Even if you're talking to someone completely unaware of electronic music and its history, mentioning the name Underworld is likely to garner a look of recognition. Thanks to its storied, 30-year musical career and notable involvement with filmmaker Danny Boyle, who basically broke Underworld internationally through his use of "Born Slippy .NUXX" in Trainspotting, Karl Hyde's and Rick Smith's pioneering outfit is as close to a household name as respectable electronic artists are likely to get. Read more »
New to San Francisco-based Dirtybird’s roster of house music luminaries is Birmingham producer Tom Flynn. Soon to be released, the Tom Flynn EP has already been getting spins from folks like Catz ‘n Dogz, Julio Bashmore, and Thomas Schumacher, solidifying the EP as yet another great 2010 release from the influential imprint. To celebrate the release, label head Claude VonStroke contributed an edit of Tom Flynn’s unreleased “Wig Wag” and has passed it along to us to offer free of charge. The track is in keeping with Dirtybird’s love of rhythmic complexity and soulful melody, and should offer a compelling argument to get familiar with this upstart. (Editor's Note 10/21/10: the EP is now on sale here.)
Out now on Norway’s Dødpop Records is the follow-up to 2009’s successful Dødpop Vol. 1. As Norway’s central skweee label, Dødpop has made a venerable name for itself amidst Sweden and Finland’s vibrant skweee scene. Dødpop Vol. 2 showcases a varied array of Norway’s skweee talent, including Norwegian producers like skweee pioneer Daniel Savio, Marcus Price, and Splash Bass. To give you a snapshot of what the record sounds like, Dødpop has sent along the compilation’s first track, Beatbully's “RnBully.” Beatbully does justice to the song’s title by creating a layered bed of whistling and crackling synths worthy of The-Dream but keeps the beat in a solidly electro-funk vibe.
We're not exactly sure how or why, but it seems like Poland is quickly becoming a hot zone for the whole post-dubstep-whatever-it's-called sound. In the past six months, we've seen Top Billin drop the PL Funky EP (sample that here), Krakow duo Supra1 has popped up in our Bubblin' section, and now Polish blog BBQ is offering up this exclusive tune from UK producer Hackman (pictured above). To be fair, it's actually a remix of Icelandic producer Hypno, but Hackman's take on "Telescope" is a midtempo roller with some punchy percussion and nice synths filling out the proceedings. He'll be spinning at BBQ's Homecoming Party this Friday, so he's also put together an exclusive mix to get folks hyped for the occasion.
On October 25, Bot'Ox, the French duo of Cosmo Vitelli and Julien Briffaz, will release its debut full-length, Babylon By Car. The veteran producers have distilled their sleazy, auto-obsessed vision into 11 tracks of electro, synth-pop, and disco, and you can listen to the entire thing right now on XLR8R.com. Read more »
Where: London, UK
The UK hardcore continuum continues to evolve, and exciting producers keep sprouting up. Optimum (a.k.a. South London native Malcolm Chen) is one of the latest, and although his name is new to many, he's been dabbling in music since he was a kid, learning piano and guitar before eventually buying decks and delving into the world of DJing. Read more »
California whiz kid Shlohmo (pictured above) has turned husband-and-wife duo Jed and Lucia's folky number "April Showers" into a monster of a beat on this new remix. Drenching the guitar and vocals of the original track in a bath of reverb, Shlohmo adds a layer of sizzling, jittery percussion, low, wobbly bass, and a generous helping of delicious noise. Right around the 1:10 mark is where he really starts to show off, letting the distorted elements take over the track, gradually twisting and turning until their eventual end. If this remix doesn't satisfy your appetite for the slow, broken beats we've come to expect from the young beat-scene staple, perhaps taking another listen to his excellent XLR8R podcast would do the trick.
French Producer Pierre-Antoine Grison, better known as Krazy Baldhead of the Ed Banger crew, has collaborated with a group of Malian musicians to form Donso. "Hunters", a track from their recently released self-titled LP, is an exploration into the rhythmic possibilities between modern electronic production and traditional Malian instruments, one that relies heavily on both electronic drums and traditional percussion to move it along. Spurts of loops and live instrumentation add some texture and melody, and eventually, the difference between them gets blurred to the point where you're just lost in the tribal rhythm, getting in touch with your inner hunter.
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