Well, it certainly has been a while since we've heard from UK jungle pioneer Photek. (Seriously, we really haven't heard anything from him since his 2007 collection Form and Function II.) Now Photek is ready to make his 2011 resurgence with a new EP, Avalanche, set for release in February of next year. "Slowburn" is the first track released from said EP and, well, it's not exactly what we expected over here at XLR8R HQ. There is definitely a new Photek at work here, one that's not sounding much like his early jungle output or even like his later dabblings in house, as "Slowburn" instead presents itself as the veteran producer's step into new territory, one defined by slower tempos, heavy bass, and aggressive drums. We won't know the full extent of this transformation until Avalanche is released on February 28, but we figured you'd be curious to hear this first offering in the meantime.
Who: Dark Sky
Where: London, UK
Just when London's post-dubstep scene seemed like it couldn't possibly spawn any more talent, Tom Edwards and Matt Benyayer of Boogaloo Crew hooked up with classmate Carlo Anderson and started dropping quality tunes under the name Dark Sky. Read more »
Over the last eight months, Germany's Tiefschwarz brothers, who have long been combining house, electro, and techno into their own uniquely potent brew, have released two out of a scheduled three remix EPs titled Melted Chocolates on their own Souvenir imprint. The third installment, which comes out later this month, will finish the duo's "chocolate" year—which also included the Chocolate and More Chocolate albums—by enlisting artists like Bruno Pronsato, Reboot, and Marcus Meinhardt for remixes. To celebrate the final chapter of Melted Chocolate, Souvenir is giving away a free remix from part two by Soul Clap, whom you may remember as the guys who put together the Beantown edition of our City Guide podcast series. For their remix of Tiefschwarz's "Home," the Soul Clap boys play fast and loose with the song's 4/4 beat, turning in a remix that stumbles as much as it chugs, adding even more disorientation to a track whose vocals are already about losing one's way home.
In honor of XLR8R's and Dirtybird's Holiday Party, San Francisco culture portal SF Station asked for a mix from XLR8R's NYC-based Creative Director and TURRBOTAX® resident DJ Rem Koolhaus. Read more »
The duo of Al Bleek and Kid Drama, better known as Instra:mental, will be unleashing its debut album on its own Nonplus+ imprint, which has also been home to releases from Actress, dBridge, and ASC since its founding in 2009. The album is hardly Instra:mental's first release. The Londoners originally formed as a drum & bass duo back in 2000, then went on a six-year hiatus before returning to the collaboration. Read more »
Earlier this year, German's self-proclaimed "poem-producer," AGF, and accomplished film composer Craig Armstrong (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!) collaborated in scoring a theatrical interpretation of Virginia Woolf's 1928 novel Orlando: A Biography. The performance featured the score written by the two, as well as live electronics and poetry from AGF. Now AGF Producktion will be releasing a CD version of the score comprised of classical cello, field recordings, and AGF's trademark tiny, intimate voice, all digitally processed as they weave through the narrative of the play. Read more »
In Stones Throw's bio of 30-year James Brown drummer Tony Cook, it is said that Cook's 1984 single "On the Floor" was originally a rap record. Cook says, "...we didn't know what to call it, but it definitely wasn't a rap record. When we released it in 1984 the phrase ‘garage’ came out, then ‘house’ came out, and someone called it ‘The Granddaddy of all House Records,’ so we knew we had something different and new.” Read more »
DFA seems to have a lot going on while it finishes out the year. Yesterday, the massive NYC music hub sent over the brand-new video for The Crystal Ark's "The City Never Sleeps" single, and today we got word of a few goings on with James Murphy and his constituents. Read more »
Lefse's Way Slow series may only be on its second release, but it's already proving to be something worth paying attention to. Last month, we shared the a-side of St. Louis-based Phaseone's contribution, and now we've got our hands on the flip. "Right & Wrong" is an instrumental cover of sorts, almost like an oddball re-interpretation of Keith Sweat's "Right and a Wrong Way." Phaseone proves he has a knack for making slow and melodious head bangers, referencing some riffs and the chord progression of Sweat's 1987 original and reworking them into a modern slow jam that sounds like you're floating on a G-funk cloud (is that just an all white '66 Impala?). If the two free downloads aren't enough for you, make sure to check out the exclusive mix Phaseone gave us earlier this month, featuring more of his originals and a few choice gems for your downloading pleasure. The limited cassette/CD edition of Phasone's Way Slow will be available December 14. (via FADER)
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