The London-based Liminal Sounds crew couples each of its parties with a free EP—some past offerings can be heard here and here—featuring artists slated to perform at that particular event. For its fourth club night/EP bundle, the label has tapped three producers to remix Youngstar's seminal 2002 grime production "Pulse X." Elsewhere's remix, featured here, takes the original into crisper territory, infusing Youngstar's massive bass punches with garage percussion, all while stripping the tune of its original vocal line. You can check out the rest of the "Pulse X" remix EP by downloading this package from Liminal, which also includes snippets of a limited-edition zine created specifically to celebrate the release. The event celebrating LS004 takes place this Friday at London's Rhythm Factory, and will feature sets by Elsewhere, Pedro 123, and Slackk (the EP's remixers), as well as Youngstar, Slimzee, and others. Check out a poster for the party, in addition to the EP's tracklisting, after the jump. Read more »
Individual artists whose output is of a consistently higher standard are tough to find. But an entire crew of producers who are able to put out quality tunes on a regular basis is an even rarer prospect. It's with this in mind that we pass along an unreleased track by the mysterious LHF collective from London, whose debut full-length on Keysound, Keepers of the Light (artwork above), is out now. "Tandava" is a warm, soulful jam that begins with a clipped string sample before descending into vintage garage territory, complete with shuffling hi-hats and hollowed-out percussion that accompany the rolling kicks. A simple-but-effective vocal sample acts as icing on the cake, helping to emphasize the irresistible pull of the groove as we're swept blissfully into the song's second half. After the jump, you can also delve into an interactive map of the LHF crew's influences, which was assmbled by Matt Ashton; akin to the collective's tunes, it's really something else. (And if you just can't get enough LHF/Keysound magic [and happen to be in London], look for the crew to take over Fabric's Room Three this Friday, April 20, alongside rostermates LV, Dusk & Blackdown, Sully, Vibezin, and more.) Read more »
London-bred Four Tet dropped a new mix on his SoundCloud today, titled Conference of the Birds. The producer, who is now based in New York, tweeted this morning that the mix contains several tracks from a new 12" he'll be putting out on his Text imprint. Read more »
Night Slugs co-owner L-Vis 1990 released the first installment of his label's Club Constructions series today, and has dropped this unreleased tune in tandem with the 12" to get you hip to his new peak-hour dancefloor heaters. "VHS Crash" is a prime example of the hard-edged, analog-centric jams that are featured on Club Constructions Vol. 1, even if it is a bit grittier and a tad more minimal than the preview we caught of L-Vis' new ghetto-tinged house productions last week. Nonetheless, we're pleased to hear the tunesmith back in the realm of forward-thinking, rough-and-tumble club music, and have our fingers crossed that he stays his ground.
"Did you hear what he said? He asked what the music scene is like [in Savannah]." Helix (a.k.a. Beau Thigpen) is already chuckling, but once he throws out the question to his friends—several of whom are lurking in the background and periodically chiming in—the laughter becomes uproarious. Still struggling to compose himself, he eventually boils it down to a simple observation: "There's no scene at all here." Granted, this isn't too surprising, as Eastern Georgia isn't exactly known as a hotbed of musical innovation. Nonetheless, it is the city which the 20-year-old producer—who also happens to be the latest addition to the Night Slugs roster—calls home. Read more »
LA-based producer Sweatson Klank, formerly known as Take, has a new EP coming to Project: Mooncircle on May 4, but today, we have the first tune off the release, "Always You." We've previously posted on the organic, intricately formed nature of Mr. Klank's tunes, and "Always You" is no different in its richly realized aesthetic. A multitude of syncopated synths color in the shifting 2-step beat, with alternately pitched vocal samples bouncing in and around the proceedings like an Amazonian frog navigating its natural environment. It's a fitting metaphor, as the productions of Sweatson Klank are akin to a fully immersive, digitally fluorescent forest in which the listener just can't help but lose themselves. Stream a preview of the rest of the Elevate EP and peep the cover art, after the jump. Read more »
Over the past year or so, Lando Kal has dropped an impressive series of releases, but "Rhythm Sektion" b/w "Inquisition," his latest 12" for Hotflush, is without question the finest thing he's ever done. Read more »
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