This issue, we dig in deep with the icons of electronic music, and gather intel on how they make their sounds so uniquely original. From Four Tet to Squarepusher to Moby to Mala, there's no shortage of tips, tricks, and musical philosophies to inspire budding producers. We also look at some of our favorite producers of the year—with Oriol, Teengirl Fantasy, oOoOO, and plenty more icons-to-be filling these pages. Read more »
Just yesterday, London magazine and online TV station SpineTV talked with grime producer and all-around badman Terror Danjah as part of its newly launched SpineTV Podcast series. The interview, which follows the recent release of Danjah's Undeniable album via Hyperdub, touches on a load of topics relating to his rise as a DJ, the process of becoming an iconic music producer, starting his Aftershock label, working with friend/collaborator D Double E, and more. Read more »
Canadian producer Mike Silver (a.k.a. CFCF) joins the likes of John Talabot, Anoraak, and In Flagranti on the The Golden League remix album for Spanish combo We Are Standard, offering a remix of "Other Lips, Other Kisses" as his contribution. At first, the slow-grooving beat and subtle bass tones that start off Silver's track might have you thinking he has a new-found penchant for the UK and its continuum of bass-related genres, but soon, catchy vocals drop in with some instrumentation more in line with what we've come to expect from the producer. Once the housey piano loops and the wash of string melodies swell into the mix, it's apparent that even on his remixes, CFCF waves the Balearic flag high. You can see how the other eight remixes match up when The Golden League drops on December 6 via Mushroom Pillow.
Another patron of the fine art of bass, Bristol's October, will be taking part in the forthcoming takeover of Fabric's Room Three next Friday. Along with others from the Apple Pips label, including Appleblim and Komonazmuk, October will deliver tasteful selections of beats and bass through the illustrious club's top-of-the-line soundsystem. To pique our interest in the impending jump-off, the DJ/producer sent over a brand-new mix he's crafted for the auspicious occasion, which features lively and brooding tunes from the likes of Mr. Fingers, Black Jazz Consortium, Conforce, and A Number of Names. Read more »
Jamie Woon's Burial-graced "Night Air" tune is certainly threatening to climb to the top of a lot of folk's year-end charts, but we might even be more enamored with the crop of remixes it has given way to. The version by percussion-loving bass-case Ramadanman first caught our ears, and now comes this stellar treatment from newcomer Becoming Real (pictured above). While the young tunesmith can be found working in the realms of post-dubstep, grime, and deconstructed juke, to name a few, his remix of "Night Air" is a production more inspired by bubbling future-house and reliant on delicate melodic elements—an atypical audio palette for Becoming Real. Certainly, the expertly crafted source material is responsible for some of the song's lighter elements, but still, the remixer makes the wise choice to work within that vibe instead of forcing it to fit his past repertoire.
Well, it's good to know that at least one member of the techno world has an excellent sense of humor. Recently, DJ/producer Seth Troxler talked with French music hub The Drone, joking continuously about the seriousness of the techno scene, people's reinvigorated interest in Detroit, and the magical properties of Gold Bond, among other things. Read more »
This coming Thursday at San Francisco's Public Works club, two lovers of hyperactive dance tunes, DJ Sega and DJ Rashad (pictured above), will overtake the venue's brand-new soundsystem with a smash of bass, beats, and re-appropriated vocal samples. Preceding that hotly tipped performance comes this collaborative track from DJ Rashad & DJ Earl, "2 Bottles of Goose." The Chicago-based footworkers hook up a typically solid production, matching syncopated hi-hats and claps with stuttering kick patterns, mind-numbing low-end, and a fresh wash of sinister synth melodies every so often. Rashad and Earl aren't necessarily treading uncharted territory on "2 Bottles," at least not within their own realms of Chicago-born dance music (represented well on XLR8R by an excellent podcast and in-depth feature), but suffice it to say, the track is another reminder why the juke/footwork scene remains interesting and innovative in the general scheme of club-ready sonics.
London producer Lil Silva may be young, but he's already made a mark on the UK music scene. He's been championed by Marcus Nasty, his Night Skanker EP on Night Slugs added to the label's already impressive talent roster, and the guy just keeps pushing forward. His production combines a high-energy take on grime and UK funky with a knowledge of American house that results in some seriously potent tunes. Read more »
Listening to the career trajectory of Justin K. Broadrick gives one the feeling that he has mellowed significantly with age—how else could the man who helped bring Godflesh and Techno Animal to the world be creating trip-hop-infused ambient soundscapes? While the sonic palette of Pale Sketcher may be completely divorced from the dark, industrial metal of his former projects, Broadrick's precision and technical expertise still shine through on this slab of 'demixed' tracks from his Jesu project's last album.
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