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London producer Wafa (who has previously released music on Grizzly and also moonlights as the drummer for Basement Jaxx) has spun this hyperactive tune from burgeoning Frenchmen Canblaster (pictured above) and Sam Tiba into an even more bombastic floor burner. The original "Delphes," which comes from Canblaster's recent Totem EP for the Marble imprint, sees its percussive edges sharpened and its glistening web of futuristic club sounds condensed into a three-plus minute whirlwind of sirens, spaceship lift-offs, and irresistible drum programming. Legend has it that this edit came in just a bit too late to find its way onto the initial release of the Totem EP, so we should all count ourselves lucky that the good folks over at Marble (that is Surkin, Bobmo, and Para One) are a generous bunch and still decided to float this little gem into the world for our listening pleasure anyway.
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Today, the Hamburg-based Hafendisko imprint is releasing the first edition of Hamburg Elektronisch (artwork above), a 20-track compilation gathering tunes from an impressive list of producers who call Hamburg their home, including the likes of DJ Koze, Tensnake, Isolée, and Lawrence among others. To help spread the word, they've offered Vincenzo's contribution to the release, "Tasmania," a contemplative piece which serves as the collection's closing track. Existing in the more heavenly regions of deep house, the song moves at an easy pace, letting the simple beat act as the steady bed for which any number of distant (and often reversed) string-like pads can pile on top of. The results are lush, trance-inducing, and in the right circumstances (we're thinking late-night/early-morning sets), especially danceable.
Hypnotic, mesmerizing, entrancing, spell-binding... All words wildly growing in popularity to describe a large number of buzz-addled genres and artists as of late. It would seem that the loop is finally having its day in the sun; tastemakers across the board, as well as an increasing portion of the music-hungry public, have learned to accept and enjoy artful repetition and the musical styles that utilize its power. Longtime lovers of dance and electronic music may very well be skeptical of this potentially dubious trend, but DJs and producers around the world are no doubt pleased that their work is finally reaching a wider and more welcoming audience than ever before. So, what better time than now for one of this generation's foremost authorities on the art of the loop, Swedish-born producer Axel Willner (a.k.a. The Field), to release a new record built around the transportive nature of micro-samples, techno, and ambient music—and call it Looping State of Mind, no less. Read more »
This slice of syrupy, underground bass comes from burgeoning Londoner Visionist, whose track "Sodium" is spearheading the latest release (artwork above) from Liminal Sounds, the only label/club night we know of that puts out an EP with tracks from its slated performers before every show. So then it should come as no surprise that this basement-vibes head-nodder comes along with the news that Visionist will be performing along with the likes of Damu, Venice Calypso, and many more at the next Liminal Sounds party, slated to take place in London a week from today on Friday, September 16 (full details here). And, just to make the whole sentiment that much sweeter, the good people at the imprint/club night have offered this tune and its three accompanying remixes for free via the download link found here.
During a recent visit to their old San Francisco stomping grounds, the members of Brooklyn trio Lemonade sat down in the studio with the Yours Truly gang, played a new song called "Neptune," and discussed some of the things they love about the city they left a few years back. Read more »
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