Veteran house giants Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter (pictured above) had let their collaborative imprint, Classic Music Company, ostensibly lay dormant since last releasing material back in 2005. Now, citing a resurgence of quality house music, the two have decided to resurrect the imprint from its "mini-hiatus," starting off by rereleasing the label's entire back catalogue in three spurts of remastered digital glory. Read more »
It was late August of last year when beloved DJ and radio host Mary Anne Hobbs shared the news that she was resigning from her position at BBC Radio 1 to pursue an advisory job at the University of Sheffield, but less than a year later, the revered tastemaker has announced her return to the airwaves. Read more »
It's been over a year since we last heard from BFlecha (pictured above), when she surprised us with her wonky, pop-tinged "Ceja De Carnival" track. Now the Spanish producer has popped up again, this time with a remix for Jay Weed's Egyptian-themed "On the Nile," the latest release from Sinden's Grizzly imprint. There's not much wonk present on this latest production, which trades in the fuzzy synths of "Ceja De Carnival" for a bouncing house organ bass and twinkling, bell-like tones. And just as you think the remix is nothing more than a clever, bubbling house rearrangement of the original tune (which we'd certainly be happy with), BFlecha flips the beat into an inescapably lopsided two-steppin' affair. Another pleasant surprise from the young producer, someone who we hope that we don't have to wait another year to hear more of. (via Discobelle)
To be honest, it has been difficult to write about FaltyDL's second full-length record, but not because it disappoints—on the contrary, You Stand Uncertain might be one of the most exciting records to come out this year. The New York resident (a.k.a. Drew Lustman), whose earliest productions were classified as IDM and dubstep, has been expanding his sound effortlessly since the release of his 2009 debut full-length, Love Is a Liability, and nowhere is this sonic widening more evident than on this latest effort. Read more »
Berlin's Dirt Crew imprint have been solidly releasing deep, soulful house for the better part of six years now and today sees the release of the label's 50th offering, a comp entitled Deep Love (artwork above) where you'll find this tune of the same name. The Dirt Crew duo, consisting of producers/label founders Break 3000 and James Flavour, kick things off in usual deep house fashion, implementing a pounding drum beat, dark bass, and a washy chopped chord to drive the song's first two-plus minutes. That's when things start to get interesting as the duo drops in a jazzy electric piano riff that glides effortlessly atop a fresh, skittering beat. The two sections go back and forth, coaxing various elements to the foreground as they traverse the eight-minute track without disturbing the essential groove maintained by the steady, low bass. This gem of Berlin house can be found amongst 14 other exclusive tracks from seasoned Dirt Crew-associated producers such as Chymera, Mano Le Tough, and a few of the imprint's newest roster additions.
If the above image wasn't a dead give away, you're in for a bit of a galactic voyage with this track from Italian duo Crimea X. "Varvara," from the duo's debut LP, Prospective, is a culmination of a number of vintage-tinged sensibilities. Sure, you're likely to find a hint of Krautrock, a touch of '80s synth-wave, and even the slightest whisper of '90s house, but make no mistake, "Varvara" is not simply an homage to all things retro. Instead, it's a contemporary slice of nu-disco, one in which constant arpeggios move in unison with a steady bass guitar and the driving force of a possibly live (more likely sampled) drummer, leaving ample room for Crimea X to throw one soaring melody after another into the fold. We're not sure what news channel these guys have been watching lately, but it sounds like they're preparing for a future where we'll all be dancing in space. Let's hope they're on to something.
At the beginning of this year, we shared the stream of a dub version of Julio Bashmore's "Battle For Middle You" single by Ramadanman, which was oddly credited to one Maurice Donovan. Now, it seems that DJ/producer/label head/musical multi-tasker David Kennedy is officially inaugurating his new alter-ego as a seasoned and surprisingly outspoken Chicago house producer with the release of Donovan's first 12". Read more »
The people behind the legendary Haçienda club have been steadily keeping the party going around the world long after the club's original location saw its doors shut for good over a decade ago. When the crew's plans to bring the touring version of the Haçienda to the people of Japan were delayed due to the recent catastrophic events in that part of the world, they decided to put together a benefit show to take place at Sankeys in their hometown of Manchester on April 22. Read more »
Vienna-based electronic imprint Affine has a fresh compilation album dropping on April 11, which features hotly tipped productions from label affiliates such as Dorian Concept, JSBL, and, featured here, The Clonious. "Alter-Ego-Cate" is just one of four tracks that Austrian producer contributes to Affine's What a Fine Mess We Made release, and finds the artist flirting with electronic club sounds from across the board—including juke, forward-thinking house, and plenty of dubstep substrains. See how The Clonious' tastefully hyped-up production fares alongside the rest of the forthcoming compilation, and check out snippets of its 14 tracks here.
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