For one reason or another, Sei A (pictured above), one of the more recent names to appear on Tiga's Turbo imprint, decided to try his hand at reworking Warpaint's "Billie Holiday." Whether it was out of admiration for the original tune or just as a production exercise of sorts, the Glasgow-reared, London-based producer has sculpted the heavenly harmonies and lightly strummed guitars of the LA foursome's original into a vast, enveloping beat which actually bears very little resemblance to the dancefloor-oriented techno tunes with which Sei A's is usually associated. It would appear that the man has been exploring some new sonic landscapes, and we'll just have to wait to see where else he's set to take us when he drops his next EP on Kompakt later this year.
We recently posted a video for the original version of "Sayso" by experimental R&B duo Evy Jane, made up of Vancouver residents Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Now, we have a remix from Julien Mier, who gives the track a thick and steady hip-hop beat, and a more structured feel by rearranging the once breathy, crooning vocals into short, rhythmic phrases. This regularity doesn't last too long, however, as after two minutes of a straightforward beat, the song breaks down, changes tempo, and enters into a dreamy series of chopped vocals and bubbling synths. Both the remix and original can be found on the digital version of Evy Jane's self-titled debut, which came out digitally earlier this week on King Deluxe. The wax version won't have this particular remix on it, but does contain two originals, along with remixes by Taal Mala and Max Ulis, and will be ready for shipping in the near future.
The London-based website Bolier Room has announced plans to begin broadcasting live sessions from Los Angeles, with the first event set to take place this weekend and feature a trio of quintessential names from the Stones Throw family . Read more »
This tune by Atlanta-based producer heRobust (a.k.a Hayden Kramer) will be the b-side to his forthcoming 7-inch, set for a March 21 release date on Saturate. Both this song and the record's a-side, "Facebook Lift," were previously featured on heRobust's recently released digital double album Late Night/Morning After (artwork above), which can be downloaded free of charge on Saturate's website. "Swagriculture" is a glitchy piece of hip-hop-inspired bass music with an easy-going rhythm and a shimmering cornucopia of sounds and samples.
At this point, it's hard not to feel a little bad for Sigha (a.k.a. James Shaw). That sounds harsh, but it's a statement that has little do with the quality of the London-reared producer's music—which remains quite high—and lot more to do with the fact that he seems increasingly disconnected from the bass-music scene with which he is often affiliated. In reality, Sigha now resides in Berlin and has been regularly turning out heady, mature techno for several years now, a trend that continues on his most recent EP, Abstractions I-IV. The tunes are solid, but one can't help but wonder if they're largely falling on deaf ears. Read more »
NYC-via-Finland producer Albert Swarm has lent his production talents to Young Magic's "Night in the Ocean," another installment in a growing array of remixed tracks from the Brooklyn band's debut LP, Melt. On this remix, Swarm takes the band's vocal harmonies and adds a sense of disarray, creating a chorus of off-kilter synths and stirring in some gloomy ambiance with Young Magic's choral arrangements. It's a fuzzy take on a lo-fi pop song, but Swarm's beats bring new depth.
Premier footwork/juke patron Planet Mu is set to release a new album by Chicago producer and Ghetto Teknitianz affiliate Cornelius Ferguson (a.k.a. Traxman), the 18-track The Mind of Traxman. Read more »
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