One of the more focused and hip-hop-leaning bangers from Brooklyn producer Mux Mool's (pictured above) debut album, Skulltaste, is the crunchy "Hog Knuckles." This version of that Dilla-referencing track, remixed by recent XLR8R podcast contributor and Colorado resident Alex B, comes from the Wax Rose Saturday EP, which dropped today via Ghostly. Alex B's remix remains centered around the jittery bounce and sampled guitar melody of producer Brian Lindgren's original beat, but is also given an extra dose of beat-scene slap and soulful synth timbres. You can catch this remix along with treatments from the likes of Free the Robots, Devonwho, Shigeto, and more, on Mux Mool's brand-new EP, and find Lindgren's upcoming tour dates here.
What does a remix of the classic R. Kelly joint "Ignition" by Portland low-bit patron Copy sound like? Well, precisely what you'd think the unlikely pairing would sound like. Mr. Kelly's inimitable vocal performance is left untouched, leaving the R&B icon to deliver car-related innuendos without interruption, and producer Marius Libman's special brand of Nintendo-referencing synth-pop adorns the memorable lyrics. Though, as one might guess, Copy's remix (2 Ignition) is injected with hip-hop's and R&B's particular bounce and sway, a vibe uncommon in his usual production work. It's a pretty great taste of the EP that accompanies the PacNorthwest tunesmith's forthcoming full-length, Hard Dream, which features five remixes of R. Kelly songs. We're especially looking forward to hearing "Real Talk" and "Hair Braider" when it drops along with Dream on September 21 via Audio Dregs. (via Yours Truly)
There's a new batch of intergalactic bass tunes on the way from German cosmonaut Doshy, in the form of his soon-to-be-released Scatter EP (that's the cover up top). Lasers, phasers, tasers, and just about all other kinds of conceivable space noise are heaped onto the Berliner's crunchy beats and skittering 8-bit bleeps; it sounds more or less like if Mario moved to Mars to start a career producing hip-hop—NES nerds will undoubtedly spot the frequent usage of his classic fireball sound byte. In fact, "Chip" has so many layers of sound effects surrounding its swaggering beat work that the track requires a number of listens before each little noise can be uncovered. Catch the rest of Doshy's 6-song EP when it drops on September 3 via Robox Neotech.
It's been a long time coming, but Spoek Mathambo's debut full-length album is finally here. Just today, BBE released the 14-song Mshini Wam, and simultaneously hooked up The FADER with a full preview of the album, which is available for 48 hours here. Read more »
Though it's been available for months through the label's mailorder, the Solid Gold compilation from Mike Simonetti's (pictured above) Italians Do it Better label just recently made its way onto retailers' shelves. Read more »
Even though we're still not exactly sure what to make of the South African art-rap troupe Die Antwoord, seeing Aphex Twin's name alongside theirs immediately piqued our interest (we like videos of new Aphex Twin sounds, if you'll remember). This piece shows the two outfits performing together this past weekend at the London Electronic Dance Festival. Read more »
As a follow-up to his Radio album, which came out earlier in the year, tomorrow LA producer Exile will be releasing AM/FM, a collection of Radio remixes and re-works that also includes a smattering of new tunes. The album features efforts from people like The Alchemist, The Grouch and Eligh, Free the Robots, and P.U.D.G.E., along with this take on "Population Control" by frequent Flying Lotus cohort and fellow Angeleno Samiyam (pictured above). The Ann Arbor transplant removes the vocoder bounce and playful vocal snippets of Exile's original, slowing the tempo, and swapping in a more unorthodox beat pattern along with a seriously sinister vibe. The new direction may be a bit dire, but the music doesn't suffer for it.
Who: The Blessings
Where: Glasgow, Scotland
While Mike Slott and Hudson Mohawke are the biggest names to come out of Glasgow's LuckyMe collective, Dominic Flannigan (a.k.a. Dom Sum) and Martyn Flyn (a.k.a. Fine Art) are the guys who quietly built the label behind the scenes, putting their own music-making on the back burner. Read more »
Yeah, you read that right. This is a new track from Model 500, and XLR8R is offering it for free download. For the unfamiliar—shame on you—Model 500 is, these days, a collaboration between a few Detroit legends, including Juan Atkins (a.k.a. the guy who created techno), Underground Resistance's "Mad" Mike Banks, and producer Mark Taylor. Next month, the group will be releasing its first single in more than a decade, "OFI." Last week, we previewed the record's title track, and now we've got the string-laden b-side, "Huesca." Even with the long delay between releases, it appears that Atkins & Co. haven't lost their touch, as the song is a throbbing slice of warehouse-ready techno, complete with soaring melodies, chunky synths, and sweaty low-end.
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