It's all true, but the backstory for Fatima Al Qadiri undeniably reads like a music journalist's wet dream. Born in Senegal and raised by Russian-educated parents in Kuwait (although she summered in the UK), Al Qadiri eventually wound up in Brooklyn, where she's been involved in New York City's art world for several years as a photographer and visual artist. In her free time, she pens the Global. WAV blog for DIS magazine, highlighting a variety of obscure sounds from around the planet. Oh, yeah, Al Qadiri also happens to make music, both under her own name and as Ayshay, her more experimental project that's signed to Tri Angle, utilizes nothing but manipulations of her own voice, and takes inspiration from traditional Muslim worship songs. Now, she's offering up the Genre-Specific Xperience EP, an effort that "showcases five new pieces of music that each reinterpret five sub-genres of dance music: juke, hip hop, dubstep, electro-tropicalia, and '90s Gregorian trance." If that's not enough, the EP's release party is happening today at New York's New Museum. When it comes to musical resumes, this one certainly sounds pretty amazing, but it also begs the question: Is the music actually any good? Read more »
The Tokyo-based 7even imprint is one of only a handful of Japanese imprints devoted to bass music, having previously released remixes by the likes of Ramadanman and Untold. Now, 7even has just offered up a free "mini-compilation" of exclusive tunes from select members of its roster, including this glistening dancefloor burner from French artist F. The talented bass wrangler matches punchy, high-octane dubstep riddims with swirls of squelching synths, percussive sound effects, and thick sub tones on "Mind the Gap." Cop F's jam here, and check out the rest of the free offering over on 7even's Bandcamp, here.
The elusive duo known as Tiger & Woods, who have built a name for themselves on the strength of their edit-intensive take on disco, house, funk, and soul—not to mention their debut full-length, Through the Green, which came out earlier this year—offered up a free album yesterday, entitled Wiki & Leaks. Read more »
We first learned about British tunesmith Pedestrian just the other week, when he delivered a lengthy take on Ghost Colours' "Dance Around the Subject." Now, we get one of the artist's original productions, a whispy and effervescent tune that brings together elements of Four Tet with Mount Kimbie's penchant for field recordings and negative space. "Midsummer's Common" is lifted from Pedestrian's forthcoming Hei Poa EP (pictured above), which will surface on October 31 via UK imprint Push & Run. You can check out the lighthearted video for this cut after the jump. Read more »
As far as kitschy trends in electronic music go, the wave of R&B and R&B-inspired tracks percolating through house and bass music lately has certainly spawned its share of cringe-worthy moments. That said, when Austin-based DJ and producer Dubbel Dutch (pictured above) is the one giving contemporary R&B the remix treatment, we're pretty much happy to let this fad continue ad infinitum. This rework of last year's "Lay It Down" from pop star Lloyd slams some bass-filled reggaeton behind the sensual crooning, releasing the restrained foreplay of the original into an all-out bump and grind. Look out for a new Dubbel Dutch EP, Hymn, which is set to drop soon on Mixpak, the Dre Skull-helmed label to which he recently signed. Ahead of that, Europeans can catch him in the flesh over the next week or so, as he's currently on tour across the pond. The tour dates can be found after the jump. (via FADER) Read more »
This piece of herky-jerky beat music arrives courtesy of Canadian tunesmith Monolithium and the brand-new Swift, Thanks music blog, which is curated by Error Broadcast boss Sven Swift. Early next month, Swift will drop a free compilation of unreleased tunes, including productions from Groundislava, Pixelord, and other newcomers, with this spacey soul jam claiming the second spot on the tracklist. Look for Monolithium taking these sounds to the West Coast with performances throughout November.
For those looking for a blissful, visionary experience without ingesting narcotics of questionable legality, the video for Nguzunguzu's "Water Bass Power (Timesup Sand Mix)" is a healthy alternative that may even surprise those with the best iTunes visualizer plug-ins. Read more »
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