As a city, Amsterdam is an almost overwhelming convergence of the old and the new, the familiar and the foreign. Pristine modern architecture and rustic brick buildings occupy virtually the same space amongst Amsterdam's cobblestone streets, where a flurry of international pedestrians, scooters, bikers, and motorists somehow manage to shuffle their way through the city day in and day out. In this spirit, the 2011 Amsterdam Dance Event (also known simply as ADE) lineup is completely appropriate, even with its jaw-dropping numbers—boasting over 700 DJs and producers from around the world performing at over 200 events in well above 50 different venues. Truthfully, ADE is not a 100% XLR8R-friendly event, but even a smaller percentage of the aforementioned "700 DJs and producers" proved to be plenty to take in. Read more »
Bubblin' Up UK producer Eliphino is getting ready to drop his second EP, More Than Me, on October 31 via Somethinksounds, but precedes that release with a freebie download of the digital exclusive "No More." A different version of the EP's title track, the shuffling tune remains patently somber throughout, but the young producer effectively pumps up the energy with a bit of vocal-sample juggling and bouncing dance beats.
After years of cutting demos, dropping EPs, and jetsetting from Mexico to Berlin and back again, Cubenx (a.k.a. César Urbina) is ready to release his debut LP, On Your Own Again, next month via InFiné. Although Cubenx's earlier work was squarely in the realm of dancefloor-centric techno, his music has always been emotional, and the moments of shimmering post-rock and shoegaze that populate his first full-length don't seem at all out of place—even when the kick drums enter the mix. "Adrift at Sea" offers a blend of both the pulsating rhythms and floating spaciness found on the album. On Your Own Again—named after a ballad by the once-popular singer-songwriter Scott Walker—comes out next month on InFiné, a label that has previously released works by like-minded artist Apparat, who will be touring Europe with Cubenx in December.
The Tokyo-based 7even imprint is one of only a handful of Japanese imprints devoted to bass music, having previously released remixes by the likes of Ramadanman and Untold. Now, 7even has just offered up a free "mini-compilation" of exclusive tunes from select members of its roster, including this glistening dancefloor burner from French artist F. The talented bass wrangler matches punchy, high-octane dubstep riddims with swirls of squelching synths, percussive sound effects, and thick sub tones on "Mind the Gap." Cop F's jam here, and check out the rest of the free offering over on 7even's Bandcamp, here.
It's all true, but the backstory for Fatima Al Qadiri undeniably reads like a music journalist's wet dream. Born in Senegal and raised by Russian-educated parents in Kuwait (although she summered in the UK), Al Qadiri eventually wound up in Brooklyn, where she's been involved in New York City's art world for several years as a photographer and visual artist. In her free time, she pens the Global. WAV blog for DIS magazine, highlighting a variety of obscure sounds from around the planet. Oh, yeah, Al Qadiri also happens to make music, both under her own name and as Ayshay, her more experimental project that's signed to Tri Angle, utilizes nothing but manipulations of her own voice, and takes inspiration from traditional Muslim worship songs. Now, she's offering up the Genre-Specific Xperience EP, an effort that "showcases five new pieces of music that each reinterpret five sub-genres of dance music: juke, hip hop, dubstep, electro-tropicalia, and '90s Gregorian trance." If that's not enough, the EP's release party is happening today at New York's New Museum. When it comes to musical resumes, this one certainly sounds pretty amazing, but it also begs the question: Is the music actually any good? Read more »
The elusive duo known as Tiger & Woods, who have built a name for themselves on the strength of their edit-intensive take on disco, house, funk, and soul—not to mention their debut full-length, Through the Green, which came out earlier this year—offered up a free album yesterday, entitled Wiki & Leaks. Read more »
We first learned about British tunesmith Pedestrian just the other week, when he delivered a lengthy take on Ghost Colours' "Dance Around the Subject." Now, we get one of the artist's original productions, a whispy and effervescent tune that brings together elements of Four Tet with Mount Kimbie's penchant for field recordings and negative space. "Midsummer's Common" is lifted from Pedestrian's forthcoming Hei Poa EP (pictured above), which will surface on October 31 via UK imprint Push & Run. You can check out the lighthearted video for this cut after the jump. Read more »
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