Beginning tomorrow, Seattle officially becomes the center of the electronic-music universe—at least through Sunday night—thanks to the city's annual Decibel Festival, which is once again bringing a dizzying array of talent to the Pacific Northwest. XLR8R will certainly be in attendance—look for updates from the festival in the days ahead—but in the meantime, we've teamed up with the festival organizers and tapped Seattle producer Pezzner to put together an exclusive Decibel mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
In all fairness, this isn't a new remix. According to UK producer Mosca (pictured above), who yesterday offered the track as a free download via Twitter, it was created "back in the day," presumably a few years ago when Tempa T's "Next Hype" was the biggest grime tune on the planet. The original song was noted for its ferocity and anger, and Mosca kept much of that intact while inserting a heavy dose of B-more house and maybe even a bit of ghettotech into the mix. It's rough around the edges and certainly lacks the refinement of his more recent productions, but it's an interesting sonic artifact—one that shows just how far the London beatmaker has come.
The write up for FACT's latest podcast, a one-hour transmission from Baltimore-based house icon Karizma, starts off stating, "You have no idea how long we’ve been trying to get a Karizma mix for," which we can fully empathize with. (Hey, Karizma! Where's our podcast?) Needless to say, we're happy that a mix from the DJ/producer finally landed somewhere. We encourage you to give it a spin. Read more »
Canadian-born Hrdvsion (a.k.a. Nathan Jonson, who now resides in Berlin) has always been a bit of an oddball producer, but his new I Can't Exist EP finds him applying his musical eccentricities to a more straight-ahead techno template. Clocking in at nearly 10 minutes, the record's title track features a stripped-down beat, rubbery synth notes, and a simple bassline, all of which provide a sturdy framework for the song's warped and pitch-shifted vocals. It's a trippy journey, albeit one worth taking whether your losing it on a crowded dancefloor or weirding out alone in the privacy of your own home. (via Altered Zones)
Swedish duo Korallreven has an album—which is, oddly enough, called An Album—coming out on November 15, but will release its first single, "As Young As Yesterday," this week. Girl Unit's remix of that Balearic-tinged tune arrives on that 12" too, and is paired with a rework from Panda Bear as well as another original track. The glowing synth chords and all around ravey vibes of Girl Unit's version are far and away the most club-friendly sounds to be heard on that record, but still make for a fitting juxtaposition next to Korallreven's deceptively sunny and buoyant pop music. (via Svensk Musik)
This booming club production is the title track of the latest digital EP to surface from Swedish net label Discobelle, courtesy of Polish production duo Viadrina. "Bodymind" is one of three tech-house-leaning jams featured on the pair's second record, which is out today. You can listen to the rest of the Bodymind EP after the jump. Read more »
In what is shaping up to be a rather busy end of the year run for the Hotflush label head, Paul Rose is set to add to his forthcoming DJ Kicks contribution and latest Scuba single, "Adrenalin" (which is out today), with a pair of tunes being released under his SCB moniker. Read more »
Although the warm days of summer may be gone for most, and fast approaching their end for the rest, California seems to still have plenty of sunshine left, and West Coast producer Vin Sol seems ready to keep the warm vibes going with a new mix (more about that later) and a new track which he's been kind enough to offer up here for everyone's enjoyment. And how could you not enjoy "Despacio?" The strings are bright and glistening, the vocal chops are in just the right spots, and the whole affair has this undeniably sultry disco feel that is as smooth as it is dance-worthy. But as we mentioned before, this track isn't the only thing Vin Sol has up his sleeve, as he's just dropped the fourth episode in his ongoing Wizard H.O.U.S.E. mix series (check the Dust LaRock artwork above), an endeavor that incorporates more similarly deep and soulful cuts. You'll find the mix (and its accompanying tracklist) for your listening/downloading pleasure after the jump. Read more »
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