Although this remix of Elkat & Moleskin's "Hurt" by Nottingham production duo The Elementz (pictured above) is a rather straightforward piece of dubstep, its solid production work makes it a bit of an upgrade from the somewhat dreary original. The Elementz adds some serious heft to the rumbling bassline, as well as catchy and diverse drumwork, including an intriguing bit of climbing and falling pitched percussion. The duo also reworks the Aaliyah vocal sample into something less recognizable, a thankful departure from the bland and over-used R&B pitch-playing from the original. This remix will not be featured on the Hurt EP by Elkat & Moleskin, which saw a vinyl-only release earlier this week, but the EP will include remixes by Optimum and Donga & Blake.
The Scottish Phuturelabs label and blog is set to drop its next release, a four-song EP from Glaswegian producer and former Numbers collective member Production Unit. Bridge, which comes out later this month, features slow-building tunes that begin with relatively minimal production before climaxing with intensity late in each song. "This Otha Planet" follows that model, relying primarily on a chopped vocal sample to propel it through the first half. The four-on-the-floor kick drum doesn't enter until three and a half minutes into the tune, at which point "This Otha Planet" develops into a piece of slightly left-of-center, driving techno. For those readers currently in or near Glasgow, Production Unit will be headlining Phuturelabs' free label showcase tomorrow at The Art School.
Jimmy Edgar's latest, "This One's for the Children," sees the multitalented artist moving towards what he called in a recent XLR8R interview "color change... a departure from what I was previously known for." Yet, despite his claims, Edgar's latest single isn't so much a complete departure as it is an evolution that follows in the footsteps of "Hot, Raw, Sex" and "New Touch" towards a tougher and less overtly electro-funk-driven sound. Read more »
Like us, you're probably still reeling from the impact of M83's massive 2011 double-LP, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. Its unadulterated synth-pop impressed us so much that we named it our third favorite album of the year, but, sadly, we can't say nearly as much for the ludicrous remixes and horrendous cover songs that have since followed. As such, you could say we were tickled pink to finally hear an M83 remix we could get behind, this sparkling rework of Antony Gonzalez's ecstatic "Reunion" by UK producer Tropics (pictured above). The talented Chris Ward strips back the jangly guitars and infectious bombast of the original, and trades the sounds for smooth bass grooves and dreamy synthscapes on his production. This version of "Reunion" may be an unofficial remix, but we'd wager that Gonzalez would be quite pleased with what Tropics has done with his tune.
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