Berlin-based producer Mano Le Tough is an artist we've been seeing a lot of lately. With a few releases in the bag and a record on Buzzin' Fly in the works, Tough's just been tapped to provide a remix for Montreal-based alt-rock trio—and fellow Buzzin' Fly signees—Flower and Sea Creatures. "The Sitting Room (Mano Le Tough Remix)" sees the producer moving into moodier territory than we've previously heard from him, with a dark soundscape evoked by atmospheric drones, digital chimes, echoy tech-house clicks, and a percussive bassline made of detuned toms. The track hits its stride halfway through, gaining momentum with the addition of a deep kick drum and the spooky vocals of Flower and Sea Creatures' singer, Graham Baxter. Mano Le Tough's Stories EP is out on September 19, and Flower and Sea Creatures' Flower and Sea Creatures LP is set to follow on September 26.
Full disclosure: We've been spinning Tycho's forthcoming LP, Dive, in the XLR8R office more or less every day since it was sent over to us by releasing label Ghostly. And while we still can't seem to get enough of its sun-bleached synth melodies and buoyant drum rhythms, we don't mind hearing another take of the stellar "Hours" single from Canadian producer Teen Daze. It seems that the remixing artist might feel the same way we do about his tune's source material, as this unofficial rework of Tycho's track doesn't stray too far from its original state. (via Pitchfork)
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We mean this without any negative connotations at all: Onra is apparently big in Japan. The French electro-funk producer at least seems to frequent the country more than most of his peers do, and even crafted a two-track 7" of edits (pictured above) exclusively for his next Japanese tour. "Change of Heart" is one of those cuts, and finds the tunesmith working a little more on the dark side of his '80s-inspired production style. Grab that tune here, and make sure to check out the list of Onra's forthcoming performances after the jump. Read more »
UK producer Sully (a.k.a. Jack Stevens) is a bit of a mysterious figure. When his tracks first began surfacing three or four years ago, Sully was praised for his infusion of melancholy 2-step-garage sensibilities into thicker, bass-heavy rhythms. While this now seems commonplace in today's post-everything UK bass spectrum, Sully was undeniably ahead of his time, yet was never properly celebrated for his boundary-pushing ways. Read more »
Taken from Ben Butler & Mousepad's Gif N Run EP (pictured above), which dropped just yesterday via French label Musique Large, this lovely, shuffling remix comes to us courtesy of Brooklyn-based producer Shigeto. The Ghostly acolyte reformats "Mag Mag" into a mixture of plinking harp melodies, swelling synth tones, and bouncing rhythms for his contribution to the EP. You can hear bits of what the rest of Ben Butler & Mousepad's new record sounds like in the teaser video after the jump. Read more »
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