Friends of Friends, the California label with an intriguing artist roster that includes Shlohmo and Ernest Gonzales, is preparing the debut album from Danish producer Tomas Barfod (a recent XLR8R podcast contributor) and has just put out a video for the LP's lead single, "Broken Glass." Read more »
Dublin's Clu (a.k.a. producer Sean Cooley and visual artist Kevin A. Freeney) delivers this bubbling bit of synth play that recalls the beatwork of Shlohmo or post-dubstep vibes of Mount Kimbie, albeit with a more straightforward approach that emphasizes melodies over rhythm. The tune's main focus is on the pitch-bent vocal samples that rise and fall throughout the track, first accompanied only by long synth notes, and later by shimmering chords and UK garage-style drumwork. The song builds slowly, with the first instances of drums and bass not occurring until nearly halfway into the track. By the song's end, however, the sparse intro has given way to a full and complex musical arrangement.
Barcelona's Hivern Discs, a label piloted by mysterious producer John Talabot, is taking a unique approach to promoting its latest act, Mistakes Are OK. Before the producer drops a single track, Hivern has chosen to give his pending debut LP the remix treatment, releasing an EP with an impressive cast of characters that includes Kassem Mosse, Downliners Sekt, and BNJMN. BNJMN's "Remix2" of "Koala," featured here, is a second BNJMN rework that won't appear on the EP, and the cut is a focused techno composition. Each aspect of its arrangement, from its mallet-like sampling to its springy bass, feels precise and calculated. The track weaves in and out of time as its components challenge one another rhythmically, engrossing the listener in a nearly eight-minute trance. It remains to be seen how much of its brilliance can be attributed to Mistakes Are OK's production, but the remix sits alongside some of BNJMN's best work.
Detroit producer (and former XLR8R writer) Monty Luke has shared the first track off his upcoming Bomb for Bomb EP. On "In Love With a Dancer (ML Tronik Edit)," the Planet E cohort lays down an extended tech-house groove, crafting a tune that's reminiscent of the physical, hypnotizing work of No Regular Play or Aaron-Carl. Female vocal lines jump from powerful to breathy and back again, cruising about the mix like a rubber band. The Bomb for Bomb EP drops on May 22 via Denver's Full Flavor Music.
St. Petersburg's Monokle has already amassed a solid catalog of ambient beat music, but another addition to his body of work certainly won't hurt. His latest offering is a remix of "Check Chuck" by French duo Composer, which is part of a new remix EP (pictured above) for the Parisian Infine Music imprint. Monokle's take plunges the originally forthright dance-punk cut into a pool of evocative synth washes and slow synth runs, the titular lyric and a few processed "oohs" being the only vocal bits that survive the Russian producer's flood. Composer's Check Chuck / Polar Bear Remixes EP is out now, and features additional remix work from Breton, Arandel, and Poborsk.
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