Baltimore producer Alex Deranian is clearly not afraid to cut, chop, and drastically manipulate audio, whether it's the gritty, abstract beats he crafts as Semya, or the retro-sampling joints he puts together under the moniker Ferrari Jackson. Here, we have a fine piece of glammed-out sample work from a new Ferrari Jackson cassette (artwork above) that was recently released on the Culture Dealer label, an imprint run by like-minded sonic manipulator Run DMT. On "Miami Beach," Deranian takes a few seconds of an almost-forgotten disco tune and works them into a memorable excursion of friendly boom-bap, complete with a healthy touch of cheese. And just in case you were wondering how much cheese constitutes a healthy amount, allow us to point out the deliciously indulgent synth (or maybe that's a guitar) solo riff which adorns the second and third chorus' turn-arounds. It appears that Deranian isn't one to shy away from the occasional guilt-ridden riff, and, in the same token, neither are we.
To add more fuel to the fire that is the ever-growing interest in classic house, another resurfacing legend, Marc Kinchen (better known simply as MK), has announced a comprehensive forthcoming collection of his seminal productions (some of which were only previously available on vinyl) for Defected's ongoing House Masters series. Read more »
Fresh off his single for Ikonika's and Optimum's Hum & Buzz label, Australia's Dro Carey already has another serving of cross-genre bass music productions on its way in the form of a new seven-track EP, Journey with the Heavy (artwork above). Here, we have a cut that didn't find its way onto the EP, but certainly not for lack of quality. Carey's harrowing bass, revolving rhythms, and tasty R&B vocal chops yield some favorable results, leaving us rife with anticipation for his upcoming EP, which marks his debut for the RAMP imprint, and exactly what the record will have in store when it drops December 5. Journey with the Heavy's full tracklist can be found after the jump. (via Pitchfork) Read more »
If it wasn't clear enough from both parts of our ADE coverage, this year's festival had a far-reaching roster of artists, including some absolutely legendary names, of which the DJ, (former) producer, label head, and all-around electronic-music guru Derrick May was one of the biggest. At this point in his career, May really has a lot of knowledge to share, and he enthusiastically did so over two ADE panel discussions (one of which was a Q&A with fellow Midwestern pioneer Frankie Knuckles, who also sat down with us for five minutes) with a focus on the past and future of electronic music as well as the current state of dance music in the US. Once we finally got a chance to sit down with the man (who, by the way, will be bringing his Hi-Tek Soul tour with Kevin Saunderson to Seattle, San Francisco, and LA in early November), we continued to delve into these subjects. Read more »
With a collaborative 12" between himself and fellow Montreal producer Hissy Fit slated for release next Tuesday, November 1 (artwork above), HGLDT has shared this previously unreleased track, "The Calling," to help spread the word. Although this tune is considerably less club-oriented than the collaborative effort to be found on the forthcoming single, it nonetheless still proves to be a fine example of the Canadian's talents, this time showing that he knows how to craft pillowy, laid-back house with patience and precision. After giving "The Calling" a listen below, you can also stream HGLDT and Hissy Fit's "Last Summer Dub" and the accompanying Martin Kemp remix after the jump. Read more »
Jack Dixon is both the given name and artist moniker of an exciting London-based producer operating under the ever-expanding umbrella of contemporary house, techno, and garage music. Though he's released a small handful of fine singles and EPs over the last couple of years, the four-track Knowledge record finds Dixon topping himself on all fronts. The individual tunes are each more defined—with wide variations on elements of lush atmospherics, shuffling rhythms, and dropouts into deep introspection—but remain entirely cohesive. It would seem that even though the UK artist is still looking for his own style, he is heading in a straight line towards the point of acquiring an artistic identity. Read more »
Veteran electronic duo Orbital unexpectedly offered up a new song yesterday, reportedly in preparation for a new album that's on the way in 2012, the pair's first since 2004. "Never" starts out in serene fashion, rolling out some plinky keys and dreamily tweaked vocal snippets, the whole thing bathed in a warm sonic haze. It's enough to make you fondly remember classic tunes like "Chime," "Halcyon + On + On," and "The Box," and think, "You know, Orbital used to be pretty rad, maybe they've still got it." Unfortunately though, all that nostalgic whimsy quickly goes down the tubes at the 2:12 mark, when the song's drop hits and a sea of mediocre, electro-ish synths and a limp kick drum take over the track. Oh well. (via Pitchfork)
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