If you haven't noticed already, Manchester's grime-lovin' bass enthusiast Damu was featured in our Bubblin' section just this past Monday. A couple of days later, the up-and-coming producer has decided to give away a free download of the effervescent "Kula Cola" on his SoundCloud. His turbo-charged jam jumps and skitters about with old-school breaks and bubbly 8-bit synths over the top of gelatinous basslines and percolating drum-machine rhythms—making for a tune that'll shake you up and make you explode onto the dancefloor before its four minutes are through.
Michael Mayer, Efdemin, Maya Jane Coles, and More on Kompakt's Massive Benefit Compilation for Japan
Much of the music world has recently shown its support for the tragedy-stricken country of Japan with either benefit concerts, compilations, or the like. Now, we can add German house and techno hub Kompakt and its many collaborators to the list do-gooders. Read more »
The Ice Storm: Ambient noisemaker Tim Hecker ponders snowy tundras and M.I.T. experiments of a bygone era.
Quite possibly the last thing you'd expect Tim Hecker to admit to possessing is a "tropical soul." Not only is he Canadian, but an artist best known for producing some of the most impressively glacial soundscapes just south of Thomas Köner's and Biosphere's arctic ambient masterworks. Hecker's most recent LP, Ravedeath, 1972, was recorded in a church in Reykjavik, Iceland, and earlier song titles include "Arctic Lover's Rock," "Boreal Kiss," and "Music for Tundra." Read more »
Wurst Music boss Roy Dank (a.k.a. My Cousin Roy) and Nick Chacona just put together a great "future-disco" podcast for electronic music hub Autobrennt under their collaborative Beg to Differ moniker, and we thought you should check it out. Read more »
The seventh proper release to come from the Latin-loving dance label Bersa Discos (an imprint co-owned by XLR8R's Shawn Reynaldo) is a split 12" featuring Buenos Aires producer DJ Negro and Montreal reggaeton experimentalist El Nosotros. Here, we have one of the tracks from the former's contribution, the crushing electronic cumbia of "Sabor a Gaita." DJ Negro's slow-grooving production is big in all senses of the word; its punchy bass and beats are wide and bulbous, its energetic accordion melody reaches high for the rafters, and despite only clocking in around three and a half minutes, the track feels like a lengthy journey through tropical dancefloor sounds. This reinvigorated version of Andres Landero's vintage "Sabor a Gaita" is just one fine example of the different kinds of next-level Latin beats featured on the limited-edition Bersa Discos #7, which you can preview and order your own copy of here.
The last time we caught up with Portland filmmakers Into The Woods, they were gettin' down with sissy bounce superstar Big Freedia in a strip club. Fast-forward several months later, and we join them again, gettin' down this time with Denver goth-rave producer Travis Egedy (a.k.a. Pictureplane) in a hotel room. Read more »
Here, we have a spectral remix by Strangeloop (pictured above), one of Brainfeeder's talented LA-based sample wranglers, for Sacramento band Sister Crayon's experimental indie-pop number "Anti-Psalm." Replacing singer Terra Lopez's vocals with the breathy croon of friend Vanessa Fernandez, the SoCal producer crafts a striking beatscape that leans heavily on swirling ambiance and driving, handcrafted rhythms. It's moody without being sullen, soulful without being overzealous, and strikes a fine balance between Sister Crayon's pop-influenced original and Strangeloop's own beat-related proclivities. You can find "Anti-Psalm" on the NorCal band's new album, Bellow, which is out now via Manimal Vinyl.
Miami synth-pop duo ANR released its latest full-length, Stay Kids, last month via the local Ten Thousand Islands imprint, and now, we're treated to this nebulous remix from the Leaving Records acolytes and fellow Flordia residents in Sumsun (pictured above). Amidst a thick wash of wavy bass frequencies and overwhelming atmospheric haze, samples of the vocal hook from "Big Problem" resonate from afar, and are paired with simple drum-machine patterns and eerie synth tones. Sumsun's version maintains some of the ominous vibe of the original, but evens out the horror film-soundtrack kitsch of ANR's song with more esoteric sounds. You can get your fill of the original track, and watch the slasher flick of a music video for "Big Problem" below. Read more »
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