New York producer M A N I K has been featured on XLR8R a couple times now (most recently for his remix of Toro Y Moi's "All Alone"), and for good reason; his take on house music is nothing short of infectious—borrowing from disco, funk, and everything in between for a sound that's equally at home in headphones and on the dancefloor. M A N I K has a new EP, She Watches Me, due via Los Angeles' Culprit imprint in the coming weeks, with vinyl slated for a November 18 release and digital copies set to drop November 30. Read more »
News of a collaborative project between UK dubstep producers Pinch and Shackleton has been floating around for awhile, and today the physical product sees the light of day. Pinch & Shackleton, released via London's Honest Jon's imprint, offers nine original tracks and—based on the available song snippets—sounds much like what one might expect from a collaboration between two producers of such weight. Read more »
Bristol duo Behling & Simpson produce what their Facebook page professes to be "slow house," an accurate (if somewhat reductive) description of the languid grooves the pair creates. With remixes and edits for the likes of Faith Evans and Julio Bashmore under their belts, Behling & Simpson now turn their sights on Chuckii Booker with a take on "Games" that comes described as "kind of a refix." "Play Games" supports Booker's soulful lyrics with smooth chord work and cowbells, and eventually gives way to a synth melody that brings to mind future-funk purveyor Space Dimension Controller. Though this cut isn't featured on it, Behling & Simpson recently released a four-track self-titled EP (pictured above) on Futureboogie, which you can stream in full after the jump. Read more »
Rob Barber and Mary Pearson have been making forward-thinking pop music as High Places for a little over five years, with the band's most recent output seeing the light of day last month when Thrill Jockey released Original Colors. Above, you can watch a new video for album cut "Sonora", directed by Keith Musil. Read more »
Multi-faceted French artist Onra might be best known for the neon-soaked permutations of '80s-funk featured on his lengthy 2010 LP, Long Distance, but—like any bonafide beatmaker—his tastes and production styles are widely varied. As his ongoing Chinoiseries exhibits, the producer born Arnaud Bernard also has a soft spot for vintage Southeast Asian music and hip-hop. His latest offering, Chinoiseries Pt. 2 (out November 15 via All City), once again melds those eclectic tastes into a deft fusion of dusty samples and head-knocking beats (as previously heard on "A New Dynasty" and "No Matter What"), so much so that we had to ask the tuensmith to divulge some of his secrets to us. Read more »
It's only been a few months since we last heard from Bristol bass head Vessel, but the up-and-coming producer seems to have found a new focus for his work, as he presents five tracks of deep, abstract house on his newest EP, Wax Dance (artwork above). Here we have one such cut, "Blowback," which resembles more of a funkified version of Actress or newcomer Patten then it does the considerably more straight-forward tracks of Vessel's Nylon Sunset EP. Not that we're complaining, since the combination of ghostly textures, hyper-compressed drum machines, and chugging low-end heard here is as unexpectedly intriguing as it is listenable. After checking the selection below, you can stream the full Wax Dance EP over on A Future Without's Bandcamp.
It’s hard to believe that it has almost been a decade since John "Juan" Maclean released "By The Time I Get To Venus." That record marked the one-time punk guitarist’s arrival to dance music, and Maclean’s come a long way since then—now boasting two albums, multiple singles, and a full touring band. It’s safe to say he has been fairly prolific over the years, yet despite his wide output, there’s never been a release that’s compiled the odds and ends of his discography. With the arrival of Everybody Get Close, the producer attempts to do just that and a little more. Comprised of unheard remixes and material from the rare, tour-only Find a Way EP, Everybody Get Close is a scattered compilation that makes up for its lack of cohesion with moments of dancefloor satisfaction. Read more »
XLR8R readers may remember Ango from our recent write-up of the "Better for You" cut from his brand-new Another City EP. Additionally, the Montreal producer's name is on the tip of many tongues thanks to his collaborative relationships with the likes of Jacques Greene and Salva. Ango's six-track Another City record was released this past Monday via LuckyMe, and has already inspired this (admittedly unofficial) remix of "Better For You" from West Coast producers 5kinandbone5 (pictured above), who just released their Stomp EP via Sinden's Grizzly label. "Better For You" is updated here with a more dance-ready rhythmic structure—pulling the sounds of the original away from R&B and towards something more suited to the current climate of UK bass music.
If you consider yourself a bonafide electronic music connoisseur, then you've no doubt at some point found yourself tuned into the LA-centric music hub known as Dublab. Since starting up in 1999 as an independent internet radio station, Dublab has flourished into a musical institution—throwing events, curating video and art projects, and, most importantly, bringing forward-thinking, cutting-edge sounds to its listeners 24/7. Now, Dublab is in the beginning stages of it's Fall Proton Drive, a fundraising event that will feature live DJs on the air from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday from now until November 17, at which point the station will embark on a 24-hour "No Sleep Session" for the drive's finale. To help spread the word, the crew has tapped Suzaane Kraft to put together a theme song of sorts; with the tune's new-agey vibes and friendly electro-tribal beat, it's a fine example of the kinds of music Dublab so generously brings to its listeners every day. After giving Kraft's production a listen below, you can head here to listen to the live fundraising broadcast and donate.
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