The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Today's chart was assembled by London-based DJ/producer Roska, whose 10 selections prove that UK funky is alive and kicking. Read more »
Definitely one of the stranger music projects to hit the scene in recent years, London's Endless House Foundation presents not only damn good retro-tinged electro-acoustic music, but also an entire Ballardian narrative about an eccentric millionaire and his doomed five-story nightclub. Now, the Foundation is back with The Folk/Scnhnaffs EP a six-track split release from two of its most notorious producers, Rasmus Folk and Walter Schnaffs. From that record we have "Sylvia Kristel," a dark and muddy ode to Folk's one-time affair with Dutch soft-core porn actress Sylvia Kristel. Bathed in the warm hiss of analog tape, the track moves with a motorik lurch through a ghostly forest of emotive synth leads, rising bass tones, and bizarre vocals. Look for The Folk/Scnhnaffs EP when it drops in late September.
Edinburgh-based eclectic bass producers AK Kids will soon be releasing a series of collaborative EPs on Rotterdam-based label Lowriders Collective. Kicking things off is the GassAKu EP, which features guest spots from 1000 Names, Argyle Pimps, Slugabed, and Coco Bryce. As a teaser for the release, the label slipped us the mind-warping "Pop Girl," a collaborative track from AK Kids and 1000 Names. The tune features an insane broken rhythm that broaches on sounding like a tasteful trainwreck, and twists through bizarre synthesizer modulations, moebius strip-like melodies, and ghostly vocal samples. The GassAKu EP comes out on October 7 as both a limited-edition vinyl 10" and digital download.
Full disclosure: We've been spinning Tycho's forthcoming LP, Dive, in the XLR8R office more or less every day since it was sent over to us by releasing label Ghostly. And while we still can't seem to get enough of its sun-bleached synth melodies and buoyant drum rhythms, we don't mind hearing another take of the stellar "Hours" single from Canadian producer Teen Daze. It seems that the remixing artist might feel the same way we do about his tune's source material, as this unofficial rework of Tycho's track doesn't stray too far from its original state. (via Pitchfork)
Berlin-based producer Mano Le Tough is an artist we've been seeing a lot of lately. With a few releases in the bag and a record on Buzzin' Fly in the works, Tough's just been tapped to provide a remix for Montreal-based alt-rock trio—and fellow Buzzin' Fly signees—Flower and Sea Creatures. "The Sitting Room (Mano Le Tough Remix)" sees the producer moving into moodier territory than we've previously heard from him, with a dark soundscape evoked by atmospheric drones, digital chimes, echoy tech-house clicks, and a percussive bassline made of detuned toms. The track hits its stride halfway through, gaining momentum with the addition of a deep kick drum and the spooky vocals of Flower and Sea Creatures' singer, Graham Baxter. Mano Le Tough's Stories EP is out on September 19, and Flower and Sea Creatures' Flower and Sea Creatures LP is set to follow on September 26.
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