The freshly-minted Australian label Templar is set to follow up its earlier releases from Dro Carey and Grown Folk with Vanity (artwork above), the debut EP from London resident Laurence Matthew Blake (a.k.a. Citizen), which is set to drop on December 12. Here, we have "Love Is a Human Topic," a cut which is not found on the EP, but serves as a fine example of Blake's darker dancefloor leanings, finding him burying a number of ravey stabs and FX beneath a demonically gliding bassline and crunchy drums, which have been heavily compressed well beyond the point of distortion. After giving the tune a listen below, you can stream all five tracks of the Vanity EP (including remixes from Helix and Darling Farah) after the jump. Read more »
It's not often that we post something from the prolific bedroom popster known as Blackbird Blackbird. Usually, his tunes lean a bit too heavily on the guitars for our taste, but "Tear" just happened to hit the perfect balance for our palate. It didn't hurt that it came packaged with this lovely video, too. Read more »
After our visit to Madrid for this year's Red Bull Music Academy, we decided to kick around Spain for a few more days and stop in Barcelona for the annual Primavera Club. Designed as an autumn counterpart to the massive Primavera Sound festival, Primavera Club features an array of acts—most of whom are not Spanish—scattered throughout smaller, more intimate venues in both Barcelona and Madrid. While many acts were only in Barcelona for a matter of hours, we managed to pin down a couple of them for a quick chat, including Bristol-based producer and twinkling synth maestro Hyetal. Read more »
Jazzy rhythms, touching piano melodies, and smooth house vibes coalesce into "Rock Pool," a classy one-off production from London's Glimpse. We're treated to this tune following the artist's recent collaborative single, "Wildlife" (out now via Leftroom), which finds him working with Berliner Martin Dawson. This cut is far less propulsive than the pair's brand-new single, and instead reveals the tender side of a multi-faceted lover of dance music.
XLR8R has a long history with Lazer Sword. In the interest of full disclosure, both of the duo's members, Low Limit (a.k.a. Bryant Rutledge) and Lando Kal (a.k.a. Antaeus Roy), used to work for XLR8R in some capacity. That said, several years have gone by since then, years that have seen both fellows abandon their San Francisco home base for the greener pastures of Los Angeles and Berlin, respectively. And although the pair continued to periodically join forces to tour after Rutledge's and Roy's relocations, the mixed response to the group's self-titled debut album—not to mention Lando Kal's recent surge as a solo producer (check his latest singles on Rush Hour and Hotflush for proof)—had left the future of Lazer Sword somewhat clouded. Then came word that the duo inked with Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint, prompting two major questions. What exactly would new Lazer Sword material sound like? More importantly, would it be any good? Read more »
The Unknown to the Unknown imprint—a label run in part by DJ Haus of Hot City— is set to launch a new singles/EP series entitled Ice Age Season, focusing on vibes befitting the current winter climate with a slew of releases comprised of the "coldest/darkest/tripped-out clubland hitz." Read more »
It's been so long since Italy was the major exporter of spacey disco jams that the term "Italo" might seem like an odd misnomer (especially for those of us closer in age to Italian schizo-electro groups Crookers and Bloody Beetroots than pioneers like Giorgio Moroder). But with two new releases at the end of 2011, burgeoning imprint Danny Was a Drag King—originally a disco offshoot of Hell Yeah Records—seems to be re-staking the nation's claim to sexy synth licks and drum-machine-powered four-on-the-floor. Later this month, DWDK will release Puralana by Rome-based producer Luminodisco, which features this deep, DFA-esque tune, hot on the heels of the recently released Smells Like Too Cheesy by fellow Italians Ajello.
Lifted from LA producer Salva's (pictured above) brand-new Yellobone EP (which we deemed "precise," "sleek," and "stripped down"), this spacious remix of the title track comes courtesy of fellow Californian beatsmith Shlohmo and the fresh-faced WEDIDIT homie 2KWTVR. We can hear bits of the fractured percussion that Shlohmo loves so much within the mix, but the rest of the tune leans heavily on Salva's own impeccable sonic concoctions, which we assume 2KWTVR applied his own tweaks to. Good work, team. (via FADER)
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