Last week, our editor Shawn Reynaldo made a quick trip to Berlin for Berlin Music Days, a multi-day happening capped off by the Fly Bermuda Festival. Unlike many of these journalistic expeditions, which usually involve nothing but one party after another, this trip was sponsored by the German government, which meant that the itinerary included some more "official" bits of cultural exchange. Make no mistake though—Shawn went out. A lot. Here are some of the highlights of what he saw. Read more »
This past June, Copenhagen electro-pop group When Saints Go Machine released its sophomore offering, Konkylie, via !K7. The dreamy soundscapes of "Parix" is taken from that album, and is remixed here by fellow Copenhagen resident Nick Eriksen (a.k.a. Taragana Pyjarama). Eriksen's take on "Parix" retains all of the cavernous space found on the original, with vocals falling to the background to make room for an enchanting melody that seems to weave around and into itself as the song runs its course. To hear more of Taragana Pyjarama's deep and heartfelt tones, be sure to check out his self-titled debut EP, released in March.
As we reported last month, Bubblin' Up Brighton producer Guy Andrews was supposed to release a two-track 12" for Untold's Hemlock imprint today, but that date has since been pushed back to November 21. However, you can stream the music now. Read more »
News of a collaborative project between UK dubstep producers Pinch and Shackleton has been floating around for awhile, and today the physical product sees the light of day. Pinch & Shackleton, released via London's Honest Jon's imprint, offers nine original tracks and—based on the available song snippets—sounds much like what one might expect from a collaboration between two producers of such weight. Read more »
New York producer M A N I K has been featured on XLR8R a couple times now (most recently for his remix of Toro Y Moi's "All Alone"), and for good reason; his take on house music is nothing short of infectious—borrowing from disco, funk, and everything in between for a sound that's equally at home in headphones and on the dancefloor. M A N I K has a new EP, She Watches Me, due via Los Angeles' Culprit imprint in the coming weeks, with vinyl slated for a November 18 release and digital copies set to drop November 30. Read more »
Bristol duo Behling & Simpson produce what their Facebook page professes to be "slow house," an accurate (if somewhat reductive) description of the languid grooves the pair creates. With remixes and edits for the likes of Faith Evans and Julio Bashmore under their belts, Behling & Simpson now turn their sights on Chuckii Booker with a take on "Games" that comes described as "kind of a refix." "Play Games" supports Booker's soulful lyrics with smooth chord work and cowbells, and eventually gives way to a synth melody that brings to mind future-funk purveyor Space Dimension Controller. Though this cut isn't featured on it, Behling & Simpson recently released a four-track self-titled EP (pictured above) on Futureboogie, which you can stream in full after the jump. Read more »
Rob Barber and Mary Pearson have been making forward-thinking pop music as High Places for a little over five years, with the band's most recent output seeing the light of day last month when Thrill Jockey released Original Colors. Above, you can watch a new video for album cut "Sonora", directed by Keith Musil. Read more »
Multi-faceted French artist Onra might be best known for the neon-soaked permutations of '80s-funk featured on his lengthy 2010 LP, Long Distance, but—like any bonafide beatmaker—his tastes and production styles are widely varied. As his ongoing Chinoiseries exhibits, the producer born Arnaud Bernard also has a soft spot for vintage Southeast Asian music and hip-hop. His latest offering, Chinoiseries Pt. 2 (out November 15 via All City), once again melds those eclectic tastes into a deft fusion of dusty samples and head-knocking beats (as previously heard on "A New Dynasty" and "No Matter What"), so much so that we had to ask the tuensmith to divulge some of his secrets to us. Read more »
It's only been a few months since we last heard from Bristol bass head Vessel, but the up-and-coming producer seems to have found a new focus for his work, as he presents five tracks of deep, abstract house on his newest EP, Wax Dance (artwork above). Here we have one such cut, "Blowback," which resembles more of a funkified version of Actress or newcomer Patten then it does the considerably more straight-forward tracks of Vessel's Nylon Sunset EP. Not that we're complaining, since the combination of ghostly textures, hyper-compressed drum machines, and chugging low-end heard here is as unexpectedly intriguing as it is listenable. After checking the selection below, you can stream the full Wax Dance EP over on A Future Without's Bandcamp.
It’s hard to believe that it has almost been a decade since John "Juan" Maclean released "By The Time I Get To Venus." That record marked the one-time punk guitarist’s arrival to dance music, and Maclean’s come a long way since then—now boasting two albums, multiple singles, and a full touring band. It’s safe to say he has been fairly prolific over the years, yet despite his wide output, there’s never been a release that’s compiled the odds and ends of his discography. With the arrival of Everybody Get Close, the producer attempts to do just that and a little more. Comprised of unheard remixes and material from the rare, tour-only Find a Way EP, Everybody Get Close is a scattered compilation that makes up for its lack of cohesion with moments of dancefloor satisfaction. Read more »
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