George FitzGerald dropped a stellar XLR8R podcast a few weeks ago, a mix that leaned heavy on his own production work but also included a standout cut from fellow UK beatmaker Leon Vynehall. The song, "Don't Know Why," is one of three tracks that will appear on Vynehall's forthcoming 12" for FitzGerald's ManMakeMusic imprint. The effort—which includes a remix from Gang Colours—will be available on Monday, but the release is streaming in full right now on XLR8R. Vynehall's name is one that increasingly being bandied about, particularly by those who enjoy deeper, groove-driven house, so take a listen and see what's prompting all the chatter, after the jump. Read more »
Perhaps we're just getting old, but it seems like each successive crop of beatmakers—particularly those hailing from the UK—is younger than the last. The latest example is 17-year-old Alfie, whose rich and subtly soulful creations sound more like the work of a house and techno veteran than something the average teenager would cook up. On July 16, he'll be dropping a new single, "Uncomfortably Numb" b/w "About Midday," via the Blah Blah Blah imprint. Those cuts can be previewed after the jump, but in the meantime, Alfie has offered up "Block19," a similarly refined tune that combines a mellow house groove with some jacking synth sounds and silky vocal bits. Alfie may be a young artist, but if he keeps making tracks that sound like this, the kid won't have to worry about people focusing on his age for much longer. Read more »
The second piece in Untold's Change in a Dynamic Environment trilogy for his own Hemlock imprint finds the producer further showcasing the robust and rugged sound he expertly displayed on the series' first offering with two new tracks firmly built upon 4/4 rhythms. As to be expected, the pair of tunes here has much more in common with its existing ominous trilogy counterpart than any other release in Untold's catalog, possibly deeming it unfit for those who shy away from bass music's more techno-minded explorations. Read more »
Video Premiere: Michael Nyman & David McAlmont "Secrets, Accusations & Charges (Max Cooper Reconstruction)"
You may remember a particularly interesting track which appeared in XLR8R's Downloads feed back in April, a remix of Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm's "a2" by London ambient-techno producer Max Cooper. The track was extremely well-received, and eventually scored second place in our Top 20 Downloads of April just under Maya Jane Coles' Lianne La Havas remix (quite the force to be reckoned with). Cooper has once again lent his remixing skills to a pair of classical musicians, and turned Michael Nyman & David McAlmonts' "Secrets, Accusations & Charges" into an emotive flurry of disjointed pianos, strings, and voices. Now, a fittingly austere and masterfully executed video has been paired with the sounds, courtesy of director and animator Nick Cobby. Read more »
Evoking at once the astral soundscapes of Flying Lotus and the deconstructed percussive clatter of Afrikan Sciences, Japanese producer Madegg shares the (quasi) title track from his recently released Bluu Form LP. "Bluu Forms" arrives just over a month after we posted the glitchier and more melodic "Kamera" production from Madegg's Teach EP, and still retains the ramshackle sound palette and hypnotic allure present in much of the Kyoto artist's varied beat work. You can check out the rest of Bluu Form after the jump. Read more »
While we Americans were away from our computers yesterday, soaking in more natural rays of light than our screen's alluring glow, folks on the other side of the pond were chugging along as per usual, and unveiled some choice mixes from a few of our favorite UK DJ/producers. Read more »
A month after the release of its Native EP via Southern Fried, London twosome Maribou State (pictured above) has unleashed its remix of a track by fellow Londoners Post War Years, "Glass House." Maribou State does away with the original version's sweeping melodies and most of its lyrics, bringing the tone way down to that of a poised house roller. As the producers wrote on their Facebook page, the remix of Post War Years' title track finds the duo "massively on a darker tip," from the hulking bass to the muffled, clipped-down vocal snippets and yawns.
If it wasn't completely obvious in our wrap up of last year's Amsterdam Dance Event, we had a total blast at the festival, and we expect to do the same thing in 2012, as the first names announced for this year's lineup look amazing. Read more »
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