Devonwho, the astrally inclined California beatmaker, receives a fluttering remix from Seattle-based producer DJAO (pictured above) of his latest single for All City, "Strangebrew." Drifting synth tones and softly contoured chords billow back and forth across the track's intro, sounding something like a sea anemone swaying slowly within its tropical environs. The aural landscape is subsequently placed in the shadow of a massive bassline, which pulses rhythmically to fill each and every pockmark around the track's hollow percussion and robust melodies. A member of the Dropping Gems crew, DJAO has been featured on XLR8R previously, and after hearing this remix, we can only hope there's more on the way.
UK singer Lianne La Havas (pictured above) will release her debut LP, Is Your Love Big Enough?, later this summer, and with its imminent arrival, we've been treated to a string of high-quality remixes from the likes of Shlohmo and Maya Jane Coles (you can check those out here and here, respectively). The most recent of these offerings comes from the elusive producer Ganggaddy, who reworks the title track of La Havas' album into a blistering-yet-classy house tune that relies heavily on a vintage Chicago aesthetic to deliver its peak-time adrenaline rush. "Is Your Love Big Enough? (Ganggaddy Remix)" slices up the original's soulful vocals and repurposes them into a crowd-moving framework, complete with bass-heavy synth stabs and skipping hi-hat patterns—making for another solid showcasing of the UK folk-pop star's vocal talents.
The line between DJing and live electronic performance has been an increasingly blurry one over the past decade. Native Instruments' latest piece of gear expands the company's highly regarded Traktor DJ system to include a dedicated hardware clip-triggering device, not entirely unlike Ableton Live controllers, such as Novation's popular Launchpad or the endlessly versatile and ground-breaking Monome grid controller. Fortunately, the F1 differentiates itself in a host of ways. Read more »
Earlier this week, Sweedish pop outfit Blänk unvieled its latest single, "Do This Thing," through their own Grind imprint. The song was recorded in Atlanta, and while there, the trio enlisted a couple of Southern producers to help out with remix duties. This one is from Texan bass lover Dubbel Dutch, who alters the sugary single into something more stripped-down and percussive. The original song liberally samples from the chorus of Peter Bjorn & John's "Nothing to Worry About," and while Dubbel Dutch leaves much of that intact, he creates an eerie vibe out of the child choir. Missouri's Norrit also contributed a remix, featuring masterfully chopped vocals and fresh warbling synth tones, which you can stream and download for free, along with the rest of the single, after the jump. Read more »
There's an overarching concept or a carefully prescribed set of parameters for just about everything Keith Fullerton Whitman releases. On Occlusions, the framework turns out to be quite loose—he is to play a digital-analog modular synthesizer for 10 to 30 minutes with no pre-written or pre-recorded parts. Working boisterously within this precarious framework, Occlusions presents a particularly temperamental permutation of Whitman's shifting, disorienting, and consistently fascinating mode of avant electronics. Read more »
After three years without a release, the elusive multi-continental trio Brim Liski is now set to drop its sophomore EP, The Repetitions (artwork above). The record is said to describe vast intergalactic travel, distant astronomical events, and the universal connection to the human spirit, or, put another way, the cinematic electro-pop sounds something akin to M83 after drinking too much cough syrup. In addition to five original songs, the EP also contains two remixes, including this version of "Supermassive" from Brim Liski's resident beat designer, CacheFlowe. The remix is club-ready, with a heavy-hitting bass and resonating synthesizer that smoothly glides between notes. The original vocals have been edited to great effect, providing harmonies and texture behind the leading synth tones. The Repetitions comes out on July 23 through Denver-based labels Plastic Sound Supply and Latenight Weeknight.
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