Leading up to June, the outernational DJs/producers Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) and Maga Bo are fundraising for chapter one of a new non-profit project they're calling Beyond Digital. Read more »
We told you about the impending collection of lascivious low-end on its way from German party specialists Schlachthofbronx merely a week ago, and now, to commemorate its release, the label responsible for dropping those four tunes has offered the EP's title track for free download. "Nasty Bass" has two marquee stars vying for top billing in its three-and-a-half minutes: MCs Spoek Mathambo and Big Space versus the producers' mind-rattling basslines. But even though one sect of the song's fans may fall in love with the sing-songy vocal delivery by the South African wordsmiths and the other may find themselves more in tune with Schlachthofbronx's bass frequencies, neither of those elements would move you quite the way they do without the other. That's a sign of a solid production, and chances are you can find more quality tracks on the rest of the Nasty Bass EP, which you can preview here.
Coming in early summer, the one-time king of rave music (you remember our podcast, right?) and one of electronic music's few household names, Moby, will release a double whammy on his eager masses, a brand-new album that comes packaged in a book of original photos from the artist. Read more »
The multi-faceted UK producer behind one of our top 10 favorite releases from 2010 and recently featured artist in XLR8R’s print magazine, Matthew Cutler (a.k.a. Lone), just delivered a brand-new mix on behalf of Bleep and the online music retailer’s showcase at the upcoming Bloc Festival. Along with the likes of Aphex Twin, Jacques Greene, Ikonika, Shackleton, Ramadanman, Four Tet, Untold, and many other XLR8R favorites (check out the full list here, Cutler will take over the Bleep stage March 11, 12, and 13, and his mix offers us a taste of what to expect. Read more »
Over the past few years, Dutch producer Dave Huismans (a.k.a. 2562) has carved himself a solid niche in the murky territory that sits between the worlds of dubstep and techno. While he’s best known for his heady, low-end explorations, he also indulges a love for (slightly) clubbier sounds under his A Made Up Sound moniker. His upcoming album, Fever, finds him delving into yet another genre—disco. Well, sort of. Read more »
The past few years have seen an explosion of techno's sonic boundaries, with more leftfield and jazz influences creeping into a world more known for its sweaty four-to-the-floor workouts. Perhaps no other group has been more responsible for this sea change than dOP, the Parisian trio that has brought organic textures, live instrumentation, and a playful irreverence to the post-minimal landscape. Joining the group on the Circus Company label for his first solo full-length, Nicolas Jaar appears to be following in their sonic footsteps.
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Glasgow's Koreless may have a couple solid tunes, a remix for Jacques Greene, and a good number of high-profile and online fans to his name, but the producer still has yet to release his first official single. Though on March 21, he can slip that under his belt, too, as the wonderful Pictures Music label will drop the "4D"/"MTI" 12". The subtle and entrancing "Up Down Up Down" tune won't be on that record, but is offered here (and via Bandcamp) to whet the interests of those who remain unaware of Koreless' mystical soundscapes. This unreleased number is a quiet song that showcases tunesmith Lewis Roberts' deft ability to write intoxicating melodies and mix them with vibrating rhythms that unobtrusively propel the moods rather than overtake them. This is our first time listening to anything from the up-and-coming artist, but we're already hoping to hear a lot more Koreless very soon.
Very few of the UK-bass brethren have frog-hopped labels like Matthew Walker (pictured above) a.k.a. Julio Bashmore. First for San Francisco's renowned Dirtybird label, then on remix outings for Night Slugs, PTN, and Tres Cool, Bashmore is now releasing his next EP, Batty Knee Dance, on Martyn's 3024 imprint on March 28. Read more »
Back in August, XLR8R debuted a remix of Los Angeles-based composer Ana Caravelle by Brooklyn beatmaker Shigeto, in support of Caravelle’s debut album for Non Projects, Basic Climb. During the months that have followed, there has been a growing interest in re-working Caravelle’s idiosyncratic harp music, prompting the label to release Basic Climb: Re-Imagined, featuring remix work from folks like Dntel, Take, and yuk. This version of Caravelle’s “Where Have You Been?” is from Non Projects founder Brian Simon (a.k.a. Anenon). With drums lifted out of a boozy late-night conga session, and what could be Caravelle’s harp chopped into a thousand tinseled pieces, Anenon’s fully realized remix jumps another level about three quarters of the way through when a lilting, chant-like sample of Chavelle’s voice takes the song to church. Basic Climb: Re-Imagined will be released on March 1.
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