A few weeks ago, Jennifer Lee (a.k.a. Tokimonsta) sent along "Bright Shadows," the first sampling of her new EP on Brainfeeder. To supplment today's release of Creature Dreams, Tokimonsta has offered up another track from the seven-song record, "Moving Forward." Dizzying synths open up the song as swelling atmospheres fill the space behind the chugging percussion. Eventually, a bit-reduced voice enters the fray as the drum patterns take on a more Latin feel. It's clear that Tokimonsta is the kind of artist who's constantly refining and tinkering with her sound, and documenting the process is nearly as enjoyable as simply listening to the music itself.
Brooklyn's Creep, the dark-pop duo of Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, just unveiled its latest tune, an R&B-infused slow jam featuring soulful vocals from identical twin sisters Nina Sky. The unlikely musical pairing works surprisingly well on "You," and is bolstered here by a slick and simple music video courtesy of director Thalia Mavros. Read more »
You might know Mark E already from the re-edit heyday of the mid-2000s, when he remixed and completely reworked names as big as Diana Ross and Janet Jackson (not to mention the occasional obscure German prog rock band or forgotten pop-R&B outfit) into deep house and nu-disco shapes. After having ploughed those fields for half a decade, Stone Breaker is the foundation of E building something new and completely different: an intense, head-down, relentless edifice of original, modern house music.
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Yesterday, Stones Throw released the latest installment of its podcast series, this time mixed by none other than Flying Lotus. While no tracklisting is available, FlyLo described the mix as "records just found in the Valley." Check out the podcast here, and give your ears something to feast on. Read more »
Britain's Josh H is a lover of forward-thinking house and bass music, whose forthcoming Every Day EP simultaneously brings to mind the disparate production styles of Nicolas Jaar and Mount Kimbie, not to mention late-'90s German house. Like on this track, "Rainbow," the artist tweaks handpicked samples taken from dusty stacks of vinyl, and integrates those soulful sounds with his effervescent synth melodies, percolating electronic percussion, and deep dancefloor grooves. Josh H's four-song release comes complete with another original track, the title track, and two remixes from Walton and Hackman, all of which you can preview here before it drops next month.
Not long after he announced the impending release of his debut full-length with the infectiously brilliant "Wildfire" single, hotly tipped UK DJ/producer SBTRKT appeared with his trusty vocal collaborator Sampha for a live performance on the brand-new Abbey Road Debuts program. Read more »
It should come as no surprise that the always soulful, genre-hopping producer Tom Trago has a soft spot in his heart for the King of Pop. And what better way to express this affection than to feature a Michael Jackson impersonator moving and grooving to the sleek "Steppin' Out" track, following the wannabe MJ as he takes us around what we are assuming is Trago's hometown, Amsterdam. Iris, Trago's recently released LP for the Rush Hour imprint, is where you'll find this cut along with a host of other disco-infused tunes from the veteran producer and recent XLR8R podcast contributor. Read more »
For its 50th release, Seattle's bass-pushing Car Crash Set imprint is releasing four EPs in tandem by four different artists that call the Pacific Northwest home. The No Northwest series, which will also be compiled into 12-track LP (pictured above), all drops tomorrow, and includes tunes from Ill Cosby, qp, 214, and, featured here, Cedaa. "Palomino" is just one of the four tracks featured on the young tunesmith's EP, and it's a fresh experiment in the realm of highly melodic, juke-flavored bass music. Cedaa spices his jam up a bit more with handcrafted sound effects that bring to mind a myriad activities—like splashing through puddles, playing Super Mario Bros., and racing in spaceships. We're not sure what all of that has to do with palominos, but it certainly has plenty in common with forward-thinking dance music.
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