Just today, Pitchfork shared a fresh tune from up-and-coming UK artist Gang Colours that is apparently lifted from his forthcoming debut LP for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label. The album is called The Keychain Collection, and is due for release on February 27. "On Compton Bay" is a fine example of the sparse, percolating rhythms and undulating melodies the producer is keen to craft, and has effectively reminded us why we've been following Gang Colours' work from the start.
From the first deep, emotive chord that signals the beginning of "Like You," you know you're in for a treat. From there, Georgia-based producer RekChampa weaves a textured tale of moody 2-step for the next five minutes, layering hyper-detailed percussion and skillful R&B chop over some sticky synths. Then the real prize of "Like You" hits at about the 2:15 mark, where a far too short-lived, but entirely appropriate, vibraphone melody manages to peak through RekChampa's bed of haziness. If you're like us, and this tune has piqued your interest, you'll be happy to hear that the artist recently dropped an EP of similarly enjoyable tunes for the Two Circles imprint entitled Pocket the Rest (artwork above), which is available for purchase here.
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Back in 2009, Leo Greenslade and Alex Phountzi (formerly of Bugz in the Attic) came together for what was supposed to be a one-off session with the goal of reworking Kanye West's "Love Lockdown," and, somehow, Greenmoney was born. Since then, the two have continued to produce and remix together and have even launched their own imprint under the same name. Now, two years later, Greenmoney is ready to release its second EP, Dubs Vol. 2 (artwork above), and has presented one of the outing's arpeggiated, soul-infused, party jams, "Calling You," to help spread the word. This tune will be available along with two similarly propulsive cuts, "Boomticka" and "Open Sesame," when the Dubs Vol. 2 EP drops December 12.
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Mano Le Tough (a.k.a. Niall Mannion) doesn't seem like the prototypical Berlin producer. His most recent releases, the Stories EP and "In My Arms" (video below), offer a disco-tinged and techno-informed brand of house that's both sun-soaked and slighty melancholy. More notably, the tunes also feature Mannion getting behind the mic and recording some undeniably earnest pop vocals. It's a far cry from the techno his adopted home is known for, but the 28-year-old producer doesn't see that as an issue. "Berlin, for me, has totally changed in the nearly five years that I've lived here," he says. "It used to be way more techno, and so minimal... People are way more open now. I feel like it's getting more musical." Read more »
We only heard about London duo Maribou State a few days ago when we caught wind of this remix of "Got Me Down" by Cleveland garage fiend Jason Burns. As it turns out, the pair's own productions are nothing to sneeze at either, as this dark, churning remix they did for fellow UK duo The 2 Bears (pictured above) illustrates. "Work (Maribou State Remix)" grabs its source material from the forthcoming Be Strong LP, and is reworked into something a bit more appropriate for your next dusk-til-dawn escapade.
Let's face it. The use of pitch-shifted R&B vocals is, without a doubt, one of 2011's most overdone musical tricks. Here at XLR8R, the amount of emails saying something along the lines of, "Hey, would you like to post my remix/refix/rework of (fill in the blank generic R&B cut)?" has absolutely reached critical mass. As such, the timing of Numbers' latest release, "I'm Sorry" from Montreal duo Sibian & Faun, itself a refashioning of Ashanti's "Hey Baby," is unfortunate. This record could have very easily been a groan-worthy cliché, but, somehow, it's actually quite good. Read more »
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