For much of 2011, a year that saw newcomer Gerry Read release a defining trio of singles for the Fourth Wave imprint, the shadowy producer from the North of England was a mere 19 years old. In the current era of electronic music, a time when it seems like ever-younger artists are apt to make waves, this may not be the most surprising of facts. However, when listening to the six sides of vinyl Read was responsible for last year, it's not obvious that the music is the work of a young artist finding his step. On the contrary, it sounds like something put together by a mature producer, one who has perhaps seen the trends and thought better of following them, instead choosing to forge his way with a different sound. "I was bored of trying to come up with post-happy-future-garage bollock step," says Read, so he didn't, and because of that, the electronic-music community has taken notice. Read more »
New York electronic-pop trio Young Magic will be releasing its debut LP, Melt (pictured above), via Baltimore's Carpark label on February 12, but the group has offered up this non-album remix as a sort of advance taste. Upcoming single "Sparkly" is smothered here by LA's Matthewdavid, who leaves behind little of the original song and instead takes a beatless path, squashing Young Magic's lo-fi pop into an undulating wash of vibrant synths, echoing guitars, and lost vocals.
With the abundance of collaboration, crossover, experimentation, and ceaseless genre subdivision in modern music, it's sometimes nice to know exactly what your going to get. Since 2008, Englishman and Berlin resident Tony Lionni has delivered a stream of steadfastly straightforward cuts on the deeper side of techno and house, and his latest EP, Higher Ground, is no exception. Like many of the 12"s Lionni has released, Higher Ground is essentially a record for DJs, especially those catering to crowds gathered at the after-afterparty. His tunes are perfect for house heads looking for a steady beat and simple melody, professional partiers pacing themselves for hours of revelry, and those whose late-night affairs with MDMA have rendered more complex music entirely too overwhelming. The mix-friendly tracks may not make for ideal home listening, but their lengthiness and predictability are ideal for a resident selector settled in for a long night behind the decks. Read more »
Chief Boima's initial splash on Dutty Artz came in the form of African by the Bay, a 2009 remix EP of mainstream rap tunes, including one from Bay Area heavyweights The Jacka and Andre Nickatina. Since then, he's relocated from Oakland to the Big Apple, and will be unveiling his newest release, fittingly titled African in New York, on February 21. Read more »
Before its new Massage Creep EP arrives on Feburary 7 via Prague-based imprint Meanbucket, the duo of Trusty & Freezer has shared this booming remix of the record's title track by New Jersey's DJ Sliink. The hotly tipped producer bolsters the original tune from a bulbous, half-time cut to a high-octane club jam rife with neon synths, breakbeats, and stuttering kick patterns. Download this version, then make sure to check out the rest of the Massage Creep record after the jump. Read more »
It was only a couple weeks ago that the folks from Red Bull Music Academy made the announcement that this year's festivities would be taking place in New York City. Apparently, the RBMA camp doesn't want to waste any time getting a foothold in the US, as it's hosting a short run of events in San Francisco this week, including a rare live performance from legendary house duo Masters at Work. Read more »
Before he releases his "Elephant Island" single via somethinksounds, New Zealand-based producer Lucky Paul (whom you may remember from this or this) has delivered a timely rework of Etta James' classic "I'd Rather Go Blind." This tribute of a production preserves much of the song's original structure, keeping the swaying pace nice and slow, but toys with its overall arrangement—adding in bits of synthesizer, subtle bass tones, and beefy percussion before dipping the whole tune into a lush reverb chamber. Look for Lucky Paul's new 12", which also features remixes from the likes of Midland and Ossie, on Feburary 13.
Berlin's Iron Curtis—who we once tabbed as a Bubblin' artist—has continued putting out a steady stream of quality deep-house tracks over the past few years. The producer is currently readying a full-length for Mirau for late Spring, and he has shared with us an advance offering from that LP in the form of a music video for a new song, "O'Hare." Read more »
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