As pointed out in last week's write up for Gold Panda's "Snow & Taxis" track (there's a video for it now, here), we showed up a tad late to the Essex-based producer's party due in part to a moniker that evoked certain indie genres we'd just as soon leave be. Thankfully, we were totally wrong about that, as evidenced on the new music we've been catching off his forthcoming debut full-length, Lucky Shiner. The latest number to help bolster our opinion of Gold Panda is "Same Dream China," a song that holds tight to flitting micro-samples and dense layers of melody that float high over a bouncing rhythm. It reminds us of some of Nobukazu Takemura's more playful, plinking compositions, if they were re-imagined by, say, The Field. As it turns out, that makes perfect sense, as The Field had Gold Panda rework his "I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet" track last year, and with excellent results. We should have known. You can stream Lucky Shiner in full before it's released on October 12, here.
After seven years of remaining relatively off the radar, veteran trip-hop group Massive Attack dropped its fifth full-length studio album, Heligoland, earlier this year. Now back in the swing of things, producers Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall have their follow-up already scheduled for release this November. Read more »
The folks at Bristol imprint Punch Drunk may not be a wordy bunch—the press release for Superisk's Find Your Way EP barely cracks a few lines—but the Peverelist-fronted label can always be counted upon to deliver some high quality bass music. The Find Your Way EP drops next week, and includes the wonky original along with a remix from fellow Bristolian Mensah, but you can check it out now, along with the vinyl artwork, after the jump. Read more »
This fuzzy, funky piece of vintage disco comes to us courtesy of The Fatback Band's 1976 chart-topping hit "(Do the) Spanish Hustle)" and the man who saw fit to rework it to his liking, NYC's master editor Danny Krivit (pictured above). This number is part of Krivit's forthcoming second volume of upbeat soul, funk, and disco edits for Strut, which will see the light of day come September 14. Along with this lengthy version of "Spanish Hustle," the renowned veteran and proclaimed King of Edits includes his own takes on Chairmen of the Board's "Life & Death," Patrice Rushen's "Music of the Earth," and Black Blood's "Chicano," among others, on Edits by Mr. K Vol. 2. You can check out more about the forthcoming compilation and watch Krivit tell the story of his DJ/production career here.
This could be the biggest electronic music festival we've ever heard of. Starting Tuesday, September 23, the massive, 13-week event known as The Warehouse Project will present its fifth annual festival—monopolizing Manchester nightlife every weekend leading up to New Year's Day. Read more »
We've got a pretty sizable weak spot over here at XLR8R for pitch-shifted vocals. Whether you're tweaking them up or down, and especially if they've got some obvious flavor to them, it'll score you a few points in our book. So, for NastyNasty's new track, "Bleeding," the well-sampled and soulful vocal clips that litter its three minutes are more of an icing on the cake. The San Francisco producer closes his forthcoming Puke Paint EP (that's the cover up top) with this relatively stripped-down dubstep beat—making sure to precisely color in its edges with bits of space noise, a handful of wobbly bass tones, and, of course, those infectiously warped croons. It's no new idea, but dammit if NastyNasty doesn't work it with aplomb. The Puke Paint EP is out on September 14 via Frite Nite.
Funky dance-tune producer Munk (a.k.a. Gomma label head Mathias Modica) has a brand-new EP coming down the pipeline, following the release of the La Musica 12" in June. The new record, Mondo Vagabondo, is said to be five tracks of "sunny, romantic" house music flavored with bits of psychedelic rock, disco, electro, and other culturally rich genres. Read more »
Battle Cats: From the rise of house in the '80s to today's juke and footwork scenes, Chicago's circle keeps expanding
"It's so fucking hot in here!" is the cry heard from almost everybody in the building. That includes the DJs, the spectators recording video with their iPods, the girlfriends sitting on stray chairs and buckets, and the kids with red plastic cups full of liquor—but rarely from the individuals doing the actual moving. That is, until one of them passes out from exhaustion. It's Sunday night in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's south side, and I'm fighting through a circle of spectators to get a good view of the action at an event called Da War Zone. Read more »
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