One day in the not-so-distant future, the internet just might buckle and implode under the weight of the 1,000,001st British bruv to make R&B-influenced UK garage on his computer. London-via-Manchester's xxxy (a.k.a. Rupert Taylor) has stood at the front of that swelling mass over the past few years by carefully crafting heavily sampled, spattering garage cuts for labels like All City and Orca, in addition to mixing a fantastic XLR8R podcast last summer. But on his latest EP, Everything, the producer has shifted gears, putting together a more mature set of house-influenced beats for Brighton imprint Well Rounded. Read more »
While there are currently many artists operating in an emerging sphere of house and 2-step music centered on drifting, tropical textures, two of the most promising are Pictures Music's Dauwd and 100% Silk's Fort Romeau (pictured above). Similar in vein to artists like John Talabot, "Whats There (Fort Romeau Remix)" brings these Chicago-influenced Englishmen together. It's a humid, but never claustrophobic take on Dauwd's original from last year, but Fort Romeau takes the fluid ebb and flow of the synths and smooths out the edges in a show of classicist restraint, peeling back the intricate, shuffling rhythms and letting each element breathe.
"We got together in April 2011 and after having a big pizza, I plugged in some old analogue synths and we played for four days until late in the night." So goes an excerpt from the press release for Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm's new EP, Stare, which was released on Record Store Day this past weekend on limited-edition vinyl (as well as digitally) via Erased Tapes. The new, three-track effort comes on the London/Berlin-based imprint's fifth anniversary, and as a digital bonus, we have this remix of "a2" by labelmate Max Cooper (pictured above), which transforms the duo's original ambient piece into a starry-eyed house experience that fits seamlessly into a soulful, deep-felt dancefloor dynamic. Swells of low end surge into a crisp, percussive breakdown that never seems to shift too abruptly, leaving Arnalds' & Frahm's original melody work to come humming through the compressed kick in a blissful wave of moonlit elegance. Listen to the original and have a look at the cover art for Stare, after the jump. Read more »
Rap trends come and go, but it seems that crunk is here to stay. It's certainly a major pillar of the music being turned out by Myrryrs. Last year's Feel U and Blood of a Slave EPs certainly bore traces of the Nashville producer's love for hip-hop, but his just-released I'm a State of Mind EP (artwork above), which dropped via LA's Body High imprint, at times borders on Southern rap worship. Yet, as a quick listen to the woozily potent "Fantom Doze" proves, it's not a bad thing. Founded upon a sturdy framework of snapping drum-machine beats, the track unleashes an infectious array of vocal loops and lazily lilting technicolor synths. It would be easy to say that "Fantom Doze" sounds like something off the radio, but honestly, it sounds a whole lot better than most of what's on the radio these days.
The Wedidit collective is home to a number of talented beatmakers, including Groundislava, eLan, Jonwayne (who helmed our latest podcast), and frequent XLR8R subject Shlohmo. Today, the crew is dropping its first official release, a solo effort by New York City native RL Grime. The Grapes EP is his debut release, and opening cut "Grapes Alla Vodka" is a big, brash, and addictive slice of Houston-flavored crunk anchored by a gargantuan synthesizer that drips a spooky, syrup-laden melody over the jam's flickering claps and cymbals. To celebrate the release, Wedidit has created 100 iron-on patches featuring RL Grime's tombstone logo that are available when you purchase the digital package, which also features remixes from Shlohmo, Salva, LOL Boys, and Groundislava. Grab "Grapes All Vodka" below, and stream the new EP in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
The Animoog app for the iPad has its share of limitations, mainly due to the fact that's it's limited to a 9.5" x 7.3" screen. That said, it's still one of the best-sounding and performing software synthesizers on the market today, especially considering its incredible price point, giving you access to a polyphonic "eight-timbre" synth based on classic Moog sounds for under $30. Read more »
Red Bull Music Academy has provided no small number of gifted electronic artists over the past 14 years, giving us such luminaries as Nina Kraviz, Hudson Mohawke, and Om Unit, to name but a few. Pazes is a recent grad of the 2011 Madrid edition of RBMA, hailing from Brasilia and working here with another RBMA grad, Istanbul-based artist Biblo (whom we posted about a few weeks back), on this new offering, "Rogue States." The tune is a sweet, melancholic trip to the shadowy outreaches of post-Dilla hip-hop, swirling in a humid yet comfortable climate of descending keys, compressed sub pulses, and a sumptuously treated feminine vocal line. It's a rich and warm jam from two up-and-coming producers that really brings out the feel of Tri Angle Records and the more loving end of the LA beat scene.
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