Gagarin (the moniker of Graham “Dids“ Dowdall, an established underground percussionist whose work has paired him with the likes of Nico, John Cale, and Pere Ubu) recently released a single of reworks for his track "Third Rail" on his own Geo imprint. Here, we have London resident Bass Clef's (pictured above) take on the tune, which ups the tempo a bit and wrangles the meandering atmospheres of the original into a more precise bass-music package. The Third Rail Remixes digital single is out now with Gagarin's own dense reworking of the tune serving as the b-side.
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Kazu Makino (perhaps best known as the frontwoman of Blonde Readhead) has put together a compilation to benefit her native country of Japan, which continues to rebuild after the natural disasters which devastated the country earlier this year. Read more »
Preeminent Ghostly artist Matthew Dear is set to follow up last year's Black City LP with a new offering of locked-groove pop called Headcage, a four-song EP that arrives ahead of his forthcoming Beams full-length on January 17. The title track kicks off the new bunch of tunes, showcasing the veteran producer's penchant for funky dancefloor sounds and baritone vocal hooks. To get your full dose of Matthew Dear goodness, click the jump to check out a teaser video for his entire EP and a list of upcoming European DJ gigs. Read more »
Diskotopia will be starting off its second year as a record label by releasing a compilation, the plainly titled Diskotopia Various Artists Volume 1, that will contain a wide swath of dance music by artists associated with the imprint, including Visionist, Optimum, Greeen Linez, LDFD, and a few other names that might be familiar to the XLR8R faithful. Read more »
Over at Sound Pellegrino HQ, they seem pretty excited about Mathias Zimmermann. Not only is he the first-ever German artist on the label, but his recently released Isla Dub EP (artwork above) contains four tracks that are completely unchanged from when the Sound Pellegrino bossmen first gave his unsolicited demo a spin. While the release explores a variety of styles, many of them more melodic than the song being offered here, "Luther" just might be the best of the bunch. Oddly cinematic in a chase-scene-from-a-'70s-cop-flick way, the song is a tense showcase of stop-and-start percussion, cascading synths, and nature sounds. All the twists might leave your head spinning, but it's a pleasantly weird and undeniably unique creation. Preview the rest of the Isla Dub EP after the jump, along with a mix Zimmermann recently assembled for the Sound Pellegrino podcast series. Read more »
French producer and occasional ZZK affiliate Douster is launching a new record label called BeBup with long-time friend Benjamin "Blanco" Collet (pictured above with Douster). With an ear toward musical diversity, the pair plans to focus on giving opportunities to unknown producers and allowing more-experienced artists the chance to experiment freely. The label's first release, No Future, is by young French producer Roma and comes out in January. To give listeners an idea of what sort of music may appear on future offerings, Douster and Blanco created a mix of some of their favorite jams—they're calling it a "non-exhaustive introduction to [their] musical universe"—that you can stream after the jump or download here. Read more »
It's fun to imagine that electronic-music legends all know each other, as if there's some kind of social club for all those producers and DJs who helped shape house, techno, and all the other strains of dance music. Obviously, that notion doesn't quite jive with reality, but in some cases, veteran producers actually do have relationships that stretch back decades. For instance, take Kevin Saunderson and MK (a.k.a. Marc Kinchen). The former is one of the progenitors of Detroit techno, one-third of the venerable Belleville Three, and the producer behind Inner City, Reese Project, and a litany of other endeavors. The latter is one of the key figures in the '90s NY garage sound, and a producer who truly pioneered the art of the remix. Yet the pair first met more than 20 years ago in Detroit, when Saunderson was first exploding with Inner City and Kinchen was just another local kid looking to get involved. Read more »
Earlier this week, Kentucky-based producer Milyoo (a.k.a. Tommy Wilson) released his first long player on Subeena's Opit imprint. The 10-song album, Archeology (artwork above), which includes previously released singles "Colours" and "Dasein," as well as this track, gives Wilson plenty of room to explore different sonic influences, including hip-hop, house, and bass music. "Tough Enough" starts off dark and quiet, but eventually drops into a driving house banger with a forceful, rumbling bassline.
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