The Westone 4 ($449) is not only the world's first three-way, four-driver, universal-fit in-ear monitor, but also a refinement of the company's many accomplished balanced armature earphones, resulting in an uncolored soundstage that could be both the first and last word at its price point. Read more »
Word has come that South African rapper/producer/DJ/all-around musical globetrotter Spoek Mathambo has penned a deal with the Sub Pop label and is readying a new digital-only EP, Put Some Red On It, slated to be the first release to result from the new partnership. Read more »
With an ever-expanding digital back catalog, Roche is a San Francisco-based artist that we've been following for some time now. The last we heard from him, he had remixed "Age" for Bay Area production duo Wav Dwgs. Since then he's been releasing a steady stream of tracks online, one of which is the excellent "Love You Crazy (Livestyle Version)." Moving through the claustrophobic and paranoid dreamscape of Detroit beatdown, Roche constructs tight deep house in the best sense of the word. The track has actually been sitting on his soundcloud page for more than six months, and we don't generally make a habit of posting older tracks on XLR8R.com, but given that it has less than 150 plays to date, we figured that the song is still new to 99.9% of the population and an exception to the rules was in order. For something fresher, check out the similarly well-crafted "The Morning After," which Roche only unveiled a couple of weeks back.
Two up-and-coming forces in the ever-evolving world of electronic music—FUSELab's Jumble imprint (also responsible for this cut) and Essex-based producer Lapalux (who we've been excited about since his Pictures Music debut)—combine their respective powers with those of UK newcomer Soosh on this remix from the rookie's debut, self-titled EP (out now, pictured above). As he is wont to do, Lapalux chops up the entirety of "Rainbow Hiccups" into a gauzy mess of broken hip-hop rhythms, distant synth washes, and half-audible field recordings that sounds like it could fall to pieces at any given moment. That kind of fragility gives this remix an inherently tender vibe despite the powerful boom-slap of its beats, and makes for some truly sublime electronic music.
The influential and long-running UK electronic outfit Black Dog has just announced the imminent release of its first EP for 2011, Liber Kult (1 Ov 3). Hermetically titled and a little cryptic, the release is intended as a dancefloor complement to the outfit's recent ambient explorations: Music For Real Airports and their work as The Dadavistic Orchestra in collaboration with members from The Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia. Read more »
Last week during a quick trip to Toronto for the city's 17th annual NXNE Festival, we managed to wrangle a few of our favorite artists to get their take on the city and chat about what they've been busy with musically. Here we sit down with Toronto techno kingpin and Thoughtless Music boss Noah Pred to talk about his label's NXNE showcase, the Vancouver riot, and who's hot in Toronto these days. Read more »
We've been covering quite a bit coming from the Seclusiasis camp lately. Orbiting that label is Yokohama-based producer BD1982, who just last year started the Diskotopia label with fellow Seclusiasis affiliate and Japan resident Matt Lyne. Releasing material with a close kinship to Seclusiasis, Diskotopia has been rapidly making a name for itself in the realm of bass music. Take for example "Rock the Flock," the title track from the label's latest EP from recently signed London-based producer Visionist. Dancing diagonally across the hard grid of the TR-808's sequencer, "Rock The Flock" is a skittering and hypnotic bass-driven dancehall number that reaches for the future while remaining approachable in the present. The release is set to drop July 4 with remixes by Shy One, Lamin Fofana, and BD1982 himself; those of you hungry for more can check below the jump for the official video for another EP cut, "Survive." Read more »
At this point, "bass music" has become a pretty nebulous term. And although it's a useful catch-all for today's low-end-centric musical happenings, that doesn't change the fact that an increasingly disparate array of sounds is somehow being lumped together under a single umbrella. Whether that speaks to journalistic laziness or simply that many of today's producers are cribbing notes from across the musical spectrum—in all likelihood, there is some truth in both assertions—the fact remains that the bass-music world continues to turn out interesting new permutations of dance music. Read more »
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