There is no question that Los Angeles label Hippos In Tanks has emerged as a remarkably consistent supplier of next-generation artists reinventing '80s and '90s synth soundscapes. On April 19, the label will release Dark Bloom, a split 12" shared by Montreal artists d'Eon and Grimes. Each side will contain roughly an EP's worth of material from each artist (the complete tracklist is posted after the jump). On this cut from the d'Eon side, glittering gospel-organ chords introduce what could be '90s-era Brandy, but instead accompany d'Eon's equally captivating and effeminate voice. The rest of the track's production is no less rich, as the song is expertly executed to sound both vintage and disarmingly fresh. If the rest of d'Eon's contibutions are anything like this piece of throwback perfection, the growing contingent of male R&B vocalists will have a serious contender in its ranks. (via Altered Zones) Read more »
On May 13 and 14 at London performing arts venue Roundhouse, iconic record label Mute will partner with the Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival for two days of eclectic live music from a long list of veteran artists and fresh, exciting projects. Read more »
Finding music was different before the Internet: Maybe a receptive record-shop owner let you listen to everything, or you picked up anything related to a good magazine article. Now, imagine your tastes run to experimental electronic music, it's the early 1990s, and—oh, yeah—you live in Sofia, Bulgaria. Read more »
Maryland-based DJ/producer Maxmillion Dunbar has a new three-track 12" ready to drop on the Future Times label, called Max Trax For World Peace, and even though the smooth jam we have to share with you here won't be found on that release, it's still a fine example of the kinds of deeply soulful house music the record will offer. The artist completely takes out the rap vocal on his rework of "Ride" by Alabama hip-hop outfit Dirty, and leaves only the laid-back bass grooves, soft synth pads, guitar strums, chilled-out string melodies, and playfully off-handed mutterings of the background instrumental. It sounds awesome to begin with, though Maxmillion Dunbar takes it another step further—tossing in his own bubbly drum-machine patterns, and turning the whole thing into a definite dancefloor gem.
As juke continues to rip through underground music hubs around the world, more and more interesting interpretations are rising to the surface. Out now on Prague imprint and Czech go-to blog Meanbucket is this bass-buzzing piece of unruly music, an unexpectedly eerie ode to the troubles of finding a worthy female suitor in Los Angeles' Crenshaw neighborhood on a Sunday night. Produced by Meanbucket crew member DJ Tuco, the comedy of this track may perhaps be lost underneath the serious weight of Tuco's bass and handclaps. As such, the song may not illicit laughter, but it will certainly inspire plenty of head bobbing and waist dropping.
DJ Haus, one of the two illustrious club maestros in UK funky production outfit Hot City, has a fresh solo endeavor, called Unknown to the Unknown, under which he just dropped the new Assassin EP. We've got the title track from that release here, and it certainly proves itself to be a proper departure from the producer's day job. Instead of the slick, pop-heavy inclinations of Hot City's tunes, DJ Haus crafts a rough-and-tumble bit of hard-stomping dancefloor music chock full of lo-bit audio samples, distorted basslines, and kitschy synth melodies that could've been lifted from any of the boss levels in the Super Mario Bros. games. If that's your jam, you can check out the rest of the release, which includes a remix from Underground Resistance/Drexciya acolyte DJ Stingray, here, and also download a free version of "Assassin" that features Japanese grime MC Dekishi, here. Still not enough? DJ Haus just did an exclusive mix for Sounds of the Universe this month, which you can check out here.
Just yesterday, DJ/producer/Hessle Audio co-owner Pangaea dropped a lengthy DJ set as part of FACT's ongoing mix series. Apparently, it took about two years for the site to nail down the mix, but, as they put it, "it’s been very much worth the wait." Read more »
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