Brooklyn based Laurel Halo's formerly self-released EP, King Felix, will be getting the reissue treatment thanks to the Hippos In Tanks imprint. All the intricate melodies, vocal harmonies, and baths of reverb from the original EP have been remastered for the reissue (album artwork above), which will be available digitally and on 12" vinyl. Read more »
One of the best holiday gifts for the family music lover is a box set. Not only do they look big and well-proportioned in wrapping paper, they're a great way to give a lot in just one gift. One November 23, Strut will release two timely compilations, one being a limited-edition box set of Strut's three Next Stop... Soweto volumes from the '60s and '70s, and the other a two-CD compilation of rare 45s and b-sides of Christmas-themed soul music from the same era. Read more »
Back in July, Brazilian singer Luísa Maita released her debut album, Lero-Lero, a record that took samba's and bossanova's most distinctive rhythms and paired them with electronic music's frequent ability to create soundscapes that bridge then, and now. Pushing those sonic boundaries further on Maita Remixed, XLR8R favorites like Maga Bo, DJ /rupture, and Seiji offer melted-border interpretations of Maita's already adventuresome music. Posted to the happy mess that is his mudd up! blog, Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) offered up his remix of the album's title track in all its free glory. The song takes the sunny brightness of the original's guitar melodies and muddies it in a rain-bursting cloud of delay and reverb. Rupture then sends Maita's voice through a dancehall singjay's Auto-Tuner, putting her in outer space as she bounces, gravity-defying, over warm jetstreams of kicks and snares. (via The Fader).
Berlin label-mates and techno masterminds Magda (pictured above) and Marc Houle will be spreading their minimal techno goodness throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico on their upcoming tour in December. Read more »
Storming quickly to the frontlines of UK future-whatchyamacallit is the four-man production team C.R.S.T. Having already released impressive EP's on Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen, Well Round, and Car Crash Set, C.R.S.T. will release their latest EP, Good Love, on No Hats No Hoods with a digital release on November 29 and a vinyl release November 15. Featuring the EP's title track, the record also boasts remixes from the likes of Daneeka, Mosca, and UK funky badman D-Malice. To pique your interest, we have a minimally circulated track that won't be on the record although very well could be. A tense, 2-stepping track, "Cervantes Riddim" has the vocal heartache of deep house and the high-energy syncopation of UK garage.
All the way from Sweden comes this frantic video for the track "Lord of the Flies" off of Daniel Savio's newest LP, Nekropolis. The video, directed and edited by Lucien Garin, features a host of shapes, colors, some jagged dancing, and even Savio himself setting up some quirky-looking synths and modules on a ledge. Pretty heavy stuff. Read more »
Holland-based producer Applescal has been known for his precocious talents in the production studio, churning out his first full-length A Slave's Commitment at just 20 years old. Now rapidly approaching his mid-20s, Pascal Terstappen continues to release mature electronic music, this time around putting together a proper techno release for Germany's Traum Schallplatten that will also include an EP of remixes. Titled Welcome to the Woods, the record will showcase three new productions from Applescal, all of which will see remix treatment from the likes of Spada, Alec Troniq, and Leeks. Both EPs are out December 13, and after being given the opportunity to share any of the tracks from the release, we're happy to report this Dopamine remix of Applescal's "Your English Song" was hand-picked for its infectious, club-ready synth stabs and drops.
Apparently the people over at Ninja Tune aren't just going to sit back on their laurels while celebrating 20 years as a pioneering UK label. They also have a slew of new releases coming out this month including one from legendary producer The Bug. The Infected EP will be released as a double 12" vinyl with two new tracks (well, one is a re-working of "Poison Dart") and two remixes from Autechre and Scratcha DVA. Read more »
From his forthcoming full-length album for Philly's low-end-obsessed Seclusiasis label, San Francisco tunesmith DNAE Beats gives us "Reptilian MIDI Jazz." The wobbly future-funk production is found smack dab in the middle of the 13-track Secrets Worth Dying For record, and exhibits an atypically heartfelt and melodic atmosphere from a producer so often transfixed with all things distorted and blap-friendly. While a sample of a man spewing randomness about "reptilian shape shifters" soaks in a pool of spacey effects, DNAE exorcises his inner Dâm-Funk on the buttery synths and squishy basslines, but remains true to himself with his head-knocking beat work and disjointed pace. "Reptilian MIDI Jazz" ends with the man at the controls sending his sample into atonal oblivion, a good sign that the tunes to follow will likely be of the banger variety—basically, business as usual for DNAE Beats. You can find out for sure what comes next when Secrets Worth Dying For drops on November 29.
London's Intruders.tv got a chance to sit down and talk with post-dubstep poster boys Mount Kimbie shortly after their US tour. The duo discusses its recent touring experiences, including the difference between playing more traditional "band venues" and clubs. They also share some insight into how they adapt their songs to achieve their live show and some thoughts regarding the upcoming release, the Blind Night Errand EP. Read more »
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