Since its founding back in 2005, the Ramp imprint has consistently been a place for quality productions from the UK and beyond. Between its early releases from the likes of Count Bass D, Zomby, and FaltyDL to its more recent efforts from burgeoning artists such as Teeth and Gerry Read, it is easy to see why Ramp has managed to flourish. And with that, the label has reached its 50th release, a benchmark it is celebrating with the release of a retrospective compilation, Ramp 50 (artwork above). Read more »
It should come as no surprise that the collaboration between Joy Orbison and Instra:mental's Boddika resulted in one of 2011's most inescapable club tunes, "Swims." By the same token, it should also come as no real surprise that the man behind "Sicko Cell," another 2011 track that was hyped and revered long before its release, has made us wait so long to get our hands on a physical copy of his latest output. All that's set to change with the news that Swamp81 has plans to finally drop "Swims" in 12" format later this month. Read more »
The holy trinity of Norwegian disco explorers—Todd Terje, Lindstrøm, and Prins Thomas—have come together on a new 12", which finds the seasoned artists remixing two classic Roxy Music tunes. Read more »
High-energy East London grime label Butterz is known to periodically offer up huge ZIP files of rare and unreleased tracks for free download. Yesterday, that string continued with the release of its Winter ZIP, a massive collection comprising nearly 50 tracks from Terror Danjah, D.O.K., Mr Mitch, Royal-T, and more. Read more »
Berlin-based producer Marc Houle has announced plans to release a new LP, his first since stepping out from under the wing of Richie Hawtin's Minus imprint late last year and launching the collaborative Items & Things label with Magda and Troy Pierce. Read more »
Belgium's François Boulanger (a.k.a. Cupp Cave) is set to release RZA (pictured above), his second EP as Ssaliva, via the Vlek imprint on January 16. The eight-track 10" record follows the multi-faceted producer's debut cassette EP for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records from last February. Featured here, "Drugged Out Quest"—an outtake from the RZA sessions—is a hazy shuffle through a sort of alternate hip-hop universe. These slow, lo-fi beats retain a warm tape sound, with laid-back percussion washed over by ambient, Boards of Canada-esque hums. Ssaliva's forthcoming RZA EP is available to preview and pre-order from Vlek now, here.
Drexciya, the mythical aquatic civilization generated by the works of (the sadly deceased) James Stinson and Gerald Donald, was one of the most original concepts to come from Detroit techno. A mixed-media project that springs forth from the interstices between the music, the labels, and the liner notes, Drexciya was more than just a techno production outfit. Read more »
While Glaswegian producer Sad City doesn't have a lot of material under his belt yet, he certainly makes the work he does craft count. This expansive and ethereal remix of "A Walk Home" by mellow rocker The Morning Clouds (pictured above) stretches the track to over 10 minutes in length, removing the straight-ahead indie aspects of the original and transforming the not-quite-shoegaze song into a bona fide celestial dreamscape. Airy vocals haunt the last half of the piece, the hi-hats melting into blissful static, with only subtle snaps and a soft kick drum keeping the track from slipping completely into ambient noise.
XLR8R Downloads Player