The dynamic duo of Low Limit and Lando Kal, collectively known as Lazer Sword, have just announced they will be taking their brand of boom-bappin', head-knoddin', futuristic beats across the pond to Europe for a few weeks starting February 11 and making stops in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, Austria, and Luxembourg. Read more »
If you've spent any time at London's Plastic People club, you know that the musical fare on tap changes nightly. It's on this eclectic menu where you're most likely to be served the mellifluous floetry and soulful cookin' of Fatima Bramma-Sey, the first lady of Floating Points' and Alexander Nut's Eglo Records, one of the hottest young labels in London. Read more »
If Lil Silva's associations with the Night Slugs crew, multiple excellent releases, or his stellar XLR8R podcast hadn't convinced you of the talent this young London-based producer possesses, then his ability to breathe life into this track from The Streets should do the trick. Dropping all discernible elements from the original "Going Through Hell," save the first line of the first verse and part of the chorus, Lil Silva turns the track into an absolute banger by employing some dark synth stabs, hyperactive percussion, and a healthy dose of bass. Silva skillfully controls the track, not allowing it to fully kick in until around the two-minute mark, and even then not letting the climax stick around for too long, as he continues to break down the track and take us through the many rhythms he's got up his sleeve. It's impressive work—the only thing we might ask him to do different next time is drop an instrumental version as well. (via FACT)
Now that Oberlin's house-loving production duo Teengirl Fantasy has conquered just about everyone's year-end favorites list with the lovely 7AM LP, the pair has set out to conquer the world—well, North America and Europe at least. Read more »
Much like the folks across the pond who have been championing his forward-thinking beat-funk as of late (a list that includes Girl Unit, Hudson Mohawke, and the LuckyMe crew), San Francisco-based producer and Frite Nite label head Salva toys with booming beats, synth-driven soul, and wonky grooves, all of it elevated by just a touch of that purple stuff. A fine example of those smooth soundscapes is this fresh leak from his forthcoming debut album for the Friends of Friends label, Complex Housing. "Wake Ups" jumps high into the atmosphere on an elastic boom-and-slap rhythm, but its the host of R&B-inspired synth melodies that keep it up there long enough to be carried away by angelic vocal samples and a bassline that sounds like it's bouncing from one smoky cloud to the next. Salva's Complex Housing drops on February 8. (via Altered Zones)
If last year's excellent LA Series is any indication, Dublin's All-City imprint knows what it's doing when it comes to curating ongoing 12" series. So for 2011, the label has decided to start a new series featuring collaborations from a diverse range of producers, the first of which will come from respected sonic innovator Martyn (picture above) and futuristic-beat producer Mike Slott. Read more »
Over on EPM Music today, web-goers and lovers of the early days of rave are treated to a fresh podcast from hardcore/jungle legend Marc Mac (a.k.a. Manix). Across a 57-minute set, the DJ/producer delivers 11 tracks flexing the classic dancefloor sounds he helped pioneer, including gems from the Reinforced Records catalog by his 4Hero project, Tom & Jerry, Nookie, and others, and also shares two brand-new Manix tunes at either end of the mix. Read more »
New Orleans-based Christoph Andersson may not be mining his hometown's rich musical history for inspiration, but the teenage producer has nevertheless been perking up ears with his knack for bouncy beats and light-hearted melodies. Back in September, he passed along his first single, "Tuxedo," which reminded us of the fun-loving days of French Touch. In a few weeks, he'll be releasing "Metropol," a similarly jubilant effort, albeit one that's significantly less funky. That's not a complaint; with its washy synths and Balearic vocal snippets, it kind of reminds us of a slightly raved-up Delorean cut. The Metropol EP comes out January 24 via Andersson's own Hurst Recordings label.
Brooklyn-based leftfield-pop crooner Laurel Halo sent over this video for a cut from her King Felix EP, released last year on Hippos in Tanks. While Halo's preciously spooky number "Machine Confection" rises and falls along with her operatic singing voice, archaic computer graphics twist and turn, looking like the animator of Lawnmower Man took a swing at making his own iTunes visualizer. Read more »
Mala and Coki, better known as Digital Mystikz, are dubstep OGs. Considering how much that word and that scene have gone through since DM's first release in 2004, it's surprising that their music still hits as hard as it does. Their sound could be a textbook definition of the genre, yet it's hard to call it conservative—even if they're still using the same terrifying dentist-drill synth sound.
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