Dubstep may have some roots in the West Indies, but the music, particularly in recent years, has often strayed into far different sonic territory. Enter the unlikely figure of veteran Japanese producer Takeaki Maruyama (a.k.a. Goth-Trad), who has just announced Babylon Fall, a four-track EP that strives to bring back the Jamaican element. Read more »
When your discography of 12"s and EPs reads like a who's-who of top-tier, forward-thinking electronic labels—in this case Hessle, Hotflush, Tempa, and Rush Hour—the next logical progression in one's career is to issue a proper full-length, right? It appears Cosmin TRG has reached that point, pulling together what could have been a few great singles or EPs, and compiling them into one 40-plus minute package of dark, futuristic bass for his debut album. Read more »
Well, you knew it was bound to happen at some point. With '90s nostalgia gone full-bore, it really ought to come as no surprise to anybody that trance has made its way back into the popular lexicon of cool. What is surprising, however, is that its route would pass through the music of bedroom producer Tom Krell (a.k.a. How to Dress Well). Take this, his recent re-work of Marina and the The Diamonds' contemporary vocal-trance anthem "Radioactive." Substituting in his own vocal track while still keeping the rushing hallmarks of late-'90s trance, Krell manages to create a bizarre hybrid—something that tugs the heartstrings while maintaining a cool, blue-eyed R&B sensibility. (via Pitchfork)
We're not going to lie. September 27 is circled on the XLR8R office calendar, because that's the day Forever, the new full-length from Sleep ∞ Over (a.k.a. Austin-based Stefanie Franciotti, pictured above), will be released. Earlier this month, she offered up the first taste of the album in the form of "Romantic Streams," a dreamy pop number that recalls the sounds of vintage 4AD. Now, youthful knob-twiddler Balam Acab—who has a new album of his own, Wander / Wonder, set for release in the weeks ahead—has put his own spin on the tune, layering the vocals in a haunting fashion, adding in some snappy hip-hop drums, and ultimately taking the song a surprisingly playful new direction. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Touted as a gathering "that reflects the vibrancy of young artists and emergent technologies of today," and pairs together musicians and visual artists for "real-time audio/visual performances," Pittsburgh's VIA Festival just announced the lineup for its 2011 festivities taking place in early October. Read more »
Here, we have one of three remixes featured on Polish artist Intreau's forthcoming Alpha Remixes EP (pictured above), a spaced-out, slow-burning tune from Montreal's Bowly. The DJ/producer—who, incidentally, seemed to be all over MUTEK this year—tones down the energy of the original "Alpha," and lets the dubby elements drift off into the endless expanse he creates around the pulsing dance rhythms. You can hear clips of the rest of the remixes before this EP drops on September 12 via Ukrainian label Wicked Bass, here.
While much of the focus on Anticon these days revolves around the efforts of more recent additions to the label's roster, many of the long-running underground hip-hop imprint's original troubadors continue to turn out new music. For instance, next week Alias will be releasing a new full-length, Fever Dream. Read more »
This snappy, percussive cut just dropped into our laps courtesy of Detroit-based tunesmith Max Tkacz and DJ 3000, the Underground Resistance cohort behind Motech, the label releasing his Eclectics EP. "Spray Paint" won't be on that forthcoming record when it drops in October, but maybe it should be. The label head actually sent the bouncing techno jam along somewhat begrudgingly, saying "I almost told [Max] 'Hell no, this is dope,' but hey, if people get a hot track for free, why not?" We like that mentality.
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