One of last year's finest ambient/minimal techno albums, Black Noise by Pantha du Prince, is now being treated to a load of remixes and a subsequent release come April. XI Versions of Black Noise is precisely what it sounds like: 11 different takes on songs from the beautiful record by 11 different artists, including The Sight Below, Animal Collective, Moritz Von Oswald, Efdemin, Four Tet, Pantha du Prince himself, and more. Read more »
Next week brings the physical re-release of a beautiful and somewhat lost early electronic masterpiece, Harald Grosskopf's Synthesist. More than two decades after that music was first heard, the RVNG label has remastered and repackaged the album, whose title track we brought you last month. Now, we have a remix of that same song by Brooklyn knob twiddlers Blondes (pictured above), which is just one of 11 remixes included on the reissue's companion disc, Re-Synthesist, which comes with versions from the likes of Oneohtrix Point Never, CFCF, Arp, JD Twitch, and more. At first, Blondes' reinterpretation of "Synthesist" seems to froth and flow with the same smooth analog tones and restrained energy of the original, but as the pair's track progresses, the thumping four-on-the-floor beats, clattering percussion sounds, and translucent washes of sonic atmosphere grow in both intensity and density—only to recede once again before disappearing completely. (via Pitchfork)
The low-end-obsessed party starters of Germany's Schlachthofbronx have a fresh EP coming down the pipeline next week via Diplo's Mad Decent label. Called Nasty Bass (where do they come up with this stuff?!), the four-song release will feature guest vocalists Spoek Mathambo, Timberlee, and Bigspace, and will drop the day after Valentine's Day (February 15). Read more »
Since we last heard from Brooklyn's psyched-out, post-punk-indebted Dinowalrus (pictured above), the outfit has gone through a bit of a reformation in both sound and style. Now boasting a stronger proclivity for acid-y synths and pop hooks, Dinowalrus has been finishing up its sophomore album, which is slated for release in mid-2011. The original version of "Gift Shop" will appear on that forthcoming record, but what we have here is a remix of that tune by Philly's own Pink Skull. The weirdo tunesmith keeps the psychedelic vibes alive on his version of the song, wrapping jangly guitar riffs, raspy vocal hooks, cyclical percussion, and all kinds of warped noise around a thumping dance beat. The end result sounds something like what we might expect from a jammy band like, say, Tussle or Geoff Barrow's Beak>—a group that juxtaposes hypnotic polyrhythms, spacey synth washes, and tweaked bass and guitar sounds, a group like Dinowalrus.
French proto-house figure Bernard Fevre, of Black Devil Disco Club fame, will release a new record titled Circus on April 12 via Lo Recordings. Fevre has rarely worked with vocalists in the past, choosing to keep his disco club solo. Read more »
Not long before the release of their collaborative contribution to the classy DJ-Kicks mix series, the two DJ/production duos Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap have announced a music video contest for fans to enter and potentially win big. Read more »
Moscow-based producer Pixelord recently put out his third EP, Fish Touch on Error Broadcast, a pop-infused record of 8-bit glitter that moves easily between hip-hop and dubstep influences. Pixelord also seems to be engaging ever more closely with the future bass sounds going on west of him; his Love Is EP for Seattle's Car Crash Set is an example of what Pixelord's blips sound like when paired with UK garage and chipmunk vocals. Departing again from the half-step sounds of other Pixelord releases, he put together his own VIP remix of Fish Touch's title track, transforming the original's squelchy ragga flavors into a rolling UK bass nodder that moves the track onto the dancefloor and into 130-bpm territory.
Nicolas Jaar is only 21 years old, but he's already had quite the life. Much of his childhood was spent in Chile, but his formative years were spent in NY, where he entered the world of electronic music and released his first record before he completed high school, on the renowned Wolf + Lamb label no less. Read more »
There are many meaningful artistic layers to San Francisco producer Paul Salva's debut, Complex Housing. First, there's the title's clever play on housing complexes—prefab city dwellings where people live fascinatingly intricate lives. Similarly, Salva's album initially sounds like standard computer-driven urban music, but listen closer and plenty of twists, variations, and colorful nuances pop out unexpectedly. Read more »
As a DJ in NY's illustrious TURRBOTAX® crew, Contakt is responsible for spreading the good word of next-level house, techno, and bass tunes. As a producer signed to the burgeoning Local Action label, the NYC-based artist is responsible for crafting those sounds himself, and he does so with apparent skill and aplomb. (And—in the interest of full disclosure—as an XLR8R employee, he helps keep our game tight in all manner of ways.) Contakt's first release, the Not Forgotten 12", dropped just yesterday, and now we have a track that didn't make it onto that slab of vinyl. Like the aforementioned single, "AuH20" kicks off with stomping beats and deep pads that collectively evoke both the past, present, and future of dance music, with a heavier slant on the latter of those eras. Contakt continues to mix in large helpings of squelchy low-end melodies, catchy synth hooks, and ricocheting percussion through the song's four minutes, not once losing sight of the two elements that form its foundation. (via Dummy)
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