It's funny. Royal-T and his associates in the Butterz crew are ostensibly grime artists, but there's nothing particularly grimey about their music. Theirs is a new sort of grime, one that sheds the dark baggage of the genre's gritty past and instead delivers bright, technicolor sounds more suitable for the rave than the street. That's certainly true of the songs on the Number One EP, Royal-T's first outing for Rinse, which is dropping ahead of a forthcoming full-length album. Read more »
Beca (pictured above) is a New York-based artist who has just dropped her debut 12" (to be followed shortly after by the release of her debut EP on March 19). The vinyl's a-side cut, "Let's Run Wild," is heavy on the cold-wave vibes, but the flip side offers some intoxicating house, thanks to this rework from London producer Klic (who also operates under the guise Medlar). Truthfully, it sounds like little more than the chopped vocals and occasional synth stabs are shared between the two versions of "Let's Run Wild"—not that we're complaining, as we can enjoy any slice of soulful, bass-loaded house, no matter what the source material is.
Los Angeles producer Brian Simon (a.k.a. Anenon) has unveiled the first bit of music from his forthcoming debut LP, Inner Hue (artwork above). "This Is What I Meant" takes on a similar feel to the tracks we've heard from his Acquiescense EP (the title track of which topped XLR8R's downloads list last month), pinning a steady beat underneath a heavy fog of sonic textures. Whereas "Acquiescense" utilized more recognizable sound sources—a grand piano and touches of live saxophone—Inner Hue is said to be more focused on manipulated soundscapes, such as the enveloping mass of blissful haze displayed here. You'll find the complete tracklist for Anenon's debut full-length, which is set to drop May 1, after the jump. (via Dummy) Inner Hue LP: 01 Eighty-Four 02 This Is What I Meant 03 Stone River 04 Murmurs 05 Embers (feat. Laura Teasley) 06 Memory Residue 07 The Sea and the Stars 08 Inner Hue 09 I'm Awake Tonight 10 Entwine
On Monday, Japan's Diskotopia imprint will follow up the release of its recent label compilation with a new EP (artwork above) from London producer Mau'lin. As a preview, we've gotten our hands on a remix from Am Rhein, one of Diskotopia's three label heads, who reworks the endeavor's title track into a sleek piece of '90s-indebted, late-night house. Adding an array of glistening synths to the mix, Am Rhein's version is considerably more cosmic than Mau'lin's original, but is equally suited for the dancefloor. You can stream a preview of the six-track affair and peep the entire tracklist (which includes remixes from Jack Dixon and Green Linez), after the jump. Read more »
It's been nearly a year since we last heard new original productions from UK tunesmith Lil Silva, so that lull's interruption is wholeheartedly welcome, even if it is a somewhat insubstantial one. Read more »
Here, we have an instrumental production by one of 2011's best new artists, Clams Casino, which he delivered through his Twitter account. The track was originally part of a remix for "Swervin" by Kansan rapper XV, but works just as well without the strangely tender vocal performance—thanks largely in part to the slow-moving bounce, deteriorating melodies, and glacial crunch of the Clams Casino's production work.
Midwest imprint Still Music has been a loyal champion of Detroit's underground dance music since its founding in 2004. One year later, the then-young label issued In the Dark (The Soul of Detroit), a collection of the city's notable producers and DJs that featured names such as Rick Wilhite (pictured above), Mike Huckaby, and Marcellus Pittman. Now, Still Music has announced plans to re-release the compilation, along with a previously unreleased 30-minute documentary chronicling the Motor City's electronic-music scene during that era. Read more »
London residents My Panda Shall Fly and Benjamin Jackson have put together a collaborative EP, which dropped last week via the Five Easy Pieces imprint under the apt title Let's Vibrate Together (artwork above). Here, we have the EP's second offering, a surprisingly warm head-nodder that folds Asian harp samples, buzzing arpeggios, and sun-kissed chords on top of some deliciously heavy drum programming. While the aforementioned elements may lead one to believe that "JS8" is simply a piece of summery electronics, don't be fooled—this tune definitely has its footing securely in the street-wise side of beatmaking, but its creators somehow still cleverly infuse the track with a memorable chord progression and touches of friendly sonics. After giving "JS8" a spin, you can peep the release's full tracklist (which includes remixes from Cloud Boat, Chairman Kato, and Patten) after the jump. Read more »
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