San Antonio-based producer and middle school teacher Ernest Gonzales (a.k.a. Mexicans with Guns) has announced a new full-length album to be released (under his own name) via the Friends of Friends imprint. Natural Traits is set to come out on January 17, but before then, you can stream the album's first track, "The Prudence of Evolution," while checking out the artwork and tracklisting after the jump. Read more »
If you've looked at XLR8R on just about any given day through the past year and a half, you've likely seen something we've reposted from our friends over at Altered Zones. The website was a prime location for finding news and music from the more esoteric/DIY realm of independent artistry, so it's sad to say that today, the editors have announced that its publishing will come to an end. Read more »
Buenos Aires collective ZZK has come a long way since its days of throwing a small weekly party and eventually launching a fledging record label. More than five years into its existence, the digital cumbia torchbearer—who, it should be said, has greatly expanded beyond that core sound—has toured around the world several times, dropped dozens of releases, and helped solidify forward Latin rhythms as a key part of the musical lexicon. Now, ZZK is taking another step forward, teaming up with Waxploiitation to bring its music to an even wider audience. Read more »
"Here We Go Again," the upcoming single from 4everevolution, the recently released album from Roots Manuva (a.k.a Rodney Smith, pictured above), is a solid hip-hop track that doesn't beg a lot of tweaking, but on December 5, Big Dada will be releasing this remix by Brooklyn beatsmith FaltyDL, along with two remixes by Dobie and another by grime producer Preditah. The original already features driving wobble bass, but FaltyDL takes it down a register and places the emphasis of the song on Spikey Tee's backing vocals rather than Smith's rapping.
If you're anything like us, you might believe that one of life's most rewarding simple pleasures is downloading free, high-quality music. (We'd put it somewhere between finding money in your pocket and scoring a sweet parking space.) Based on the slew of free EPs they've been dropping throughout the year, it would seem that the folks at net label Cut seem to agree. The latest release is from Manchester-based Sigmafly (a.k.a. Tom Holmes), who offers up five ambient-leaning tracks with a similar style to that of fellow Cut artists Great Skies and Essáy. On "Radio Sleep," Holmes creates a dreamy soundscape of disembodied vocals, tinkling piano, and echoing percussion that stands strong on its own, but works even better in the context of his first-rate (not to mention free) Tetrachrome EP.
Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. Los Angeles-based Kingdom is an artist who frequently appears on our radar, as the Night Slugs crew member and Fade to Mind boss continues to combine futuristic dancefloor insticts with his feverish passion for hip-hop and R&B. Read more »
Although Tiga's Turbo imprint is often affiliated with electro-leaning, big-room dancefloor cuts, the label does maintain an unabashed love of proper techno sounds. It's latest single, "The Fall," is a quality piece of acid techno from Milano. While there isn't much in the way of biographical information available for Milano, the single does include a hard-hitting remix from UK bass stalwart Untold, along with a beatless "synthapella" version. Read more »
Sample-loving dance-pop duo Javelin continues its idiosyncratic approach to production and performance with this off-kilter track, a song composed entirely of sounds recorded while roaming about the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. "By Hook or by Crook" sees the multifarious pair banging chains against fences, smashing logs on rocks, and standing dangerously close to reversing trucks, all in the name of creating an unconventional percussive jam. You can watch the members of Javelin as they roam about their hood and craft beats in the back of their car here.
When it comes down to it, Zomby isn't really an artist concerned with albums, or—we should say—the kind of flow that helps make a strong album. But that's exactly part of what defines the anonymous producer's records: Even the consistent UK hardcore revivalism of Where Were U in '92 is marked by abrupt starts and stops, and Dedication, one of the strongest LPs of 2011, sounds more like the leaked beat tape of a frantic insomniac than a calculated artist statement. So, it's no surprise that the Nothing EP sounds like nothing more than a requisite follow-up release to help promote Zomby's new 4AD album, which it likely is. Thankfully, his leftovers deserve about as much attention as his main courses. Read more »
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