Alfred Darlington (a.k.a. Daedelus) is a dandy fella who usually has a keen nose for grooves he exhumes from discarded pop records hidden below the stacks of one-dollar Streisand albums that pollute LA's thrift shops. At his best, he floats in a psychedelic hip-hop/IDM realm that can recall De La Soul's "D.A.I.S.Y. Age." That said, Bespoke often shoots for the psych virtue of sensory overload and instead ends up a frustrating mess. Read more »
One of the handful of choice artists hard at work delivering an array of pop-friendly sounds on the New York/London-based Cascine label (read more in depth about that imprint here), producer Chad Valley has announced he will release his second EP for the up-and-coming record hub. Read more »
Well, spring has sprung, and we've got some hot tunes... Wait, no...
Well, the sun is finally out, and what better a way to celebrate than to bring you XLR8R's hottest spring jams. Wait, nah...
Well, it's that time again—you know, the red-letter date of April 27, when we roll out our annual third-of-the-way-through-the-year list of our top 30 MP3s...? Read more »
With their forthcoming debut LP, Channel Pressure, Ford and Lopatin will be expanding their scope as purveyors of sample-heavy '80s nostalgia, an effort that began with last year's That People Play EP (released under the duo's now-discarded Games moniker). Ahead of the album's June 7 release date, the Brooklyn outfit will be dropping a limited-edition 12" of first single "Emergency Room," with remixes by Gavin Russom and The Bug. Placing his signature proggy stamp on the synthesized funk of the original, Russom teases the track out an extra four minutes with a simmering acid line and arpeggiations that wouldn't sound out of place on his Crystal Ark project. Combine that with a heap of toms in the low end and glistening synthesized cicada noises and you have a good recipe for a 5am anthem. The "Emergency Room" 12" is available digitally now, and those who want to get their hands on one of the rare slabs on vinyl can order a copy here. In the meantime, do check out the vinyl artwork, which is posted after the jump. Read more »
We premiered the original version of this tune from Prauge DJ/producer Tvyks and UK MC C. Monts in late 2010, and now we have this equally hyped-up remix by Chicago juke patron Chrissy Murderbot for you. The Windy City producer tosses loads of percussion into his mix, infuses his rhythms with almost inaudibly low bass frequencies, and reworks the original synth melody into a flurry of stabs that immediately recalls old-school rave favorites (not to mention contemporary revivalists of that sound like Zomby or Lone). At first, C. Monts' vocal delivery remains untouched in this version, but as we continue further into "Mitte Riddim (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)," those too get the ol' chop-and-tweak. You can check out more takes on Tvyks track from the Prauge to Berlin Remixed EP here.
Our first introduction to Brooklyn leftfield chanteuse Laurel Halo was likely similar to your own: either her '80s pop-referencing King Felix EP for Hippos in Tanks, or Games' similar-sounding "Strawberry Skies" song that she lends her voice to. However, the singer/producer is also well versed in the ways of techno, ambient, and IDM sounds, which a forthcoming cassette-tape release for NNA Tapes will exhibit in full. "Zoo Hypothesis" is one such track from the seven-song Antenna, and finds Halo slowly building a spatial soundscape out of churning low frequencies, free-floating sound effects, and extremely subtle melodic atmospheres—an effort not unlike that of her former collaborator Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never). You can cop the whole Antenna cassette when it drops on May 10.
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