A man who has been described as "the most exquisite vocalist in reggae," Jamaican-born Gregory "Cool Ruler" Isaacs passed away today in London after a year-long battle with lung cancer. The 59-year-old singer left behind a legacy of pioneering hit songs from the '70s and '80s, music which was noted for its early infusion of traditional reggae with dancehall. Read more »
Travelling further into his otherworldly house music psyche, DJ/producer Matt Cutler has an eight-track release coming soon through his own Magic Wire label, Lone's Emerald Fantasy Tracks. Before he drops that double-vinyl set on November 29, Cutler has shared the hyped-up first jam of that collection's second half. "Re-Schooling" is reminiscent of Lone's earlier forays into classic-house-inspired dance tunes, the "Pineapple Crush" and "Angel Brain" tracks in particular, with its incessant four-on-the-floor beats and bouncing rave hooks, not to mention Cutler's own trademark woozy synth melodies and heavily compressed radio haze. This new one sticks confidently to its guns, delivering three and a half minutes of infectiously energetic dance grooves, the likes of which we wouldn't mind hearing more of at our favorite club nights. (via FACT)
After days, weeks, months, years (!) of ongoing hullabaloo, Bryant Rutledge and Antaeus Roy (a.k.a. Low Limit and Lando Kal, respectively, Lazer Sword, collectively) have finally finished their debut opus, a 15-song full-length LP entitled Lazer Sword. That record will be available in digital and physical formats on November 2 via Innovative Leisure, but right now, you can stream the whole thing over on FACT. Read more »
Dubstep isn't exactly known as a girl-friendly music scene, but that hasn't stopped 8Bitch (a.k.a. Maya Medvesek) from getting into the game. The producer splits her time between London and Glasgow, and on November 29 she'll be releasing the Equinox EP, a 4-track offering that touches on futuristic blap, UK garage, R&B, and even classic mid-'90s Warp experimentalism. We can't share those tunes quite yet, but the folks at Seed—who will be officially celebrating the release at the label's 10th birthday party on November 27 in London—have offered up this remix of "Orpheus" by Claude Speeed of Scottish trio American Men. While 8Bitch's original effectively combines rapid-fire drums with pastoral ambience, the remix mellows things out with some fuzzy synths and wistful melodies that sound as though they were equally inspired by '80s teen films and video games—it's like M83 in a dubstep template, although that sounds like a terrible idea and this song is actually pretty great.
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma have been friends for years; the duo runs the Cassette NYC parties and the online community mix archive Percussion Lab, but only began collaborating on music in September of 2009. Read more »
LA gets a bad rap sometimes. Between Hollywood d-bags, wannabe starlets, and the ungodly traffic, it's pretty easy to dump on on the City of Angels. But not everyone feels that way; all year long, Irish imprint All-City has been gradually releasing a 10-part series of 10-inches devoted to the funky sounds of the LA underground. The latest installment, L.A. #7, comes from neo-boogie champ Dam-Funk and his Master Blazter compatriot Computer Jay. "Phantom" comes from Computer Jay's side of the vinyl, and the instrumental tune snakes along with a bit of a G-funk vibe. The drums pop, the synths reach for the cosmos, and the whole thing emits a strong "not in any kind of a fucking hurry" vibe, even though the track barely cracks the two-minute mark. Gangster indeed.
Public Wake and Celebration for Michael "Eyedea" Larsen Announced for October and November in Minnesota
Last week we brought you the unfortunate news that Michael Larsen (a.k.a. Eydea) of Eydea & Abilities fame died last Saturday at the too-soon age of 28. Next Thursday, October 28 in Larsen's hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, a public wake will take place to mourn Larsen's untimely death in an open, all-welcoming space. Read more »
Quickly ascending established house music heights with releases on Wolf + Lamb, Vitalik, and Infine, London's jozif has paired up with Fabric resident Craig Richards on a label entitled Fist or Finger— the idea being that jozif's big room sound represents the "Fist" while Richards' more experimental take is the "Finger." The label's first release, jozif's own "Beats In Space," came out earlier this month as a run of 300 limited-edition vinyl. The b-side features Richards' sparse deconstruction of jozif's funkified original, an intersection that is more fully realized on this free download of jozif's re-working of "Musak," which features timid, harrowing vocals from singer Zeska and an ominous synth line that seems antithetical to the track's unassuming drums.
Forging the way in the breakbeat and hardcore scenes of the '90's, 4hero's Mark "Marc Mac" Claire and Dennis "Dego" McFarlane haven't been content to lay dormant in these years, continuing to release records that explore the sounds of nu jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Read more »
Earlier this summer we offered readers an exclusive listen to Paris beatmaker Onra's debut album Long Distance, released on All City Records. Onra is now starting the fall season with a tour of North America, bouncing from coast-to-coast as freely as his future-funk sounds. Read more »
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