Merely a couple of months after Red Bull Music Academy finished up its 2011 proceedings in Madrid, the annual music conference has announced it will hold its 2012 courses in New York City. Read more »
Leeds-based producer Gavin Herlihy is set to drop a new EP, Endless Feeling, later this month. Here, we have a non-EP track from the burgeoning artist, "In Space & In Time," which finds Herlihy putting together an elongated excursion full of summery, disco-tinged vibes. The deep, catchy bassline and steady, percussive beat chug along as layers of spacey melodies and cascading synth runs fill the spaces in between, allowing the tune to flow with considerable ease. Weaving in and out of warm sonic spaces for over seven minutes, "In Space & In Time" manages to maintain just the right touch of rhythm and movement to keep bodies bouncing and heads bobbing. Following the release of Endless Feeling (out on vinyl January 20 and digitally February 1), Culprit already has plans to release a corresponding remix EP on February 6, which will feature reworks from a few like-minded producers, including Larse and Visionquest's Shaun Reeves.
Unknown to the Unknown has been dropping singles at an almost unfathomably rapid pace as of late, and for its next release, the label (which is run in part by DJ Haus of Hot City) has tapped bassline don DJ Q for two new tracks, which will serve as a follow-up to the imprint's first-ever mix CD, DJ Q enters the Unknown. Read more »
By this point, the XLR8R staff is likely to approach most any rework of Toronto R&B darling The Weeknd with a certain amount of trepidation, but this bootleg remix from Montreal duo Sibian & Faun manages to strike just the right chord. On it, we find the two producers continuing to delve into the world of completely R&B-indebted bass music, which they showed an aptitude for on their recent Numbers single, "I'm Sorry". This bass-laden refix serves as the first release from Sibian & Faun's freshly minted label, which they've decided to operate under the name Half & Half. No word yet on what else may be in store from the imprint, but we'd be surprised if the future didn't hold more soulful pieces of gushing, moody bass like this one.
"Greed," a tune from Babe Rainbow's 2011 Endless Path EP, has been resurrected for a seven-track remix endeavor set to drop on January 11, courtesy of Mishka (artwork above). To help spread the word, the powers that be are passing around this remix from LA/Montreal duo LOL Boys. Thankfully, the pair of producers morphs the slow-burning hip-hop track into something much more oriented for the dancefloor, delving out big bass drums, stuttering hand claps, and dizzying synths while an army of icy percussion moves in increasingly intricate patterns. (via FADER)
It should come as no surprise that the collaboration between Joy Orbison and Instra:mental's Boddika resulted in one of 2011's most inescapable club tunes, "Swims." By the same token, it should also come as no real surprise that the man behind "Sicko Cell," another 2011 track that was hyped and revered long before its release, has made us wait so long to get our hands on a physical copy of his latest output. All that's set to change with the news that Swamp81 has plans to finally drop "Swims" in 12" format later this month. Read more »
Since its founding back in 2005, the Ramp imprint has consistently been a place for quality productions from the UK and beyond. Between its early releases from the likes of Count Bass D, Zomby, and FaltyDL to its more recent efforts from burgeoning artists such as Teeth and Gerry Read, it is easy to see why Ramp has managed to flourish. And with that, the label has reached its 50th release, a benchmark it is celebrating with the release of a retrospective compilation, Ramp 50 (artwork above). Read more »
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