Distal's Embassy imprint is set to drop its eighth release next week, a five-song EP by Houston producer Wheez-ie (who happens to be living in Boston these days, where he's a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music). Titled Keep Yer Chin Up, the EP features three frantic, juke-leaning originals and a couple of somewhat toned-down, but no less bass-heavy, remixes from DJ Assault and Salva. Here we have the latter, which finds the Frite Nite founder adding some groove while taking the pace down a notch, ultimately winding up with a creative and danceable piece of bass music that owes a lot more to old-school electro than new-school footwork.
Last we heard from David Kennedy (a.k.a. Pearson Sound) and his Chicago house alter ego, Maurice Donovan, was the "Babeh" b/w "Satisfied" record back at the end of April. Now, a one-sided 12" has dropped under the Donovan moniker for the tune "Call My Name." Read more »
London-based record label, event producer, and artist collective Earnest Endeavours is set to release its first record, a five-song EP by San Francisco's B. Bravo (pictured above), on Monday, October 24. Although this is the imprint's first release, Earnest Endeavours has already thrown parties in Barcelona, Los Angeles, and London, produces an ongoing radio program on NTS, and also has a print magazine in the works. Read more »
Dre Skull's Brooklyn-based record hub, Mixpak, just dropped a batch of remixes for French producer Koyote's Midsummer Tales EP, which features the likes of Altered Natives, Ceephax Acid Crew, and, featured here, Marble Players (a.k.a. Para One, Bobmo, and Surkin). The French trio's version of "Night Train" employs pulsing club rhythms, rolling basslines, and a large number of percussive sounds to create the core of their tune, and wraps the skeleton with airy synth melodies and recordings of rain and thunder for a truly unique dancefloor sound.
There is one over-arching question at the core of any examination of M83's fifth proper studio album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming: What artist in their right mind would write, record, and release a double LP in 2011? The answer to this question is also the single most important reason why French mastermind Anthony Gonzalez's 22-song epic (yes, the E word is applicable here) is a contemporary feat of musical craft: He's a uniquely inspired and wildly talented artist with absolutely no stock in the way music is currently perceived, who is driven, above all things, by pure, childlike emotion. Read more »
It's always odd to hear a song and think, "this is really cool," but then also realize that it's something your mom might like. "Vatican Vibes" by New York's Fatima Al Qadiri—who also records as Ayshay—is one of those tunes. On the one hand, it's a slow-burning jam that pairs inventive drum-machine percussion with haunting synths, steel-drum melodies, and a decidedly futuristic vibe. On the other hand, it's not that far from being the 2011 version of Chant. Read more »
Veteran UK producer Zed Bias (pictured above) will release Biasonic Hotsauce - Birth of the Nanocloud via Tru Thoughts on November 1. The album features an all-star cast of collaborating beat makers, including Toddla T, Mark Pritchard, and Skream. Here, Brooklyn's FaltyDL makes an appearance from across the pond on "Lucid Dreams," a subtle piece of light-hearted 2-step. (via Pitchfork)
Following soon after the startling news of his suspected involvement in a murder conspiracy, Jamaican dancehall icon Vybz Kartel will soon release an EP of remixes for his "Half On a Baby" cut from this year's Kingston Story LP. Read more »
We promise the awkward title of Renaissance Man's newest track, "What Do You Do When You Do What You Do" sounds better sung than spoken. Factor in some heavy vocal effects and a hypnotic, bouncing bassline, and the lyrics seem downright genius. The EP of the same name dropped yesterday via Turbo and contains remixes by Matthew Herbert, Sei A, Paul Woolford, and this one by hot Canadian prospects Gingy and Bordello. The Gingy and Bordello version is the most straightforward house track on the EP and offers a significant departure from the loopy techno you can expect on their own forthcoming EP, Body Acid, due out November 14.
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