Have you ever sat around wondering how to improve Carly Simon's 1982 single "Why"? No? Neither have we. Yet British producer Pinemartin seems to have been thinking along those lines when he covered the classic song for his recent free EP, Come Around Again, Again. It's a high bar to meet, but Pinemartin manages to excel by creating a nostalgic chillwave homage with all the right hallmarks. He strips out the vocals and lets the track envelope the listener through a barrage of warm analog synthesis. The Come Around Again, Again EP is out now, and available for free download on Bandcamp, here.
Monkeytown, the burgeoning imprint helmed by German bass-bringers Modeselektor, is set to drop the Next2Last LP (pictured above), a double-disc collection of originals by San Diego, CA artist—not to mention WeDidItCollective acolyte—eLan and remixes of his productions from the likes of Modeselektor, Cosmin TRG, Lazer Sword, and more. Read more »
Newcastle-based producer Rain Dog is the latest up-and-comer to be tapped by what has become one of the most consistently good labels for (almost) free music, the DFRNT-run Cut imprint (also responsible for releases from Essáy, Great Skies, and more). "One to Love" falls somewhere within the blissed-out realm of post-dubstep beats, but also harbors some echoes of the mellow dub found years ago on Pole's now-defunct ~scape label. This gloriously peaceful endeavor can be found alongside three similarly lush pieces of detailed beat work on the See Hear EP (artwork above), available here as a "name your price" download.
Norwegian label Smalltown Superjazz has just announced it will soon release Live at the South Bank, a document of a live session featuring the duo of Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet, pictured above) and legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid with Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustaffson. Read more »
Brooklyn-based producer Brenmar believes in the virtue of quantity. At least, it seems that way; his remixes and productions pass through the XLR8R office just about every week. That's not to say his tracks lack quality (that other virtue of production), far from it. Brenmar excels in pumping out dancefloor heaters at an unfathomable pace, which leads us to his latest cut, an edit of DJ Dsign's "Diamondz (Get Money)" he did as a "lil bday gift" and gave away on his birthday four days ago. The edit sees Brenmar cleaning up the original's rhythm, throwing in some creative filters, adding a subtle piano chord (albeit mostly buried in the mix), and ripping out the aggro synth-stabs in favor of a heavy dose of simmering low-end.
The Blunted Robots badman most commonly known as Shortstuff has announced he will be releasing his next 12" under another production moniker, Mickey Pearce, and will be dropping the other pseudonym for good. Read more »
Maybe it's When Saints Go Machine's roots in dance music (half of the group makes up techno duo Kenton Slash Demon), but there's something about the dancefloor-oriented pop-experimentalism of the Danish four-piece that lends itself to remixing. There's already been a lengthy string of reworks following the release of Konkylie, the band's sophomore LP, and now, California-based producer Shlohmo (pictured above) has given the group a druggy version of album cut "Kelly." The resulting production is a radical departure into a wonderland of half-time hip-hop beats, insistently buzzing synthesizers, and creepy, pitch-bent vocals evocative of a twisted Arthur Russell. It's a startling remix that removes the original track's dancefloor elements in favor of a headier and more immersive soundscape.
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