French up-and-comer French Fries has a new single in the works, but it won't be for his own ClekClekBoom label this time. Instead, DJ/producer Valentino Cazani is set to release his new 12" via illustrious San Francisco house imprint Dirtybird. Read more »
As we reported earlier this month, the rapidly expanding Body High imprint recently welcomed Jersey club prodigy DJ Sliink into its ranks. Today, the prolific young label is dropping its first release from the Brick Bandits-affiliated artist, the five-song Vibrate EP. As one might expect, its tracks offer plenty of hard-hitting kicks, infectiously chopped (and frequently repeated) vocal bits, and a gritty, lo-fi sensibility that's impressively difficult to resist. "Put Cha Back in It" is one such selection, and it's certainly not short on energy. Rather, it's an urgent call to arms where it's all but impossible to determine whether the gunfire-like percussion or full-throated female vocal refrain is more successfully hyping the dancefloor. That said, it's probably best—and a whole lot more fun—to simply call it a draw and just enjoy the tune. (via FADER)
Here's a fresh slice of brooding, dubstep-ian soundscapes from London's Drop/Dead. Slightly reminiscent of the thunder and rainfall on Burial's new Kindred EP, "Basic State" employs a steadily knocking beat, a nearly inaudible synth melody, and a dark-as-night bassline to drive its slow groove home. It reminds us how nice it is every time we hear something new from the tunesmith, so if you're in the market for more of Drop/Dead's handiwork, look no further than the solid mix he dropped for Vienna's Danceteria, after the jump. Read more »
The music of Daniel Martin-McCormick practically begs to be conceptualized, contextualized, and intellectualized. Under the banners of Black Eyes, Sex Worker, and Mi Ami, he's bolstered his visceral noise, punk, and electronic output by exploring ideas of subverting social norms—touching on gender issues, politics, identity, and more. It's certainly not meant to be a distraction, as the music is often more than capable of standing on its own, but, sometimes, the message can overshadow the songs that carry it. And even though Martin-McCormick has all sorts of ulterior motives and mangled ciphers woven throughout his debut full-length as Ital, Hive Mind is first and foremost about sticky house grooves and atmospheric sprawl, of which there are plenty. Read more »
Over the past month, we've brought you three different tracks that were put together at last year's installment of Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid. Those cuts were part of a double-disc compilation that RBMA has finally released online. Read more »
London duo Zombie Disco Squad has been delivering party-ready house jams for several years now, releasing original productions on labels like Made to Play and mixing an XLR8R podcast several years back. Now, the team has remixed "Superimposer," a bubbling track by Amsterdam's Mason. The remix is a warm, crisp slice of funky house, a tune that's perfect for an early-morning haze. It's out now as part of the Superimposer EP (artwork above) on Animal Language, which also includes remixes from Harvard Bass, Arveene & MiSK, and Polymath.
Just last week, Brighton up-and-comer Ambassadeurs shared a video for his tune "M.O.P.E." Now, he's passed along a new track, "Duke Red," which is said to serve as the first taste of the producer's as-yet-untitled forthcoming debut album. As on "M.O.P.E.," Ambassadeurs manages to combine a number of genres here, as traces of West Coast beat music, UK bass, and the now-ubiquitous touch of modern R&B are all present. It's the kind of tune a beatmaker can appreciate, one that moves in measured steps and is held together by its solid drum work and an impressively precise aesthetic.
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