After the tragic events that took place in Sendai last Friday, it seems most everyone around the world is doing what they can to help the people of Japan recover from the disaster and its residual effects—including musicians and record labels, too. Among those efforts you'll find a couple of charity releases put together by a handful of XLR8R's favorites. Read more »
New York's Brennan Green (pictured above) delivers this delicious eight-minute journey through the land of acid disco on the instrumental version of his remix for the Italian duo Ajello's new single, "Chocolate Black Leather." Although the original version of Green's remix features the vocal stylings of disco queen Hard Ton, this instrumental version only proves the more impressive as it allows us to fully focus on Green's tasty synth work. With a pulsing 303 line driving the track, he unleashes a seemingly endless supply of spacey, vintage synth tones that gradually multiply as they float and sizzle in various reverbs and delays. Make sure to stick this one out to the end as the seasoned producer saves the catchiest line for last, dropping an incredibly melodic lazer arp for a few sweet bars before breaking the track down to its final moments.
With only a couple (excellent) tunes to his name, Guy Andrews, a newcomer to Brighton's ever-expanding bass music scene, is already off to a solid start, as far as we can tell. Like on the subtly worked-up "Klikkr," it's more than apparent the, uh, guy knows exactly how to craft a perfect percussion loop, rolling sub-bassline, pattering dance rhythm, and bare-bones melody. The kind of sonic restraint and loving precision that Andrews exhibits in his work thus far seems to belie his newbie status, and effectively excites us for whatever upcoming tunes he'll be sharing next.
For the next 12" offering of vintage-inspired club music to come from Andy Butler's (a.k.a. Mr. Hercules & Love Affair) Mr. INTL label we have a collaborative effort between recent H&LA sign-on Mark Pistel and Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto (pictured above) and Chicago house veteran Ben Stokes (a.k.a. DHS). Read more »
London's Hervé has a new single about to drop on April 17 via his burgeoning imprint, Cheap Thrills, and Liverpool's 3 Beat label, called "Together" (pictured above). Here, the classic rave-inspired club jam is refitted with a fresher palette of ostentatious audio courtesy of Welsh production quartet C.R.S.T. With shuffling dancefloor beats, deep synth stabs, disembodied diva vocals, bubbling bass tones, and rapid-fire tempos in its arsenal, "Together (C.R.S.T. Remix)" offers a solid alternative to the quasi-kitschy vibes of the original tune—instead pumping a slick future-garage style that the Cardiff outfit is known for. Feel free to compare the two versions, and pick your own favorite, via the funny little promo video for "Together," below. Read more »
Now, let's be honest: This is basically just a novelty, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. Last weekend at LA's monthly beat scene get-together, Low End Theory, Radiohead frontman and recent Burial and Four Tet collaborator Thom Yorke dropped an impromptu DJ set, and someone just happened to catch some excellent footage of the affair. Read more »
Today, UK funky don Roska dropped a free remix via his Twitter account, and it's just far too good to not repost ourselves. The DJ/producer hijacks the many hyperactive vocal stems from the updated version of 2004 grime hit "Pow" by Lethal Bizzle (pictured above), and lays them over a particularly rude riddim chock full of sinister bass tones, cracking snares, light-footed percussion loops, and bubbling sound effects. Roska's whole production bounces and wiggles about at a deceptively quick pace, as it simultaneously sports elements running at full-throttle and half-time tempos, an ideal tune to drop at either end of the BPM spectrum.
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