Chicago acid-house veteran DJ Pierre can now be counted among the crop of dance music pioneers stepping back into the spotlight, thanks to a solid mix he dropped over on FACT this week and a well-deserved reissue of his 1987 cut produced with Felix Da Housecat as Pierre's Pfantasy Club, "Mystery Girl (Set Me Free)." Read more »
As most of you probably know by now, The Rapture is back, and with a hell of a single, too. The "How Deep is Your Love?" tune is just a small taste from the now-trio's forthcoming In the Grace of Your Love LP (The Rapture is pretty into love, apparently), which is tweaked into a pulsating disco-house cut by Aussie DJ/producer Wax Motif and Berlin/Vancouver-based artist Neoteric on their bootleg remix (that's the fake label art up top). The pair do away with the original version's "Thong Song"-reminiscent chorus—keeping the catchy piano riffs, rhetorical vocal hooks, and sultry sax solo to layer over their deep dance rhythms. Check out a slew of upcoming tour dates for The Rapture after the jump. Read more »
While in the midst of some rather ambitious release plans set for this year (including four two-song singles and his sophomore LP, City Limits Volume 2, for Deep Medi), another name from London's talented pool of dubstep producers, Silkie, is set to hop over the pond and descend on North American audiences for the month of August. Read more »
The legend of Factory Records should be known far and wide within the electronic music community, but, without a doubt, a more detailed audio history of the Manchester label is certainly welcome. The people at London's Strut imprint seem to agree, and are prepared to deliver a double-disc compilation featuring a comprehensive collection of Factory's early output. Read more »
Two of the mixmasters behind the monthly Brooklyn-based and XLR8R-sponsored TURRBOTAX® party, Contakt and Mayster, have a joint EP ready to drop via NYC world-bass hub Dutty Artz on August 23. The four-track release includes two originals, a remix by Doc Daneeka, and this massive effort by Dutty Artz label head Matt Shadetek, who puts his own spin on Mexico's tribal guarachero sound and builds upon the punchy bounce of "Korak" with an extra-large helping of pattering percussion and other tropical sounds.
Joel Karlsson and Henrik Markstedt, the 29-year-olds that comprise Swedish pop duo Air France, and I are talking about their fans' mounting anticipation behind the band's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled LP. "I think it's a little bit too late," says Karlsson. Like the momentum from their last gloriously breezy EP, 2008's No Way Down, has died? "Yeah, a little bit," he says. "We will see." Read more »
Big Dada recently released the third EP (and second for the label) from burgeoning London-based producer Offshore. Here we have a track from his new EP, Pacer, which brings together massive bass, menacing percussion, and a sparse, string-like melody for a mechanically driven outing that exists somewhere in the ever-growing regions of bass music. This tune is a little uncharacteristic of Offshore's output to date, which usually finds the Londoner diving into more chord and melody-popluated territory, but it's not necessarily a bad thing to have the focus put on the young man's drum programming for a change. Who knows what evil pieces of machinery inspired, or perhaps were sampled to make, the intensely percussive layers? And are those tuned timpanis we hear firing off in the background? Nice. The Pacer EP is out now, and will be followed by another EP and an eventual LP in early 2012.
Shedding the gritty field recordings and much of the textural soundscapes which characterized his well-regarded debut (2010's Tourist EP), Seams returns to the Pictures imprint with two songs sharply focused on the dancefloor. Read more »
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