San Diego, CA producer eLan is having a very busy year. He already released two EPs in 2011 on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label, and has another EP and a double album, Next2Last, due out later this month. eLan, a member of Shlohmo's WeDidItCollective, sent over this remix from the second disc, a lurching, low-end-heavy production crafted by another West Coaster, Low Limit (a.k.a. the LA-based half of Lazer Sword).
In between running around the entirety of Seattle for this year's Decibel Festival, we managed to find a moment or two to sit down with a few artists and have a quick chat. Here, we nab some face time with LA producer/musician Ryan York (a.k.a. Asura), and talk with the Non Projects associate about his experience at Decibel, his forthcoming projects, and Futura, his nearly year-old monthly night with fellow LA-based producer Teebs. Read more »
Apparently, The Album Leaf is still alive and kicking. Although we admittedly lost track of the project's woozy, electronic-leaning soundscapes several years ago, we have no qualms with this remix of "D Day" from Sacramento-based trio Sister Crayon (pictured above). The two groups are about to wrap up a string of joint US tour dates, and elected to remix one another to mark the occasion. "D Day (Sister Crayon Remix)" won't shock anyone, but its gently soaring melodies, plinking laptop percussion, and twee vibe all combine to form a nice piece of ear candy. Sister Crayon's upcoming tour dates can be found after the jump. Read more »
This piece of astral beat work is taken off the forthcoming Spit EP by Samoyed, which will drop via Astro:Dynamics on October 17. UK producer Lukid warps "Maybe Yes" into a shimmering-but-somber cut that should work quite nicely closing out this forthcoming four-track record.
At this point, it's beyond cliché to talk about the merger of dubstep, garage, house, and techno, as we've moved past the point of collision into entirely new hybrid territory. For instance, take "What You Do With What You Have" b/w "Vibe Decorum," the latest release by Jamie Roberts (a.k.a. Blawan). Standing in stark contrast to the material he made even a year ago, Roberts has dropped a veritable manifesto for the new sound of UK dance music in 2011. Read more »
UK producer Midland has a real knack for transforming dreamy pieces of psychedelic pop music into extended house jams. Remember his ace re-edit of Caribou's "Sun" from last year? Now, he's dissected and reassembled the spacey "You'll See It" from quintessential chillwave act Washed Out. The floating sonic textures from the original remain, but Midland adds a steady, driving pulse throughout, resulting in something a bit more suitable for the dancefloor.
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