Chances are that if you cared to know about the next album from LA beatmaker Samiyam, you're already aware that it'll be released next month by Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. So, you're probably down to hear a track from Sam Baker's Album, right? You're also probably hoping to hear some head-knocking, smoked-out instrumental hip-hop, yeah? Well, you've come to the right place. "Cushion" (emphasis on the "cush" part, we assume) is pure Samiyam/Brainfeeder/LA beat-scene music: broken beats, massive bass, wonky noise, and just enough melody to hum along to. We expect much more of the same when the other 16 tracks of Sam Baker's album are made available on June 28.
Last month XLR8R shared Comma's "Ken Griffey Jr." in advance of his now-released Colortronics on Frite Nite. To celebrate the drop of the EP yesterday, Comma has offered up another teaser, the Om Unit remix of "Mezcal Hologram." The track is a claustrophobic nightmare—the aural equivalent of an immense room in infinite contraction, as an expansive dub-acoustic cavern is manifested and then slowly reduced to a minuscule and anxiety-ridden size through frenetically skittering hi-hats. Download "Mezcal Hologram (Om Unit Remix)" below and pick up the Colortronics EP, which is also available as a special limited-edition cassette from Frite Nite. (via FACT)
Apparently, there's no stopping the onslaught of Brenmar in 2011. After the precocious DJ/producer finished out last year with his At it Again EP, dropped a fiery mix for The FADER, and premiered his first-ever music video, we get more news that he'll soon be releasing his second EP, the four-song Let Me Know (Tasting). Read more »
The next slab of vinyl set to drop via Multiverse's Caravan imprint is a two-track 12" that features two edits of "Altogether Lost," a collaborative track by emptyset and Cornelius Harris (of Galaxy 2 Galaxy and Underground Resistance), from UK producers SCB and Peverelist. Read more »
Next week, Montreal will play host to the 12th annual MUTEK festival, which always serves as one of the year's premiere showcases for techno and forward-thinking electronic sounds. In hopes of getting everyone as much in the MUTEK spirit as we are, we decided to enlist one of the festival's heavyweights for the XLR8R podcast series. And who answered the call? Detroit techno veteran Rod Modell, best known for his work as Deepchord and as one half of Echospace with Steve Hitchell. Read more »
The elusive Bernard Fevre, the lone entity behind Black Devil Disco Club, just put together an amazing mix of French tunes for the always-great, disco-friendly Feel My Bicep blog. Not only does he lace listeners with a set of 21 obscure hits, but he also goes so far as to talk about the influence of each track. It's only available for one week, so check out the tracklist and stream it all below. Read more »
As the freshly minted Marble imprint continues to steamroll through 2011, the world was recently treated to its third release, a two-track single by Surkin and Bobmo (a.k.a. High Powered Boys). The club-lovin' production duo stuffed this 12" with the high-octane jams "Girly" and "Crash," and was also kind-hearted enough to let you have that b-side free of charge. This big tune comes on strong from the get-go with hyped-up vocal samples, bubbling sound effects, and spacey synth melodies, and wastes no time taking things to the next level. A stuttered, punchy beat and a head-rattling bassline announce the drop, but we soon find that Surkin and Bobmo have only just begun. You can get more info and listen to the flip side of High Powered Boys' new single here.
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