Upon first listen to Photek's forthcoming DJ-Kicks mix, it may sound as if Photek and Pinch's "M25FM" transitions directly into "Dead Eye," a 1994 cut from Baby Ford and Eon. The compilation tracklisting, however, indicates that this tune, "No Agenda," is actually crammed somewhere between the two. On DJ-Kicks, Photek mixes in and out of "No Agenda" deliberately and creatively, sprinkling in only parts of the tunes' arpeggio, synth stabs, and blips, never quite introducing the full force of the track. With its big, four-on-the-floor kick and thick bass, the song does pack something of a wallop, despite its slowish tempo and introspective vibe.
We originally heard the first single to arrive from Oakland beatsmith Elephant & Castle's forthcoming Transitions LP (dropping on March 27 via Plug Research) back in July of last year, but we're nonetheless excited that a live performance of "I Will" was recently shot by San Francisco videographers Echolocale. Read more »
Let us preface this post with a note that this certainly isn't the first time a producer has given away their remix of KP & Envyi's 1998 hit single "Swing My Way," but, hey, we're always down to check out new treatments of the R&B group's soulful vocals. Young producer Balam Acab recently offered his version of the tune via Twitter, and it's pretty much what you'd expect from the talented artist: aquatic samples mingling with pitched-down, slowed-down singing and a beat that sounds like Neptune's G-ride scraping the bottom of the ocean floor.
Well, the news has finally arrived: Brooklyn trio Lemonade will release its second proper LP, Diver (artwork above), on May 29 via True Panther. "Neptune," which we first heard in its live form back in September, is the forthcoming record's lead single, and finds the band further polishing the kind of tropically informed, R&B-tinged synth-pop we got to know on 2010's Pure Moods mini-album. The single is scheduled to drop next month—accompanied by remixes from Mike Simonetti, Jacques Renault, and Sinjin Hawke—and Lemonade has a set of live dates coming up with Neon Indian throughout North America, all of which you can check out after the jump, along with the complete Diver tracklist. Read more »
Famed Berlin nightclub Berghain is launching a new imprint to accompany its Ostgut Ton label, which has been releasing music primarily from Berghain-related acts since 2005. The new label has been dubbed Unterton, and will specialize in releasing remixes of music that previously appeared on Ostgut Ton. Read more »
Big beat outfit Groove Armada, a ubiquitous presence at the massive raves and festivals of the late '90s and early 2000s, is not only still crafting new music, but the duo is making a rather surprising move to Hypercolour for the release of its forthcoming No Knock EP. Read more »
About one minute into "Heavy Petting," Parisian floods the mix with an overwhelming bass synth and diverts attention away from the rest of the ambient, downtempo swoon that makes up the rest of the song. It's a potentially obnoxious move, but just like naming a song "Heavy Petting," there's a provocative allure to the action. After several listens, the ringing synths and woozy vocal samples come in to focus and prove the St. Louis beatmaker's production to be indeed memorable, if not tasteful.
Drums. When discussing the music of Doc Daneeka (a.k.a. Mial Watkins), that's usually the focus of the conversation. After all, the Welsh-born producer essentially made a name for himself by crafting percussion-heavy slices of mutant house music. Sure, the excellent They!Live album dialed down the drum patterns in favor of a stark, techno-leaning sound palette, but much of that was chalked up to the producer's relocation to Berlin, if not the influence of his They!Live collaborator Benjamin Damage. So how exactly does one explain "Toby Jug," the latest Doc Daneeka single and something he produced—apart from the vocal contributions of Abigail Wyles—completely on his own? Not only does the track not contain much in the way of drums, it's not even suitable for the club. Read more »
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