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.
The Netherlands city of Utrecht (about 30 minutes from Amsterdam) would certainly be a good place to find yourself on the first weekend of July, as the town will be hosting the 2011 edition of the Source Festival (quick warning—the website might be hard to navigate unless you read Dutch). Read more »
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 »
Coming this summer, Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds is a double-disc compilation that boasts 35 tracks of digital dub sounds handpicked by London-based dubstep/grime producer Kevin Martin (a.k.a. The Bug) and Soul Jazz label boss Stuart Baker. Read more »
Mark E's debut full-length, Stone Breaker, saw its release through the renowned Spectral Sound imprint earlier this week, and with it a slew of promotional fanfare has come down the line, including this new mix from the UK-based producer for the GhostlyCast series. Read more »
One half of recently featured UK duo Instra:mental, Al Bleek (a.k.a. Boddika), unleashed this MP3 download from his increasingly prolific solo moniker. At a charging pace from the onset, "Spray" feels like its on the edge of some great discovery with an array of blistering arps and a relentlessly pounding four-on-the-floor beat. The production is along the lines of what we've come to expect from the likes of both Instra:mental and Boddika as of late, utilizing sharp, detailed sounds while maintaining a raw, rugged feel via the irregular glimpses of overdriven distortion and distant, blurry pops and hisses. The song maintains this adrenaline-rushed voyage for a little over two minutes before climaxing into a melodic breakdown in which a chorus of bells struggle to peek through the vast layers of remaining synths. Abruptly ending with the sound of the finally defeated bells, "Spray" is a nice slice of work, adding dark, futuristic techno to the already genre-filled list of production styles Bleek and his projects are capable of doing well.
Portland vintage-house ensemble The Miracles Club just released a 12" of remixes for its first single from over a year ago, "Light of Love," which includes a solid rework by Cut Copy, among others. Oddly enough, Honey Owens and Co. decided to put together a music video for that remix, and XLR8R has the pleasure of premiering it today. Read more »
Another artist recently inducted to the ever-growing Pictures Music roster is Liverpool's Dauwd, who just shared a two-track digital single before his first EP drops in a few months. "Could it Be" is the most upbeat of the pair, and exhibits the producer's washed-out style of heartfelt bass music. Evoking the likes of Four Tet and Joy Orbison, Dauwd employs a host of unique synth tones for his soulful melodies, a thick bath of warbling ambiance for his otherworldly moods, and a tasteful bassline to groove along with his bouncing dance beat. Especailly when paired with pitched-down vocal samples, those sounds may not seem terribly novel, but the English artist has a subtle way of making them very much is own. You can also grab the b-side to "Could it Be"—the mellower "Shimmer"—for free, over here.
Glaswegian house producer Frazier Graham is presumably a man of many hats. The guy hits the skins for indie band Vendor Defender, records proggy avant-synth pieces as Alpine Ski Champion, and now he's making quirky house tunes as HaHaHa. With one EP already under his belt and another on the way, he sent us a teaser of his forthcoming output in the form of "Ape Escape." Sharing the playful nature of its name, the tune is a shuffling mix of mischievous stabs and chunky synth bass.
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