While LA beatmaker Thavius Beck is primarily known for his leftfield hip-hop beats and general production wizardry, those who have seen his DJ sets know the broad-minded MC's range of expertise extends deep into the realms of house and techno as well. To showcase Beck's diverse talents, Mush Records is releasing a three-part series of EPs titled Amber Embers that will contain material more in line with his Ableton Live-crafted DJ sets than his previous wordplay-laden full-length albums. "Thavihaus," taken from Amber Embers Vol. 1, is Beck's take on tech-house and attempts to mine the minimalist aesthetic frequently associated with German labels such as Kompakt and Minus. Vol. 1 is out now, while Vol. 2 will see a release on December 12, with Vol. 3 to follow on January 25 of next year.
After our visit to Madrid for this year's Red Bull Music Academy, we decided to kick around Spain for a few more days and stop in Barcelona for the annual Primavera Club. Designed as an autumn counterpart to the massive Primavera Sound festival, Primavera Club features an array of acts—most of whom are not Spanish—scattered throughout smaller, more intimate venues in both Barcelona and Madrid. While many acts were only in Barcelona for a matter of hours, we managed to pin down a couple of them for a quick chat, including mysterious UK producer Holy Other. Read more »
Founded in the late '90s, Rush Hour Recordings got its start not as a label, but as a record store and mail order catalogue. Through these beginnings, it acted as a vital link between Amsterdam and the world, importing the then-booming sounds of techno and deep house into the Dutch capital. Since then, Rush Hour has become much more than just a record store, and now, it's a highly respected label that not only disseminates the deeper side of Dutch house, but also has come to stand as one of house music's most reliable brands, with compilations and releases from such international heavy hitters as Carl Craig, Daniel Wang, and Anthony "Shake" Shakir. Yet, while the label has moved beyond regionalism, Rush Hour Presents: Amsterdam All Stars, its latest release, is an attempt to showcase the current scene of the city in which Rush Hour first made its mark. Read more »
Autechre—we assume you know who they are—released its first record back in 1991 via UK imprint Skam. Although it was crafted under the name Lego Feet, the self-titled EP was nonetheless produced by Rob Booth and Sean Brown, and now, following its 20th anniversary, the label is re-issuing this out-of-print classic. Read more »
Warsaw-based DJ/producer 0311 explores the realm of late-night garage on his forthcoming release through Concrete Cut, a digital label specializing exclusively in Polish producers. The Experience EP is 0311's debut release as a solo artist, although he has previously put out collaborative material with Black Galaxy and is also a member of Warsaw's Underground Perception DJ and promotion crew. Download "White Shadows," one of five tracks from the EP, and, after the jump, take a look at the artwork and tracklisting for The Experience before its released on December 12. Read more »
If you've looked at XLR8R on just about any given day through the past year and a half, you've likely seen something we've reposted from our friends over at Altered Zones. The website was a prime location for finding news and music from the more esoteric/DIY realm of independent artistry, so it's sad to say that today, the editors have announced that its publishing will come to an end. Read more »
San Antonio-based producer and middle school teacher Ernest Gonzales (a.k.a. Mexicans with Guns) has announced a new full-length album to be released (under his own name) via the Friends of Friends imprint. Natural Traits is set to come out on January 17, but before then, you can stream the album's first track, "The Prudence of Evolution," while checking out the artwork and tracklisting after the jump. Read more »
Buenos Aires collective ZZK has come a long way since its days of throwing a small weekly party and eventually launching a fledging record label. More than five years into its existence, the digital cumbia torchbearer—who, it should be said, has greatly expanded beyond that core sound—has toured around the world several times, dropped dozens of releases, and helped solidify forward Latin rhythms as a key part of the musical lexicon. Now, ZZK is taking another step forward, teaming up with Waxploiitation to bring its music to an even wider audience. Read more »
"Here We Go Again," the upcoming single from 4everevolution, the recently released album from Roots Manuva (a.k.a Rodney Smith, pictured above), is a solid hip-hop track that doesn't beg a lot of tweaking, but on December 5, Big Dada will be releasing this remix by Brooklyn beatsmith FaltyDL, along with two remixes by Dobie and another by grime producer Preditah. The original already features driving wobble bass, but FaltyDL takes it down a register and places the emphasis of the song on Spikey Tee's backing vocals rather than Smith's rapping.
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