Coming off of the heels of its Cardiac Arrest EP released back in March, British duo Mista Men are back with a new offering out on June 18 via DJ Haus' Unknown to the Unknown label. On the new record, simply titled UTTU EP, producers Mella Dee and Woozee craft three hard-hitting tracks influenced in equal parts by techno, house, and garage. One of the record's standout tunes, "Forget U," is a four-on-the-floor-style stomper that resonates with stabs of vocal samples as well as a simmering, gurgling bassline.
This cruncy, hard-edged tune is a joint production from Geiom (pictured above) and My Panda Shall Fly, the former hailing from Nottingham and the latter calling London home. The UK pair evokes the sound of old-school IDM from the likes of Gescom (or even early Autechre, for that matter) across "Telephone Telepathy," and imbue those skittering rhythms and fractured melodies with a more straightforward sensibility that should work well on contemporary dancefloors.
As we have done a handful of times before, we offer you today a peek at the next release coming from Tiga's Montreal-based imprint Turbo. But this release is, as you'll find, a bit different from Turbo's previous records; New Jack Techno is a 10-track compilation featuring cuts from the likes of Locked Groove, Nautiluss, Sei A, and Gingy & Bordello. It's also sort of a mission statement, offering the kinds of forward-thinking techno, house, and bass music that Turbo aims to continually bring to the table. You can get your fill of those sounds after the jump. Read more »
There's only a handful of artists that can justify a four-part series of full-length reissues: Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and (of course) Drexciya. Even though pretty much no one would agree with that statement for various reasons, you have to admire Rotterdam's Clone Records for knowing exactly what they like. Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller II is the latest in Clone's Drexciya retrospective, and like the first edition, Journey II takes songs from the Detroit band's 10-year existence (1992 to 2002) and builds a tremendous case as to why its singular "techno from the deep" is more relevant now than ever. If electronic music's sea of genres has dissolved into a sea of icononclasts, Drexciya populated those waters first. Read more »
Rotterdam producer Last Mood is set to drop his latest effort, the Warehouse EP (artwork above), in the coming days, and has passed along "Tell You Something" to serve as our first taste. Clearly, even the Netherlands is rightfully infatuated with the classic Detroit sound, and Last Mood does an admirable job folding that influence into his work, as the swimming electric piano, rounded bassline, and grooving swing employed here have their roots in the classic Midwest sound. "Tell You Something" will appear alongside four other original tunes and a pair of remixes when the Warehouse EP drops June 18 via the Dirt Crew imprint.
Brotherly duo Disclosure has been on quite a run over the past two years, offering an output of singles and remixes that seemed to get better with each new edition. Now, the pair of young Londoners has issued the first extended document of its production talents, The Face EP, which, across four tracks, proves that songs like recent a-side "Tenderly" and the duo's super-slick Jesse Ware remix were no flukes. Disclosure has found an almost irresistible middle ground between pop-minded club music and house-indebted bass music, and—with this EP as our most substantial indication yet—the duo's flood of quality material appears to be holding steady. Read more »
Known for releasing records from the likes of Julio Bashmore, Deadboy, xxxy, Hackman, and plenty more of the house-loving elite, UK imprint Well Rounded has announced its next realease will arrive courtesy of young London producer South London Ordnance. Read more »
Aria Rostami is a young musician/composer/producer from San Francisco who is preparing to release a new EP by the name of Peter as the first offering from his Tomb of Two Women imprint. "Black Ring" closes out that six-track record, and caught our ear due to its compelling sound design, effervescent melodies, and subtly driving rhythms—evoking at times the delicate fantasy of Balam Acab's Wander / Wonder while remaining firmly planted in the realm of preciously austere, finely crafted soundsystem music. You can listen to the rest of Rostami's Peter after the jump. Read more »
As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. Read more »
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