Braxe and Falke, Bengalter and Homem-Christo, Augé and Rosnay. Looking back on the history of recent French house music, it seems as though the best stuff is the fruit of collaboration. Case in point, take Discodeine's (a.k.a. Pilooski and Pentile) remix of Joakim's soon-to-be-released single, "Forever Young." Heartfelt and funky, Discodeine shears off the original's wall of sound and strips it down to a Loose Joints-style workout. Joakim's sad lamentation of the passage of time is accompanied by the off-kilter oscillation of a hot-weather-tuned analog synthesizer and the uncertain tempo of a live-disco drummer. Check below to download the track, you can grab the single June 20, and keep your eyes peeled for Joakim's forthcoming album, Nothing Gold (album artwork pictured above), out September 20.
Since we're already offering you folks a chance to win the brand-new record coming from multi-talented Brooklyn artist Laurel Halo, the Hour Logic EP (pictured above), we thought you might also like to know you can hear that music before it's released on June 24 via Hippos in Tanks. Read more »
Amidst the hustle and bustle of this year's MUTEK festival in Montreal, we snagged a few of our favorite artists for a quick chat about their impressions of the festival, the city, and, of course, some chatter about their music. Here, Four Tet dishes about the best time for snacking on poutine, what's happening with his Text label, and how he and Caribou wound up gravitating toward the dancefloor. Read more »
How one turns a 17-minute MPC free-jam into a skittering club tune that clocks in under three minutes is somewhat beyond us. Nonetheless, that's exactly what Glasgow's S-Type did with "Volume One" by Edinburgh producer River of Slime. Laying down the flitty jumble of samples that makes up of most of the original track as his base, S-Type layers bouncing 808 rhythms, oversized sub-bass tones, and hyped-up synth melodies over the top—making for a version of "Volume One" that's hardly recognizable. You can grab the rest of this record, with other remixes from Paranoise and Scatabrainz (check those out here), when it drops on June 27 from Phuturelabs' website.
Remember when M83 released Saturdays=Youth, and everyone talked about how it was the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary Molly Ringwald film made 20 years hence, one that distilled the delicate piano scores and electro-lite vibes of suburban-Illinois heartache into immaculate, hazy pop suites? Fast-forward three years, and you'll find
Ford & Lopatin (the Brooklyn duo of Tigercity's Joel Ford and Oneohtrix Point Never mastermind Daniel Lopatin, previously known as Games) mining a similar landscape, but with entirely mixed results. Read more »
Sassy, gender-ambiguous, and fabulous—we here at XLR8R really like Big Freedia. The undisputed queen of New Orleans sissy bounce provides a raucous and sweaty live performance that is truly second to none. So if you haven't had a chance to experience Big Freedia, you're in luck: she's just announced a whirlwind tour with stops in Europe and North America. Read more »
Fresh-faced and London-based, Disclosure has taken a divergent course through the UK hardcore continuum. Blending garage and dubstep production aesthetics with the melodic sensibility of R&B has become a sort of calling card for the duo. Last month, XLR8R posted new single "Carnival," and now we've got "I Love... That You Know," the b-side. Continuing the theme of where "Carnival" left off, "I Love... That You Know" mixes a straight-up percolating beat with a ridiculously soulful, chopped-up vocal hook. "Carnival/I Love... That You Know" will see release June 13 as a 7" on Transparent.
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