It seems like ages ago, but it has only been a year since we put Cooly G on the cover of XLR8R and began exploring the mutant strain of UK funky being turned out by a select crew of UK producers. A big part of that article was focused around DVA (a.k.a. Scratcha DVA a.k.a. Leon Smart). Read more »
Listen: We are absolutely tired of wobble bass. That particular treatment to low-end melodies has been so overdone, it's now a running joke of sorts here at XLR8R HQ. That being said, Barcelona's My Dry Wet Mess has somehow breathed new life into the sound on this first leak from his forthcoming debut full-length for Magical Properties, Irrational Alphabet. But it's only because he doesn't use his 'wobble wobble wobble' to incite bro-steppers; the audio/visual artist instead treats the bassline like a smooth, soulful rhythm for this R&B-infused track. "Yours Truly" is bolstered further with ethereal bits of lilting atmosphere, subtle synth melodies, and an eventual flip that transforms the number from 'bedroom booty music' into a four-on-the-floor dance tune and back again. You can catch more My Dry Wet Mess pre-release goodness in the form of a mixtape and album trailer. (via Yours Truly) Irrational Alphabet will be released on October 26.
The multinational Ghetto Bassquake blog has been doing its world-bass-music-posting thing for plenty of years, but now it's ready to expand into the world of releasing music with a brand-new single for UK-based Afro-disco sextet A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire. Read more »
For its fifth anniversary and 50th release, Daniel Haaksman's Man Recordings label will drop a 12-track compilation, featuring new and exclusive tunes from artists the likes of Schlachthofbronx, Zombie Disco Squad, Crookers, Edu K, and here, UK tunesmith Seiji. His contribution to the celebratory release, "Basslips," is a slamming assault of bouncing house rhythms, atonal noise candy, and one consistent, diiiiirrrrty bassline. It certainly illustrates how far the Berlin-based Man Recordings has come since its beginnings as a bastion of baile funk and how it has since blossomed into a premiere outlet for the varied sounds of global bass. As Seiji's club-ready number demonstrates, the Valeu compilation is an eclectic record that any self-respecting party-starter ought to have on hand for appropriate DJ sets. If you'd like to celebrate Man Recordings' five-year anniversary further, you can listen to and download a retrospective mix that DJ Beware put together on behalf of the label, here.
On October 11, Belgian label Silverback will release a new EP from LA's hyperactive world-bass duo Nguzunguzu, called Mirage. Before that new batch of tunes drops, you can catch four of its five songs on this excellent mixtape the DJ/producers made to mark the occasion. Read more »
We don't need to tell you who DJ Shadow is, so we won't. But what we will tell you is that the legendary Bay Area DJ/producer has a couple of new tunes right now, and he's offering them up for free download. The two tracks, "Def Surrounds Us" and "I've Been Trying," come from a recent limited-edition 12" DJ Shadow strategically dropped in select stores around the US and UK with hand-drawn artwork by himself. Read more »
We've been thoroughly enjoying the beat scene's recent shift in focus toward melodic sounds, atmospheric worlds, and just downright pretty music. Teebs is one such producer waving that flag, and each track we've heard from the SoCal resident (not to mention the excellent podcast he did for us) has lifted him higher on the ever-extending totem of artists to watch from his hometown. Now, with the impending release of his debut full-length, Ardour (that's the cover up top), on October 19 via Brainfeeder, Teebs is letting loose with some of his best work. "Why Like This?" comes from the tail end of Ardour and is easily one of the most straightforward numbers on the 18-track LP. A strong hip-hop beat carries Teebs' production through analog synth melodies, the icy patter of falling change, unnameable textures in the distance, and eventually, what sounds like a live drum beat. Though the comparison may be redundant, "Why" reminds us of some of the mellower and simpler music from Flying Lotus' early years. Take that as you will, but to us, it seems like Teebs is onto something here.
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