Very little biographical information is known about Dublin's Faws, who recently shared his debut EP, Antonym (pictured above), as a stream on his Bandcamp. "Take Notice," the first track, features a filtered, repeating R&B vocal cushioned by soft, jazzy keyboard samples and percussion. The song is a sparse, downtempo sketch that recalls the more subdued beats of today's class of atmospherically attuned producers, such as Shlohmo or Matthewdavid, but nonetheless retains a unique musical sensibility all its own.
It's absolutely no surprise that when Ifan Dafydd first appeared on the scene with a couple of bootleg remixes streaming on YouTube, people thought it was James Blake operating under a pseudonym. The bubbly rhythms, the rich synth chords, the fractured vocal blips, the soulful musicality, the big sub frequencies; it was all a bit too coincidentally familiar. (Hell, the Welsh producer even looks a bit like Blake.) "Miranda" and "No Good" sounded like an ideal mix of the sullen ballads heard on the divisive James Blake and the percolating post-you-know-what offered by cuts like "CMYK," but, as it turns out, Dafydd is certainly his own man with his own tunes. His debut 12" for Push & Run, however, doesn't exactly prove it. Read more »
YouTube and blogosphere sensation Evian Christ has signed to Tri Angle, our favorite record label of 2011. Ahead of the producer's proper label debut, the young UK artist has released high-quality mastered versions of tracks previously available as YouTube rips. "Drip," a highlight of the seven-song Kings and Them compilation (artwork above), is an atmospheric bit of spaced-out hip-hop with occasional heavy bass hits and chopped-and-screwed vocal snippets. The collection of tunes, most of which place mainstream raps over dreamy instrumentals, is available for free download here.
Last week, XLR8R's very own Senior Editor, Shawn Reynaldo, sat down for an in-depth interview with "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez of pioneering production duo Masters at Work. Read more »
We've been following the rise of Alfie McGibbon for some time now. Over the past year or so, the 19-year-old Brit has brought us a host of impressive UK bass-leaning originals and remixes, all produced under the name Graphics. McGibbon recently dropped his latest release via Made to Play, the Sarah Palin-referencing Mama Grizzlies EP (pictured above). "MacGrackleton," an extra from that release, is a slice of dark, percussive techno, and certainly one of the young producer's most club-ready tracks to date.
Bristol-based beatsmith Al Tourettes (a.k.a. Al Storey) has released this video for "Inventing," a Bruce Haack-sounding tune that will be one half of Storey's two-song EP due out later this month through the Sneaker Social Club label. The odd clip appears to document the goings-on inside the mind of a horny science undergrad as he struggles to make it through his class schedule while dosing on mushrooms. Read more »
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