By this point, the XLR8R staff is likely to approach most any rework of Toronto R&B darling The Weeknd with a certain amount of trepidation, but this bootleg remix from Montreal duo Sibian & Faun manages to strike just the right chord. On it, we find the two producers continuing to delve into the world of completely R&B-indebted bass music, which they showed an aptitude for on their recent Numbers single, "I'm Sorry". This bass-laden refix serves as the first release from Sibian & Faun's freshly minted label, which they've decided to operate under the name Half & Half. No word yet on what else may be in store from the imprint, but we'd be surprised if the future didn't hold more soulful pieces of gushing, moody bass like this one.
"Greed," a tune from Babe Rainbow's 2011 Endless Path EP, has been resurrected for a seven-track remix endeavor set to drop on January 11, courtesy of Mishka (artwork above). To help spread the word, the powers that be are passing around this remix from LA/Montreal duo LOL Boys. Thankfully, the pair of producers morphs the slow-burning hip-hop track into something much more oriented for the dancefloor, delving out big bass drums, stuttering hand claps, and dizzying synths while an army of icy percussion moves in increasingly intricate patterns. (via FADER)
It should come as no surprise that the collaboration between Joy Orbison and Instra:mental's Boddika resulted in one of 2011's most inescapable club tunes, "Swims." By the same token, it should also come as no real surprise that the man behind "Sicko Cell," another 2011 track that was hyped and revered long before its release, has made us wait so long to get our hands on a physical copy of his latest output. All that's set to change with the news that Swamp81 has plans to finally drop "Swims" in 12" format later this month. Read more »
Since its founding back in 2005, the Ramp imprint has consistently been a place for quality productions from the UK and beyond. Between its early releases from the likes of Count Bass D, Zomby, and FaltyDL to its more recent efforts from burgeoning artists such as Teeth and Gerry Read, it is easy to see why Ramp has managed to flourish. And with that, the label has reached its 50th release, a benchmark it is celebrating with the release of a retrospective compilation, Ramp 50 (artwork above). Read more »
The holy trinity of Norwegian disco explorers—Todd Terje, Lindstrøm, and Prins Thomas—have come together on a new 12", which finds the seasoned artists remixing two classic Roxy Music tunes. Read more »
High-energy East London grime label Butterz is known to periodically offer up huge ZIP files of rare and unreleased tracks for free download. Yesterday, that string continued with the release of its Winter ZIP, a massive collection comprising nearly 50 tracks from Terror Danjah, D.O.K., Mr Mitch, Royal-T, and more. Read more »
Berlin-based producer Marc Houle has announced plans to release a new LP, his first since stepping out from under the wing of Richie Hawtin's Minus imprint late last year and launching the collaborative Items & Things label with Magda and Troy Pierce. Read more »
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