Sound the podcast alarm! This one, ladies and gents, is deserving of everyone's undivided attention. As one of the year's most sought-after DJ/producers, Ikonika has been insanely busy in 2010—dropping the well-received Contact, Want, Love, Have record on Hyperdub, delivering a slew of excellent remixes across some of dance music's most esteemed labels, and eventually starting her own imprint with fellow DJ/producer Optimum, Hum & Buzz. Now, as sort of a cap on a year of accomplishments, the tunestress has hooked up the world with a fresh mix of club tunes, courtesy of FACT. Read more »
Now, here's a fresh slice of boogie-flavored club music that leans heavier on the vocal-pop side of the spectrum. Producer Henry Maldonado (of House 2 House and Rhythm Section fame) delivered the tune courtesy of his brand-new Native Underground project and its debut EP, Till it Hurts, which is out now on NYC's Wurst label. Maldonado's title track sparkles and shines from the get-go with filtered piano flourishes and arpeggiating synths, and doesn't waste any time introducing the bulbous bassline and solid beat of its classic-sounding dance groove. In the midst of it all, the vocals inundate the production with an almost endless string of melodies and hooks—giving "Till it Hurts" an irresistibly infectious sheen. This one has late-night disco inferno written all over it.
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Twenty-year-old Simon Ho grew up in a musical household. Dad used to build guitars, his sister was an R&B fanatic, and Ho himself played drums in the school marching band. That love of percussion led his father to buy him a copy of Reason 2.5—which Ho still uses to make tunes—and when combined with his discovery of juke a few years back, Cedaa's production style was born. Read more »
This track—originally by UK chanteuse Marina & the Diamonds, remixed here by San Francisco bedroom tunesmith oOoOO (pictured above)—was once a catchy, piano-led chamber-pop diddy, likely meant to simultaneously invoke feelings of love, happiness, and a touch of bewilderment with its thoughtful lyricism and upbeat ivory tickling. But producer Christopher Greenspan has made his version of "Obsessions" an ominous, bass-driven lament, as he managed to turn snippets of the original's upbeat piano melodies and vocal utterances into key elements of his brooding soundscape. As past oOoOO releases have already proven, Greenspan is deft with sampling the voices and sounds of soulful pop music for use in his own sad, spooky synth-pop compositions. It's an effective method, and now, he's just calling it a remix. (via Pitchfork)
Danish four-piece When Saints Go Machine (consisting of a vocalist, drummer, and two keyboardists) is the latest act to sign to Berlin's !K7 imprint. "Fail Forever," the title track from its forthcoming EP, is an uptempo adventure into the possibilities of combining orchestrated, melancholy pop with a dance music bed. Driving from beginning to end, the song features rhythmic keyboards pulsing rapidly along with a consistent four-on-the-floor disco beat. The melancholy comes courtesy of frontman Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild's haunting, almost Arthur Russell-esque falsetto; layered with harmonies, it combines with the slow-moving bass and cellos to make for an incredibly lush track. Apparently When Saints Go Machine have been making some pretty big waves in Denmark, winning the Danish National Radio Talent Of The Year Award and opening the country's Roskilde Festival earlier this year, but even without that knowledge we'd still be looking forward to their upcoming January EP and the band's eventual LP expected later in 2011.
Nearly six years after the release of his last full-length album, We Are Monster, German minimal house patron Isolée (pictured above) has finished work on his follow-up record, which will surface next year. The 11-song Well Spent Youth is scheduled to drop on January 21 courtesy of DJ Koze's Pampa Records, and will stand as DJ/producer Rajko Müller's third album under his Isolée moniker. Read more »
Do people give iPhone apps away for Christmas? Maybe they do, we don't know, but if so, we've got a pretty solid one here that you may want to give to your closest music-nerd buddy for the holidays. Our minimal man Richie Hawtin (a.k.a. Plastikman) has another nifty gadget in the works, which will be ready for you to fiddle with next month. Read more »
Barcelona producer John Talabot (pictured above) only has a handful of productions to his name, but it's hard to think of another artist who's making better slow-motion house music right now. (That's why we featured him in our Bubblin' series earlier this month.) Granted, when we say slow motion, it's not to imply that his tracks can't get a dancefloor moving, and Talabot certainly has nothing to do with the current screwed-music craze; it's just that his productions are nothing if not deliberate, slowly building from just a few bits of percussion to a euphoric, melody-filled release. The formula works to perfection on this new, nearly eight-minute-long remix of french outfit Tahiti 80. "Darlin" is the band's latest single and the original will appear on the upcoming The Past, The Present & The Possible album, set for release next February.
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