The heavenly "Too Much to Loose" (the video for which you can watch here) seems to be the Sun Glitters song of choice for tender beatmeakers to show off their remixing chops. Case in point, we have this rework from Brighton-based outfit Regal Safari (pictured above, kind of), which follows closely on the heels of Halls' blissful reimagining of the very same tune just last week. Whereas Halls took the opportunity to take "Too Much to Lose" further into the ether, Regal Safari sharpens things up a bit, implementing some precise drum work to push the otherwise cloud-like outing farther into more head-nodding territory than ever before. And in other blissful beatmaker news, all of the aforementioned parties will be appearing at London's Binnacle festival, which will be taking place October 15 and 16 with a rather stacked list of performers that includes Seams, Essay, Taragana Pyjarama, Phanes, Tropics, and many more. You'll find the full details and line-up after the jump. Read more »
Last week, London DJ extraordinaire Oneman put together a special Skanking Session in advance of this year's Notting Hill Carnival festivities. At the carnival itself, he got behind the decks on the main stage with Jackmaster. Read more »
Mexicans With Guns and Toy Selectah, a duo of like-minded purveyors of Latin-infused electronics, have combined forces for a new EP to be released by the Friends of Friends imprint later this month on September 27. Read more »
Back in July, news broke that Australian outfit HTRK would be releasing a new album, Work (work, work), via the always-reliable Ghostly label on September 6. And although everyone still needs to wait until next week to get their hands on the tunes (at least legitimately), the entire full-length is streaming here on XLR8R.com. Read more »
It has been a while since we last heard from Doctor Jeep, but we're glad to see the young East Coast producer once again, this time with a slick reworking of arty indie-pop group Blind Benny in hand. Grabbing our attention right from the start, Doctor Jeep begins the remix in dark, futuristic R&B territory, matching a rolling kick pattern with pitched-up vocal snippets and a massive-sounding set of organ chords. Then as the initial build-up reaches its apex, the floor drops out from under us, and we fall directly into a propulsive hybrid of UK-influenced house and rave-inspired electro. Doctor Jeep's remix serves as the closing number for Blind Benny's recently released Lucid EP (artwork above), which also features a sampling of other remixes from several up-and-coming producers.
After following up his polarizing debut LP with a starkly minimal single for Untold's Hemlock imprint, James Blake has announced a new EP which appears to find the wunderkind/indie darling again exploring the slow, vocal-oriented songs which defined his self-titled album. Read more »
Kompakt's Total 12 hit the streets a few weeks back, and the venerable German imprint has elected to offer up this track from label co-founder Michael Mayer as a nice little reminder of its existence. It's not hard to hear how this brooding slice of techno fits into the twelve-year-old series, although it is a bit of a twist on the more melodically epic fare Mayer has shown himself to be more than competent at crafting throughout his career. Instead, "That's What I Told Sanchez" combs through a variety of found sounds, slightly off space-age noises, and an almost tribal vocal sample, pulling it all together to create a deep, borderline menacing techno excursion that sits neatly between cuts from Matias Aguayo, GusGus, Superpitcher, Gui Boratto, and the rest of the Total 12 roster.
While we all wait patiently for our vinyl copies of How to Dress Well's Just Once EP to arrive, let's indulge in this gorgeously reworked version of lo-fi crooner Tom Krell's "Suicide Dream 2" by Tri Angle rostermate Holy Other. The producer's slow-burning remix builds ever so slowly from just a sole voice surrounded by ghostly shards of sound to one of his patently syrupy, brooding beatscapes—finally culminating in an understated climax that features what could be one of the most sublimely simple piano melodies we've heard in some time. Would you expect any less from a pair of the strongest artists of the past two years? (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
A track from AraabMuzik's excellent Electronic Dream LP finally sees a proper video treatment as part of Pitchfork's somewhat strange Surveillance series, which captures security-style footage of indie artists performing tunes while in ultra-modern hotel rooms. Read more »
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