New York's longstanding club-tune patron and Trouble & Bass label head Drop the Lime is set to take over the bombastic Bugged Out jump-off this Saturday at London's brand-new XOYO venue. Along with mixmasters Mumdance, Seiji, Raf Daddy, and more, DJ/producer Luca Venezia will be delivering an expectedly stellar selection of bass-heavy party jams, a few of which could very likely be included in this free promo mix he just sent over. Read more »
Brooklyn sound sculptor Dale Parsons is Parsod, a beatsmith interested in spacey soundscapes, dissected hip-hop grooves, and thoughtful bass rumblings. His first offering of that sort is a self-titled, four-track EP, from which "Parade" is taken. As the EP's lead song, "Parade" takes no time getting started. Disjointed rhythms, 8-bitty sound effects, arpeggiating synth melodies, and all kinds of floating cosmic transmissions launch into the forefront within in seconds of hitting play, and are over seemingly just as quickly. If the brief excursion perks your ears up without fully satiating your appetite for intergalactic sonics, you can find out what the rest of his blippy beat explorations sounds like over on his SoundCloud profile, where all of Parsod is available to stream.
Just about two months ago, we gave you the heads up about San Antonio, TX, producer Sonora and his downloadable Siempre Fresco EP for the Austin-based party/blog/label Peligrosa. Now, we have a choice remix of one of those five tunes by the producer's friend and fellow San Antonian Mexicans With Guns (pictured above). MWG's booming rework of "Paraiso" grabs the cumbia- and reggaeton-inspired rhythms and equatorial sound palette of the original track and, after a slow build, wraps them around his own staples: eye-rattling 808 kicks, filthy low-end undulations, and a club-ready swagger. Maybe it's because of their southern roots, but this pairing of the two producers shows us that Texas may have a thing or two to teach the world about sweltering Latin party music.
The maestro of mash-ups and Pied Piper of party people, Pittsburgh's Gregg Gillis (a.k.a. Girl Talk), solidifies his role as a file-sharing philanthropist today with the release of his brand-new full-length album, which is available for a completely free download with no strings attached. Read more »
At the end of this month, on November 29, NY/LA-based production outfit Banana Clipz will release a free, self-titled EP in conjunction with Ghetto Bassquake and Bersa Discos. The DJ/producers of Banana Clipz, Oro11 (above, second from right) and Chief Boima (above, far left), formulated the project over the past three years, initially while both men resided in Oakland but continuing after Oro11 packed up and headed south for Los Angeles. Now that Boima has also bid adieu to the West Coast, the EP is essentially a snapshot of a particular time in the duo's lives, but that certainly doesn't detract from the quality of the music. The tracks won't be released for another two weeks, but Chief Boima has prepared something to tide you over in the meantime: a free mix of bass-laden, tropically infused dance music, all of which is featured on the forthcoming Banana Clipz EP. Read more »
On "No Regrets," Brooklyn/Berlin producer Night Plane (a.k.a. William Rauscher) sampled '80s R&B trio The System's "You Are In My System," although it ultimately becomes a nearly unrecognizable amidst the song's hulking synth-wash of crunch and crackle. Nearly burying the listener in atmospheric synths, Night Plane alleviates the track's weightiness with an expertly placed acoustic guitar riff that, in the context of anything but dark and growling synths, could easily be mistaken as fodder from the untouched New Age section at any number of dying record stores. Rauscher cites "balearic twilight" and "cosmic Brooklyn" as influences on his MySpace page, descriptions that, while obviously a bit silly, do seem to fit a sound that couples ancient mysticism and intergalactic sci-fi. (via Altered Zones)
Ghostly's Michna and Fool's Gold's Dust La Rock like The Orb—a lot. As such, the boys recently dug into the musical vaults and put together a cassette-only mixtape of Orb classics and rarities they've simply titled Michna & Dust La Rock Mix the Orb. The cassettes were limited to only 100 and have already sold out on Turntable Lab, but in case the hard copy isn't so important to you, the mix can now be heard in its entirety in MP3 form here. The mixtape contains nearly 90 minutes of Orb material, covering albums like the Kiss EP, Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, and Pomme Fritz. To celebrate the release, Michna and La Rock have scheduled a party on November 27 at Brooklyn's Public Assembly, a night that will feature them dropping all-vinyl sets along with Trouble & Bass queen Star Eyes and drum & bass OG DJ Dara of Planet of the Drums. Check the poster for the release party after the jump. Read more »
At this point, Mary Anne Hobbs' name has become synonymous with electronic music. The musical icon has carved out an ideal niche for herself within the bass- and beat-heavy landscape via her lengthy career as a music journalist, radio broadcaster, and taste-making DJ. Read more »
While the label's music may conjure romantic notions of tropicana-beats and sunny origins, early tropical adopters Dutty Artz began their New York Tropical parties admist the frigid winter of 2008. Hosted by Dutty Artz founding fathers DJ Rupture, Matt Shadetek, and Geko Jones. and lasting just over a year, their New York Tropical party was a bright moment in underground New York nightlife, featuring music and guests from every imaginable part of the globe. In honor of these formative events, Dutty Artz has put together a compilation of Dutty Artz in-house producers, as well as music from the likes of Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, DJ Orion, and Colombia's Lido Pimienta. The New York Tropical compilation is out now, and Dutty Artz has been kind enough to offer a free sample in the form of "Sunshine City," a collaborative effort between Matt Shadetek and Lamin Fofana. The track pits the depth of hollow steel-drum samples and wind chimes against the bright surface of digital dancehall blips and a galloping, 2-steppy beat. To celebrate the release of New York Tropical, DJ Rupture recently did a mix for Tom Ravenscroft's BBC radio show. A download link and the full tracklisting are available after the jump. Read more »
Throughout 2010, Irish record store turned label, All-City Records, has been putting out a series of 10-inches dedicated to LA's prolific producer/beat scene and recently dropped the seventh installment, a joint effort between Dam-Funk and Computer Jay. We already shared "Phantom" from Computer Jay's side of the vinyl, and now we can pass along a selection from Dam-Funk's half of the record. "3012 Love Affair" is a remarkably appropriate title for the song, as it really does sound like he is madly in love with his synthesizers. A smooth and funky rhythm track floats along for the better part of the five-and-a-half-minute song and lays the foundation for Dam-Funk to go apeshit on some keyboards, basically soloing the entire time. That's not to say that this is some sort of self-indulgent effort; listening to him solo is just as rewarding for us, the listeners, as it is for him.
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