About two weeks ago, Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) released his latest single, "The Hope." Considered a teaser for his forthcoming third studio album, Personality, the single painted a picture of a man edging ever closer to big-room commercial appeal. Yet, unlike the smartly hybridized trance of previous single "Adrenalin," "The Hope" sounded like an over-the-top attempt at co-opting the bravado of late-'90s big-beat acts like The Prodigy and Crystal Method. The track wasn't without its guilty charms, but fans of the producer's more subtle material—the likes of which he built his name on—were understandably wary of what kind of album such a move might signal. Read more »
Mike Wall, the newest face on Hidden Recordings, has just dropped his first record for the label, a five-song EP titled Out of Fire. "Cosmic Kick," the final song on the EP, is a slice of locked-in techno, featuring a big, four-on-the-floor kick, synth stabs, a circling bass line, and driving percussion. The resulting combination is a bouncing dancefloor number with an unyielding punch. After the jump, take a look at a teaser video for Out of Fire, which came out last week on vinyl, with a digital release to follow this week and spy the 12" artwork and tracklisting. Read more »
For one reason or another, Sei A (pictured above), one of the more recent names to appear on Tiga's Turbo imprint, decided to try his hand at reworking Warpaint's "Billie Holiday." Whether it was out of admiration for the original tune or just as a production exercise of sorts, the Glasgow-reared, London-based producer has sculpted the heavenly harmonies and lightly strummed guitars of the LA foursome's original into a vast, enveloping beat which actually bears very little resemblance to the dancefloor-oriented techno tunes with which Sei A's is usually associated. It would appear that the man has been exploring some new sonic landscapes, and we'll just have to wait to see where else he's set to take us when he drops his next EP on Kompakt later this year.
We recently posted a video for the original version of "Sayso" by experimental R&B duo Evy Jane, made up of Vancouver residents Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Now, we have a remix from Julien Mier, who gives the track a thick and steady hip-hop beat, and a more structured feel by rearranging the once breathy, crooning vocals into short, rhythmic phrases. This regularity doesn't last too long, however, as after two minutes of a straightforward beat, the song breaks down, changes tempo, and enters into a dreamy series of chopped vocals and bubbling synths. Both the remix and original can be found on the digital version of Evy Jane's self-titled debut, which came out digitally earlier this week on King Deluxe. The wax version won't have this particular remix on it, but does contain two originals, along with remixes by Taal Mala and Max Ulis, and will be ready for shipping in the near future.
The London-based website Bolier Room has announced plans to begin broadcasting live sessions from Los Angeles, with the first event set to take place this weekend and feature a trio of quintessential names from the Stones Throw family . Read more »
This tune by Atlanta-based producer heRobust (a.k.a Hayden Kramer) will be the b-side to his forthcoming 7-inch, set for a March 21 release date on Saturate. Both this song and the record's a-side, "Facebook Lift," were previously featured on heRobust's recently released digital double album Late Night/Morning After (artwork above), which can be downloaded free of charge on Saturate's website. "Swagriculture" is a glitchy piece of hip-hop-inspired bass music with an easy-going rhythm and a shimmering cornucopia of sounds and samples.
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