We picked up on some sad news late last week with the passing of Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, a founding member of the legendary industrial band Throbbing Gristle and of iconic ambient darkwave producers Coil, in his home in Bangkok. Read more »
Roman DJ/producer AD Bourke is no stranger to the music-making game (he's had a beat tape out for nearly three years, now), but the recently released Mirage EP for Citinite seems to be the only full-formed record written under his name so far. Taken from that list of eight funky and soulful tunes (well, there's 10 if you buy the digital version), "Diff Star" is a sort of boogie-flavored hip-hop jam that somehow invokes the vintage sounds of Miami, LA, Detroit, and New York all at once. The track's bassline sounds ripped out of a lost G-funk joint, the beat might as well be an over-compressed break from hip-hop's early days, each sparse guitar pluck bears the aftertaste of Motown, and the whole thing is enveloped in the sunny, drug-fueled decadence of South Beach. AD Bourke probably isn't a geographer of any sort, but the dude certainly seems to have his modern music history down pat.
Now that the paganistic Manchester duo of Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty (a.k.a. Demdike Stare) has finished its three-part series of albums for 2010, the string of LPs will coalesce into a box set of sorts next year. The label responsible for all Demdike Stare releases thus far, Modern Love, will drop Tryptych, a three-disc record that compiles Forest of Evil, Liberation Through Hearing, and Voices of Dust along with 40 minutes of never-before-released music, on January 24. Read more »
Back in October, UK grime godfather Wiley offered up yet another musical freebie in the form of the Prodigal Entertainment-produced "It's Wiley," a gift he brought back from his well-Ustream-documented trip to Jamaica. Read more »
Party Guy Records wants to make sure everyone knows that not all low-end-dedicated club music comes from the UK, and it does so in spades on its latest release, a compilation of talented US producers called Future Sounds of North America (you can listen to it here and grab it for keeps here). Though his own production work doesn't make it into the tracklist, Pacific Northwesterner and XLR8R-approved Bubblin' tunesmith Cedaa was asked to give one of the compilation's tracks a remix, and the juke-loving youngster delivered quite a doozy. His take on Clicks & Whistles' "When I Feel" more or less retains the same sonic palette of the original—overwhelming bass frequencies, a thinly sliced vocal sample, and a soothing din of a synth melody—within the re-work, but utilizes the sounds in a far more frantic way. Cedaa spends the whole time with his influences split between the music of UK nightclubs and Chi-Town's underground footwork parties, though he never sounds divided. In fact, it seems more like the producer has found an untrodden path smack-dab between those well-traveled roads.
Out today from the Banana Clipz project, made up of Bersa Discos' Oro11 and Ghetto Bassquake's Chief Boima, is the duo's entirely free, seven-track self-titled EP. Inspired in part by the two artists' love of cumbia and coupé decalé respectively, the EP hardly consists of just those two genres alone, but instead taps into a long, rich history of Latin American, African, and Caribbean musical cross-pollination. In addition to the Los Rakas-featured "Afro Latino" we posted last week, the EP features other standouts like "Push Am," a slow-burning coupé decalé rhythm that supports ripe synth lines and a wanton bassline. Check the rest of the tracklist below and download the whole EP here. Read more »
It's funny, no matter how many times grime has been declared dead, the rough-and-ready genre keeps coming back for more. Undeterred by the scene's unfortunate detours into inter-crew beefs, clashes with law enforcement, and out-and-out hypermasculinity, young Rinse FM jocks Elijah & Skilliam are taking grime back to the days when the music was fun, the tempos were fast, and producers were king. Read more »
When Oslo's Bjørn Torske released the playful and personal Feil Knapp three years ago, the boundless space-disco scene he had helped grow and nurture was more poised than ever for a masterpiece. But instead of some big, daring statement, he focused on making music that was rustic, lived-in, and human. On Kokning, he retreats farther into that mindset, showcasing his style, his quirks, and the windswept vistas of his productions. Read more »
Last month, XLR8R debuted Hackman's remix of "Chicken Lover," a track from Bassanovva (pictured above), the new project featuring Toronto's Grahmzilla and NYC's Jubilee. Yesterday, Sinden's Grizzly label released "Chicken Lover," the duo's debut record that includes two more original productions and additional remixes from Nacho Lovers, Samo Soundboy, and Greenmoney. This remix, from Netherlands wunderkind and previous Bubblin' artist Munchi, is an example of what the young producer does best—reggaeton for the next century, building on the original's playfulness with epic, trance-like bombast.
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