LA-via-London producer Sinden is set to drop a three-track single later this month his own Grizzly imprint. The record will be the first release from both Sinden and his label this year, after a busy winter and spring that included the just-completed Grizzly tour in Europe. Read more »
Let's take a moment to get nostalgic. Sun Glitters (pictured above) actually takes several on this track, a remix of Teen Daze's "Treten" from his forthcoming All of Us LP. The precedented meeting between the two producers yields a downtempo tune full of melting synth tones, reverb-laden "oohs" and "aahs," and delicate belltones that evoke the feelings of yesteryear. Both artists dabble in the murky waters of The Genre Formerly Known as Chillwave, but the way in which this track dangles the promise of long, sunny days before us makes us ignore the vapidity of genre prejudice.
Much like she did with one-time roster mate Ital, 100% Silk/Not Not Fun label boss Amanda Brown (a.k.a. LA Vampires) has collaborated with Brooklyn's Octo Octa on a forthcoming record of classically minded, DIY dance tunes, called Forever 2K (pictured above). The pair of artists just recently let go of two lively snippets from that 12", a free download of the psychedelic rave cut "Wherever, Boy" and a strange music video (directed by Benjamin Shearn) for the more subdued title track, which you can take a look at after the jump. LA Vampires by Octo Octa's Forever 2K is out on May 15. (via Stereogum) Read more »
San Francisco producer Dave Aju's second full-length is a dense and powerful album, strung together conceptually by the rememberance of Aju's late father, a jazz musician whose left-behind recordings and instruments play a central role on Heirlooms. Nevertheless, the record that takes shape is not solely concerned with sorrow or loss, as Aju spreads his net wide, covering a large range of complex moods along 10 tracks of impeccably crafted abstract house. Read more »
Gabriel Stebbings, formerly of British pop outfit Metronomy, won't unveil his debut as Night Works until later this year, but is already garnering attention around the blogosphere with woozy synth-pop teaser "I Tried So Hard." Despite not yet having an official release, a couple of producers have already tried their hand at remixing the song, and here, we have the version crafted by UK beatmaker Gold Panda (pictured above). The remix is a shimmering bit of beatwork that roughens things up with an aggressive synthline, a more driving drum pattern, and lots of textural pop and hiss. The music video for Stebbings' original version can be found after the jump. Read more »
Over the past few years, Crosstown Rebels has undeniably been on quite a roll. Rather quickly, its label roster has become populated with a litany of stars, as artists like Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Art Department, and label boss Damian Lazarus have become some of the most in-demand DJs on the planet. Flanked by like-minded imprints such as Visionquest and Hot Creations, Crosstown Rebels is at the forefront of a unique brand of house music, one that references the bounce and carefree spirit of disco and '80s funk while offering a cleanly produced, Ibiza-friendly vibe. Love it or hate it—make no mistake, the scene certainly has its detractors—Crosstown Rebels has been wildly successful. The label's latest offering is "Infinity," a new single from UK duo Infinty Ink, and while it's not hard to imagine legions of clubbers collectively losing their shit to this record, that doesn't actually mean the songs within are any good. Read more »
Austin, TX producer Dubbel Dutch has often drawn from the palettes of dancehall, reggaeton, and kuduro in his productions. His latest work, "No Futuro," takes those influences to a new level, incorporating a boisterous tropical beat with his crisp production, conga-led rhythms, and suggestive sampling. The producer is currently bringing these rambunctious beats to Europe on a May tour with Brenmar, Lazer Sword, LOL Boys, and more—check out those dates after the jump. Read more »
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