A couple weeks back, Dutch producer Conforce (a.k.a. Boris Bunnik) released Escapism (artwork above), his second full-length album. In line with his previous output on the esteemed Rush Hour and Clone imprints, Escapism offers 10 cuts of darkly melodic techno, including "Shadows of the Invisible." The song doesn't contains many overt bells and whistles, instead relying on machine-like efficiency and a robust, Detroit-style melodic sensibility. The drums are crisp, the bassline rumbles and rolls, and the vibe rises and falls with the track's drawn-out melodies. Need something to keep the dancefloor pulsating at 3 a.m.? "Shadows of the Invisible" just might do the trick.
One of the world's most talented DJs and one of the innovative minds behind the always impressive Numbers label, Jack Revill (a.k.a. Jackmaster) delivered the latest Resident Advisor podcast just today. Read more »
The brotherly pair of veteran Detroit producers Lawrence and Lenny Burden (a.k.a. Octave One) has had a busy 2011, celebrating 20 years of music making with a series of remixed tracks, performances across the globe, and even—wait for it—releasing their own iPhone app. Now, the Burden brothers have unveiled the details of a new retrospective record that "revisits" their two-decade discography and presents new versions of Octave One's classic tunes. Read more »
We've got quite the international tune for you here with the title track from Mexican producer Lao's new EP for the Ukranian Wicked Bass imprint, Papolin (artwork above). (Apparently, the love for percolating bass music can easily traverse the world.) Beginning in the depths of dark, percussive club sounds, Lao builds his track up to almost anthemic heights with a never-ending array of tuned rim shots and massive, housey synth stabs. "Papolin" comes complete with a few nods to the producer's homeland, too, in the form of some deliciously Latin-sounding percussion and occasional Spanish phrases. We can't really make out what's being said, but it would be entirely appropriate if it all translated roughly to, "This track is hot. Let's get to dancing."
Burgeoning producers Klic and Lokiboi have come together for a one-off collaborative record. Here, we have the title track from the recently released Won't EP (artwork above), a cut that finds the pair matching heavy subs, thick synth stabs, and shuffling drums with an almost jazzy set of bell chords and syncopated vocal gasps. The results are somehow subdued while remaining quite dancefloor ready, a fitting description of the entire EP. Won't features remixes from UK funky poster boys Funkystepz and Steel (of Philadelphia's Brick Bandits crew), and concludes with a solo track from Lokiboi himself, all of which you can stream after the jump. Read more »
For an artist that had as big of a year as Actress did in 2010, it's somewhat baffling how low of a profile London producer Darren Cunningham has kept in 2011. Granted, Actress did release a lukewarm 12" via NonPlus+, remix a song for indie darling Panda Bear, and give away a handful of tracks via his Twitter account, but it all seemed to pale in comparison to his second album, Splazsh, and the response to the music was equally unmatched. We'd like to think that the current nature of the music world is to blame; fans can be prone to quickly gobbling up what's put in front of them before moving on to the next 'hot' thing. Actress' confrontational, sometimes long-winded style of techno certainly requires a dedicated and patient listener, almost to a fault. And his latest record, the "Rainy Dub" b/w "Faceless" 12" for Honest Jon's, continues to take those tendencies to new extremes. Read more »
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