Today, San Francisco's Reilly Steel is dropping his debut EP, Challenger (artwork above), via the RISLabs imprint, which consists of two original tunes and a handful of remixes, including this one from ballroom house don MikeQ and collaborator Divoli S'vere. The resulting rework is exactly what you'd expect from the NYC producers: Big drums and big rhythms are the focus, while everything else is stripped back except for a few choice vocal samples and some occasional washes of space-age FX. In short, this one is ripe for vogueing dancefloors the world over. Grab it below and then preview the entire EP, which is streaming in full after the jump. Read more »
While the notion of being a "citizen of the world" is often worthy of scorn, or at least a pronounced eye roll, in the case of Chief Boima (a.k.a. Boima Tucker), the concept actually makes sense. Raised in Milwaukee and subsequently a longtime resident of Oakland, Boima currently calls Brooklyn home, although "home" is a relative concept when you're frequently traveling the globe and soaking in the local sounds of places like Spain, Colombia, Bolivia, Sierra Leone (his father's birthplace), Liberia, and other locales too numerous to list. Along the way, he's been adopted by the Dutty Artz crew, who will be releasing his latest record, African in New York, next week. As such, we figured now would be a good time to have Boima assemble an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, and the multifaceted artist has responded with something that's both entirely unique and completely representative of what he's all about when it comes to music. Read more »
How does one review an extensive compilation of Murk, one of house music's most prolific duos? It seems like it would be easy, but the sheer breadth of material contained on Defected presents House Masters: Murk is honestly intimidating. Over the past 20 years, the Florida duo's work has maintained a consistent quality as it's developed and grown with the global underground house scene. It's hard to imagine a history of house, much less New York club culture, without the work of Ralph Falcon and Oscar G. Read more »
In two and a half minutes, Schlachthofbronx's "Slowine" manages to create a mesmerizing and imposing sense of weight on the listener. As the title suggests, the track slowly chugs along a shuffling cumbia rhythm, but the song's arrangement is actually dominated by a tremendous, crushing bass growl. A female voice periodically repeats the song title and reminds us of higher frequencies, but it's hard to not stay focused on the low end here. "Slowine" is part of a double a-side release (pictured above) from the Munich duo that features tracks from its upcoming LP, Dirty Dancing, which hits March 30 via Disko B.
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