It's unlikely that there could be a more appropriate collection of artists assembled to remix The Field in 2012 than those featured on Looping State of Mind Remixe. Not only are there three distinct eras of electronic music represented by Junior Boys, Blondes, and Mohn, but the same number of varied regions and subgenres, as well. Whether the remixer selections came about coincidentally or deliberately, the lines drawn between all four of the names attached to this record create an exciting trajectory that outlines much of where ambient techno has been and where it continues to go, which is a lot more than can be said for most remix records. Read more »
Last time we heard from the two UK teenagers in Bondax (a.k.a. George Townsend and Adam Kaye, pictured above), they had just polished off a single for Raffertie's Super imprint and climbed to the third spot on our Top 20 Downloads of March. More recently, the boys have (sort of) resurfaced with an EP for Four40 that includes two remixes of Bondax's 2011 single "Just Smile For Me," one of which arrives courtesy of fellow UK artist Last Japan (a.k.a. Marco Giuliani). "Just Smile For Me (Last Japan Remix)" focuses less on Bondax's oscillating swells of low end and more on the dizzying, electrifying synth sounds the remixer was able to tease out of the original. Thankfully, both versions leave enough room for vocalist Bobbie Gordon to flex her lungs over the clatter of garage-leaning, rimshot-heavy rhythms. It's a solid tune to sink your teeth into while you await the latest work from Bondax, which is purportedly on its way in the near future.
Jonquil's original "Run" single isn't much like what's normally featured on XLR8R; the UK quartet's summery indie single off of its Point of Go album (artwork above) is rooted in peppy piano chords, bubbly arpeggios, and catchy vocals. However, the band's frontman Hugo Manuel dabbles in electronic music, garnering himself a reputation for putting together blissed-out and danceable synth-pop as Chad Valley. Perhaps he had something to do with coercing the members of Norwegian trio Souldrop to step up to the plate and offer their own interpretation of "Run." The remixers churn out an offering that dwarfs the original track's length by almost twofold and imbues it with shuffling backbeats and a hearty serving of reverb while managing to preserve snippets of Manuel's vocal performance and the band's original instrumentation.
Mike Shannon isn't what most people would call flashy. The Canadian-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer is a veteran artist who doesn't seek the limelight, instead preferring to operate behind the scenes—and behind the decks—and simply let the music do the talking. That said, his contributions to the world of techno really shouldn't be understated, as Shannon was one of the first artists to make a connection between Canada and Berlin, a path that has now become well worn by a myriad of producers and DJs. Over the years, he's released music on seminal imprints such as Force Inc., ~scape, Plus 8, and Wagon Repair, while also finding the time to head up his own Cynosure and Haunt labels. The latter imprint seems to be an especially shadowy operation, which is why it's mildly surprising that Shannon will be showcasing its sound this Saturday, July 14 at London's Fabric. (All the details can be found here.) In an effort to help spread the word, Shannon offered up an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, and we jumped at the chance to get an in-depth sampling of his current musical headspace. Read more »
The Seattle bass-music wunderkind known as Kid Smpl has had a very busy past two years. He's released a slew of EPs (Ghostsuit, a split with Daega Sound, Collapse, and Digital Hands, among others), a bevy of remixes, and he even has a few videos tucked under his belt. But the 21-year-old beatsmith born Joey Butler isn't one to take a break; he's got a new five-track digital release called Escape Pod dropping on August 7 through Seattle radio DJ Alex Ruder's newly launched Hush Hush label. Kid Smpl has often mentioned the music of Burial as a major influence on his sound, and on Escape Pod's opening title track, the similarities shine through, as slow, muted percussion crawls beneath a bed of graceful atmospheric strings. "Escape Pod" sets a sparse and ethereal stage for the rest of the young producer's EP, which includes three other original cuts and a strangely upbeat remix of "Pulse" by WEDIDIT Collective associate D33J.
"Au Seve" marks the latest milestone in the rise of low-end-loving house producer Julio Bashmore. In case you've somehow missed the hype, the past few years have seen Bashmore emerge as the one of the bright young hopes of British dance music, emerging out of Bristol's club scene (with some support from Claude VonStroke and his Dirtybird imprint) to claim a place at the forefront of a mini house renaissance. Over the past 18 months, Bashmore has kicked that rise into overdrive, owning 2011 with omnipresent floor filler "Battle For Middle You," scooping a slot on BBC Radio 1's late-night schedule, and scoring DJ gigs of ever-increasing prominence. Now, he's launched his own label, Broadwalk, and "Au Seve" has arrived as the inaugural release. Read more »
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