Dusting off old Black Dice records (or just typing the band's name into an iTunes' search box) reveals a sonic journey completely distinct from that of any of other recording artist. The music is difficult, of course, and, at times, confoundingly strange and different. Most artists are so far afield from Black Dice's tense and dissonant noise that it can be hard to even call them music by comparison. The group has also undergone great changes in sound and style from record to record, as if its members are playing devil's advocate with themselves and the larger music community. After all, why sound like somebody else when it's been done before? Why recycle old ideas when you can come up with something totally new and different? Black Dice's latest effort, Mr. Impossible, adds another chapter to the now-trio's long, strange trip, with what might be its most straightforward album yet. Read more »
Most of RaveDeep's catalog is indebted to house in some way—the last we heard from him, he put together an ambient, downtempo work that explored a more subdued side of the genre. "Step Right," the Oakland producer's latest, is a more glitchy, two-step-influenced piece that bursts with an array of guitar and vocal samples. It's part of a free label compilation offered by fledgling Oakland imprint West in Dust, which is co-run by XLR8R contributor Glenn Jackson, that also includes tracks from Elephant & Castle (RaveDeep's other production moniker), Colo, Rekchampa, shortcircles, Jackson himself, and more. You can stream and download all of West in Dust 2012 (artwork above), after the jump. Read more »
TreeFNGR's debut track, "Fine Fright," impressed us back in December with its fresh take on moody garage beats. Now, the anonymous British producer returns with a second offering, "Five Ticks." The new tune is steeped in far crisper production than its predecessor, as the bass and percussion shine at the front of the mix this time, rather than behind a crunchy wall of reverb. However, true to the producer's Radiohead-referencing name, TreeFNGR keeps "Five Ticks" awash in atmospheric synth work, contextualizing its more dancey tropes in an ambient swamp of gloom.
Last month, we shared news of S.E.F.'s new record label and media venture, Switched On, and previewed its inaugural release, a three-track EP from English producer Alex D££mnds. That EP, called Credentials (artwork above), is now confirmed to drop on April 30, but D££mnds has shared a non-EP track with us today, the growling "Olympus Mons (D££mnds Mixed Red in a Day Mix)." The production continues in the vein of the EP's clean-and-simple Chicago house sound—in true form, "Olympus" is driven by an acid bassline alone. And a few drum patterns, some atmospheric pads, and a handful of knob turns later, the track dissolves into the house ether, waiting to be mixed out.
Hailing from Nottingham, Toyc is a fresh producer currently peddling his brand of wavey, Detroit-referencing house around the London scene. With forthcoming releases on a variety of labels, the 19 year old sent us the elastic, spaced-out "Sferics." The tune puts a plump bass tone in orbit around a kick pattern that will hook big-room ravers far and wide, as Toyc drapes the whole thing with classic dub-techno chords and a sweaty, crammed-on-the-dancefloor atmosphere that's punctuated by a sultry, gasping vocal. Other tracks like this have been appearing on the playlists of everyone from Jackmaster and Ben UFO to Brackles and Addison Groove, and we look forward to hearing more from this exciting young artist.
Detroit house legend Moodymann has announced the imminent arrival of a brand-new EP, called Picture This, which is set to arrive as a free download over on ScionAV. A day before he unveils the whole release, the inimitable DJ/producer has given us one of its cuts for your listening pleasure. Read more »
Los Angeles resident Brian Allen Simon has positioned himself as a somewhat unique figure within the current pack of budding electronic producers. Crafting lush, patient tracks as Anenon, Simon recently moved a step beyond many of his contemporaries when he unveiled the gorgeous (and XLR8R Pick'd) Acquiescence EP last month. The five-track endeavor showcased layers of virtually untouched, natural sound sources—mainly a grand piano and Simon's own saxophone musings—alongside expansive and blissful soundscapes. Needless to say, we were curious how Simon managed to fit these disparate sonic sources together, both on record and in his largely improvised live sets, which usually feature the producer alongside his laptop, saxophone, and the ever-mysterious Monome. We caught up with the Non Projects label head in the weeks before the release of his debut LP, Inner Hue, in order to glean a bit of insight into his process. Read more »
We're treated to some sumptuous, percolating styles from Unknown on this riveting jungle-infused remix for "Sa Sa Samoa" by Korallreven (pictured above). Choppy and swinging breaks dominate the, uh, unknown producer's version of the original track, as melancholic, seasick pads provide a lush backdrop to the scurrying, percussive proceedings. It reminds us a bit of the editing prowess and midnight romanticism heard on Modern Love's HATE series from a few years back, as Unknown rolls out stuttering drum phrases in a visceral show of energy that makes a welcome companion to the melodies culled from Korallreven's original tune.
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