When it launched earlier this year, the Fade to Mind imprint promised to be more than just another record label, and this week the Kingdom-fronted enterprise is significantly expanding its operations, launching a new DJ mix series and throwing its first official party in Los Angeles. Read more »
Medlar's "Terrell" hit dancefloors hard when it dropped back in June with its Moodymann-like atmospherics. Now, Wolf Music has enlisted UK production duo Bicep to turn in some remixes for the upcoming Wolf 009 sampler EP. Made during the New York leg of the pair's recent tour, "Terrell (Bicep's Brooklyn Shuffle)" moves the track in a subtly different direction. Gone is the original's Tammi Terrell sample, replaced instead by echoed car horns and a spoken word sample that reaffirms the obvious, "New York is the shit man." Musically, the remix retains the original's chunky chords but gains some finger snaps and a strobing '90s US garage snare pattern. The resulting track blends the best of '90s Detroit and gay New York to create a fresh-sounding hybrid that will easily work discerning dancefloors the world over.
Plaid is something of an unclassifiable institution, both in the history of modern electronic music and the discography of Warp. While the production duo of Ed Handley and Andy Turner undoubtedly have a compositional aesthetic all their own, you rarely hear them returning to a particular genre or sound from album to album. The music could be generally called IDM, but that term seems to mean even less now than the day it was coined. Similarly, Plaid's sixth proper studio album, Scintilli, is hard to place stylistically, but nonetheless offers plenty of enjoyable head-scratching moments, along with a straight-up tune or two. Read more »
Major corporations have been gradually inching their way into electronic music circles for some time now (e.g. Mountain Dew, Red Bull), but the new collaborative compilation from Adult Swim and Scion A/V just might be one of the best exhibitions of reputable, independent electronic artists ever put forth by huge, non-music-related businesses. Read more »
Beginning tomorrow, Seattle officially becomes the center of the electronic-music universe—at least through Sunday night—thanks to the city's annual Decibel Festival, which is once again bringing a dizzying array of talent to the Pacific Northwest. XLR8R will certainly be in attendance—look for updates from the festival in the days ahead—but in the meantime, we've teamed up with the festival organizers and tapped Seattle producer Pezzner to put together an exclusive Decibel mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
In all fairness, this isn't a new remix. According to UK producer Mosca (pictured above), who yesterday offered the track as a free download via Twitter, it was created "back in the day," presumably a few years ago when Tempa T's "Next Hype" was the biggest grime tune on the planet. The original song was noted for its ferocity and anger, and Mosca kept much of that intact while inserting a heavy dose of B-more house and maybe even a bit of ghettotech into the mix. It's rough around the edges and certainly lacks the refinement of his more recent productions, but it's an interesting sonic artifact—one that shows just how far the London beatmaker has come.
The write up for FACT's latest podcast, a one-hour transmission from Baltimore-based house icon Karizma, starts off stating, "You have no idea how long we’ve been trying to get a Karizma mix for," which we can fully empathize with. (Hey, Karizma! Where's our podcast?) Needless to say, we're happy that a mix from the DJ/producer finally landed somewhere. We encourage you to give it a spin. Read more »
Canadian-born Hrdvsion (a.k.a. Nathan Jonson, who now resides in Berlin) has always been a bit of an oddball producer, but his new I Can't Exist EP finds him applying his musical eccentricities to a more straight-ahead techno template. Clocking in at nearly 10 minutes, the record's title track features a stripped-down beat, rubbery synth notes, and a simple bassline, all of which provide a sturdy framework for the song's warped and pitch-shifted vocals. It's a trippy journey, albeit one worth taking whether your losing it on a crowded dancefloor or weirding out alone in the privacy of your own home. (via Altered Zones)
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