely tunes. Here, we've got the latter of those two artists refixing Gatekeeper's "Serpent" from last year (remember this funny little video?) into a frenzied mix of fractured beat work, ominous bass melodies, and haunting atmospheres tinged with just a touch of otherworldly soul; these ethereal touches provide an excellent balance to the original version's overwhelming industrial sounds. And make sure you check out the other track to emerge from this trade-off, "Gang Waves (Gatekeeper Remix)," here.
Pacific Northwestern ambient artist Rafael Anton Irisarri is a busy man. In addition to his excellent work as The Sight Below, his other eponymous solo project, and his collaborative work with an array of like-minded composers and musicians, Irisarri has also curated his own music festival. Read more »
Where: Los Angeles, Ca
Twenty-nine-year-old Paul Salva has spent most of his life bouncing around the US, as he grew up in Chicago worshipping house (both classic and ghetto) and later moved to Miami, where he dug into bass and electro and fell in love with the 808. After more than a decade of DJing, producing, and throwing parties, he eventually settled in San Francisco, where he founded the Frite Nite label and rubbed elbows with like-minded artists such as Lazer Sword. Read more »
For decades, veteran German producer Justus Köhncke has continued to build an extensive discography of original material, which he's every so often supplemented with remixes for artists from across the board. Now, the UK's Nang label has decided to bring together 11 of those tracks, along with one original production from Köhncke, to create what will be New Masters Series Vol. 3: Justus Köhncke - Fussmaschine. Read more »
Just over a week before 13 & God's sophomore album, Own Your Ghost, (the first since its 2005 self-titled debut) hits the streets, labelmate Antonionian (a.k.a. long time Anticon-associated producer and collaborator Jordan Dalrymple, pictured above) has remixed a track from the forthcoming record. Dalrymple chooses to push the original vocals far to the background, even going so far as to entirely remove the verses from "Its Own Sun" and instead focusing on a tiny, hyperactive beat that jumps and skids as if it's completely ignoring the giant soothing cords that float just behind it. As one can imagine, melody reigns in this version of the tune, bouncing between arpeggiated guitar chords, glistening synths, and a muffled piano before being enveloped by a choir of voices that softly exhale the song's simple, luring progression. Own Your Ghost is set to be released May 17.
It's really hard to know how to begin to describe Chrissy Murderbot, or his third album, Women's Studies. The Chicago-based artist is a virtual walking encyclopedia of the last 30 years of dance music, but this album is about choice quotes rather than sample overload. On "Under Dress," housey horn stabs from 1986 are paired with slack-talk princess Warrior Queen. "Pelvic Floor" features piano-house chords from 1992 with dancehall MC Rubi Dan riding a fierce flow over top. The music shouldn't make sense, but it totally does.
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The young Somethinksounds label continues to gather steam with its latest release, the seven-track The Quixotic EP by the multitalented Tommy Tempa. Using a host of eclectic field recordings and inventive studio tricks, the artist has crafted a seamless piece of experimental dance grooves for his solo offering, one portion of which is reworked here by London producer Mau'lin (pictured above). The spacious original track is torn apart and wrapped collage-style around a blown-out, fractured dance beat that strains against the confines of its digital husk. "Now or Never (Mau'lin Jagged Refix)" provides a much-needed visceral counterpart to the extremely personal musique concrète of Tommy Tempa's handcrafted mini-opus.
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