Parisian producer Manaré's extended hiatus is soon to come to a close, with a new EP due out on Halloween via French label Youngunz, which promises three new originals alongside remixes from Chaos in the CBD (newly recruited to the Youngunz roster) and Marble Players, the collaborative production trio-cum-label of Para One, Surkin and Bobmo. To whet appetites for the upcoming release, Youngunz have proffered Chaos in the CBD's remix of the title track. Beginning with the staccato chord progression of the original, the New Zealand-based duo flips the track into the kind of nebulous house music that seems to be so dominant these days—complete with sweeping chords, lilting R&B vocal samples, and a healthy portion of clattering percussion. That's not to say that this is some cheap attempt to cash in on current musical trends, however; though they may be working within an established sound, Chaos in the CBD's take on "Pearl" is certainly danceable, and the stuttering hits of not-quite-UK-funky drum sounds—bringing to mind the crisp rhythms of someone like Jacques Greene—provide excellent contrast to the round, open bass melody that populates the track's low end. To get a sense of what Manaré plans to bring to the table with this new release, be sure to check out the preview video for the Pearl EP, as well. (via Discobelle)
Portland-based group Chromatics has a new LP, entitled Kill For Love, due out in January via Italians Do It Better. A video for the album's title track recently saw the light of day, pairing hazy, retro-styled footage of the band performing with the plain, honest vocals of lead singer Ruth Radelet. Read more »
Multinational production duo Lazer Sword (a.k.a. Low Limit and Lando Kal) has announced it will soon release the first follow-up to its 2010 debut LP, Lazer Sword, with a two-song 10" set to drop via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Read more »
The LA-based, Not Not Fun-affiliated dance label 100% Silk is easily one of our favorite labels to emerge this year, and it would appear we're not alone in the sentiment: Little White Earbuds just unveiled a fresh podcast from label artist Magic Touch (a.k.a. Damon Palermo of Mi Ami, who we featured talking with band/label mate Ital here), which is coupled with a lengthy Q&A with label founder Amanda Brown. Read more »
As luck would have it, we're able to bring you the premiere of the atmospheric Machinedum (pictured above) remix of "M.A.R.S." by DJ/producer/Hotflush label head Scuba on the same day we review his awesome new mix album for the DJ-Kicks series. The original tune, which can be found only on that record, is described as a "deep, house-esque" highlight of the producer's mix, and while this remix does have a certain amount of deepness to it, the track as a whole is more in line with the skittering-but-airy juke-isms Machinedrum shared on his 2011 album, Room(s).
In case you missed our glowing review, Genre-Specific Xperience, the freshly released EP from Brooklyn's Fatima Al Qadiri, is one special record. "Hip Hop Spa" leads off the five-track EP, and quickly establishes a serene, tropical vibe with its simple steel-drum melody and ghostly, new-age atmosphere. Hints of percussion and zooming synths begin to appear as the song progresses, but the proceedings remain mellow throughout, as "Hip Hop Spa" is a superbly crafted piece of chillout retro-futurism.
This brooding-but-touching production from UK tunesmith Hackman just dropped in our inbox moments ago with the unlikely message that we could give it away for free. We say unlikely because, well, releasing label PTN and the Leeds-based artist are more or less on fire right now, and we're sure you wouldn't mind spending a small handful of your hard-earned dollars on one of their fine cuts of dancefloor music. That's not to mention that "You Deliver" is an excellent tune from the get-go. Make sure to keep an eye open for Hackman's next 12", "Agree To Disagree" b/w "Sunburst," which drops via PTN on November 7.
Asura (a.k.a. Ryan York) may be affiliated with the increasingly nebulous "beat scene," but the young artist is not the typical LA producer. While he now crafts intricately detailed electronic compositions, his formative years were spent enmeshed in the world of jazz. He clearly brings a formally trained ear to his production and creates music that's as equally informed by ambient and classical sounds as it is the more hip-hop-oriented sounds favored by many of his contemporaries. Read more »
LA-based producer Urulu (pictured above) delivered this edit of High Places' "Dry Lake," a bouncy cut taken from the duo's brand-new Original Colors LP. His version elongates the original tune by a couple of minutes in order to make room for extra bits of percussion, denser washes of reverb, and understated dance breaks. As Robert Barber of High Places puts it, "When we write, we have a tendency to make the songs jump from part to part, maybe a little too fast sometimes. It is nice to see how somebody else can feel it out and extend it, without worrying about 'the song.'" The man has a point, but we still very much hear a song in this mix. It's a good one, too.
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