There's been absolutely no shortage of praise for San Francisco producer Tycho's excellent Dive LP on this website, and at this rate, it won't be letting up any time soon. The latest reminder of that album's sepia-soaked synths and angelic atmospheres is this remix of the title track by Grecian blog darlings Keep Shelly in Athens, which basically deconstructs the original song and reshapes it into something even more drifty and warm. Look for this one alongside another remix from electronic indie-pop outfit Memoryhouse when Tycho's "Dive" single (artwork above) drops on April 3.
Roughly a month ago, we discovered that multifaceted UK tunesmith Lone would soon be releasing a new single and a new LP. Galaxy Gardens (artwork above) won't arrive for another couple of months, but you can take a listen to its lead single, "Crystal Caverns 1991," now. Read more »
Somewhere between the divergent worlds of Lone and Dâm-Funk is the music of Bristol-reared, Sweden-based producer Crackazat. The man's forthcoming debut EP, Explanation (artwork above), will be released later this month, but we've been passed one of that record's sleekest tracks ahead of time. Crackazat's "Implication" somehow incorporates touches of new-age synths with backyard bbq-style G-funk, which altogether makes for the kind of feel-good beat that begs for you to bounce along with it.
Over the past year or so, few artists have popped up more frequently on XLR8R than Distal (a.k.a. Michael Rathbun). Part of that has to do with the 28-year-old beatmaker's inherently prolific nature, as he's quickly amassed a hearty discography that includes releases on labels such as Tectonic, Grizzly, Seclusiasis, and Fortified Audio, not to mention his own imprint, Embassy Recordings, which he runs in tandem with fellow Atlantan Mite. Yet Distal's rise can be attributed to more than just the volume of his output, as his music is definitely of a high quality. Read more »
Today, San Francisco's Benito is issuing a new EP of bass-minded boom-bap, I'm Busy (artwork above), and has wrangled recent Bay Area transplant Devonwho to inject some funkiness into one of the effort's tracks, "Shakes." Starting things off in the darker regions of skittering, futuristic beats, Devonwho eventually transforms this rework into a funky production, thanks—for the most part—to a handful of warm chords and a percolating synth bassline that runs on a playful grid as the drum programming starts to resemble a 2-step-style break. After giving the remix a listen, you'll find a preview of the I'm Busy EP, along with the complete tracklist, after the jump. Read more »
Chillwave's notoriety didn't last too long, but many of its signifiers have become an almost ubiquitous part of the independent music world. Heavy usage of reverb, sunny atmospherics, upbeat tempos, '80s-pop inclinations—the way these elements are applied to a song can often make the difference between a vapid stinker and a contemporary treasure. The Cascine label is no stranger to the pieces left over by chillwave, having built a reputation on signing artists who can skillfully mesh those sounds with well-crafted pop. So, it's little surprise that Cascine's first release of 2012, the six-track Futures EP by newcomer RxGibbs, uncovers some of the best examples of how you can apply that aesthetic to ambient techno. Read more »
San Francisco duo Psychic Sidekicks recently tried its hand at remixing Trey Songz' "Top of the World" (artwork for that above), and although the version featuring the R&B crooner wasn't exactly up our alley, this instrumental version makes for quite an impressive effort. "Top of the World" is a heavy endeavor, with foot stomp-inducing drum patterns pushed by massive low end while a sinister arp drives the highs. Sure, the pair isn't forging new territory here, but Psychic Sidekicks has put together a fine piece of futuristic beat work, one that seems to have a direct relation between its increased volume and listeners' increased enjoyment.
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