UK producer Ghost Mutt has released a four-track EP of Keith Sweat reworks on Brighton bass imprint Donky Pitch. Titled Sweat Mode, the producer run Sweat's soul growlers the modern prism of 2012 UK house and bass, which itself draws heavily from the R&B influence of Sweat and his late-'80s/early-'90s contemporaries. "Only One," the first track from Sweat Mode, introduces us to the chopped-up feel of the rest of the EP, and features processed vocals and synth presets culled from the height of the new-jack-swing era. The full EP is available for free download on Donky Pitch's Bandcamp, here.
Amsterdam-based imprint Delsin is primed to start 2012 with a couple of big releases, including a brand-new EP from UK deep techno tunesmith Claro Intelecto and a split 12" reissue of tracks from house icon MK and Luke Slater as The 7th Plain (pictured above). Read more »
When and how the LA beat scene expanded its influence all the way up the coast to Oregon and Washington is something that's hard to pinpoint, but the fact is, it happened. Gem Drops Two, the second free compilation in as many years from the Portland-based Dropping Gems label, is the most comprehensive collection yet to document the resulting scene. While the tracklist doesn't exclusively consist of homegrown artists, the 20 tracks on display here frame a time and place for the entire scope of West Coast beat music, which finds the new-found hubs of the Pacific Northwest intertwined with the genre's homeland of Southern California and beyond. Read more »
Aside from putting the finishing touches on his three-song release due next month for Friends of Friends, NYC-via-California producer Shlohmo has also found time to remix this tune by rising UK singer Lianne La Havas (pictured above). On his remix, Shlohmo removes the acoustic guitar from the original break-up tune, and, after some playful chopping and pitch-bending, places the chanteuse's smoky vocals over simple synth tones and hip-hop beats, resulting in a tender and passionate refinished product. "Forget" will be released on February 13 as the lead single for Lianne La Havas' upcoming debut full-length on Warner Brothers, and will contain a remix of the song by London beatmaker Two Inch Punch.
Brooklyn-based label end fence, an imprint devoted to releasing free batches of electronic music, has offered up an EP featuring five remixes of NYC trio Archie Pelago. "Prospect Dub," one of the band's jazzy, horn-laden shufflers, is warped here by New York producer and end fence co-founder kuxxan SUUM, who converts the original cut into a speeding, brooding piece of techno. The saxophone that noodled through the original now courses through kuxxan SUUM's remix, sped along by new, echoing synth stabs. It is a specifically inorganic take on a band whose trademark has so far been a careful mix of live instrumentation and electronic processing. (To see Archie Pelago in action, watch this in-studio performance video.) The rest of Prospect Dub Remixes EP is available to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
2011 was a breakthrough year for Maya Jane Coles, who brought us a slew of great EPs and established herself as a hardworking, globetrotting DJ. The young Londoner looks to make 2012 a busy one, as well, with a lengthy world tour in the works. Read more »
The rise of cassette releases appears to be continuing unabated, which hopefully means that we can count on upstart labels like Culture Dealer to regularly supply the world with blasts of homespun weirdness. One of its latest offerings is Freekbeat (artwork above) from Virgina-based producer Ohbliv. Part of the Chocolate Milk collective, Ohbliv seems quite adept at crafting funky slices of beat-driven electronic pop. '80s funk and boogie are obvious touchstones in his music, and "Freekphone"finds him indulging in that era's laid-back sense of collective cool while piecing together chopped-up strings and breezily bouncing beats.
James Welsh spent the first half of the '00s in Austin, TX punk band The Rise before recently moving on to exclusively make electronic music. Nonetheless, Welsh's productions are sure to get bodies moving en masse. But maybe his beats are more likely to make listeners move their hips rather than headbang, as "Integra" is four minutes of techy grooves defined by a fat, swirling bassline and retro organ-like stabs. This fine deep-house cut is a digital-only bonus track offered by the producer in advance of his Air Waves EP, which will drop on January 30 via Hypercolour's Losing Suki imprint.
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