LA's Alpha Pup label will be releasing an album of remixes for producer Take next week, and were kind enough to give us a preview of the kinds of electronic beat jams we can expect from the 16 tracks that make up Only Mountain: The Remixes with this re-interpretation by instrumental hip-hop staple Tokimonsta. Using a bulbous bass tone, a grab bag of slick drum-machine samples, handfuls of synth melodies, and a wide-open sound space, the producer crafts a spacey and emotive remix of "Horizontal Figuration" that's not too far off from its original form. And if you'd like to see what other surprises are in store on Take's remix LP, you can check out the full tracklist after the jump. Read more »
Jacque Polynice is yet another musician/composer/producer working just outside the relatively well-known beat communities across the globe—operating out of Miami, Florida, as opposed to the bustling hubs of LA, NYC, or the Bay Area. But here, Brooklyn tunesmith and LuckyMe standard Mike Slott pushes the producer's name closer to the limelight with his inclusion on the "Skidda" single (out now on Bandcamp). Slott's version of "Obama O's" takes its time to grow into a fully formed track—sonic treats flicker and fly about from the onset, allowing plenty of space for the stuttering hip-hop rhythm to get its bearings before the low-end frequencies start to wiggle their way in. It makes an ideal companion to Polynice's own monster beat composition on the a-side.
In the midst of gearing up to celebrate 20 years of releasing solid house and techno music, Carl Craig's Planet E label is also readying the first release in a forthcoming monthly series of remix 12"s, a three-song record (pictured above) featuring Recloose's "Can't Take It" track from 2000 with new remixes from producers Luciano and Milton Jackson. Read more »
Norway's Dødpop label has been at the forefront of the funky, synth-driven music called skweee since its inception in 2008. Now, three years later, the imprint gathers together its handful of 7" releases to be reissued on the forthcoming compilation Dødpop: A's & B's. Oslo producer Sprutbass contributes "Ulykke"—from a split 45 with fellow Norwegian Beatbully—to that record, which we also have to share with you today. The playful track has an almost comically, not to mention cosmically, sinister vibe, almost like you can picture the tunesmith grinning ear to ear in a not-so-maniacal way while he drops the crunchy synth fragments and skittering beat work of his production. It's a welcome change of mood, as opposed to the über-seriousness often plaguing artists with a similar sound pallette. We'll see if the rest of Dødpop: A's & B's will follow in suit when it drops on February 25.
Detroit techno never quite left our musical sights, but it certainly feels like it's coming back into the spotlight in a big way as of late. Part of that recent resurgence is one of Underground Resistance's veteran tunesmiths, DJ Stingray (a.k.a. Sherard Ingram), who dropped a brand-new mix over on FACT just the other day, and is offering folks an exclusive, unreleased track via Facebook, too. Read more »
The folks at the Scion A/V label seem to be getting pretty deep into the robotic grooves of classic Detroit techno (what with the Dirtbombs covers and subsequent remixes), a fact proven further with the enlisting of Detroit techno godfather Juan Atkins to contribute to their ongoing remix EP series. Read more »
Beans, the least fluid voice of Anti-Pop Consortium, has used his solo career to continue exploring his love for skewed rhyme patterns. His is a thinking-man's approach to vocal acrobatics, one that works best weaving through equally innovative beats, which Beans provided himself on past solo efforts. Read more »
With his disarmingly stark websites, Rafaël Rozendaal has created exactly what Hollywood mogul Samuel Goldwyn once famously said was the mark of artistic genius: new, original clichés. For those who grew up with cartoons, animated GIFs, and a certain online color palette, the work of the 31-year-old Amsterdam native will look exactly as you remembered, except that you've never seen it before.
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Coming somewhat out of leftfield is this fresh cut of deep, Italo-inspired disco from the UK's Gatto Fritto, an elusive artist crafting solid dance tracks on the fringes of obscurity. And yet somehow, the producer's forthcoming record is being championed by the likes of Tim Sweeney, Prins Thomas, and JD Twitch, including the epic "Hex" number. The lengthy jam brings to mind the kinds of tracks you'd catch blaring from Johnny Jewel's ghettoblaster in the middle of a late-night house party at first, but expands its psychedelic synthscapes and motorik beat work to better fit something Lindstrøm might throw on the hi-fi during a drug-addled séance. Look for more of these shapeshifting sounds when Gatto Fritto drops his self-titled debut LP on April 26.
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