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 »
2011 was a breakthrough year for Maya Jane Coles, who brought us a slew of great EPs and established herself as a hardworking, globetrotting DJ. The young Londoner looks to make 2012 a busy one, as well, with a lengthy world tour in the works. Read more »
The rise of cassette releases appears to be continuing unabated, which hopefully means that we can count on upstart labels like Culture Dealer to regularly supply the world with blasts of homespun weirdness. One of its latest offerings is Freekbeat (artwork above) from Virgina-based producer Ohbliv. Part of the Chocolate Milk collective, Ohbliv seems quite adept at crafting funky slices of beat-driven electronic pop. '80s funk and boogie are obvious touchstones in his music, and "Freekphone"finds him indulging in that era's laid-back sense of collective cool while piecing together chopped-up strings and breezily bouncing beats.
James Welsh spent the first half of the '00s in Austin, TX punk band The Rise before recently moving on to exclusively make electronic music. Nonetheless, Welsh's productions are sure to get bodies moving en masse. But maybe his beats are more likely to make listeners move their hips rather than headbang, as "Integra" is four minutes of techy grooves defined by a fat, swirling bassline and retro organ-like stabs. This fine deep-house cut is a digital-only bonus track offered by the producer in advance of his Air Waves EP, which will drop on January 30 via Hypercolour's Losing Suki imprint.
While much of the Northern Hemisphere remains hunkered down during the dark winter months, folks closer to the equator are already gearing up for Carnival's street festivities, which culminate next month ahead of Ash Wednesday. While it probably won't be warm in Quebec come Mardi Gras, Montreal's Poirier is nonetheless starting to heat things up with some new high-energy riddims, and will release a new EP, Soca Road, on January 17 through the Mixpak imprint. Read more »
It's been over 30 years since the last full-length release from the combined efforts of UK musicians Vince Clarke and Martin Gore. That album, Speak & Spell, released by the then-nascent Mute imprint, launched Depeche Mode into the mainstream and provided the band with its most recognizable song, the indelibly saccharine "Just Can't Enough." Late last year, the pair came together as VCMG for the release of "Spock," the first single from the duo's forthcoming full-length effort, Ssss, which is fittingly being released by none other than Mute on March 13. Read more »
- XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of July
- Dekmantel: How Some Fanboys from The Hague Found Themselves at the Helm of One of Electronic Music's Best Festivals
- Trainwreck: DJ Slugo Recounts the Time He Found Himself in the Middle of a Hotel Room Brawl
- 20 Questions: FaltyDL Talks NYC Dance Crews, Tripping in Nature, and Motorcycle Gunslinging
XLR8R Downloads Player