Although he's been self-releasing music for years, the posterboy for New York's and New Jersey's re-emerging vogue-house/ballroom scene, DJ/producer MikeQ (who gave us this excellent podcast at the beginning of the year), will soon drop his first "official" single via Kingdom's still-fresh Fade to Mind imprint. Read more »
Atlanta-based producer Time Wharp recently dropped a brief beat tape/EP, called GRN (artwork above), which consists of four tracks that collectively clock in at just above five minutes. Here, we have the effort's opening (and longest) cut, a swirling mix of buzzed-out synths, gliding melodies, and looping jazz guitar samples entitled "ja$$2." It's the kind of tune that delivers a rewarding off-kilter beat to nod along to, coupled with just the right touch of pleasant reminiscence shining through its warm chords. The whole GRN EP is available to stream/download (for the nominal price of $4) over at Time Wharp's Bandcamp, or you can grab it for free via Fresh Selects.
When describing the work of Damu, the "post-everything" tag is about as succinct as one could get, and on Unity, the Manchester producer seems ready to dip his hands in everything from sleek R&B to island pop, grime, and house in order to craft his brand of glistening bass music. The resulting 12 tracks present a debut LP that is all over the map, usually landing in favorable destinations, but every now and again losing the listener along the way . Read more »
FACT Magazine recently premiered a new mix from Dusk & Blackdown, two producers at the forefront of dubstep's constantly evolving landscape. The mix, described by Blackdown as an attempt to "capture a fleeting moment of a scene in transition," serves up an hour-long offering of UK bass sounds both old and new, with selections from names like Loefah, Benga and El-B. Read more »
This past June, Copenhagen electro-pop group When Saints Go Machine released its sophomore offering, Konkylie, via !K7. The dreamy soundscapes of "Parix" is taken from that album, and is remixed here by fellow Copenhagen resident Nick Eriksen (a.k.a. Taragana Pyjarama). Eriksen's take on "Parix" retains all of the cavernous space found on the original, with vocals falling to the background to make room for an enchanting melody that seems to weave around and into itself as the song runs its course. To hear more of Taragana Pyjarama's deep and heartfelt tones, be sure to check out his self-titled debut EP, released in March.
Last week, our editor Shawn Reynaldo made a quick trip to Berlin for Berlin Music Days, a multi-day happening capped off by the Fly Bermuda Festival. Unlike many of these journalistic expeditions, which usually involve nothing but one party after another, this trip was sponsored by the German government, which meant that the itinerary included some more "official" bits of cultural exchange. Make no mistake though—Shawn went out. A lot. Here are some of the highlights of what he saw. Read more »
As we reported last month, Bubblin' Up Brighton producer Guy Andrews was supposed to release a two-track 12" for Untold's Hemlock imprint today, but that date has since been pushed back to November 21. However, you can stream the music now. Read more »
News of a collaborative project between UK dubstep producers Pinch and Shackleton has been floating around for awhile, and today the physical product sees the light of day. Pinch & Shackleton, released via London's Honest Jon's imprint, offers nine original tracks and—based on the available song snippets—sounds much like what one might expect from a collaboration between two producers of such weight. Read more »
New York producer M A N I K has been featured on XLR8R a couple times now (most recently for his remix of Toro Y Moi's "All Alone"), and for good reason; his take on house music is nothing short of infectious—borrowing from disco, funk, and everything in between for a sound that's equally at home in headphones and on the dancefloor. M A N I K has a new EP, She Watches Me, due via Los Angeles' Culprit imprint in the coming weeks, with vinyl slated for a November 18 release and digital copies set to drop November 30. Read more »
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