Gremino's latest EP, Let's Jack (artwork above), doesn't quite "jack" like a mid-tempo, 909-filled Chicago house track does, but the Finnish producer didn't set out to make jackin' Chicago house. He's the newest addition to Kingdom's young imprint, Fade to Mind, and thus we should be more prepared to hear his high-octane, bass-heavy productions, which only offer subtle nods to the jackin' traditions of classic Chicago. "Time to Heat it Up," a non-EP exclusive, subverts the acid-heavy approach of the EP's title track; this is a start-and-stop, sample-laden bomb, one that's mostly devoid of any analog bits. And if we're to listen to the wise, normalizing words of Chuck Roberts ("No one man [or style] owns house... house is an uncontrollable desire to jack your body"), then yes, Gremino, although more a purveyor of "bass" than of straightforward "house," still makes music that brings us to jack. Check out the preview stream of the entire EP, which is out now, after the jump. Read more »
UK ambient/techno producer Nathan Fake (pictured above) is lending his efforts to the latest release from Neon Jung, supplying this remix of "Delirium Tremens." Fake's version is a touch experimental, with spacey synthesizer noises stretching out over a lo-fi kick drum that ebbs in and out of the production. About halfway through, the percussion drops out altogether, leaving only long synth notes and ambient noise for the song's final four minutes. "Delirium Tremens" is out now via Magic Wire, an imprint headed up by Lone, which has so far only released tunes from Neon Jung (who has also operated under the name Keaver & Brause) and the label boss himself, who has also collaborated with Jung as Kona Triangle.
It took the multinational duo Lazer Sword a very long time to release its self-titled debut album, so it's somewhat of a surprise to discover that Low Limit and Lando Kal will be following that record up less than two years later with its sophomore LP, Memory. Read more »
If you listen to electronic music and you don't know who Mouse on Mars is, there might be something wrong with you. German producers Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have been crafting their unique strain of dubby, glitchy, and oddly catchy experimental music for nearly two decades now, and the number of albums, EPs, and singles the pair has released is even higher than the number of years they've been active. After an uncharacteristically long break following 2006's visceral Varcharz LP, the production outfit has returned with its latest full-length, a 13-track record for Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint called Parastrophics, which you can now listen to in full ahead of its release next week. Read more »
The stateside Rebel blog/label minted a new sister imprint today, Amadeus, with the release of a four-track EP from Chicago resident Savile. The EP features the original mix of "Being," but this "In House" mix certainly hits the spot, too, as it has just about everything you could ask for in a mellow house number—including funky bass licks, silky chords, and enough hooks to keep this one spinning in your head for days. The vocals are strangely alluring and androgynous in their tone, but irresistibly catchy in their refrain. You'll find a streaming preview of the rest of Savile's Being EP, which includes a remix from Leeds producer Youandewan, after the jump. Read more »
While many producers are eager to push sonic boundaries into unheard realms, exploring far into the reaches of future-this and future-that, Manchester-based Krystal Klear once again proves on his latest release for All City that there's plenty of treasure to be found by digging through dance music's past. On his return to the Irish imprint, he draws heavily from once-passé styles such as '80s boogie, old-school electro, New Jack Swing, and '90s house, but without sounding dated, retro, cliched, or nostalgic. Read more »
If you recall from a few months back, we shared the news that MK and Scottie Deep had formed a new label, and called it Say Ahh!. Now, we've got even better news: The imprint's first release is on its way from Si'Ke DJs (pictured above). Read more »
Since last year, up-and-coming Sydney imprint Templar Sound has been leading the charge of the Australian bass scene, which continues to grow at a steady clip. The most noteworthy offerings from the fresh label are a pair of releases from burgeoning producer Dro Carey, but releases from Citizen, Skanky, and Grown Folk (to name a few) have been commendable as well. Even though Templar has only been around a short time, apparently the imprint has already found itself with a backlog of unreleased tunes, as it will soon be releasing a 14-song compilation featuring artists who have appeared on the label's previous six releases. "Beauty Colder," a Dro Carey and Andy Petr track from the compilation, is a shimmering piece of beat work with a heavy emphasis on chopped and manipulated R&B vocal samples. The tune also features an unusual, halting bass line, skittering percusion, and dreamy synth textures. The Templar Sound compilation is set for a February 27 release date, but before then, take a look at the complete tracklist after the jump, and the album artwork above. Read more »
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