Clearly it's not all sunshine and beach parties down in the SoCal metropolis from which the beat scene sprouted. Yes, we've got another LA beatsmith of sorts on our hands in Chaz Lewis, who has delivered this menacing, dark journey through the land of heavy boom-bap under his ELOS alias. Staying true to the "gangster" for which the "g" in g-funk stands for, Lewis implements a simple kick-and-clap pattern, on top of which he throws harrowing side-chains and ungodly bass sounds that beg for the kind of stoic, slow-motion head nod often found in the grimiest of rap videos. A slippery, Transylvania-esque synth melody tops off the affair, making it one of the most deliciously evil beats in recent memory to come from the Low End camp. You can find "DunDeals" on ELOS' forthcoming debut EP, Flying Sky Fortress (artwork above), which is slated for release April 26.
There's not a ton of information floating around about Doctor Jeep—we know that his real name is Andre Lira and he's a Boston resident currently attending Northeastern University—but that doesn't lessen the potential enjoyment of "Level II." Fueled by rapidly rolling snares and a flurry of drum-machine beats, the song touches on vintage house—the chopped diva vocals certainly help with that—but also features enough negative space and swirly sonics to fit nicely alongside many of his fellow forward-thinking bass-music contemporaries. We're hoping the rest of the Aztec EP is similarly on point when it drops in June. (via Cluster Mag)
Love 'em or hate 'em, the endearingly brash post-rock hooligans of Scotland's veteran instrumental export, Mogwai, are an inspiration for aspiring and seasoned musicians around the globe. The five-piece has more or less maintained its core roster since the release of its monolithic debut album, Young Team, which has always lent the band's cinematic music a tight-knit sense of kinship. Fourteen years, seven studio albums, two film soundtracks, and one live DVD later, Mogwai is still a brotherhood, something which remains glowingly apparent in the 10 eclectic compositions that make up its latest LP, the excellently titled Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. Read more »
Released today by magazine-cum-label Rebel, "Skipping Puddles" is the brand-new single by a fresh producer from San Jose, CA, named Abel. His airy tune is paired with some equally soulful remixes by Essex beatmaker Lapalux (who just dropped his own EP on Pictures Music) and Brooklyn's Obey City to fill out the digital release, one of which we're offering here. Though all three tracks are excellent in their own ways, this rework by Lapalux stood out with its deft applications of the sampled vocal hook (the sadly sung "Girl, I've been watching you" is twisted into a number of forms), its dense, glittering atmosphere, and its potpourri of R&B-inspired synth riffs. It sounds sort of like a couple of our favorite Brainfeeder producers (like, say, Matthewdavid and Teebs) and some of our favorite post-dubsteppers (Mount Kimbie and early James Blake) were forced to collaborate on a three-minute flurry of musical ideas and genre experiments, which would be awesome. You can grab the rest of the Skipping Puddles EP (picutred above) for free here.
Well, looky here: Seems like two of the UK's best-known patrons of club-ready bass music, Jamie xx (pictured above) and Oneman, just performed a co-headlining set at last Friday's FACT and Young Turks party at Boiler Room, and (lucky for us) they recorded it. Read more »
On May 17, the illustrious DFA label will release the brand-new LP from Germany's dramatic, leftfield electro-pop artist Planningtorock, W. The album's first single, "Doorway" (pictured above), will drop prior to that on April 28, and features remixes from the likes of Mt. Sims and Brooklyn dark-pop alchemists Creep, whose work is featured here. As one might expect from Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard, the duo has dragged "Doorway" further into the depths of reverb-heavy electronics, but also highlights the rework with brighter touches of melody from string instruments and other sparkling sounds sampled from Planningtorock's original track. In the end, Creep's remix actually sounds less ominous than its predecessor, which is quite refreshing to hear from one of the earliest proponents of witch house. (via FADER)
According to a study by Professor Steven Reiss, there are about 16 basic desires that drive all human behavior. Even though just a small handful of those motives could be relevant to any given situation, it's never all that easy to deduce which of those 16 desires is inhabiting the person you're interacting with. And as this video for "Close to Me," a collaborative tune from Teams' and Star Slinger's new LP on Mexican Summer, shows, it's even harder to tell with aliens. Read more »
If you haven't noticed already, Manchester's grime-lovin' bass enthusiast Damu was featured in our Bubblin' section just this past Monday. A couple of days later, the up-and-coming producer has decided to give away a free download of the effervescent "Kula Cola" on his SoundCloud. His turbo-charged jam jumps and skitters about with old-school breaks and bubbly 8-bit synths over the top of gelatinous basslines and percolating drum-machine rhythms—making for a tune that'll shake you up and make you explode onto the dancefloor before its four minutes are through.
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