As one of the key members of Latin American label Cómeme, it's a little surprising that Diego Morales, (a.k.a. Diegors) has yet to release a solo 12". However, with the release of Sacándose Uno earlier this week, that status has officially changed. Following in the footsteps of his work with Matias Aguayo (who did an excellent podcast for XLR8R and appeared on our cover) and fitting squarely into the genre-bending sound of Cómeme, is this b-side offering "Unga." It's a tech-house affair with all the accouterments and then some: crisp hi-hats, 808 cowbells, detuned synthesizers, metallic explosions, and a low tom-sampled bassline. What sets the track apart, though, is the unintelligible-yet-charming outsider-music vocals that sound like an uncharacteristically cheerful Seth Troxler. Give the tune a listen below and be sure to pick up a copy of the "Sacándose Uno" single from your favorite distributor.
Whenever the bandied-about name How to Dress Well is dropped, two specific genres—lo-fi indie and R&B, for the most part—quickly come to mind, but we still think it'd be safe to assume singer/producer Tom Krell knows a thing or two about hip-hop, as well. With this lengthy mix he recently shared on Altered Zones, the artist proves us right. Read more »
We're only a few days away from the May 10 release of Africa Hitech's debut full-length, 93 Million Miles (artwork above), but you don't have to wait until then to hear the record in full, as the good people at Warp have gone ahead and made the entire album available for your previewing pleasure. Read more »
Last summer, we posted "Linstigator," the first salvo from the UK's Disclosure, a pair of teenage brothers named Guy and Howard Lawrence. After following up that slice of melancholy 2-step with a proper single on Moshi Moshi, the boys delved back into the studio and are now ready to drop a follow-up in June. "Carnival" is taken from that new single, and while it's not a completely radical reinvention—the music is still thoroughly grounded in UK bass music—the South London duo has certainly switched it up in terms of mood, leaving behind the depressed garage vibes and experimenting with bouncing bass, playful melodies, polished synths, and sassy R&B swagger. This feelgood spirit—not to mention the uptick in production quality—suits Disclosure well, so we're excited to see how things progress in the months ahead.
These days, if you just so much as create original visuals for a music video (no matter what they are actually depicting), you'll easily grab our attention. But if you go ahead and create a miniature world based on video games, archaic clip art, VHS tapes, and cute animations, well, we'll make sure to share your work with as many people as we can. Read more »
Ever found yourself scratching your head, dumbfounded and in awe of Soul Clap's production chops? Well, friend, we're right there with you. But at least we can all take comfort in the knowledge that on May 9, a part of the magic behind the madness will be revealed. Read more »
White Horse is LA-based artist Ben Chisholm, a producer specifically interested in the power of shadowy electronic sounds who also makes music as part of Wild Eyes and as a member of dark-folk songstress Chelsea Wolfe's band. Under his solo moniker, Chisholm has spent time crafting a series of EPs called The Revenant Gospels, the third of which he's just finished. While all of the music is completely original, the ghostly, pitch-shifted voices are samples taken from people who are no longer alive (i.e. Freddie Mercury, Nico, unknown singers from the '20s, etc.). "Sewn Shut" comes from the most recent installment of those Gospels, and exhibits a particularly light and shimmering side to the White Horse sound. Well, at first anyway. The track's initial plinking synth tones quickly give way to ominous bass frequencies, howling vocal melodies, and slow-grooving beats that fight to bust through the dense miasma of sound—a far more common soundscape heard in Chisholm's productions. You can download the rest of the EP for free, here, and check out the two prior Gospels here.
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