Bassanovva is a new project from Jubilee and Grahmzilla (the man behind the beats of the now-defunct Thunderheist). Both members sport a lot of bass on their musical resumes, so expect a lot of low-end wildness when their debut EP drops on November 1, courtesy of Sinden's new Grizzly imprint. The duo is performing this weekend in Ottawa and Toronto—click here for details—and in a few weeks they'll be making their live debut in the US at the Flashing Lights' 2-Year Anniversary in NY alongside Nacho Lovers and Jubilee's Flashing Lights compatriots DJ Ayres and Nick Catchdubs. In the meantime, Bassanovva has elected to whet our appetites with this "Alien Disco Mix" of Brooklyn baile funk queen Zuzuka Poderosa. Thick bass, drums that knock, and vocals chopped and twisted into oblivion make the whole thing a bit bonkers, but we'd expect nothing less from this pair.
Blunted Robots, Floating Points, Scratcha DVA, Ricardo Villalobos, and More Help Take Over Fabric's 11th Birthday
Another year means another birthday for everyone and everything, including London's immense Fabric nightclub, and it has a big weekend planned for itself. The UK dance music hub rings in 11 years starting on October 15 with two massive parties sure to do the occasion justice. Read more »
Are you tired of pitch-shifted vocals yet? Yeah, neither are we, which makes songs like "Just for Me" by Manchester's xxxy even easier to enjoy. Taken from his recently released Every Step Forward EP, which you can purchase here, the song rolls along on a clap-heavy 2-step beat while crunchy synths fill out the aural experience. xxxy first caught our attention on Fabric's Elevator Music compilation at the start of 2010; songs like this one, not to mention his recent FACT mix (which is sadly no longer available), show that the young producer is living up to his promise.
Before dropping his latest 12" for the UK's Saigon label on October 11, London-based DJ/producer Jeremy Duffy (a.k.a. Duffstep) sent over this unreleased track for us to share. "Over" is a shuffling dancefloor tune rife with loads of stabbing synth melodies, big filter washes, impenetrable atmosphere, and whole lot of the UK club scene's silky soul. The upbeat song's melodies may weigh in a bit heavy on the trance-y side of things, but Duffstep's production balances those hypnotic vibes with his buoyant, bubbling bassline and a certain subtlety and panache to his sound wrangling that eliminates the possibility of any regrettable trance-related cliches. Trancestep, anyone?
For the fifth year of bringing its massive celebration of electronic dance music to a European locale, the Detroit-based Movement Festival will do more than turn out Torino, Italy's varied music venues and clubs between October 28 and 31—it will also release a three-disc compilation that looks back at the music and producers that made the past four festivals what they were. Read more »
A man of many monikers, Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Luomo a.k.a. Vladislav Delay a.k.a. Sistol a.k.a. Yung Patti a.k.a. Sasu F. Baby) is following up his latest release under the name Sistol, On the Bright Side (out now), with a large number of remixes and reworks of the album's glitchy, techno-leaning tunes. Hotflush label head and DJ/producer Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba, pictured above) took Ripatti's production and reformatted it to fit the dubby, ethereal, post-genre soundscapes he is wont to create. And whaddaya know—it's great. Soulful vocal melody blips, tantalizing vinyl crackles, filtered synths, smashing kicks, popping snares, and a strong undercurrent of bass all power Scuba's remix as it slowly builds from its disparate elements into an energetic whole ready to take over your favorite soundsystem's subwoofers. Scuba shares disc space on Sistol's handful of remix collections with FaltyDL, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Redshape, among others, which are also out now on Halo Cyan/Phthalo.
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