Brooklyn production outfit Blondes has been building a strong reputation for its partially improvised live performances for some time now, an aspect of the duo which was recently profiled by Asylum Films. Read more »
Last week, Moscow's OL dropped "IWM," an off-kilter, dancey cut that impressed us with its well-crafted atmospherics. Today, we're featuring "Give Up," a more locked-in piece of juke by the Russian producer that matches the other production's intensity, but cranks up the BPM by quite a bit more. Regular readers of XLR8R may notice that OL, along with a host of other producers from Russia's capital, has recently shown himself to be adept with mining the beat-making trends of the West, while putting his own unique, whimsical spin on them. "Give Up" is part of a split LP release with fellow countryman Vtgnike, called Province (artwork above), which can be downloaded for free after the jump, or purchased as a limited-edition CD from the label's Bandcamp. Read more »
Although this remix of Elkat & Moleskin's "Hurt" by Nottingham production duo The Elementz (pictured above) is a rather straightforward piece of dubstep, its solid production work makes it a bit of an upgrade from the somewhat dreary original. The Elementz adds some serious heft to the rumbling bassline, as well as catchy and diverse drumwork, including an intriguing bit of climbing and falling pitched percussion. The duo also reworks the Aaliyah vocal sample into something less recognizable, a thankful departure from the bland and over-used R&B pitch-playing from the original. This remix will not be featured on the Hurt EP by Elkat & Moleskin, which saw a vinyl-only release earlier this week, but the EP will include remixes by Optimum and Donga & Blake.
The Scottish Phuturelabs label and blog is set to drop its next release, a four-song EP from Glaswegian producer and former Numbers collective member Production Unit. Bridge, which comes out later this month, features slow-building tunes that begin with relatively minimal production before climaxing with intensity late in each song. "This Otha Planet" follows that model, relying primarily on a chopped vocal sample to propel it through the first half. The four-on-the-floor kick drum doesn't enter until three and a half minutes into the tune, at which point "This Otha Planet" develops into a piece of slightly left-of-center, driving techno. For those readers currently in or near Glasgow, Production Unit will be headlining Phuturelabs' free label showcase tomorrow at The Art School.
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