Nearly two months after we discovered that Amsterdam-based DJ/producer Tom Trago would release his first proper full-length album, Iris, on April 12 (you know, today), we finally get to hear one of that record's 15 highly anticipated, disco-indebted tunes. "Being With You" is the second track on Trago's debut LP, and shows the artist already knee deep in bouncing, uptempo beats, a whole lot of funky synth work, and some sultry, vocal-sample soul. During its three and a half minutes, the production effortlessly slides back and forth between deep moods driven by analog synth pads and understated string melodies, and tasteful dancefloor grooves highlighted with touches of sparkling ambiance. It's certainly a great first taste of an album that took over 10 years to arrive, to say the least.
Though at this point Southern California artist Ryan York is best known for his work as Asura on the Non Projects label, he branches out here under his given name for a new EP released on Matthewdavid's imprint from around the way, Leaving Records. One of the seven jams on the Zipperlegs EP, "All Our Favorite Colors" certainly retains many of the elements we enjoy from York's work as Asura (save his Unreleasables tracks): woozy melodics, etheral vocal flourishes, and subtle rhythmic work to name a few. It does seem like the producer dug a bit deeper into his love for fuzzy ambiance, tape compression, and live electronics for this project, resulting in a lovely stylistic shift across the board. You can grab the rest of York's Zipperlegs EP on limited-edition cassette or digital download today.
Japanese electronic music imprint Mule Musiq has its second installment of the Enjoy the Silence series slated for release next month. The second volume of the ambient-focused compilations comes two years after the first, and will feature the likes of Terre Thaemlitz, Koss, Lawrence, and Kassem Mosse (pictured above), among others. Read more »
As San Francisco producer Jasper Reeder (a.k.a. NastyNasty) said in his email when he sent this track over, "The Weeknd (pictured above) is on fire right now," and it's completely true, if not inescapably obvious (the Canadian outfit just announced over 200,000 official downloads of its free House of Ballons mixtape). And what happens when that kind of hype surrounds a fresh, young artist? The (unofficial) remixes start pouring in. Just as we finished clearing our inboxes of edits, reworks, and covers of every song The xx ever wrote, tweaked versions of The Weeknd's tracks filled them back up. It makes sense, too; silky, slow songs like "The Morning" and "What You Need" are practically begging for a double-time dancefloor edit. NastyNasty's own contribution to the onslaught is a footwork-slanted take on House of Ballons opener "High For This," which essentially tosses breakneck 808 drum patterns and buzzy synthscapes over the slow-burning tune. Thankfully, Reeder doesn't overload the already stellar song with his production ideas, and strikes an ideal balance between his own hyped-up musical style and the grimy soul of The Weeknd's original.
Here's a quick update for those of you curious about where Red Bull Music Academy has moved its 2011 workshops since announcing they'll no longer take place in Tokyo. The new location will be in Madrid, Spain (insert bull-related joke here), where classes are still scheduled to take place between October 23 and November 25. Read more »
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Last month, we posted "Brushmetal," a Devonwho track taken from Gem Drops, a benefit compilation put together by the beat-minded Dropping Gems imprint. Apparently not a crew that rests on its laurels, the Pacific Northwest collective bunch is already back with another release, the Holodecker EP (pictured above) from Citymouth. Available as both a free digital download and a limited-edition cassette, the five-track release finds the producer combining moody soundscapes with hip-hop's traditional boom-bap, and extracting results that match up nicely with some of his Southern California contemporaries. Here we have the EP's title track, a solemn number highlighted by crackling percussion, stretched-out synths that border on drone, and just enough melodic blips and drum-machine claps to perk up the proceedings.
NYC-based photographer Josh McNey, who has shot countless photos for XLR8R, including last year's Night Slugs feature, and this issue's piece on ballroom house, will unveil his latest show, Protect From Light, at Casa de Costa, a new studio/arts salon in New York, on April 29. Read more »
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