A few weeks back, we premiered the video for "Into the Night" from Toronto's Azari & III, and now we've got our hands on a remix of the song from New York prodigy Nicolas Jaar (pictured above). Jaar strips down the glammed-out house and funk of the original tune (which you can download over at Pitchfork) in favor of a more sparse and dark creation lead by moody piano chords. He also expands the track to almost double its original length, playfully building up and breaking down the elements a few times, never letting it fully hit for too long. As far as dance music goes, it's a remarkably rewarding exercise in patience and one we're happy to undertake. The remix and original track will be available as part of the Into the Night EP on November 22. Fans of Jaar should also take note that his debut full-length will be dropping on his own Clown and Sunset imprint in early 2011.
Surely the UK's youngest highly revered singer/musician/composer/producer/DJ, 22-year-old James Blake has been brewing his unique style of R&B-infused bass music (or is it bass-infused R&B?) for years now, releasing a small number of EPs and singles to an ever-growing mass of fans. Now, more than a year after his first EP dropped, Blake has announced his forthcoming debut full-length, simply titled James Blake. Read more »
Over the past year, Nottingham-based producer Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler) has undertaken quite the reinvention, leaving behind the hip-hop flavored abstraction of his past efforts for something much better suited for the dancefloor. Last summer's "Pineapple Crush" single was the first demonstration of Cutler's new-found love affair with Detroit techno and classic rave, but with his new album, Emerald Fantasy Tracks, coming out next week on his own Magic Wire label, the transformation just might be complete. Read more »
Who: Nicolas Jaar
Where: New York, New York
In 2004, Nicolas Jaar—who was all of 14 years old at the time—received a Villalobos album for Christmas from his father. So yes, one could say that he was on the right track pretty early on, at least as far as dance music was concerned. Born in NY, Jaar actually spent much of his childhood in Chile before returning to the Big Apple at age 11 and delving into house and techno production as a teenager. By the time he was 17, Jaar had his first proper release, 2008's The Student EP on Wolf + Lamb. Subsequent records and remixes have appeared on Circus Company, Get Physical, and his own Clown and Sunset imprint, which is currently set to release a couple of Jaar tunes as part of a special collaborative LP called Inés, to be released via a custom USB. When he's not putting the finishing touches on his debut album, which is slated to drop next February, Jaar also finds the time to study comparative literature at Brown University, where's he currently a junior. Read more »
Amidst dubstep's move into the pop sphere, it's tempting to write off the genre, yet it's important to remember that many of dubstep's formative players continue to re-imagine and re-invent dubstep's familiar structure. Among these few pioneers is Bristol's Peverelist, both an influential producer and curator as the owner of the Punch Drunk label. Just last week, the imprint released Worth the Weight, a two-disc compilation featuring early dubstep pioneers like Pinch and Appleblim alongside more current influentials like Shorstuff, Hyetal, and Joker. Looking to PD's next generation of artists, the Bristol-based Superisk is someone who has already stood out—we streamed his Find Your Way EP back in September—and now he's offered up a VIP version of the EP's title track to Poland-based blog BBQ. For this version, Superisk exchanged the sparse drums of the original and filled the space with an urgent bassline while adding a new layer of purple fuzz to the synths.
House music enthusiasts and record collectors alike should pay close attention to this one. Buzzin' Fly label head and one half of the English duo Everything But the Girl, Ben Watt, is selling off his incredibly vast record collection in order to clear space and benefit charity. Read more »
A handful of weeks ago we filled you in on Paris beatmaker Fulgeance's new EP for Musique Large, and now we bring you Fulgeance in his Souleance incarnation, a project with partner Soulist. Souleance marks another foray into hip-hop sampling styles and drum kits, this time with an ear towards funk and more whimsical melody. The two will release an EP on November 22 called Soupape on First Word and we have the track "Passarinho" here for download. The song features chopped vocals worthy of a 9th Wonder comparison and Fulgeance's signature organ melodies that give the track extra warmth and personality.
In time for your weekend pre-funking needs comes a new mix from Contakt, who admittedly is an XLR8R employee but also happens to be an all-around-awesome DJ/producer. (He's actually getting set to release the next record from London imprint Local Action.) As one of the residents of New York's monthly future bass night TURRBOTAX®—which will be welcoming Kyle Hall, Shortstuff, and up-and-coming New York producer Laurel Halo on November 26—Contakt plays host to many of the US' and UK's best underground producers, so we're taking a sec to give him some shine. His latest mix, Fall Back, features a melange of new and unreleased tracks, some from previous TURRBOTAX® guests like Brenmar and Optimum, along with one of Contakt's own productions at the end. Read more »
This February, Sub Pop will release Mogwai's seventh full-length album, cryptically titled Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. The record's debut single, "Rano Pano," is available for free download on Sub Pop's website, for the cost of your email address, and a 7" of the single will be available January 18. You can grab the track and check out the LP's cover art and tracklist below. Read more »
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