It's been nearly a decade since Ricardo Villalobos' playful, precise techno became a standard sound on dancefloors across Europe and North America, inspiring a progeny of producers aspirant to his particular strain of funk. As with any large, wealthy patriarch, his children have grown fat and dysfunctional, making for some fascinating viewing. In this analogy, Amsterdam's San Proper is the oddball cousin hanging on the periphery, never grasping too lustily at riches, content to leak his bohemian, rattail house music to the world in irregular intervals. Read more »
Vladimir Sträbykin (a.k.a. Lokiboi, pictured above) seems to have made a lot of friends since relocating to London from Moscow, notably collaborating with UK producers Klic and Hackman. His recent releases have also been tweaked by a host of remixers, while his latest effort, the One House EP, will see remixes from six more house, bass, and UK funky producers. Here, teenage Brit Tanka takes the funky tech-house tune "One House" and gives the percussion a bit of extra punch, slices up the vocals, and gets heavy on the low-end to morph the tune into a true soundsystem banger. DZA, Bambounou, and Funk Butcher also try their hand at remixing "One House" on the EP, which you can preview after the jump. Lokiboi is also currently preparing another collaborative release with Klic for Kolour Recordings, called Slow Down, which, as the title suggests, will feature lower-bpm tunes with deep, old-school house vibes. You can check out snippets of that record before it's released, also after the jump. Read more »
If Faws' "Whitney" wasn't so cool (speaking in terms of temperature, not hipness, though it could also be that), it might rightly be called a slow-burner. However, the track sounds more aquatic than firey, building into its flow of pulsing melodies and leaky faucet drip-drops from the wash of ambient field recordings and hints of percussion at the beginning. "Whitney" is the first peek into the Dublin-based producer's upcoming Blue Notes EP, the details of which are skim—much like the details of the tune itself. Judging from the title of the track, it seems that Faws uses a Whitney Houston vocal sample, coincidentally adding a bit of posthumous spookiness to his beats.
Although we reported that Bristol-based producer Ooko would drop his Sex Sells EP next week, the artist has announced that he will be extending the release date (June 25 for vinyl and July 9 for digital). To satiate listeners eager to get their hands on the record, fellow Bristolian outfit My Nu Leng, who remixes the title track from Ooko's forthcoming EP, is giving away "Down." The tune features an amped-up bassline and a dark and focused two-step beat, around which brusque vocal samples scamper. It's certainly enough to hold our attention while we wait for Ooko's and My Nu Leng's record to drop via Mimm.
UK beatmaker Point B is set to follow up The Veld, his LP from earlier this year, with a three-song EP titled Don't Switch Off (artwork above), which will be released next month on his current label homebase, Frijsfo. "Golden" will not appear on that release, but does offer a sampling of the refined soundscapes Point B has been developing for his most recent effort. The tune is centered around a lighthearted wobble bass, and while we sometimes balk at that sound here at XLR8R, Point B's use of sharp synth licks and the track's all-around mellow vibe make the particular kind of low end work quite nicely on "Golden."
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Yesterday, Madison producer Chants released a seven-song EP, Night After, through New York's Dutty Artz imprint. This colorful clip accompanies the EP's somewhat moody title track, and exhibits a sort of journey akin to Dr. David Bowman's surreal trip to Jupiter in 2001: A Space Oddyssey, albeit with a dancing washed-out woman and a flickering moon added in for good measure. Read more »
While many Americans were out barbecuing or otherwise enjoying an extra day of leisure this Memorial Day, SoCal beat wizard Jonwayne was hard at work crafting an unusual and engrossing EP he has dubbed Jonwayne Fucks Disney. The free, internet-only release was constructed almost exclusively with bits of music from Disney animated features, which he culled from YouTube and reassembled on his Roland SP-404. Read more »
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