2010 has been another busy year for dance music and, as per usual, a whole new crop of subgenres has entered the lexicon. But perhaps none has been more unexpected than moombahton, the loping Latin sound that Dave Nada stumbled upon by slowing down Dutch house tracks to reggaeton tempo. In the span of just a few months, the sound has exploded across the globe, and while Dave Nada—who also spends time as one-half of Nadastrom—remains the de facto moombahton king, NYC DJ/producer Sabo has emerged as the movement's clear number two. Read more »
Oxford's Hugo Manuel is one of the latest producers to join the world of pop-flavored beatscapes often described with words like "chill," "blissful," "summery," "hazy," and a "wave" of some kind. As Chad Valley, Manuel has prepared a four-song, self-titled EP for the new multi-national Cascine label, and we've got the first track to leak from that release here. "Ensoniq Funk" closes out Chad Valley, sending listeners off with an uplifting amalgam of '80s-pop samples, distant synth melodies, blown-out dance beats, a palpable sense of youthful exuberance, and a thick fog of AM radio fuzz. You can find out how the rest of Manuel's debut EP sounds when it drops on November 16.
Magic Places is Savannah-based musicmaker Paul M. Goerner, who seems to have a distinct proclivity for fantasy, sci-fi, and eerie soundscapes. The young producer has a complete album available to stream now via Bandcamp, entitled The Time-Traveler's Pocket Guidebook, which "Through the Map Room Door" is lifted from. Magic Place's tune starts out with a slow groove, a few ghostly synth sounds, and a disembodied female voice calling out from a distance—it's a fairly sparse aural environment until about the halfway point, when things get a bit more driving and dense. In both cases, Goerner displays a strong sense of mood and melody, which are likely to serve the rest of his Guidebook album well when it's released on the first day of 2011. (via Altered Zones)
From the label that brought you quality releases by the likes of Joy Orbison, Midland, Al Tourettes, and others, Aus Music, comes a fresh collaborative single from the forward-thinking minds of bass music patrons Appleblim and Ramadanman. The two producers have combined their separate takes on the world of post-dubstep to create the slow-burning, nine-minute "Void 23" tune. And guess who's handling the b-side? Read more »
Maddslinky (a.k.a. Zed Bias a.k.a. Dave Jones) is often hailed as a UK garage pioneer, but the truth is that the veteran producer has never really gone away. Operating under a number of aliases over the past decade—including Phuturistix, Henchmen, Daluq, Talissman, Ruffcut Bias, Nu Design, 7 Wonders, Dekata Project, and Strontium Dog—Jones has produced a steady stream of low-end-heavy productions, the most recent of which is Make a Change, a new full-length album that comes out on October 26 through the Tru Thoughts label. Read more »
As part of Scion A/V's music video series combining the talents of buzz-worthy musicians and filmmakers, Detroit garage-rock outfit The Dirtbombs is paired with Brooklyn-based animator/illustrator Steig Retlin (a.k.a. Plasticflesh) for this lively piece. Read more »
Amidst the CMJ-related craziness happening across New York this week are flocks of bright-eyed 20-somethings out for a cut of that indie cake. One of those 20-somethings is Spencer Stephenson (a.k.a. Botany), whose music has been storming the internet as of late and drawing comparisons to Caribou's intoxicating synth-pop formulations. Read more »
Back in January the Simian Mobile Disco boys alluded to a new, techno-oriented album in an interview with BBC's Radio 1. Nearly a year has passed since then and SMD has just announced a massive, two-disc album of all-new "unmixed and mixed techno" called Delicacies, which will be released November 30 on SMD's own imprint also titled Delicacies. Read more »
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