Fledgling imprint No Stranger to Danger will drop its second release, a three-song EP by fellow Londoners Essi & Blocks, later this month, but today, the music hub is sharing that record's title track for free download. "Down" is a fine example of the rhythmically challenging and sonically vibrant music the young UK duo produces, which is apparently created on what they call "a very cheap set up." Hear more of what we're talking about by listening to the rest of Essi & Blocks' EP after the jump. Read more »
Veteran experimental producer Markus Popp (a.k.a. Oval) has a new multimedia album on the way via German imprint Shitkatapult. Entitled OvalDNA and originally conceived as something that would be released before last year's O—which happened to be the first Oval LP in nearly a decade—the record has been expanded into a two-part release. Read more »
Although the goings-on of the various members of the venerable Night Slugs crew are frequently documented on XLR8R, it's been awhile since one of its artists put together an exclusive mix for our podcast series. Jam City (a.k.a. Jack Latham) is one of the youngest members of the Night Slugs stable, yet the London-based producer has already made quite a ripple in the bass-music pool with his Waterworx and Magic Drops EPs, not to mention his refix of Endgames' "Ecstasy." He's currently putting the finishing touches on his much-anticipated debut album, which is slated for release in early 2012, but took a break from that to assemble this podcast. Read more »
Here, Brooklyn-based band Body Language has its smoothly funky pop tune "Falling Out" transformed into a sparse dancefloor cut by San Francisco's Honey Soundsystem. The DJ/production crew wraps synthetic strings, understated vocal melodies, roomy drum-machine rhythms, and other tasteful sounds around a deep bassline that propels the tune across its six minutes--making for a fine piece of late-night/early-morning house.
Does the world really need another Factory records compilation? At this point, the Mancunian label has been the subject of more than its fair share of nostalgic rehashing. That being said, the label's catalog runs deep, with an influence that's had a lasting effect on both sides of the Atlantic (and beyond). Nowhere was this influence more felt than on the post-disco '80s dancefloor, where Factory's cutting-edge singles stood out from the rest with their unique production (guided by the likes of Martin Hannett, Bemusic, DoJo, and Arthur Baker), cool aesthetics, and smart lyrics. Fac. Dance, the latest compilation to honor the label, assembles 24 of these cuts to make an essential release for anyone interested in the fertile moment between disco and house. Read more »
Finland’s Wolfhaus is affiliated with the party-starting Top Billin crew, but the duo's moody output is a different look for the normally upbeat label. Take "Crossed," a dour piece of bass music wrapped a fog of spacey atmospherics and featuring a staggered rhythm that alternates between ricocheting blasts of kick drums and a steady, dubbed-out groove. The track kicks off Wolfhaus' new mixtape, Dubbed & Screwed Vol.1, which you can stream and download after the jump. Read more »
Martyn-related excitement is already at a fever pitch this week, as his much-anticipated sophomore album, Ghost People, is finally dropping on Brainfeeder. (In case you missed it, the entire LP is still streaming here.) Yet the shape-shifting producer has elected to turn up the heat even further, assembling a brand-new mix for Resident Advisor. Read more »
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