Earlier this week, NYC record hub Trouble & Bass released its first record of the year, "The Night," by Brooklyn's queen of bass, Star Eyes (a.k.a. Vivian Host, pictured above). The single includes the original tune, a vocal-driven bass number with plenty of low-end wobble, and a few speaker-rattling remixes courtesy of Hostage, Deathface, and Bad Looks. This remix by Berlin-based producer kkoee does not appear on the single, but it's certainly not for lack of merit. The tune straddles the line between house and techno, starting off with a bouncy rhythm and Host's chopped vocals before dropping into the meaty part of the song with a ferociously heavy bassline and punchy percussion. kkoee does an exemplary job with his remix, re-crafting the original vocal and synth work in a way that allows the song to flourish as a heavy-hitting dance track while keeping the dark and mysterious vibe of the source material.
WOLS last brought us "Solo Walz," a gloomy dirge made with vintage Soviet synths that wasn't particularly danceable. Now, the Moscow duo has offered up the club-ready "Adam Beam," which still draws on the raw textures of analog gear, but is a whole lot more fun than the pair's previous output. The track shuffles about at 123 bpm, lush with glittery pads and deviant basslines, making for a fine piece of Cologne-influenced tech-house. It is part of a fantastic winter compilation from the Wicked Bass imprint, which features music from Klic, Volta Cab, and more. Preview the six-track compilation after the jump, and download it for free, here. Read more »
In this new video from Fatima Al Qadiri, director Sophia Al-Maria inter-splices various clips of Middle Eastern culture in London, including a sexualized form of dancing known as Ma'alaya, to create a collage which ostensibly shows an Arab perspective of London-as-Babylon. Read more »
The Gulf of Bothnia, the massive body of water that separates Sweden and Finland, fills with ice during the dark, Scandinavian winter. Malmö, Sweden native Bam Spacey (pictured above) has reached across the cold gulf to remix "Aging Out" by the Finnish-born Albert Swarm. Fittingly, Swarm's dark beat music is stretched into an icy chunk of minimal techno, awash with cutting hi-hats and desolate vocal snippets. The moody cut is part of the remix EP for Albert Swarm's debut release, Held, which dropped last year via Brooklyn imprint Ceremony. Held (Remixed) premiered just the other day over on The FADER, but is also available for free download, here, and to stream, after the jump. Read more »
Well, this was certainly unexpected. Mere months after dropping what was essentially a based hip-hop single on Sinden's Grizzly imprint, the unfortunately named San Francisco/Los Angeles duo known as 5kinandbone5 has re-appeared on upstart UK label Unknown to the Unknown with two tracks that owe a greater debt to 2-step garage and vintage dubstep than anything resembling rap music. Granted, the implementation of these kinds of shuffling drum patterns isn't the most innovative approach in 2012, especially when paired with tweaked R&B vocal snippets (yes, some of those are here too), but "Make U Understand" b/w "Reset" makes up for its lack of originality with solid production and the producers' stylistic restraint. Read more »
After the success of "Swims," which was finally given an official release this week in 12" format, UK collaborators Boddika and Joy Orbison are set to continue their partnership by releasing a series of 12-inches on newly launched imprint Sunklowun. Read more »
In recent months, gripes about the oversaturation of recent bass music with edited bits of R&B have become more prevalent on XLR8R, as one producer after another seems content to simply lift an old R&B hook and pitch-shift it into oblivion. While most of these efforts are not worthy of much praise, our complaints do come with the caveat that some tracks are better than others. In the case of French producer Raziek's bass-laden take on "I Want," we do like and recommend the tune, but we must also point out that it is something of an absurdity that the chopped and sped-up vocal samples on his remix are taken from Ashanti's "Hey Baby," the very same tune utilized by Montreal duo Sibian & Faun on recent single "I'm Sorry." (To compound the oddity, note that "Hey Baby" was only a minor hit in 2007 and never had a physical release in the US.) On "I Want," Raziek reconstructs the rhythm of the track, turning a steady house beat from Toronto's Meech into a swinging garage pattern while adding a bit more punch to the bassline, but leaving the piano riff largely intact. This song, along with the original and three other remixes, can be found on the forthcoming I Want EP (artwork above), due out February 6 via Demento Mori.
London-based producer Raffertie, who will be releasing a new EP via Ninja Tune on February 6, lends his efforts on this track, a remix of "Unite Us" by Australian synth-pop duo PNAU. The original tune is a revoltingly sweet anthem by the same man who brought you hits like "Walking on a Dream" with his other project, Empire of the Sun. But this remix is anything but a listener-friendly, radio-ready sing-a-long. In fact, the original is completely indistinguishable as part of Raffertie's experimental sonic collision, which begins with jumbled percussion before dropping into a flurry of bass, insidious droning, and vocals played backwards (although there are no Satanic messages, as far as we can tell). Raffertie's warped version of "Unite Us" will appear alongside remixes by Douster and Savage Skulls, Kris Menace, Wookie, and others when the single (artwork above) comes out on February 19 through Ministry of Sound.
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