In two and a half minutes, Schlachthofbronx's "Slowine" manages to create a mesmerizing and imposing sense of weight on the listener. As the title suggests, the track slowly chugs along a shuffling cumbia rhythm, but the song's arrangement is actually dominated by a tremendous, crushing bass growl. A female voice periodically repeats the song title and reminds us of higher frequencies, but it's hard to not stay focused on the low end here. "Slowine" is part of a double a-side release (pictured above) from the Munich duo that features tracks from its upcoming LP, Dirty Dancing, which hits March 30 via Disko B.
Austrian producers Minor Sick and Abby Lee Tee have teamed up for a collaborative 7" and passed along the b-side, "Techno Hearts," ahead of its release. The tune is a heavenly slice of melodic electronics that exists somewhere between blissed-out house and a more tender side of bass music. The pair weave together an array of patterns throughout the cut's four-plus-minute runtime, layering on more and more detailed percussion as the song takes form. "SundayDay" b/w "Techno Hearts" (artwork above) is set to drop later this month as a 7" only, but you can check out the video for its a-side before then, after the jump. Read more »
Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss have been making music for what seems like their whole lives. Experimenting with hip-hop beats and other electronic sounds since grade school, it wasn't until they met at Oberlin College in Ohio that the two budding artists joined forces under the name Teengirl Fantasy. The duo honed its unique style of loose, dreamy house music while finishing up their respective undergraduate studies, which, in 2010, culminated as a debut LP for Merok and True Panther, the lush 7AM, and its powerful lead single, "Cheaters." Now, Takahashi and Weiss are closer than ever to unveiling their sophomore album via R&S this year, giving us the perfect excuse to get into the pair's Brooklyn studio and talk to them about the gear that helps make Teengirl Fantasy's excellent tunes.
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It's not exactly a secret that Oakland is teeming with musical talent, but it might not be as readily apparent that some of it is directly related to XLR8R. Hoodcats is a new production trio that consists of housemates shortcircles and James & Evander, whose Glenn Jackson is one of our trusty editorial interns. The outfit just dropped its debut EP via its own blog/label, Mapzzz, and "Jeans Colliding" finishes out that batch of refined rhythms and spacey sonics with a large helping of starry synths, sultry samples, and sumptuous soundscapes. You can download the entire three-track EP for free over on the Mapzzz Bandcamp.
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