Back in 2007, we referred to Sinden as a "British Diplo" for his wide-ranging, world music-influenced DJ sets and bass-centered dance production with tropical flair. Since, he's grown into something of an icon in the UK, influencing a host of producers and achieving a modicum of success along the way. But after founding a record label and moving to Los Angeles, it doesn't appear that he's content with simply hitting the big time on Europe's largest island. Sinden's output has always skated the line between the underground and big-room bangers, and with the current explosion of dance music in the US, Sinden could be primed to make the leap into the mainstream. His newest single, "Keep it 1000," won't be the track that takes him there, but it may prove to be an essential step along the way. Read more »
This week, Warsaw-based label Concrete Cut will release the first record from Krakow's Fidser, the Check This Out EP. In addition to introducing four original tracks from the producer, Fidser's EP showcases the talents of three other Polish producers—Space, Ladies, Hatti Vatti, and Artfruit—who remixed Fidser's work. Space, Ladies' rework of "Activate" slows the original's breakneck tempo down, but retains its skittering, arpeggiated melodies and maximalist tendencies toward thunderous kicks and bursts of sound. The remix goes through multiple transformations, at times employing creaky synth squawks that resemble those used in Baauer's "Harlem Shake" or RL Grime's "Trap On Acid," and focusing on a tinkling chime melody at others.
London producer Rival Consoles (a.k.a. Ryan Lee West) crafts a delicate interpretation of German duo SpringerParker's "Libretto," from the upcoming album There Are Places in Our Heads One Can Travel To (out on November 23). West preserves the warbling Norwegian vocals of opera singer Lilly Jørstad and the piano melody from the original, but he also puts his own touch onto the track, layering it with fuzzy synth bass, drums, guitar, and rustling noise. This track can be found on the recently released Polar Circle & Remixes, alongside a remix of "Arctic Flowers" by Benoît Pioulard and "Tundra," an original track from SpringerParker's upcoming album. You can preview that record over on Butterfly Collectors' website, here.
As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. First up was leftfield beatmaker and LA native Shlohmo, who spoke about his experience living in New York, his impending return to the West Coast, and the multiple sides of his musical personality. Read more »
Driving digital funk is the style Stockholm-based Fredrik Mjelle (a.k.a. Beem) is working with on his second release for the Flogsta Danshall imprint, Sings with His Hands. "Race to Digital" is a romantic and emotional romp through glinting, squealing synthesizers and what sounds like a harmonica lifted straight from and '80s infomercial. The effect is one of longing and re-appropriated kitsch; the charmingly nostalgic lilt of the melodies is enhanced by a grinding, mid-range-heavy bass synth that realigns the jam into a contemporary context. Listeners attuned to the works of France's Fulgeance and dÉbruit will no doubt be enamored with Mjelle's richly realized aesthetic. Beem's eight-track Sings with His Hands LP is out on June 12, but you can check out its tracklist, along with a teaser video for the album, after the jump. Read more »
Preceding his live performance at an upcoming Hyperdub event at KOKO (part of the Hidden Depths series of label showcases at the London venue), UK Funky stalwart DVA mixed a 40-minute session of material from his label's expansive discography. Read more »
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