Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, those two guys behind the band that created our 16th favorite album from 2010, Mount Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers, will soon be embarking on yet another tour together, this time traversing the North American continent between dates at the SXSW and Coachella festivals. Read more »
Here, we have a one-off remix from recent Punch Drunk signee Kahn (whose first 12" for the label drops February 28 and is pictured above). He's taken aim at Superisk's "Find Your Way," which first appeared last year on that artist's own single for the excellent dubstep label. As FACT pointed out in its write-up of the grimy tune, Kahn's version was aptly described as "fucking rude" by Superisk, a statement which is driven home by the song's intensely overwhelming bass frequencies, its wince-inducing riddim, and those sparse sample drops of an MC in the thick of some guttural "boh! boh!"-ing. But that's not all we have at work on "Find Your Way (Kahn Remix)"; the producer evens out his rudeness with eerie string melodies and 8-bit synth riffs that offer a touching yin to the rest of the track's ominous yang.
Danish group When Saints Go Machine (pictured above) continue to tease the listening pubic with the prospect of their 2011 debut album for !K7, having given XLR8R the title track to their Fail Forever EP and a dOP remix of the track to boot. This time around, the handsome foursome has offered up something that at first seemed unexpected—a cover of the Kariya's 1988 rave classic, "Let Me Love You For Tonight." Stripping the original of its ravetasticness, When Saints Go Machine keep the song sexed up, but put it in the bedroom instead of on the dancefloor. It might seem like an unusual song to cover, but given the band's clear love of electronic music essentials—we can't help but notice the Arthur Russell similarities yet again—maybe their song choice wasn't so unexpected after all.
In recent months, Montreal producer (and recent XLR8R feature subject) Jacques Greene has put out a a couple of white-hot releases for the LuckyMe and Night Slugs imprints. On Greene's "Tell Me," taken from his The Look EP for LuckyMe, he delicately shapes analog synths around an alluring woman's desire to "tell me what you like." His drums provide an interesting tension to the ease and fluidity of the track's recurring vocals and melody, as they stutter and just barely avoid faltering. It may come as no surprise then that Night Slugs labelmate and R&B sample wizard Kingdom decided to put his own stamp on this sensuous tune. Honoring the original with a less manipulative "edit," Kingdom opts mostly for a relentless, hype-inducing drum roll before he pitch-shifts the vocal into a helium-powered, space-diva stratosphere. (via RCRD LBL)
In a press release titled "From the Desk of Kevin Saunderson," the Detroit techno icon (pictured above) spelled out his concerns over an illegal sampling of his 1987 classic, "The Sound," which was produced with Santonio Echols and released under the artist name Reese & Santonio. Read more »
Just last week, we posted a new song from Justin K. Broadrick's Pale Sketcher project and remarked that the dude is almost impossibly prolific. Apparently, we weren't kidding, as this morning FACT magazine unveiled a new mix from the post-metal demigod. Read more »
It goes without saying that for the past 10 years, Jay Haze has been one of the most interesting and engaging techno producers around, dealing with sounds as diverse as new classical, African and Latin American musics, and, of course, the minimal house genre. His dynamism and enthusiasm will be sorely missed, as Love = Evolution will be his final album, and will also mark the shutdown of his Tuning Spork and Contexterrior imprints. Read more »
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