Now that we're nearly two weeks into 2011, artists and labels are slowly starting to emerge from holiday hibernation to share with us their first offerings in the new year. Coming from UK electronic label Planet Mu as its first release of 2011 is a compilation that collects pieces of what the label dropped in 2010, as well as some new and previously exclusive tunes. Read more »
While we wait patiently for the first official release from their Nite Funk side-project (remember when we made that excellent collaboration happen?), a remix of Nite Jewel's forthcoming single for the Mexican Summer label by Dâm-Funk will just have to suffice. The LA tunesmiths' sounds mesh well together on this version of "It Goes Through Your Head"; the galactic-boogie maestro's deep, analog synth hooks work with the single's original drum-machine rhythms, fleshing out a thick groove, over which the bedroom diva's understated voice floats undisturbed. Nevertheless, this jam is obviously a Funk-centric production, as the prolific artist lengthens Nite Jewel's song by about two minutes to make room for his spacey keytar riffs while Nite Jewel takes a vocal break. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Made up of an unknown number of members, the mysterious hip-hop production group 3:33 is well-versed in murk. Signed to underground label Parallel Thought, the group will release a full-length on April 5. Unsatisfied with the superfluous addition of track titles, this instrumental number bears a hip-hop resemblance if only for the drum beat, though its distortion-filled take on the genre recalls vintage DJ Shadow and the salad days of Mo' Wax Records. Between snarls from a surrounding swamp of feedback and other dying sound loops, a crippled piano line emerges sounding like it barely made it out of Mobb Deep's The Infamous.
NYC house/disco hub Wurst is gearing up for its first release of the new year, a fresh slab o' vinyl featuring the brand-new single by fellow New Yorkers Neurotic Drum Band. On Valentine's Day, the production duo will drop the U Got Me Dancin' 12", which comes with three unique versions of the piano house track. Read more »
DC/Berlin duo Benoit & Sergio aren't DJs. They don't even have much of a catalog—to date, they've released exactly two records. That said, those two records contained some beautifully crafted slices of housey techno. The duo's sensuous songs are rich in melody and emotion, and somehow manage to sound like Paul Simon and Talking Heads without resorting to nostalgic hackery or coming across as half-baked mash-ups. Read more »
After stirring up the moombahton-crazed masses with their first Moombahton Massive EP and party back in October, Dave Nada and NYC-based Sabo are releasing another collection of moombahton offerings called Moombahton Massive EP II. Read more »
Remember tracking Italo-disco producers across cryptic initials on LP jackets? Or trying to figure out which Skam Records releases were by Autechre or Boards of Canada? The pre-Wikipedia era shrouded many new records in a gentle fog of mystery, and Japan's Clive Tanaka is bringing a bit of that mystery back with Jet Set Siempre No. 1. Read more »
In 2011, it's a safe bet that much of what was trendy in 2010 will become solidified pieces of the musical landscape. Chicago juke ranks high on this list, as it's already being overtly referenced by Leeds producer Jamie Grind, whose second EP, Footwork, is out this week on Fortified Audio. Due to its pointed reference to the Windy City-birthed dance style and sound, the EP's name alone is enough to garner some additional interest, but the producer's interpretation of the genre is refreshingly oblique nonetheless. "Remember Those Days," a bonus cut that isn't on the EP, is actually more closely related to house than footwork, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying its unstable, inebriated synths, rave-friendly keyboard stabs, and innocuous female chirps.
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