Not long after he announced the impending release of his debut full-length with the infectiously brilliant "Wildfire" single, hotly tipped UK DJ/producer SBTRKT appeared with his trusty vocal collaborator Sampha for a live performance on the brand-new Abbey Road Debuts program. Read more »
Britain's Josh H is a lover of forward-thinking house and bass music, whose forthcoming Every Day EP simultaneously brings to mind the disparate production styles of Nicolas Jaar and Mount Kimbie, not to mention late-'90s German house. Like on this track, "Rainbow," the artist tweaks handpicked samples taken from dusty stacks of vinyl, and integrates those soulful sounds with his effervescent synth melodies, percolating electronic percussion, and deep dancefloor grooves. Josh H's four-song release comes complete with another original track, the title track, and two remixes from Walton and Hackman, all of which you can preview here before it drops next month.
It should come as no surprise that the always soulful, genre-hopping producer Tom Trago has a soft spot in his heart for the King of Pop. And what better way to express this affection than to feature a Michael Jackson impersonator moving and grooving to the sleek "Steppin' Out" track, following the wannabe MJ as he takes us around what we are assuming is Trago's hometown, Amsterdam. Iris, Trago's recently released LP for the Rush Hour imprint, is where you'll find this cut along with a host of other disco-infused tunes from the veteran producer and recent XLR8R podcast contributor. Read more »
For its 50th release, Seattle's bass-pushing Car Crash Set imprint is releasing four EPs in tandem by four different artists that call the Pacific Northwest home. The No Northwest series, which will also be compiled into 12-track LP (pictured above), all drops tomorrow, and includes tunes from Ill Cosby, qp, 214, and, featured here, Cedaa. "Palomino" is just one of the four tracks featured on the young tunesmith's EP, and it's a fresh experiment in the realm of highly melodic, juke-flavored bass music. Cedaa spices his jam up a bit more with handcrafted sound effects that bring to mind a myriad activities—like splashing through puddles, playing Super Mario Bros., and racing in spaceships. We're not sure what all of that has to do with palominos, but it certainly has plenty in common with forward-thinking dance music.
Every since London's Local Action imprint dropped T. Williams' "Heartbeat" single late last year, we've had a hard time not listening to it repeatedly, particularly the ace Mosca remix. (In case you missed it, we posted a stream of the entire 12" on the day of its release.) Apparently, we weren't alone in our love for the record, as veteran UK producer Paul Woolford recently hit up Local Action out of the blue asking for the opportunity to take his own pass at the track. Read more »
The good people at Scion A/V have tapped the tastemakers from the Trouble & Bass imprint to curate a new EP featuring a handful of NY-based producers, including enigmatic bass maestro Kingdom (pictured above). Read more »
It’s easy to think of dubstep as its own fully evolved form, as though the off-kilter child of drum & bass and 2-step garage was born in one epic bass drop, written in Platonic form as an unchanging genre forever. But like any well-defined and exciting sub-genre, dubstep now exists in many forms apart from standard bass wobble orthodoxy, be it super-producer’s album tracks for artists as mainstream as Rihanna or newer, more experimental sounds that simply bare its traces. Count Bristol resident David Corney (a.k.a. Hyetal) among that last group Read more »
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