In conjunction with Polish party starters Loud & Clear, Leeds-based DJ/producer Jamie Grind (pictured above) sent over this bubblin' remix of the title track from Hackman's More Than Ever EP for Ramp. Grind's version bumps, slides, and wiggles around much like the original "More Than Ever," albeit with a bit of futuristic sheen opposed to Hackman's analog-heavy production. We also get a bit more of the pitched-up vocal samples in this remix, which gives it just a slightly extra touch of soul (not to mention we're suckers for warped R&B croons, regardless).
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Here's a fresh remix of Taragana Pyjarama's lovely "Ocean" by a fellow Danish lover of deep house and ambient sounds, named Paxton Fettel (pictured above). The producer calls his reimagining of the micro-techno track the "Coastal Sunset Remix," which nicely encapsulates the warm melodic hues, breezy field recordings, and Balearic dance rhythms he created for the piece. While the original "Ocean" seemed to evoke the size and majesty of its namesake, Fettel interprets more of what it's like to be next to the ocean, enjoying its climate and scenery in any number of celebratory ways, into the vibe of his track.
On June 14, Norwegian cosmic disco lover Diskjokke will release his third full-length record, the six-track Sagara. That album follows just under a year from his last, and is finished out by this lengthy cut of swirling live electronics. In fact, "Panutup" seems like a strange choice for the first tune to leak from Diskjokke's LP, as it's practically devoid of the driving dancefloor beats we've come to expect from the producer. The whole seven-and-a-half-minute song is instead rife with deep analog synths, calming aural textures, and heartwarming melodies—like some kind of mood music for people with good taste. It's only after we're halfway through "Panutup" that we get a quick jolt of upbeat rhythms, though they're quickly replaced by the gorgeous ambient sounds again. Let's hope we get more of these well-balanced sounds when the rest of Sagara is released via Smalltown Supersound.
Berlin-based Canadian expat Scott Monteith (a.k.a. Deadbeat) has a couple of fresh endeavors in the works. The longstanding dub-techno producer has announced the formation of his own record label, BLKRTZ, which will drop its first release, a five-track album by Deadbeat called Drawn & Quartered, on June 20. Read more »
Continuing with a string of exclusive mixes that has included the likes of Martyn, CFCF, Andrew Weatherall, Guido, and many others, online boutique and art/culture hub Oki-Ni has procured the talents of Los Angeles' future-funk maestro Dâm-Funk for its latest installment. Read more »
Pearson Sound, David Rodigan, Flying Lotus, and More to Play Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival in July
Over the past few summers, the bucolic seaside fishing village of Sète has served as the site of the Worldwide Festival. Converging on this town in the South of France, rave tourists from around the globe celebrate electronic sounds of all stripes, which are carefully curated by radio DJ, label head, and all-around dance music champion Gilles Peterson. This year’s festivities take place from July 6 to 10, and will feature a wide variety of tunes on four outdoor stages. Read more »
The latest in minimalist, ambient-minded house and techno on its way from the illustrious Minus label includes releases from New York's Ambivalent & Alexi Delano and Berlin producer Barem (pictured above). Read more »
SoCal beatsmith Groundislava has dropped this unsettling video for the track "Animal," from his recently released self-titled debut LP. The stoney, melancholy head-nodder (which we posted for download a few weeks back) comes with a harrowing visual accompaniment thanks to the direction and production efforts of The Great Nordic Sword Fights. In the video, we follow a mysterious creature as it scurries frantically through a dark night in a bizarre Blair Witch Project-meets-Michel Gondry-meets-an-overwhelming-combination-of-hallucinogens kind of montage. Groundislava's debut full-length is out now on Friends of Friends. Read more »
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