London's Freerange imprint is set to release the eighth in its Colour compilation series on which it collects the label's favorite tracks of the year along with four exclusive cuts from its roster. Read more »
While the original version of "Fireworks" by Spanish pop quintet Polock (pictured above) reminded us a bit of the restless and carefree hooks crafted by the likes of, say, Phoenix, this remix from Eim Ick sounds a bit more similar to what we'd expect from the band's native land, like, say, Delorean. The Danish producer turned the song into a poignant, tropical-tinged dance jam, albeit one void of vocal hooks, guitars, or any other such indie-pop sounds. Instead, Eim Ick relied on straightforward basslines and simple drum patterns to drive his track, and around that core, the producer lets twinkling audio fragments waft about in the atmosphere—giving "Fireworks" a far more panoramic view than it originally had.
One of Switzerland's champions of booming, world-influenced club music, Wildlife! just dropped a brand-new EP, called Buckup (pictured above). That release holds eight hotly tipped tunes, which are comprised of three original tracks and five remixes from the likes of French Fries, Douster, and Adam Port. At the top of the remixer pack is Night Slugs label boss L-Vis 1990, who delivers an extensive take on lead track "M16 vs. SLR feat. Sammy Dread." The UK DJ/producer takes his time while building the intensity of his version of the once-dubby tune, though things are still far more hyped-up right off the bat. As he is wont to do, L-Vis drops a load of alluring polyrhythms—including a hint of tribal guarachero—and atonal sound effects into this new mix of "M16 vs. SLR," and in doing so, creates the kind of ominous groove that would otherwise be unavailable on Wildlife!'s new EP. If you'd like to hear what the rest of Buckup sound like, you can stream the whole thing here.
So, Philly's premiere vinyl excavator RJD2 has a brand-new side-project called The Insane Warrior. Under that new moniker, DJ/producer Ramble John Krohn just released the album We Are the Doorways (listen to that here), which is apparently a John Carpenter- and Brian Eno-influenced soundtrack to a sci-fi horror film that doesn't yet exist. And we now have the first effort of pairing images with RJ's fresh sounds with the brand-new video for "The Water Wheel." Read more »
We haven't heard much lately from the formerly San Antonio-based Diego Chavez (a.k.a. Aether) and if this remix is any indication, that's too bad. Since Aether's 2008 LP, Artifacts, Chavez—who now calls Boston home—has been known as a producer who crafts airy, emotional instrumentals, and this remix finds him expanding on his craft. "Evaporar" comes courtesy of Brazilian electronic artist Pazes, and the presence of Brazil is clearly at work in the bossa nova guitars and crooning Portuguese lyrics of the original, which Chavez skillfully manipulates into the fold of this blissful beat. Adding much to the simple instrumentation of Pazes' version, Chavez employs skittering shakers and claps that ride along the foreground while gliding bells and melodic synths burst in the background. Pazes Southpaw EP (artwork above), where you'll find the original version of "Evaporar," is set to be released February 15.
Swedish-Iranian producer Aril Brikha has been hard at work crafting his own niche into the austere world of techno music since the spritely age of 16, and now, nearly 19 years later, the multi-faceted artist has not only made his mark in the US, Europe, and beyond, but he's also started his own label, Art of Vengeance. Just released on Brikha's imprint is a re-issue of his first LP from back in 2000, Deeparture In Time, a 10-track album that now comes with an extra disc of previously unreleased music that the musician crafted between 1995 and 1999. "Rising Sun" is a fine example of those warm, classic sounds; its deep techno vibes reference the Detroit-born sounds that first inspired Brikha to make music, while simultaneously standing as an unheard precursor to the kinds of club music we love to get down to today.
London's Deep Teknologi label/collective has been on everyone's lips lately, and after having one of its co-founders, T.Williams, kick off this year's XLR8R podcast series with a scorching mix, it's only right that the other co-founder, S.E.F. (pictured above), gets his due in mix form. Now, electronic music writer (and occasional XLR8R contributor) Andrew Ryce has posted an exclusive mix from S.E.F. showcasing Deep Teknologi's "UK to the bone" stylings. Read more »
Last month, we posted a track from the Atlanta/London duo Mane Mane and now we've gotten our hands on a track from the Atlanta half of the duo, producer heRobust, who has just released a new EP entitled Albumin (artwork above). "Shawty Swing My Way (Busted)" finds heRobust utilizing the vocals from K.P. & Envyi's '90s hit "Swing My Way" to lead the track as he crafts disjointed, bit-crushed future-hip-hop below. The vocals are, surprisingly, not chopped and screwed to oblivion but rather presented as an intergal part of the song, along with a whirlwind of spacey synths and dark bass. Shuffling hi-hats skip between a steady kick and snare that take on the head-nodding duties essential to any artist that bears the tag "21st-century-beat-music." Albumin is available for a "pay what you want" price over at Saturate's Bandcamp.
Following the release of Danish DJ/producer Trentemøller's most recent LP, Into the Great Wide Yonder, the veteran musician will take off on a tour around the world. The first part of the tour, from February 10 to March 7, will feature DJ sets by Trentemøller, which will be followed by an extensive tour with his live band from March 19 until September 2. Read more »
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