For those of us on the West Coast, Decibel Festival is a big deal. With a deserved reputation for gathering an immense roster—which includes some of the most established names in electronic music along with a generous sampling of burgeoning up-and-comers—the Seattle festival is arguably the most comprehensive gathering of electronic producers, DJs, and artists to take place this close to the Pacific each year. Here's what Decibel's first two days had to offer. Read more »
We're not entirely sure why Deniz Kurtel (pictured above) decided to remix "Manners," Icona Pop's saccharine 2010 single on Kitsuné. Frankly, the original is a pop-culture nightmare, right on down to its clichéd "ba ba ba" chorus and the subsequent Chiddy Bang remix. Given such questionable source material, it's a credit to Kurtel's talents that her mix ends up sounding pretty good. She accomplishes this by detuning the vocals, stripping the track of its instrumentation, and rebuilding from zero. Kurtel begins with a dusty Rhodes bassline, adds a loose four-on-the-floor, and finally brings in a percolating synth strung through a rising low-pass filter. The resulting track achieves a dynamic range entirely absent in the original. More importantly, it's a solid remix that stands on its own as a distinct work. (via Discobelle)
Another day, another piece of news about Brooklyn duo Sepalcure. Fresh off the announcement that Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma are set to release their collaborative project's self-titled debut album, and only 24 hours after the pair offered up "Deep City Insects" from the forthcoming Surreal Estate compilation as a free download, it appears that Sepalcure fans will have a chance to get their hands on another piece of new music in the weeks ahead. Read more »
Amsterdam-based house and techno hub Rush Hour continues with its non-stop outpouring of high-quality dance music, the latest installment being a brand-new compilation that highlights the house-loving heroes of its hometown. Read more »
Earlier this week, synth explorers Toby Aronson and Greg Davis (a.k.a. Harmonizer) released a brand-new EP via Joel Ford's and Daniel Lopatin's Software imprint, called World Complete. "Landline" is one of the four drifty excursions offered therein, a lushly handcrafted landscape rife with analog tones, hypnotic rhythms, and undulating layers of dizzied melody.
xxxy (a.k.a. Rupert Taylor) has kept himself quite busy in 2011. "Kerpow" b/w "Down Wit U" is his third solo single of the year, and finds the up-and-coming UK producer exploring one of the year's most popular sonic themes—at least in the bass-music world—the glory of the 808. Read more »
No matter your thoughts on Scintilli, the latest LP to surface from veteran UK production duo Plaid, there's no arguing that Ed Handley's and Andy Turner's outfit is an electronic-music institution. So, when we saw the pair dropped an exclusive mix over on Altered Zones, we just had to share it with you. Read more »
As part of the King Deluxe label's The 2999 Project, Vancouver dubstep patron Max Ulis is sharing his offering to the web-exclusive multimedia release, a deep, sub-rattling tune called "Seven." Other contributors to the compilation include Raffertie, Strangeloop, Pacheko, DNTEL, and Mochipet, among others, whose tracks all come paired with their own original artwork. Tyler Fewell did the piece pictured above in conjuction with "Seven," the high-res version of which is available here. You can check out all of The 2999 Project here.
Two R&S alums, Pariah and Blawan (collaboratively known as Karenn, pictured above), have announced the launch of their own label, called Works the Long Nights, which will drop its inaugural release in November. Read more »
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