There are only a few situations where we'll post a track that features slam poetry-esque vocals so prominently in the mix, and a new Carl Craig (pictured above) remix is one of them. This chunk of Afro-centric deep house comes to us from the forthcoming mix CD Mad Styles and Crazy Visions 2, a session compiled by house veteran and Masters of Work alum Louie Vega. Beginning with a solitary chord stab and distant percussion, Craig methodically adds subtle elements as the empowering vocals of Boddhi Satva's original run their course from verse to chorus and back again. The track seems almost at a standstill for the first three minutes, never even approaching a climax until Craig begins to hint at what's to come with a tantalizing tambourine. Then the full drums hit with a giant kick and shuffling hi-hat pattern which, like most things from the Planet E label head, is impossible to resist. Mad Styles and Crazy Visions 2, a long overdue follow-up to Vega's first volume which appeared back in '98, is set to be released June 6.
UK funky fan, bass music obsessive, and club tune champion Lil Silva has finally readied a follow-up EP to last year's Night Skanker record for Night Slugs, a four-song release for the burgeoning Good Years label, called Patience. That EP (a couple tracks from which we've already heard as part of Lil Silva's XLR8R podcast) drops on vinyl and digital formats this coming Monday, but we can listen to the whole thing now, thanks to FACT. Read more »
Another artist in Bristol's fine crop of bass wranglers is producer Sebastian Gainsbrough (a.k.a. Vessel), who drops his first release via Throwing Snow's fresh imprint, Left_Blank. The Nylon Sunset EP is a four-track affair, boasting three forward-thinking jams and a remix of the title track by fellow Bristol basscase Peverelist. One of Vessel's original tracks is the angular "Ton," which we have for you here. The artist layers his finely crafted sounds with an ear that belies his short resume; a plethora of percussive elements skitter and fly from one ear to the other, synth and sample fragments work out sparse melodies, obscured field recordings fill in rhythmic gaps, and tastefully massive sub-bass tones swell underneath it all. We can only imagine what sounds the rest of Vessel's record will hold when it drops on May 23.
One of our favorite French DJ/producers working at the forefront of club music right now is young party starter Canblaster, who's already delivered an outstanding podcast to XLR8R, and continues to wow us fresh releases, like his Clockworks EP for Nightshifters. Once again, the artist born Cédric Steffens has dropped a stellar mix of soundsystem gems, this time for Fool's Gold's own podcast series. Read more »
With the release date of his debut LP, Galactic Melt, rapidly approaching, maverick producer Com Truise has leaked album cut "Cathode Girls" to whet our appetites. Maintaining consistency with his previous nostalgia-drenched output, "Cathode Girls" nevertheless reveals that, though Com Truise has a footing in the past, his aim is for the future. The track modulates between two distinct moods: the first, a noodly new-wave synthesizer jam; and the second, a laid-back and blunt-wrapped ode to '80s electro-soul. The song begins as a disorganized mess of limp analog synthesizer stabs but then slowly congeals around a chorused-out bassline cribbed off Peter Hook. Then, switching modes, a gritty Zapp & Roger synth-bass drops in with a Linndrum rhythm that wouldn't sound out of place being bumped from the trunk of a pimped-out '88 LeSabre. Download "Cathode Girls" below and pick up Galactic Melt on July 5. (via FADER)
The 48 hours of Teutonic madness officially known as the Berlin Festival has announced its 2011 return, slated for September 9 and 10, with a preliminary lineup that includes a solid roster of forward-thinking artists. Read more »
Who doesn't like a good party? Nobody, that's who! Especially not Resident Advisor, who will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year by throwing not one, but 10 parties in 10 locations around the globe. Each party is set to contain a solid roster of supporting artists, plus one secret headliner. Already, the list of announced names is looking pretty enticing. Read more »
The sunny, outdoor, Montreal-based weekly event known to techno revelers as Piknic Electronik has just announced its 2011 schedule. Visitors to the annual MUTEK festival will know the Piknic as one of MUTEK's most highly anticipated events of the week, as crowds gather in Parc Jean-Drapeau, on an island in the St. Lawrence River, to catch the likes of Wighnomy Brothers, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, and tons of others over the last eight years. Read more »
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