Bet you didn't think it would be possible to make Salem's (pictured above) blown-out, depraved, and bastardized music any bit creepier than it already is, did you? We never even considered the option ourselves, but here we are: San Francisco's oOoOO has remixed Salem's "Asia," creating something that sounds like it needs to be chained to a post in your grandmother's basement. The familiar distorted smash of drum-machine sounds still remains from Salem's original, along with snippets of wavering, ghostly moans the trio used for vocals, but the 'witch house' brother oOoOO decided to give "Asia" a cleaner hip-hop beat, a handful of twinkling synths, and some dismembered vocal samples to alter the track to his liking. Anyone looking to add another song to their Halloween party mixes needs look no further, and anyone looking to score some free Salem gear needs look no further than our contest going on here.
Next week, the venerable Soul Jazz label is jumping headfirst into the post-dubstep-future-garage-bass-post-everything game with the release of a new compilation entitled Future Bass. The album features all-new tracks from the likes of Four Tet, Mala, Untold, Ramadanman, Coki, Kevin "The Bug" Martin's new project Black Chow, Distal, and others, and XLR8R has a stream of the entire thing. Read more »
Singer, producer, DJ, and house music legend Robert Owens is set to expand further on his 20-plus-year career with a brand-new album of soulful dance music adorned with his iconic voice. The 19-track double-disc album entitled Art will be released on October 8 via Germany's Compost label. Read more »
Still over a month until the release of its debut full-length album, the globe-trotting duo of Lazer Sword submitted this inspired mix to International Tapes' ongoing mixtape series. The DJ set of bass-laden tunes was named 808 Mix, simply enough, because of its focus on the booming sounds still used to this day from that classic drum machine. Read more »
Stones Throw has announced an upcoming album from former Slave frontman and funk music OG Steve Arrington to be entirely produced by Dam-Funk. "I Be Trippin" is the first taste of their collaboration—although Arrington did also guest on "4 My Homies" on Dam-Funk's "Hood Pass Intact" 12"—and it finds Dam cooking up a classic-sounding, laid-back, feel-good West Coast beat complete with bubbling synth pads, some classy electric piano, and a fat bassline. Layers of Arrington's vocal float over the beat going through some of the many scenarios where he be "trippin" and throwing out commands to "drop that funk." This track is a must for any slow-motion pool party/bbq you've been planning. No word on when the album is due, but we'll let you know as soon as we do.
Though he's been practicing the art of DJing since the late 1980s and producing since the mid-1990s, the productions of London's Mr. G (a.k.a. Colin McBean) are only now getting the broader attention that they so richly deserve. Read more »
After releasing music from Neon Indian, How to Dress Well, and several other high-quality, lo-fi artists, it would be totally okay for the folks at Lefse Records to rest on their laurels a bit. Instead, the Sacramento-based label is indulging its inner TLC impulses and expanding with a new series called Way Slow. In the words of label head Matt Halverson, "Each release will be a unique creation from start to finish. Many of our artists are going to be releasing material that is well outside of their normal sound, some will be collaborations, some will be from parts of the world where most of us will never see... Our physical products will be hand wrapped/sewn/carved individually for every release and presented as a heartwarming package of beautiful sound." The first offering comes on October 12 from London's Banjo or Freakout, and if the rest sounds as good as the dreamy, washed-out haze-pop of "Over There," this Way Slow series could be something special. Future installments are forthcoming from artists like Houses/Teen Daze, Phaseone, Ganglians, Sonny Smith, Sunnybrook, and Tape Deck Mountain.
Scottish producer Offshore (a.k.a. Robertson) is a recent addition to the Big Dada roster, signed off the strength of his self-titled EP on Stuff, that label's final release before becoming part of the ultra-rad Numbers conglomerate. Like many of his fellow Scots, Offshore shares some sonic territory with dudes from the LA beat scene, not that we're complaining. "Round and Round" trundles along on bouncy hip-hop beats filled out by fuzzy synths and lighthearted 8-bit flourishes. It's taken from the Aneurysm EP, which comes out October 19 and will be followed by a full-length album next year.
Barcelona's El Guincho will be bringing his infectious rhythms and moody Spanish dance pop to North America at the end of September and into October with dates in New York, LA, and San Francisco. Read more »
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