On paper, a remix by chillwave wunderkind Blackbird Blackbird (pictured above) of indie-pop darlings Beach House doesn't seem exactly like XLR8R-friendly material, but this beat-heavy tune sees the San Francisco music maker exploring fresh territories in contrast to his usual hazy electro sound. Using bits of Beach House's latest blog-dominating song, a holiday offering called "I Do Not Care For the Winter Sun" (check the original out here), producer Mikey S. surrounds a disjointed, hip-hop-leaning rhythm with samples of Victoria Legrand's injured coo, angelic atmosphere, and tweaked glimpses of the chilly instrumentation that drives the original song. We don't even want to start thinking of the kinds of cringe-inducing genre titles this particular style pairing could elicit, so we'll just allow Blackbird Blackbird's new remix to sit comfortably next to the type of indie-bred hip-hop we've been hearing lately from folks like Star Slinger and Teams.
Riding the momentum of Matthew Dear's 2010 full-length, Black City, he and his live band continue to tour the United States (see below) and will be setting off for greater Europe come March as they open for Interpol. Read more »
The UK music maker behind the massive "Woo Riddim," S-X, just recently broke 3,000 followers on his Twitter account, and is celebrating by giving away a digital EP of equally hyped-up instrumentals. Read more »
A well-respected heavy-hitter taking care of business in the digital sales of forward-thinking music across the board, Bleep is often the go-to source for some of the best contemporary music on the planet. Now, as the dust settles from the end of 2010, the electronic music hub has penned its list of the 100 best tracks from last year and made them available in the form of a reasonably priced download package. Read more »
Considering most things from his labelmates seldom have a steady rhythm or anything resembling a regular drum pattern (not that we're complaining), Florida-based producer Sumsun is about as close as Matthewdavid's Leaving camp gets to having a dance music artist. Here we find Sumsun flexing his remix chops as he takes Hard Mix's "Alright" to the limits of its cosmic slow-jam potential. The track begins with a fuzzy, side-chained pad that floats along while Sumsun adds distant, slow-moving hip-hop drums. Back-and-forth male and female vocal samples take center stage, followed by even more layers of distorted fuzziness that eventually build to overpowering heights, enveloping the track in their static warmth. For now, it appears this remix won't be found on any particular release, it's simply a freebie (with accompanying artwork above) from the good people at Leaving and we're glad to share it.
For a generation of bedroom producers, now is the time to get their due—at least according to beat-geek extraordinaire Zach Saginaw, who performs and records as Shigeto. "I think the need for an MC or the need for lyrics [is] not as dominant. It's not anything against that—it's just that finally producers are getting more credit," he says. "Ten years ago you'd say, 'Oh, I love this song,' but you never knew who produced it and no one ever really cared. But now producers are becoming their own thing and getting so much more credit."
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Over five years since Direwires' debut LP, There's Life After Winter, was released on Moodgadget, the Ontario-based ambient producer has returned to the label with a new LP, Hearts in Stasis, on which you'll find "Bayfield." There seems to have been a recent surge in visibility of ambient music, particularly of the tape-based collage sort, but Direwires is not of this ilk, trading in the lo-fi fuzz and hiss of the ambient-tape music for a clarity and nuanced detail to his sounds that brings to mind the likes of William Basinski and Fennesz. On this particular track, Direwires slowly manipulates a steadily pulsing melodic loop and continues filtering, pitch-shifting, and processing it throughout the piece while gently adding layers of majestic chords and twinkling background sounds beneath his sonic tinkerings. As we approach the end of the piece, the loop slowly begins to disintegrate, washing away in gobs of delay and reverb before finally coming to an end. "Bayfield," along with 11 other serene tracks, can be found on Hearts of Stasis when it's released January 18.
Thunderhorse Video is a media arts collective responsible for making some of 2010's trippiest assemblages from White Car and Gatekeeper. Dump FM is a web portal/chat room where participants converse only with still or moving images, and which draws the likes of M.I.A. and Ryan Trecartin for GIF-based chat sessions. We had Dump FM founder Ryder Ripps conduct an interview with Thunderhorse at Dump FM, and here's how it went:
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London's Butterz label has been a leading force in keeping grime moving forward over the last year and now producer Royal T has been officially added to the label's ranks with a new EP, Orangeade. Here is an alternate version of the track "Music Please," whose "devil mix" (a term apparently coined by Wiley) is found on the EP. In line with the Butterz imprint's take on grime, the tempo is quicker and the vibe leans more towards the "let's party" side of the genre. A fast beat with skittering hi-hats and claps bounces along with chopped-up vocals, some occasional bleeps and bloops, and the customary evil bassline. If you need some more Royal T than this one MP3 can deliver, make sure to check out the recent XLR8R podcast from Butterz label heads Elijah and Skilliam, which features two Royal T tracks along with a host of Butterz tunes. The Orangeade EP is available now. (via FACT)
New York's Hercules and Love Affair have dropped this amazingly retro video for the song "My House," the lead single from their recently released LP, Blue Songs, out now on the Moshi Moshi imprint. The video features some classic VHS-era video effects, incredibly well-executed '80s-era dance moves and costumes, and a few well-placed commercials, finally getting all wrapped up at the end with an impressive Soul Train-esque dance line. Quality stuff. The release of the video is also accompanied by a remix from London's Stopmakingme, which you can stream after the jump. Read more »
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