On their new album Mr. Machine, Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer, and Paul Frick defy dance music conventions by eschewing computers, 808s, and sampling in favor of the kind of live instrumentation you might find in a mini-orchestra. The jazzy compositions created by violin, cello, piano, tuba, harp, various percussion, and warm synth bass experiment freely with dissonance and complex rhythms and would probably feel more at home on a playlist including Medeski, Martin, and Wood than pumping out of a subwoofer at a club. That being said, it appears that Soul Clap (pictured above), like Brandt, Brauer, and Frick, understand that the differences between jazz, classical, and house music are more subtle than one might expect. On this remix of "Pretend," the party-loving Boston duo keeps the haunting feel of the original by rearranging its screeching violins, rolling piano half-steps, and the melancholy vocals provided by Ninja Tune artist Emika, but also lets the song's latent dance grooves shine through by adding extra emphasis to the marimba loop, adding some four-on-the-floor, and thickening up the cello and Moog bass.
Certainly one of 2011's busiest house DJ/producers, Dallas, TX native Maceo Plex is primed to follow up a handful of singles, EPs, and one full-length for Crosstown Rebels with yet another EP, but this time for his own label, the brand-new Ellum Audio. The name for Plex's imprint is inspired by the art district in his hometown, which hosted a plethora of massive warehouse raves throughout the '90s. Since Ellum Audio was founded in that vein, we asked the artist to let us in on some of his favorites from that era. We think you'll like what he suggested. Read more »
All of the sudden, Dubbel Dutch is everywhere. Sure, the Austin-based producer's name has been bandied about for a couple of years as one of the leading US producers turning out what's now being referred to as bass music, but, until recently, there weren't many official Dubbel Dutch releases to be found. Nevertheless, anyone who follows the blogosphere could easily see that the man is an incredibly prolific producer; his tunes and remixes have been littering various DJs' sets for awhile, so it was just a matter of time until the floodgates opened. Earlier this year, he dropped a double white-label 12" on Dutty Artz, which was followed by the stellar "B Leave" single on UTTU. Now, he's offering up the Hymn EP, a four-track effort and his first release for Dre Skull's Mixpak label, which recently added Dubbel Dutch to its official artist roster. Read more »
We gave the original version of this tune by German trio Saroos (composed of members of Lali Puna and The Notwist) a "First Listen" a while back, and posted a more dance-oriented refix by producer/remixer Populous earlier this year. Now, we're back with a third permutation of the slow and serene track, this time with a remix that's sparser and even more laid back than the original. This glitchy edit comes courtesy of veteran electronic musician and composer Opiate (a.k.a Thomas Knak, pictured above), who strips away the lush, indie-rock feel of the original and replaces it with a dreamy and textured tone.
Apart from periodically entrancing/infuriating crowds with a series of live shows, Michigan-based goth/noise outfit Salem has kept a fairly low profile in 2011. It was little more than a year ago that the group graced the cover of XLR8R, and now the trio is ready to unveil the follow-up to its divisive debut album, King Night. Read more »
Atlanta resident Time Wharp—who you may remember from this recent download, or this not-so-recent one—has released a free collection of remixes for later, an album he dropped earlier in the year. later.rmx, available as a name-your-price download on Time Wharp's Bandcamp, offers 12 reinterpretations of songs from later, including this one from Boston beatmaker M. Constant, who flips "thedungeon" into woozy, head-nodding hip-hop territory.
Beatwife (a.k.a. Planet Mu's Burnkane) recently released Cornbrail Acid (artwork above), a new album on Hyperboloid, a label headed up by Moscow's Pixelord and Acid Mafia. Below, you'll find album cut "Walk on Water", a forceful, tension-filled piece of ravey techno that brings equal portions of uneasiness and danceability to the table. You can hear Cornbrail Acid in its entirety here.
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