It's been awhile since the world has heard new music from Brooklyn duo Tanlines, most likely because Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm have been hard at work on their debut full-length, Mixed Emotions. While the album won't see the light of day until March 20, Tanlines elected to let loose "Brothers" yesterday as a sort of preview. If the song is any indication, it appears that the band is moving deeper into pop territory, as the track's wistful vocals have been placed front and center and are left to essentially carry the tune. That said, the pair's penchant for loosely Balearic electronic sounds and New Order-esque guitar lines has remained intact, as "Brothers" is bathed in warm pads and features the same sort of airy synth melodies and eminently hummable hooks that once populated John Hughes soundtracks. Check the Mixed Emotions artwork and tracklist after the jump. Read more »
On his remix of "The Giant," Om Unit, the man responsible for the well-received final XLR8R podcast of 2011, adds churning bass to the cinematic production originally crafted by UK duo Silent Dust, who self-released the tune back in October. Read more »
Somehow slipping under everyone's radar, DIS Magazine delivered a large number of remixes for Pictureplane's Thee Physical LP from last year just yesterday—including versions from the likes of Grimes, Ghosts on Tape, Teams, Becoming Real, Lokiboi, and more. Read more »
Amsterdam-based imprint Delsin is primed to start 2012 with a couple of big releases, including a brand-new EP from UK deep techno tunesmith Claro Intelecto and a split 12" reissue of tracks from house icon MK and Luke Slater as The 7th Plain (pictured above). Read more »
UK producer Ghost Mutt has released a four-track EP of Keith Sweat reworks on Brighton bass imprint Donky Pitch. Titled Sweat Mode, the producer run Sweat's soul growlers the modern prism of 2012 UK house and bass, which itself draws heavily from the R&B influence of Sweat and his late-'80s/early-'90s contemporaries. "Only One," the first track from Sweat Mode, introduces us to the chopped-up feel of the rest of the EP, and features processed vocals and synth presets culled from the height of the new-jack-swing era. The full EP is available for free download on Donky Pitch's Bandcamp, here.
When and how the LA beat scene expanded its influence all the way up the coast to Oregon and Washington is something that's hard to pinpoint, but the fact is, it happened. Gem Drops Two, the second free compilation in as many years from the Portland-based Dropping Gems label, is the most comprehensive collection yet to document the resulting scene. While the tracklist doesn't exclusively consist of homegrown artists, the 20 tracks on display here frame a time and place for the entire scope of West Coast beat music, which finds the new-found hubs of the Pacific Northwest intertwined with the genre's homeland of Southern California and beyond. Read more »
Aside from putting the finishing touches on his three-song release due next month for Friends of Friends, NYC-via-California producer Shlohmo has also found time to remix this tune by rising UK singer Lianne La Havas (pictured above). On his remix, Shlohmo removes the acoustic guitar from the original break-up tune, and, after some playful chopping and pitch-bending, places the chanteuse's smoky vocals over simple synth tones and hip-hop beats, resulting in a tender and passionate refinished product. "Forget" will be released on February 13 as the lead single for Lianne La Havas' upcoming debut full-length on Warner Brothers, and will contain a remix of the song by London beatmaker Two Inch Punch.
Brooklyn-based label end fence, an imprint devoted to releasing free batches of electronic music, has offered up an EP featuring five remixes of NYC trio Archie Pelago. "Prospect Dub," one of the band's jazzy, horn-laden shufflers, is warped here by New York producer and end fence co-founder kuxxan SUUM, who converts the original cut into a speeding, brooding piece of techno. The saxophone that noodled through the original now courses through kuxxan SUUM's remix, sped along by new, echoing synth stabs. It is a specifically inorganic take on a band whose trademark has so far been a careful mix of live instrumentation and electronic processing. (To see Archie Pelago in action, watch this in-studio performance video.) The rest of Prospect Dub Remixes EP is available to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
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