Altered Natives (a.k.a. Danny Yorke) does not fuck around. When the UK producer puts out an album, there's no big PR campaign or drawn-out attempt to build hype. The man just drops tunes, and lots of them. His latest full-length, Tenement Yard Volume Two, features 15 tracks and clocks in at more than 90 minutes. For many artists, this would constitute some kind of all-encompassing anthology. For Danny Native, it sounds like just another day at the office. Read more »
Following the release of his Color Ways EP on Spontaneous Rhythm earlier this year—you may remember songs like ”Color Ways” and ”Folklore”—Atlanta producer Divine Interface has sent along a new track, “Fool Me,” a laid-back synthy number with pitched vocal clips, skittering hi-hats, and rumbling sub bass. It's a melancholy tune, a vibe intensified by the repeated line, "I feel so sad." Yet even with its dour mood, "Fool Me" is done so well that it's likely to make you a little happy, too.
In advance of his forthcoming new album, Severant, Jamie Teasdale, formerly of Vex’d and now producing under the name Kuedo, has recorded a mix for FACT Magazine. Featuring tracks by Carly Simon, Vangelis, Araabmuzik, and Drake, as well as many of his own original productions, it's an interesting overview of Teasdale’s musical influences and offers a taste of what to expect from the new album. Read more »
Oh, the joys of getting stoned in your room and making some immersive, mesmerizing dance music. Detroit's Coyote Clean Up is certainly privy to this age-old production method, as the eight-and-a-half-minute "You X Won't X Know" proves with its The Field-like penchant for repetition and its wealth of warbling synth melodies and eclectic percussion. Plenty more of those vibes are readily available on the outfit's Bandcamp profile, here. (via Altered Zones)
Back in July, synth-loving Nova Scotian duo Southern Shores released its debut EP, Atlantic, via the Cascine label. (First single “Night is Young” is still available as a free download.) Now the pair has released the first video from the EP, for the song "Meridian." Read more »
Last week, XLR8R's Glenn Jackson headed to Seattle to check out the city's annual Decibel Festival. The first two days presented an impressive offering of international artists, and the weekend promised three more days forward-thinking electronic music. Here's what he saw. Read more »
Remember when we said that UK producer Mosca was not a "particularly prolific" producer? That was only a few weeks ago, when we reviewed his latest single on Numbers, "Done Me Wrong" b/w "Bax." We don't want to overly aggrandize our impact, but did Mosca maybe read that statement, take offense, and start unloading a backlog of material? We're kidding of course, but in the past three weeks, Mosca has announced another new single on Martyn's 3024 label, and, just this morning, he's offered up a brand-new EP for free download via Twitter. Read more »
Even though it's only been around for a year, Belgian imprint Silverback has managed to put out quite a few tracks from artists we like. These releases, from acts like Nguzunguzu, Jim-E Stack, and Jack Dixon, have solidified the label's reputation as a disseminator of quality bass music. Now, the label is back with Galactica, a new EP from freshly signed Philly-based producer Krueger. As a teaser, Silverback has sent along "Nou," an insane collage of global rhythms and styles. Stretching through the hard boundaries of genre, the cut is seemingly assembled from bits and pieces of tribal guarachero, dancehall, UK funky, and more. The Galactica EP is out now.
Music and fashion, perhaps more than any other cultural forms, go hand in hand. The fine folks at British clothing retailer Oki-Ni seem to agree, as they've been busy mixing the two in their business since the launch of their music store and its associated mix series. Suitably, this month's mix features stylish Chicagoan Derrick Carter's entry, TheHotLunch. Read more »
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