Here's a novel endeavor: Start a club night, but instead of the usual promotional materials (DJ mixes, teaser videos, interviews, etc.), release a couple of tunes that feature your performing artists remixing each other's work. That's exactly what London's Liminal Sounds—a party described as "a new night championing the myriad mutations of underground bass music, disregarding concepts of genre or scene"—came up with for its inaugural jump off, one half of which we're sharing with you today. Opening act Elsewhere remixes "When You" by up-and-coming tunesmith and fellow performer Drop/Dead, crafting it into his own kind of bubbly, emotional, and low-end-centric club music. You can grab the other part of LS001, a Drop/Dead remix of "Cronos" by Throwing Snow, for free, here, and check out more details on the forthcoming Liminal Sounds party—which will feature sets from Throwing Snow, Ph0t0machine, Brey, and others—here.
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This, uh, flashy video just landed in our inbox from the UK's always on-point Butterz label, and is for the fresh "Moodswings" single by grime producer Swindle. Directed by Mr. Tit, the animated piece features a load of twisted and trippy animations that we assume would be great to watch under the influence of any mind-altering substance, though they're pretty exciting on their own, too. Read more »
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Acid techno pioneers Ramon Zenker and Oliver Bondzio (collectively known as Hardfloor) have been pumping out swirling techno jams since first producing tracks together back in 1991. Now the two have reached the 20-year mark of their collaboration, and are set to release a massive, three-disc compilation collecting 31 tracks from the duo's prolific past, along with two unreleased tunes, "Eternal Tweak" and "T.D.O.H. (Two Decades of Hardfloor)," for 20 – Two Decades of Hardfloor. Read more »
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Just the other day, LA world-bass duo Nguzunguzu (pictured above) posted this remix of R&B chauntuese Jhene Aiko's "Club Stranger" on its kinda-outta-control blog, Shade Business, and we couldn't help but share it with you. The ubiquitous use of reverb and delay on Aiko's sultry acapella quickly reminds us of a few of the deeply emotive tracks by folks like The Weeknd or How to Dress Well, though the frenetic drum programming and thick bass tones are purely the DJ/production outfit's own. As "Club Stranger (Nguzunguzu Remix)" clearly illustrates, Nuguzunguzu's curatorial tastes are always on point when it comes to sample sources, but it's the pair's knack for oddly singular dancefloor rhythms that puts them in a much more unique sound realm.
West London's burgeoning PMR imprint (whose only release to date is Julio Bashmore's stellar Everyone Needs a Theme Tune EP, released earlier this year) has announced the label's second release will come from Bristol vocalist Javeon McCarthy with a track produced by none other than Bashmore himself. Read more »
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