To inaugurate the new year and a new release schedule, Blunted Robots label partners Brackles and Shortstuff (get to know them in last summer's interview) have launched a new website complete with their signature robot cartoons from in-house cartoonist Spam Chop. Read more »
Opposite ends of the Brooklyn beatmaking spectrum come together on this FaltyDL remix of the more hip-hop inclined Kotchy, whose latest album, Two, came out today. Although FaltyDL is more known for his melancholy-soaked takes on garage and house, this remix finds him picking up the tempo significantly in an apparent nod to juke and ghetto house. It's certainly a different sound from Drew Lustman, but it really works, as he expertly inserts bits and pieces of Kotchy's raps over a flurry of 808 kicks and claps. Is this just a one-off experiment? We'll have to wait and see what his upcoming album, You Stand Uncertain, has in store when it drops in March. In the meantime, New Yorkers can ponder that question at Kotchy's album release party, which is happening this Thursday, February 3 at Piano's. (via Self-Titled)
Last year, Michigan beatmaker Shigeto won us over with the leftfield, hip-hop influenced sounds of his debut album, Full Circle. Apparently the young producer wants us to keep swooning, because now he's prepped a collection of re-works, simply entitled Full Circle Remixes. The 10-track offering does include one new song, along with remixes from the likes of Mike Slott, Mux Mool, Samiyam, Om Unit, and others. Those can be purchased at the Ghostly Store, but in the meantime they've sent over this effort from LA producer Take. Given the frequent comparisons of Shigeto's music to that of his Southern California counterparts, it's a natural pairing, and the song offers nearly four minutes of woozy melodies, bedroom boom-bap, and celestial vocal snippets. The Full Circle Remixes artwork is above, while the full tracklist and some upcoming Shigeto tour dates can be found after the jump. Read more »
London producer Oriol sports quite the musical pedigree—the man studied saxophone for four years at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. But even with all that academic training, he couldn't be stopped from jumping on the computer and trying his hand at beatmaking, an effort that eventually resulted in last year's stellar debut on Planet Mu, Night and Day. In a way, his music successfully updates '70s soul and '80s electro-funk, and that trend continues on his installment of the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Com Truise: still a horrible name, but, thankfully, a quality producer. Here, the recently signed Ghostly artist shares a free download of a bonus track from his re-released Cyanide Sisters EP. "Innerfacer" is a bit more intense and more heavily indebted to sci-fi soundtracks than, say, the light-hearted synth-pop of his "Slow Peels" tune. A restless synth melody is surrounded by booming, motorik drum-machine beats and woozily floating space noise on the slow-grooving number; the song only strays from this basic recipe during a brief reprieve. Tunesmith Seth Haley is seemingly confident with the immediate catchiness of his bassline, the song's sole hook, as every other sound he introduces feels like window dressing for its low-frequency core. We hope to hear more of these bedroom-born sounds when Com Truise drops his Ghostly debut—a love story between androids in the vein of Philip K. Dick, called Galactic Melt—in May.
Like his slow-brewing music, James Blake's new video for "The Wilhelm Scream," a choice track from his forthcoming self-titled debut LP, is an exercise in soul and subtlety. Watch as the image of Blake's head and upper torso is washed with color and blurry lens effects, only revealing a clear picture of the artist in portions as the song builds in restrained intensity. Read more »
Okay, let us spell this out for you: The folks at Scion A/V came up with the idea of asking Detroit garage rock outfit The Dirtbombs to cover some classic Detroit techno cuts (read about that here), songs like "Sharevari," "Good Life," and Innerzone Orchestra's "Bug In the Bassbin." As if that wasn't enough, they've now commissioned Detroit's new hope for the dancefloor, Kyle Hall (pictured above), to remix that jangly cover joint into a churning dance tune. Like a game of telephone, what comes out on the other side of this somewhat complicated exchange is merely a shadow of Carl Craig's original track. "Bug In the Bassbin (Kyle Hall Remix)" is a grooving mess of crunchy, distorted, and corroded sounds in the best way possible—the shuffling percussion jumps and skips from ear to ear, the bassline is distant and blown out, and all other noise seems to bubble up from the toxic concoction of Hall's dirty samples of The Dirtbombs' cover of Craig's production. Basically, it's pure Detroit.
A choice cut from San Francisco producer and Dirtybird acolyte Worthy's recently released Big Perm EP, "Big Perm (Femme En Fourrure Remix)" softens the sharp tech-house edges of the original track with a bit of sultry, female vocal work, hypnotic percussion loops, and filtered synth stabs. Still, the rubbery bounce and deep low-end of Worthy's new single remains perfectly intact, providing the base for every chilly sound effect Helsinki's Femme En Fourrure (pictured above) see fit to lay atop it. The remix is minimal and austere, to be sure, but eventually reaches its own restrained climax. It's a perfect counterpart to the rest of Worthy's boisterous Big Perm EP, which you can listen to in full here.
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