As young West Coast producer Henry Laufer (a.k.a. Shlohmo) continues to rise in popularity, so does the demand for his body of rickety beat work, which includes releases stretching back to 2009. The tunesmith's first 'mini-album', Shlo-Fi, first appeared back then, courtesy of the forward-thinking Error Broadcast label, and is now being treated to a re-release on 12" vinyl, as well as a limited-edition double-LP version that features Shlohmo's nine original productions along with four remixes (five in the digital package). This downtrodden version of "Couch" by Glaswegian beatmaker Soosh is among those new versions, and perfectly exhibits the kind of brooding, fuzzy electronics Shlo-Fi boasts as a whole. You can check out the artwork and full tracklist before the record drops on December 5, below. Read more »
The somewhat anonymous Los Angeles duo known as The Two.Fifteens has dropped a new mixtape, The Commute Vol. 1, from which the swirling "Ballad of El Guapo" comes to us. If this track is any indication, the SoCal pair has been steadily continuing its exploration of dark, almost unsettling boom-bap since first appearing on our radar earlier this year. The 18 tracks of originals, remixes, and edits that comprise the mixtape are said to serve as a deeper introduction to the work of The Two.Fifteens before they release a proper album some time during summer of next year. After giving "Ballad of El Guapo" a listen below, you can head here to download the entire The Commute Vol. 1 for free.
Gerry Read claims he chose his production handle as a nod to his cockney grandfather of the same name, not after the inimitable actor and prolific country music legend who used the homophone Jerry Reed. (Side note: Although their music is wildly different, the 19-year-old wunderkind tunesmith from Suffolk, UK appears to have more than just a name in common with the late guitar man, who signed to Capitol Records when he was only 18 years old.) Gerry with a 'G' is set to wrap up a four-part series of 12" records he's been releasing on Fourth Wave, the first of which we reviewed to high acclaim (check that out here). Read more »
Modeselektor's 50Weapons imprint has announced it will put out a new single by German techno aficionado Marcel Dettmann roughly three weeks after the release of the DJ/producer's long-awaited second mix album, Conducted. Read more »
As a denizen of Lexington, KY, Milyoo (a.k.a. Tommy Wilson) is likely destined to be an outsider in every imaginable electronic music scene. If you throw in the fact that his tunes ceaselessly push limits while spanning a massive range of sonic variety, it's difficult to imagine he'll start fitting in any time soon. "Hold Up" is considerably different from the more straightforward tracks of his that we've previously posted and reviewed—this time showing off a more experimental take on shuffling, bass-filled hip-hop. Wilson will drop his first full-length, Archeology, on December 5 via Subeena's Opit imprint, which will also double as the label's first LP release.
Following a remix contest that the NYC party-starters at Trouble & Bass held for the "Low Rises" tune by UK duo Ursa Major, the label is offering the four-track Low Rises Remixes EP—which brings together the original cut with versions from LA-based Bubblin' Up producer Samo Sound Boy and two of the contest winners—as a free download exclusively on XLR8R. Read more »
With the release of Chinoiseries Pt. 2 less than two weeks away, French producer Onra has offered up yet another track of his Southeast Asian-sampling hip-hop beats. The Asian influences on "No Matter What" are less pronounced than on his previous free download, "A New Dynasty," but nonetheless exhibit an impressive blend of diverse musical traditions.
More or less a dubstep supergroup, London trio King Midas Sound ranks high within Hyperdub's hierarchy, sitting not far from the enviable positions that have been held by Burial, Zomby, and label boss Kode9 himself. It's probably the best way to go about justifying a remix album—or "album of reworks," as the PR would like it to be called—that arrives two years after its source material, but that could also be partially explained by the laundry list of top-shelf producers on Without You. And yet despite appearances from the likes of Mala, dBridge, Flying Lotus, Gang Gang Dance, and Cooly G, King Midas Sound's collection of Waiting for You remixes largely feels uneven and half-baked. Read more »
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