Most of us don't know a whole lot about London/Berlin-based avant-lo-fi-electro-pop duo Hype Williams, and it seems likely to remain that way for sometime; their music is just about everything but a window into the artists' heads, and more like the memory of some of our favorite songs filtered through the stoner sensibilities of two artists who really like being inside. Like on "Businessline" from their forthcoming LP for Hippos in Tanks, One Nation (pictured above), Hype Williams lets a simple hip-hop beat carry a few precious synth melodies that simultaneously sound lifted from the love scene in a late-'70s sci-fi B movie and like two kids just jamming in their basement on a rainy day. The pair's music may not be the most well-planned, intricately orchestrated, or revealing material coming out these days, but it is certainly some of the most evocative and oddly intimate we're hearing lately. That said, we can't figure out if it's because of or despite Hype Williams' inherent lack of identity. For now, we'll let the music speak for itself. (via Altered Zones)
Hyperdub label head and legendary figure of all things forward-thinking in the UK bass music world, Kode9, has a new record with long-time collaborator The Spaceape, entitled Black Sun slated for release in the coming months. Now, Hyperdub has announced the release of “Otherman” b/w “Love Is the Drug,” the first single to come from the forthcoming LP. Read more »
Tom Trago, one of Amsterdam's many vintage-disco obsessives, has been hard at work over the past 10 years, honing his classically inspired sound on a number of singles and EPs. Only now is he finally offering the world his first proper full-length album, a 15-track LP called Iris. Read more »
We’re not usually too keen on posting every bit of breaking gear news here at XLR8R, but when Pioneer announced the next generation in its DJM mixer lineage, one that is said to improve upon the DJM-800 which has been more or less the industry standard for the better part of five years, we thought it’d be worth informing the masses. Read more »
UK micro-techno specialist and creator of the lovely Lucky Shiner LP, Gold Panda has finished up a brand-new video for album cut "Marriage" and shared it with the world post-haste. The video mirrors producer Derwin's emotive song quite perfectly with its precious imagery (good-looking people carrying around paper lanterns), up-close-and-personal vantage point (most shots have a very tight depth of field), and its wide array of colorful goings-on (fireworks, snow, and the beach all in one video?). Read more »
Jacque Polynice is yet another musician/composer/producer working just outside the relatively well-known beat communities across the globe—operating out of Miami, Florida, as opposed to the bustling hubs of LA, NYC, or the Bay Area. But here, Brooklyn tunesmith and LuckyMe standard Mike Slott pushes the producer's name closer to the limelight with his inclusion on the "Skidda" single (out now on Bandcamp). Slott's version of "Obama O's" takes its time to grow into a fully formed track—sonic treats flicker and fly about from the onset, allowing plenty of space for the stuttering hip-hop rhythm to get its bearings before the low-end frequencies start to wiggle their way in. It makes an ideal companion to Polynice's own monster beat composition on the a-side.
LA's Alpha Pup label will be releasing an album of remixes for producer Take next week, and were kind enough to give us a preview of the kinds of electronic beat jams we can expect from the 16 tracks that make up Only Mountain: The Remixes with this re-interpretation by instrumental hip-hop staple Tokimonsta. Using a bulbous bass tone, a grab bag of slick drum-machine samples, handfuls of synth melodies, and a wide-open sound space, the producer crafts a spacey and emotive remix of "Horizontal Figuration" that's not too far off from its original form. And if you'd like to see what other surprises are in store on Take's remix LP, you can check out the full tracklist after the jump. Read more »
In the midst of gearing up to celebrate 20 years of releasing solid house and techno music, Carl Craig's Planet E label is also readying the first release in a forthcoming monthly series of remix 12"s, a three-song record (pictured above) featuring Recloose's "Can't Take It" track from 2000 with new remixes from producers Luciano and Milton Jackson. Read more »
Norway's Dødpop label has been at the forefront of the funky, synth-driven music called skweee since its inception in 2008. Now, three years later, the imprint gathers together its handful of 7" releases to be reissued on the forthcoming compilation Dødpop: A's & B's. Oslo producer Sprutbass contributes "Ulykke"—from a split 45 with fellow Norwegian Beatbully—to that record, which we also have to share with you today. The playful track has an almost comically, not to mention cosmically, sinister vibe, almost like you can picture the tunesmith grinning ear to ear in a not-so-maniacal way while he drops the crunchy synth fragments and skittering beat work of his production. It's a welcome change of mood, as opposed to the über-seriousness often plaguing artists with a similar sound pallette. We'll see if the rest of Dødpop: A's & B's will follow in suit when it drops on February 25.
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