From the seemingly neverending pool of talented producers claiming London as their home base, Thefft is a burgeoning bass-music aficionado who recently dropped a three-track EP for the consistently quality net label Cut. Here we have the Primer EP's (artwork above) closing track, "Stares," a sharp, methodical voyage into the more dancefloor-friendly regions of dub-techno. Following a solid minute and a half of letting his drum programming take the lead amongst a cloud of noise, Thefft eventually introduces layers of fuzzy, ever-evolving chords which weave in and out as the unquestionably deep bass moves things along in a slightly laid-back fashion underneath it all. After giving "Stares" a listen below, you can download the whole EP for the price of "Pay What You Want" (and your email) over at the Cut imprint's Bandcamp.
Already boasting a considerably prolific 2011 to his name, rising UK funky DJ/producer Champion shows no signs of slowing down with a new EP, Sensitivity, slated for release in the coming days on his own Formula imprint and another EP set to drop early next month on Roska's Kicks and Snares. Through it all, the folks at Dazed Digital somehow managed to reel the man in for a quick interview and a 30-plus minute mix of drum-laden gems. Read more »
When we tagged young UK producer Submerse as a Bubblin' artist earlier this year, we mentioned his move toward harder, bass-driven sounds—and although this unreleased track, "Your All Mine," isn't a raucous banger, it certainly drives. The tune finds Submerse masterfully taking soft string-synth pads, gentle trumpet sounds, lilting piano melodies, and sultry contemporary R&B vocals and laying them over seemingly incongruous hard-edged drum patterns, a heavy kick, and a solid bassline to create a piece of catchy, almost romantic 2-step.
This week saw the long-awaited release of The Vision, the long-awaited debut album from UK producer—and former XLR8R cover boy—Joker. Then today, just a few days removed from the LP's official release, Joker decided to make instrumental versions of all the album cuts available for free download. Read more »
Even with a close listen to Cedaa's recent XLR8R podcast, you still may not have picked up that you were hearing the vocal stylings of Outkast's Big Boi towards the end of the mix. The rework of "Unhappy"—whose initial release on Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was largely overshadowed by mega-hits like "Hey Yeah" and "The Way You Move"—comes courtesy of Canadian remix guru Deebs (pictured above), who edits the mainstream rap track into a piece of dreamy, boundary-pushing hip-hop.
Somehow, Pictureplane is slowly becoming the Anthony Bourdain of the art-weirdo underground. His last video for "Negative Slave" featured footage of the globetrotting Denver artist atop an ancient Mexican pyramid, while this latest clip was largely shot during a recent tour in Russia. Read more »
London-based producer and ManMakeMusic head honcho George FitzGerald is set to release another EP this year on Scuba's Hotflush imprint. The three-song EP, Shackled, sees FitzGerald continuing to combine the emotive aspects of UK garage and soulful house with dubstep and techno. The release comes out on December 5, but the title track was already featured on Scuba's recent DJ Kicks mix. Check out the artwork and tracklist after the jump. Read more »
On "Girl Song," one of five tracks from UK producer Slackk's forthcoming She's A Vector EP, the grime-loving beatmaker cross-pollinates the track with garage and Chicago-house influences and a Motown-indebted vocal sample. The EP, which comes out November 14 via the Tokyo-based Diskotopia imprint, sees Slackk (a.k.a. Paul Lynch) fusing his influences together to create another chapter of edgy "eski-house" rhythms. Check out the EP artwork and full tracklisting after the jump. Read more »
UK producer Cooly G (a.k.a. Merissa Campbell) is an interesting figure. At this point, she's almost inextricably tied to UK funky, even though her sound has always been weirder and more sultry than that of her big-tune-chasing counterparts. When her Dub Organizer EPs began to surface in 2008 and 2009, the low-slung house rhythms and sultry vibes easily made Cooly G one of the most exciting new artists in the UK scene. (After all, we did put her on the cover of XLR8R and made her a centerpiece of our first big UK funky feature.) Yet as the last two years have gone by, the flow of new Cooly G tunes has slowed significantly, leaving many to wonder if the producer still has the proverbial "it." With the release of new single "Landscapes" b/w "It's Serious," it appears that the answer, at least for now, is a pretty solid yes. Read more »
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