At this point in the brief history of—excuse us—"post-dubstep," the genre's trademarks are already beginning to wear thin. There are only so many '90s R&B acapellas left to sample and sun-bleached synth tones one can program before the style grows repetitious, so artists looking to mine that sonic realm should instead concern themselves with its next mutation—or at least the refining of its ideas. On his debut EP, In Your Gut Like a Knife, young UK producer Gang Colours takes a few stabs at cutting out his own niche in the post-dubstep sound, just managing to breach the surface. Read more »
Copenhagen-based Steven Jess Borth II (a.k.a. CHLLNGR, pictured above) is set to release his debut album, Haven, due out on Green Owl in July. To compliment the release, Borth has offered up a remix of "Ask For" by Cubic Zirconia, as well as the video for the original. The rework is swaddled in lush synths, clip-clop percussion, and washed-out, pitched vocals that modulate with the rhythm. Made for the more experimental dancefloor, the remix peaks into a bouncy 808-driven beat. While you wait for the release to drop, grab the remix and check out the video, directed by Bjorn Stig Hansen, after the jump. Read more »
New Orleans-based San Franciscan James Stack (a.k.a. Jim-E Stack) has just offered up his club-oriented "Lemme" track as a precursor to his upcoming EP, which is to be released on London label Good Years. "Lemme" bounces between 2-step and straight-forward rhythms, as syncopated vocal snippets adorn the underlying beat. The breakdown is met with a bright, modulated, pitch-bent synth which swirls around the vocals, creating a spacious atmosphere for the second drop to grab hold of. Grab the track below, and be on the lookout for the release this September.
Here, we have another deep, washed-out house tune from the forthcoming Color Ways EP by Atlanta producer Divine Interface. The title track from that release shares a few similarities with the previously heard "Folklore": treated vocal samples inject the music with a soulful nostalgia, reverb-soaked percussion adds a particular kind of depth to the rhythms, and the sparse use of melody provides a sort of detached and off-handed vibe that is particularly fresh for this kind of music. "Color Ways" sparkles in a way that reminds of some of Teengirl Fantasy's work from the lovely 7AM LP, but with a dash of bump and swagger thrown in to freshen things up. You can hear the rest of Divine Interface's unique take on house when his Color Ways EP drops on June 13.
Here's some great Monday morning news: The young producer that helped bring us the smooth sounds of The xx, who collaborated with the recently departed Gil Scott-Heron, and whose DJ sets are more or less world-renowned, Jamie xx, dropped his first ever solo release today via Glasgow's Numbers label. Read more »
Bay Area locals James & Evander (one half of which, we should say, is XLR8R writer Glenn Jackson) recently dropped a brand-new EP on the world, a five-track offering called Constellating. Much like the duo's earlier work, a flurry of remix collections and proper albums that stretch back to 2009, the EP's tracks push a tender and intimate electronic vibe, but this time out, the pair managed to squeeze out a few pop-friendly vocal hooks. "Slap Bracelets" is one such tune, and starts out as a subtly upbeat number before escalating into M83-like heights of shimmering synth arpeggiations and driving drum beats. You can grab the rest of James & Evander's Constellating EP, which comes with a few bliss-heavy remixes from synth-pop compatriots Ander and shortcircles, here.
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