Atlanta-based beatmaker Distal isn't one to shy away from pushing genre boundaries—his recent experimentations with club tunes traverse all manner of bass music, hip-hop, house, juke, and R&B. Still, we were a little surprised to see that his latest effort is a remix of "In Knots" by singer-songwriter Carter Tanton (shown above on left, Distal on right). Granted, almost nothing of the original indie-folk tune remains in the remix; Tanton's typically tender vocals become chilling under Distal's furious warping, while the self-styled "boss of the south" forgoes holding true to the original and instead builds an acid-house track around Tanton's voice more or less from the ground up.
British producer Nightwave (who, you may remember, was once known as 8Bitch) just finished up her tour of this year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, and then promptly sent over this smooth cut from her forthcoming Night Heat EP for Unknown to the Unknown. The track is a remix of "Night Heat" by DJ Wilson, whose "Slow Mix" still manages to bounce and excite with its dreamy acid sound that's both soft around the edges and razor sharp. Make sure to check out the rest of Nightwave's EP, which features a few more originals and remixes (including one from Altered Natives), when it drops the day after Christmas. Thankfully, the release party at The Big Chill House in London is a lot earlier in the month, on Decemeber 2.
Lagos, a new collaboration between Chicago dwellers Leo123 and Radius, is set to release its first EP on Eliot Lipp's Old Tacoma imprint on November 29. The self-titled debut will see the duo manufacturing old-school Chicago-house sounds, but expect some dub and perhaps a bit of Latin influences, too, as Leo123 recently transplanted from Mexico City to the Windy City. After downloading "(your thoughts)," take a look at the album artwork and tracklist after the jump. Read more »
Well, we've already let you know about the first and second remix EPs to surface on behalf of Bubblin' Up producer Patten's debut LP for No Pain in Pop, GLAQJO XAACSSO, so it would only make sense that we also alert to the artist's third and final installment in the series. Read more »
Over the weekend, this year's Red Bull Music Academy officially came to a close. Nevertheless, we still have a few tidbits of information to share from our visit to Madrid. (Go here to check out all of our coverage.) One such tidbit is this conversation with Salva. The LA-based producer and Frite Nite label boss was accepted as a participant for this year's Academy, so we asked him to share his thoughts on the experience. He also expounded about his move to Los Angeles, his ongoing musical evolution, and his plans for the future. Read more »
Over the course of the last year, youthful UK producer Drop/Dead (a.k.a Jay Donaldson) has consistently impressed fans of forward-thinking bass music with his warm brand of emotive garage house—displayed most recently on a couple of remixes (check those out here and here). On this unreleased original track, Donaldson lets hand claps drive the rhythm behind his typically hazy synth melodies and chopped vocals, eventually reaching a bass-laden climax that sounds more like it came from Detroit than the tunesmith's native England. And it that's not enough Drop/Dead for you, the DJ/producer also recently dropped an excellent podcast for Disko404, which you can check out after the jump. Read more »
Even as the individual efforts of Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Braille) continue to garner more attention and praise, the music produced by the pair's collaborative project Sepalcure still arguably stands as the most stirring and vibrant tracks either artist has penned to date. Stewart's and Sharma's debut LP only continues to solidify this reputation, as they hunker down inside the depths of moody, UK-influenced bass music and present 10 impeccable tunes that unfold more and more brilliantly with each consecutive listen. Read more »
Cleveland, OH newcomer Jason Burns (you may remember him from this or this) delivered this remix of "Got Me Down" by London duo Maribou State (pictured above) for the outfit's latest digital single. The garage-leaning track flips elegantly between a full-scale swing and a rubbery, half-time sway—maintaining the polyrhythmic marimba melody and infectious vocal presence throughout. You can stream all of Maribou State's new single after the jump. Read more »
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