The LA-based, Not Not Fun-affiliated dance label 100% Silk is easily one of our favorite labels to emerge this year, and it would appear we're not alone in the sentiment: Little White Earbuds just unveiled a fresh podcast from label artist Magic Touch (a.k.a. Damon Palermo of Mi Ami, who we featured talking with band/label mate Ital here), which is coupled with a lengthy Q&A with label founder Amanda Brown. Read more »
Multinational production duo Lazer Sword (a.k.a. Low Limit and Lando Kal) has announced it will soon release the first follow-up to its 2010 debut LP, Lazer Sword, with a two-song 10" set to drop via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Read more »
As luck would have it, we're able to bring you the premiere of the atmospheric Machinedum (pictured above) remix of "M.A.R.S." by DJ/producer/Hotflush label head Scuba on the same day we review his awesome new mix album for the DJ-Kicks series. The original tune, which can be found only on that record, is described as a "deep, house-esque" highlight of the producer's mix, and while this remix does have a certain amount of deepness to it, the track as a whole is more in line with the skittering-but-airy juke-isms Machinedrum shared on his 2011 album, Room(s).
In case you missed our glowing review, Genre-Specific Xperience, the freshly released EP from Brooklyn's Fatima Al Qadiri, is one special record. "Hip Hop Spa" leads off the five-track EP, and quickly establishes a serene, tropical vibe with its simple steel-drum melody and ghostly, new-age atmosphere. Hints of percussion and zooming synths begin to appear as the song progresses, but the proceedings remain mellow throughout, as "Hip Hop Spa" is a superbly crafted piece of chillout retro-futurism.
This brooding-but-touching production from UK tunesmith Hackman just dropped in our inbox moments ago with the unlikely message that we could give it away for free. We say unlikely because, well, releasing label PTN and the Leeds-based artist are more or less on fire right now, and we're sure you wouldn't mind spending a small handful of your hard-earned dollars on one of their fine cuts of dancefloor music. That's not to mention that "You Deliver" is an excellent tune from the get-go. Make sure to keep an eye open for Hackman's next 12", "Agree To Disagree" b/w "Sunburst," which drops via PTN on November 7.
Asura (a.k.a. Ryan York) may be affiliated with the increasingly nebulous "beat scene," but the young artist is not the typical LA producer. While he now crafts intricately detailed electronic compositions, his formative years were spent enmeshed in the world of jazz. He clearly brings a formally trained ear to his production and creates music that's as equally informed by ambient and classical sounds as it is the more hip-hop-oriented sounds favored by many of his contemporaries. Read more »
LA-based producer Urulu (pictured above) delivered this edit of High Places' "Dry Lake," a bouncy cut taken from the duo's brand-new Original Colors LP. His version elongates the original tune by a couple of minutes in order to make room for extra bits of percussion, denser washes of reverb, and understated dance breaks. As Robert Barber of High Places puts it, "When we write, we have a tendency to make the songs jump from part to part, maybe a little too fast sometimes. It is nice to see how somebody else can feel it out and extend it, without worrying about 'the song.'" The man has a point, but we still very much hear a song in this mix. It's a good one, too.
You all should know very well—and hopefully agree with us—that T. Williams is a standout producer. Between everything he's done for the Local Action label, the work on his own Deep Teknologi imprint, and the stellar podcast he sent our way back at the very beginning of the year, the producer's track record is pretty solid, and this mix he did for FACT is no different. Read more »
Steve Hauschildt, who splits time between his eponymous solo project and the Cleveland, OH-based Emeralds trio, gives us this taste of his forthcoming Tragedy & Geometry LP before it drops on November 14 via Kranky. "Batteries May Drain" boasts much of the same drifting analog synth melodies and indelible warmth that we loved on Emeralds' Does It Look Like I'm Here? record, but without the guitar noodling and with some driving, krauty rhythms carrying it all into spacey oblivion.
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