As the bass-music landscape becomes increasingly crowded, it's harder and harder to recognize all the talented artists (not to mention chastize all of the lackluster ones), but with each passing day, it becomes clear that Salva just might be one of the most underrated producers in the game. Whether it's a function of geography (he originally set up his Frite Nite imprint in San Francisco and now resides in hip-hop-heavy Los Angeles), his constantly developing sound, or perhaps just his quiet, unassuming persona, it seems like Salva simply isn't getting his proper due. Nevertheless, maybe that's about to change, as the Bubblin' producer is currently encamped in Madrid as part of the Red Bull Music Academy, and has just released the Yellobone EP, the follow-up to his acclaimed debut full-length, Complex Housing. Read more »
As part of its ongoing video series in which up-and-coming artists are filmed while performing music in intimate settings, Lazy Day Lounge took a visit to the studio of Chicago-based producer Savile (a.k.a. Gianpaolo Dieli) to document the process of creating a house track. The video gives an up-close-and-personal account of Savile's technique, beginning with his search for samples as he collects various field recordings in his neighborhood and continuing through the arrangement and editing process. Savile's debut record, Being, comes out in January on the Amadeus imprint and will feature three originals and a remix of the title track by Youandewan. Check out the Lazy Day Lounge video after the jump. Read more »
Wichita, Kansas newcomer Indigo Bunting (a.k.a. Zach White) sent over this new, quasi-experimental track featuring skittering drums and vocals that have been pitch bent to oblivion. During its melodic parts, "Ritual" contains catchy synth and xylophone licks, but most of the production stays firmly planted in leftfield territory, for instance, employing a soft jazz interlude as the song's primary breakdown.
Next week, Kingdom will be releasing the Dreama EP via the still-potent Night Slugs label. The four-track offering is Kingdom's first Night Slugs release since last year's That Mystic EP, so anticipation is running high. In a effort to both quench the collective thirst for his new tunes and simultaneously ramp up excitement for the official release date, the LA-based producer and Fade to Mind boss has let loose a stream of opening cut "Let You No." Read more »
As the end of 2011 creeps closer with each passing day, it seems that producers and labels are all scrambling to put out one last single before the calendar flips to 2012. Add Bristol's Julio Bashmore to the list of artists getting into the year-end action, as he'll be releasing a new EP, Riff Wrath (artwork above), on December 19. Read more »
The recent Red Bull Music Academy World Tour included all sorts of amazing events around the globe, but perhaps none was as celebrated (or exciting) as the stop in London. The latest installment of the ongoing video series documenting the tour includes behind-the-scenes footage of the RBMA takeover of the iconic London Eye. Read more »
On his first full-length album, Runner (artwork above), Denver's Muta (a.k.a. Cliff Harris) draws inspiration from the '70s science-fiction flick Logan's Run, a tale of a young man who flees his dystopian home to avoid his scheduled termination. Now, we know Logan's Run is a cult classic, but let's be real for a moment. The music from the film is a distractingly trite melting pot of cliched futuristic noises and rudimentary synth sounds which, in reality, matches up well with the movie's stilted acting and goofy special effects. Thankfully, since the film's release in 1976, electronic-music production has come of age, and Muta uses various newfangled technologies to craft a nine-song album with a decidedly 21st-century aesthetic. "Lock Jaw" is a lurching, synthesizer-laden tune with a hip-hop feel that recalls the music of artists like Lazer Sword, but also uniquely employs sundry sci-fi sampling, including noises that easily could have been taken from conversing Star Wars droids.
Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. The latest edition comes from youthful French beatmaker Canblaster, who just completed a term at this year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid. More than a year has passed since we tagged him as a Bubblin' artist, and his hyperactive, genre-melding sounds continue to make waves while he pulls from across the electronic-music spectrum for inspiration. Given his schizophrenic ways, it comes as little surprise that his Beatport chart offers a variety of sounds, including grime, techno, bass music, and, of course, some tunes from his Club Cheval affiliates. Read more »
Certainly one of 2011's busiest house DJ/producers, Dallas, TX native Maceo Plex is primed to follow up a handful of singles, EPs, and one full-length for Crosstown Rebels with yet another EP, but this time for his own label, the brand-new Ellum Audio. The name for Plex's imprint is inspired by the art district in his hometown, which hosted a plethora of massive warehouse raves throughout the '90s. Since Ellum Audio was founded in that vein, we asked the artist to let us in on some of his favorites from that era. We think you'll like what he suggested. Read more »
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