Communikey, the annual forward-thinking music and arts festival that takes place in Boulder, Colorado, is set to celebrate its five-year anniversary with the event's most ambitious and comprehensive line-up to date. Read more »
Kompakt's annual collection of pop-tinged soundscapes enters its twelfth year with label mainstays Wolfgang Voigt, Superpitcher, and The Field's Axel Willner (operating here as Loops of Your Heart) joined by a cast of names old and new. The resulting ten tracks are aligned in their gradual approaches to ambient composition with a handful of highlights and a few low points found along the way. Read more »
Bubbling Chilean producer Daniel Klauser has been tapped by Top Billin' for an EP he's titled Souling (artwork above), and here, we have the effort's final original production, "I Wanna Talk To You." Led by a vocal line reminiscent of '80s R&B, the track finds Klauser building a sleek slice of tropical house with perfectly executed drops and a rolling rhythm that is just about impossible to resist. With the tuned kicks, island elements, and array of catchy melodies, we can't help but be reminded of the productions of Hackman, or some similarly smooth crafter of futuristic house. That said, Klauser brings his own flair to the table, which we suggest you introduce yourself to further to by streaming the full Souling EP over on Top Billin's Bandcamp.
Earlier this week, soul crooner D' Angelo returned to the stage after essentially disappearing from music for the past decade. Not surprisingly, people around the globe have been summarily freaking out, likely fueled by memories of listening to Voodoo and watching that infamous video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)." Count Night Slugs co-founder L-Vis 1990 (pictured above) amongst the throngs of excited fans, as he commented, "As soon as I heard D'Angelo was coming back, I put on Voodoo, booked tickets to see him in Paris, then made this edit of one of my very favourite D tracks." The original "Untitled" was already a stripped-down R&B classic, and L-Vis has kept that minimal vibe intact while layering pieces of D'Angelo's dulcet tones over a pulsing house rhythm. Think of it as an easy way to slide something smooth and sexy into your DJ sets.
Ben Sims, London's long-time champion of heavy techno, has announced a new EP, Slow Motion, which will see a release through his own Theory imprint and come complete with an impressive set of remixes. Read more »
If you paid close enough attention to the events that transpired over the course of Red Bull Music Academy's 2011 edition in Madrid, you'll most likely recognize the names of all three producers who have contributed to "You Said You Loved Me." That's right, Krystal Klear, Broke One (pictured above), and Ghosts On Tape were all in attendance for a session of last year's RBMA and that is where they crafted this slice of '90s-inspired, peak-hour house. Furthermore, the good people at RBMA have announced a forthcoming double-disc compilation, Various Assets, which will come loaded with more tasty collaborative tracks such as this. And for all the budding producers out there hoping to get their chance to similarly learn and work with like-minded collaborators, take note that RBMA is now accepting applications for its 2012 sessions in New York. You can head here for all the details and watch a video which explains exactly what a session at RBMA entails, after the jump. Read more »
Barcelona's DJ Raff is one of the newest names to be added to the roster over at Nacional—an imprint that has been pushing the envelope of contemporary Latin music for years now. In a stroke of musical generosity, the label has passed along this video for Raff's "Digital Rain," along with a free download of the bliss-tinged beat. Read more »
Taking a brief break from his usual disco-inclined production, Canadian producer CFCF has put together a mini-LP of sorts, one that's surprisingly made up entirely of sprawling, piano-based compositions inspired by the hybrid pieces of Phillip Glass, Ryuchi Sakamoto, and other such artists. The eight-song effort, Excercises (artwork above), is said to show a much more introspective side to CFCF than we're used to seeing, but if "Exercise #3 (Building)" is any indication, the songs will likely yield some rather enjoyable results. The full mini-album is still a ways out from dropping, as its release date is April 24, so, for now, we'll just have to savor this gorgeous slice of vast, spacious electronics in all its melodious, meandering glory. You can check the full tracklist for Exercises after the jump. Read more »
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