The well-respected, hip-hop-centric website launched by The Roots' ?uestlove, OkayPlayer, recently expanded its musical reach a bit further, and launched a new sub-site, with help from XLR8R writer Jesse Serwer and photographer Martei Korlei, that focuses primarily on Caribbean music. Read more »
We have to say, it's still a bit surprising that Dre Skull's Brooklyn-based Mixpak imprint released a record for one of Atlanta's earliest proponents of crunk, Lil Scrappy, even though "Look At Me" was produced by the label head himself. However, we're not at all surprised that the project came out sounding quite good, and it seems like the new EP of remixes for that single has completely followed in suit. Like this version by Kaptain Cadillac, the already maniacal southern rap jam is worked into more hyperactive territories where lofty BPMs rule the dancefloor and the MC's vocals are chopped into a neon flurry that perfectly match the glistening piano melodies. Though "Look At Me (Kaptain Cadillac Remix)" is actually not on the just-released Look At Me (Remixes) EP, Justin Martin's and Dâm-Funk's versions do the trick in its place, which you can hear yourself here.
We told you about the brand-new label formed by DJs/producers Para One, Surkin, and Bombo, called Marble, just last month, and now we bring you news of that burgeoning imprint's first release, a collaborative two-song 12" single (pictured above) from the label heads. Read more »
The venerable Stones Throw imprint is in the midst of its 15-year anniversary, and the always-creative LA label has cooked up a rather unique way to celebrate. Beginning next Thursday, April 14, Stones Throw will be hosting a series of free, invite-only live shows where artists will be recording directly to vinyl. Read more »
Strictly Ballroom: After decades in the shadow of vogue dancing and culture, ballroom beats come to the fore.
Step on edgier dancefloors nowadays, and you best be prepared to come a little cunty, honey. Dip, drop, duckwalk, catwalk, hands, hands, hands: vogue dancing and ballroom culture are experiencing another moment in the media spotlight. This time, however, they're bringing the ballroom beats with them, beats that are finding their way into sets from DJs as different as Kingdom, Greg Wilson, Seth Troxler, and Nick Curly. Read more »
It's certainly been quite some time since we last heard from DFA's longstanding house revivalist Juan Maclean (save for his DJ-Kicks mix album), so it's quite reassuring to hear he's still got the knack for making vintage-inspired dancefloor burners. As this slick remix for Cosmic Kids' brand-new single for the Throne of Blood label, "Reginald's Groove" (pictured above), indicates, Maclean hasn't lost his penchant for pairing piano-driven disco-house with spacey electronics and deep basslines, and riding that wave of bouncy grooves for as long as he can. Even next to other remixes from relative newcomers Classixx and Bicep, the veteran producer sounds as fresh as ever. Let's hope we don't have to wait much longer to hear more of Maclean's excellent work.
Just yesterday, an intimate video surfaced of San Francisco resident and rhythm experimentalist Shlohmo speaking to local videographers Yours Truly in and around his home. The wonderfully shot clip—which you can watch here or after the jump below—was also soundtracked by a fresh remix the producer made for one of his latest tunes, "Places." On this new version of the song, Shlohmo mixes his wavering vocal coos high above the jangly guitar strums, herky-jerky synth melodies, and molasses-slow beats, which all work towards giving it a more personal and oddly soulful vibe compared to its predecessor. Then things grow even more intense with distorted vocals, fuzzy atmosphere, and more percussive elements as "Places (Yours Truly Remix)" plays out, and we start to question which version of Shlohmo's song we enjoy more. It's probably a tie. Read more »
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