We haven't really written much about London-based duo Jam Factory (just this Ben Westbeech remix they did, so far), but that's not to say the pair hasn't been busy. 2010 saw Jam Factory remixing tunes for the DFA and Strictly Rhythm labels, not to mention dropping a couple of house-heavy singles, and now, producers Dan Beaumont and Ben Rymer have a new record ready to share: their latest single, "One Night Stand." Read more »
Multi-facted DJ/producer/writer Mr. Beatnick (pictured above) has a new EP dropping soon from the Don't Be Afraid label, called Synthetes. Although it's not among the original tracks on that record, we've got an excellent house rework by fresh Rush Hour signee BNJMN. The talented Brit dips "Casio Romance" into a warm bath of swirling ambiance and deep vibes, quickly lathering his remix with a fuzzy bassline or two and sending it on out the door with a healthy four-on-the-floor beat. It's the kind of tune that could likely go on at least four times longer than it does before anyone bothered to notice, but listening for roughly five minutes does the trick, too. We certainly wouldn't be surprised if someone dropped it this Friday at the EP launch party in London. (via FACT)
Even as the internet continues to circumvent borders and make seemingly any kind of music available with a few simple keystrokes, certain corners of the globe remain veritable musical question marks. Russia is a prime example. It's a giant place, a nation undoubtedly ripe with artists and musicians, yet the country's reputation when it comes to the modern musical landscape often boils down to its role as a massive clearing house for pirated material. Nevertheless, that hasn't stopped mysterious St. Petersburg-based producer Nocow from cobbling together lo-fi, experimental beat work that seemingly borrows from both UK bass music and the Low End Theory crowd. His most recent EP, Pulkovo Heights (pictured above), came out earlier this month via the Siberian Gimme 5 label, which also doubles a a blog. "Moonlight Flit" didn't make it on the record, but it's a choice offering that combines clattering, Burial-esque percussion and moody atmospherics with smooth vocals that could have been taking from your favorite '80s R&B slow jam. If other Russian producers have this sort of talent up their sleeves, it's time to open the floodgates and really see what the rest of the country has to offer.
“Funky? I don’t even know what that is. I don’t even know what dubstep is," says Rolando Rocha, laughing, on the phone from his new-found home of Edinburgh, Scotland. "I’m not sure if I should be ashamed of that or something. I mean, the first time I heard [dubstep], I think it was a year ago in Spain, and someone was playing it in the car on the way from the airport. And I was like, ‘Man, this is really hot, what is this?’ And the guy was like, ‘Dubstep,’ and I haven’t heard it since.” Read more »
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