Occasional XLR8R scribe, consistent FACT contributor, and Local Action label head Tom Lea was recently commissioned by DJ Mag for the latest installment of its weekly podcast series. Lea's mix is awesome, to say the least, and features a load of forward-thinking artists and their excellent production work, including newcomer Breach, Local Action producer T. Read more »
Motor City Drum Ensemble's remix of Caribou's "Leave House" hit the internet today to get us all ready for the upcoming digital release of Swim Remixes. Employing only a few obvious elements from the original, the German producer turns "Leave House" into a dark, eight-and-a-half minute house track. A constant percussive element pulses underneath the slow, arching progression of the song, occasionally graced by sparse appearances of Caribou's original vocal. Swim Remixes also features re-works from Gold Panda, DJ Koze, and Nite Jewel, to name a few, and will be available October 26 in the UK and November 2 in the US. (via Pitchfork)
Hotflush Recordings founder and dubstep pioneer, Scuba, has been very busy lately. As well as DJing and producing around the world, his label has continued to be at the forefront of electronic music with releases this year from Sepalcure , Mount Kimbie, and of course, Scuba. Read more »
After already dropping two EPs this year, the Love Pressure EP as part of Sepalcure and the LuckyMe-released Many Faces as Machinedrum, producer Travis Stewart will release yet another extended-player through the Innovative Leisure imprint. Read more »
Last week, the impressive Palms Out label shared its latest release with the world, the Taking It All EP from globally-minded Los Angeles producer/DJ Samo Sound Boy. Samo's tunes rely heavily on stuttering, tropical drums which ride high in the mix, although he does fill them out with squealing synths and/or cut-up vocal snippets. The EP also features a quality slate of up-and-coming remixers, including efforts from Brenmar, Melé, and this take from LOL Boys. The original version of "Wacka Flocka" is a stormer, but the Montreal/Los Angeles duo has elected to tone down the percussive assault, giving the song some bounce and letting things breathe rather than simply pounding the dancefloor. The pair also has a some fun with the song's repeated vocal sample and colors in the proceedings some mellow synths that float along in the background. It's an effective approach, and one that puts an excellent spin on an already-quality track.
Felix Neumann is Germany-based DJ/producer Fex Fellini, at least when he's crafting vintage-inspired, globally minded house music. The artist has been making tunes with other projects for seven years now, but this new moniker just scored its inaugural release via Top Billin in September. The bouncing "Ganesha" isn't featured on Fellini's Kudos to Jack EP, which you can stream here, but is still as equally percussive and club-appropraite as the four energetic tunes on that release. It may have taken Neumann a long time to finally share his Fex Fellini project, but for next-level dance jams of this caliber, it was worth the wait.
We've got to hand it to Planet Mu for helping spearhead the resurgence of Chicago's juke/footwork music on an international scale. The UK label has got releases from a number of the scene's heavy-hitters—DJ Roc, DJ Rashad, DJ Nate (pictured above)—on its enormous roster, and now it's prepping the release of a whole compilation based around the hyperactive genre. Read more »
Oakland producer David Reep (a.k.a. Elephant & Castle) calls his hazy, warbling beat-centric music "a kaleidoscope of sound." So, bearing that in mind, that would probably make this remix of his Analogue EP cut "The Grey Area," by Chicago's Houses, a Magic Eye of sound. The nearly six-minute rework of Reep's tune is hypnotically repetitious in the most alluring of ways. Miniscule samples become like churning white noise underneath the continuous bass melody, bright rhythms, and swelling ambiance, and if you listen intently enough, you might just hear something hidden amidst the haze.
Looks like London's Fabric club and mix series is getting back to its roots for a change—roots reggae, that is. For FABRICLIVE 54, DJ, MC, and all-around character David "Ram Jam" Rodigan will be inside the place, handling all selector duties with a choice mix of classic dub, dancehall, and other soundsystem-appropriate reggae. Read more »
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