DJ/producer xxxy has been insanely busy lately. He's collaborated with Bristol bass head Baobinga, dropped a two-track 12" on the growing Orca label, busted out DJ sets all over the place, and kept up with his remix work all the while. The latest of his solid reworks to make the rounds is this buoyant soundsystem jam, "Cocoon (xxxy Remix)." Originally by UK pop duo Alpines (pictured above), "Cocoon" starts out sporting a beat and melody that wouldn't be entirely out of place in xxxy's own work, which the producer seems to confirm as he bases much of his shimmering version around those moving sounds.
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With the release date for Cubic Zirconia's debut LP, Follow Your Heart, drawing nearer, Fool's Gold, along with the good folks at Scion A/V, are beginning to drop some hints as to what's in store, and have unleashed a video for the forthcoming album's "Take Me High" track. Read more »
As most of you obviously know, today is Belgium's National Day, and to honor the occasion, the good folks at the Vlek imprint have offered up this track of one burgeoning Belgian artist, Sagat, remixing another, Cupp Cave (pictured above). Okay, so maybe you didn't know that July 21 was a national day of celebration for the people of Belgium, but don't let that detract from this subdued, textural re-imagining of "Mind Bones," whose original version first appeared last month on Cupp Cave's Dice Pool EP. Treading ground somewhere along the lines of Mount Kimbie-esque skitterings with a touch of Teebs-style grit, all wrapped up in a nice futuristic package, Sagat's remix weaves, warps, and chops his counterpart's warbly dance tune into something entirely fresh.
It almost goes without saying, but if there's one thing German producer Danilo Plessow (a.k.a. Motor City Drum Ensemble) can do, it's sound like he's from Detroit. The Cologne resident has largely come to renown off the strength of his Raw Cuts series, which managed to sound so close to mid-'90s Moodymann that it purportedly earned Plessow accolades from Kenny Dixon Jr. himself. It should come as no surprise then that Plessow's entry in Studio !K7's venerable mix series, DJ-Kicks, sounds the way that it does. Which is to say that it sounds a lot like the kind of mix that a person infatuated with the sound and style of Detroit might make—though not in the way you might expect. Read more »
A couple of months ago, UK imprint No Pain in Pop announced it would be re-releasing the first EP by lo-fi solo artist Forest Swords, Fjree Feather, and use the profits to benefit the Japanese Red Cross. The record is available now, and has been quickly followed by a couple of remixes, including this house-y version of "Trust Your Blood" by multinational producer C Powers. The tunesmith chops up Forest Swords' desolate, dystopian soundscapes, and intertwines those sounds with his booming 808 beats, rave-y synth stabs, and deep bass grooves. Check out the other remix by Holy Strays on No Pain in Pop's SoundCloud,
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