Okay, let us spell this out for you: The folks at Scion A/V came up with the idea of asking Detroit garage rock outfit The Dirtbombs to cover some classic Detroit techno cuts (read about that here), songs like "Sharevari," "Good Life," and Innerzone Orchestra's "Bug In the Bassbin." As if that wasn't enough, they've now commissioned Detroit's new hope for the dancefloor, Kyle Hall (pictured above), to remix that jangly cover joint into a churning dance tune. Like a game of telephone, what comes out on the other side of this somewhat complicated exchange is merely a shadow of Carl Craig's original track. "Bug In the Bassbin (Kyle Hall Remix)" is a grooving mess of crunchy, distorted, and corroded sounds in the best way possible—the shuffling percussion jumps and skips from ear to ear, the bassline is distant and blown out, and all other noise seems to bubble up from the toxic concoction of Hall's dirty samples of The Dirtbombs' cover of Craig's production. Basically, it's pure Detroit.
Like his slow-brewing music, James Blake's new video for "The Wilhelm Scream," a choice track from his forthcoming self-titled debut LP, is an exercise in soul and subtlety. Watch as the image of Blake's head and upper torso is washed with color and blurry lens effects, only revealing a clear picture of the artist in portions as the song builds in restrained intensity. Read more »
A choice cut from San Francisco producer and Dirtybird acolyte Worthy's recently released Big Perm EP, "Big Perm (Femme En Fourrure Remix)" softens the sharp tech-house edges of the original track with a bit of sultry, female vocal work, hypnotic percussion loops, and filtered synth stabs. Still, the rubbery bounce and deep low-end of Worthy's new single remains perfectly intact, providing the base for every chilly sound effect Helsinki's Femme En Fourrure (pictured above) see fit to lay atop it. The remix is minimal and austere, to be sure, but eventually reaches its own restrained climax. It's a perfect counterpart to the rest of Worthy's boisterous Big Perm EP, which you can listen to in full here.
Just today, LA-based beatmaker Teebs announced the release of a limited-edition run of handmade CDs, which feature remixes by the producer and b-sides from his debut LP, the lovely Ardour. Over on the website for beat collective My Hollow Drum, you can purchase one (or more) of the 150 discs for $7.00 each, with some extra goodies thrown in for good measure. Read more »
Bay Area-turned-Berlin-based electronic music hub Tigerbeat6 just announced that a brand-new series of songs will drop "weekly/monthly" for free download on its Soundcloud. Called ¡Ándale!, the string of MP3-only tracks will be available for only a short time until the song is traded out for the next free cut, all of which will culminate in a small, digital release available at the end of each month. Read more »
Before the release of the self-titled debut from London-based duo Royalty, we are treated to a fresh cut from that EP's five tracks. Championed by the likes of Dâm-Funk and Rinse FM's Alexander Nut, the outfit seems destined for big things, and the slick future-funk of "Don't Break Me" only speaks further to such predictions. Somewhere in between Daft Punk's robotic revelry, Kraftwerk's chilly minimalism, and Jimmy Edgar's austere sex appeal, you'll find Royalty's Chesca and Elliot Yorke working out deep low-end melodies, incessant dance rhythms, alien vocoder sounds, and icy synthlines—all of which perfectly create the duo's retro-futuristic motif. You can catch more of the newcomers' tunes when the Royalty EP drops on Feburary 24 as the first release from the Five Easy Pieces label.
Back in November we posted producer Henry Maldonado's "Till It Hurts" track from his newest project, Native Underground, and now we've got the accompanying video for your viewing pleasure. Director Brion Paul takes Maldonado's club-friendly late-night-disco track somewhere completely unexpected—the suburbs—to do something completely unexpected—play tennis. The result is a healthy mix of disturbing and hilarious. The Till It Hurts EP is out now on NY's Wurst imprint. Read more »
Nashville isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of funky sounds or electro beats, but that is the place the duo known as Jensen Sportag calls home, and if this track is any indication, these guys have got a good amount of dance-friendly sounds coarsing through their veins. "Everything Good," from the duo's forthcoming Pure Wet EP (artwork above), is a deliciously smooth endeavor incorporating some retro-inspired slap bass with the bells and whistles of a modern electro track. Percussive synths and guitar pop and swirl along with reverb-washed melodies and layer upon layer of sweet and sultry vocals. The vintage vibe of "Everything Good" isn't so much like stepping into a time machine as it is like stepping into a time-combining machine and the results have us thinking this would be a much more useful invention. Pure Wet is set to be released on February 15.
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