We love a lot of labels, as well we should, but one imprint we've got a certain affinity for is Germany's Diynamic. If that excellent podcast they did for us last year wasn't enough reason for our gushing, this funky house number dropping via Diynamic on October 25 should do the trick. "Cash the Chord" is lifted off of German DJ/producer H.O.S.H.'s debut album, Connecting the Dots, and is a solid tune built on a rubbery bassline, a steady dance beat, and a large helping of orchestral melodies. If the remaining nine cuts on Dots keep up the same quality of club-friendly production, we'll certainly have even more reasons to be enamored with the Hamburg-based dance music hub.
We posted a remix of J-Wow's "Spark" tune by French producer Canblaster at the end of last month, and now we have this premiere for a re-work of that song's accompanying b-side, "Fogo." This production comes from J-Wow's fellow Lisbon-based kuduro patron Diamond Bass (pictured above), and bounces with a similarly dark swagger, though a bit more sparsely orchestrated and heavier with low-end. Lone percussive sounds are littered throughout Diamond Bass' track, rarely occupying your head space all at once, and off in the distance, bass frequencies continually drop—each time claiming the life of a subwoofer somewhere in the world. Make sure to snag the rest of J-Wow's Spark EP when it's released in full on October 19.
One of the surprisingly original performances we saw at this year's Decibel Festival came on our first night in Seattle from UK producer and recent Ghostly label signee Gold Panda. The following day, we were able sit down with the music maker, who prefers to simply be called Derwin, and have a chat about the influences that color his debut album, Lucky Shiner, what he'd do with a $5000 recording budget, his favorite kinds of tea, and why he's already planning his next record. Read more »
Remember those bad-ass cut scenes full of slick 3D graphics that began popping up in mid-'90s computer games? The ones that took twice as long to load than actually play? Yeah, those aesthetics practically define a good part of our geekdom from that era, so we're beyond pleased to see them resurrected here for Gatekeeper's video for their "Chains" tune. Read more »
Let's be honest: We're still reeling a bit from the one-two punch delivered by the CMYK and Klavierwerke EPs that UK prodigy James Blake dropped this year, and it seems the multi-talented producer won't be letting up on us any time soon. Coming on November 8 via the elusive Atlas imprint, "Limit to Your Love" is the first single to leak from Blake's as-yet-untitled debut full-length scheduled to drop in early 2011. Read more »
Of all the figures in the post-dubstep diaspora, few have been as instrumental as Bok Bok. As most readers of XLR8R probably know, the London-based producer/DJ is also the co-founder of the Night Slugs imprint, which has quickly established itself at the top of the heap when it comes to the forward-thinking house and bass music that continues to spring forth from the UK's long-running hardcore continuum. 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.)
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 »
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.
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