We've noticed that a lot of the good beat music we've been hearing lately has been coming from the more northern regions of the West Coast—as opposed to its usual home in Southern California. Case in point: Aybee (a.k.a. o1o) and his Deepblak label. The Oakland resident just released A Futurespective (via Seattle-based Further records, incidentally), a collection of tunes crafted throughout the past decade, the same amount of time his imprint has been active. "Moonstalk" is taken from the album, and demonstrates how o1o's music is informed by hip-hop rhythms, but also offers a skewed take on the usual 'beat-scene' sound by infusing it with elements of techno, ambient music, and IDM. It's an odd mix of styles that works surprisingly well, and might just help reignite our hope in the future of California's beatmakers. (via Altered Zones)
Started in 1991, and famously inspired by the legendary clubs of '80s New York, London super-club Ministry of Sound has had a long and wild run. So long, in fact, that this September the Elephant & Castle mainstay will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Read more »
Emerging producers Matt Waites and JR Seaton have come together to form Call Super, a duo dedicated to exploring the possibilities of dark, yet slightly off, dance music. The pair recently released its debut EP, Staircase (artwork above), for the newly minted London imprint Five Easy Pieces. To help introduce the project, they've gone ahead and shared "Timora", which kicks off strong on an analog futurism tip before eventually revealing itself as a full-fledged techno endeavor. Utilizing brooding arps and dissonant synth blurbs, the duo keeps things moving with enough nostalgic drum-machine work to equally please both techno classicists and dancefloor junkies. In addition to this tune, the Staircase EP comes with two more original productions (of the muscular house sort), a re-work of the duo's own "Nosebleed" track, and a remix from burgeoning Berliner Objekt.
London-based analog-house revivalist Funkineven has had a pretty good year, largely thanks to his basement-style acid track "Roland's Jam," which dropped via Eglo in July. XLR8R profiled Funkineven last year, and apparently, we're not alone in our fandom, as URB recently unearthed and posted a previously lost mixtape from the producer. Read more »
Back in March, Glaswegian producer Auntie Flo and the Huntleys & Palmers imprint caught our attention in a major way with "Highlife", an African-tinged house tune with rolling tribal percussion which headlined the first release for the party-turned-label. This month, both Auntie Flo and Huntleys & Palmers are back with more, namely the "Oh My Days" single, which also includes an interesting b-side from South Africa's DJ Sdunkero. The record will drop in the next week or so, but here we have a remix of "Oh My Days" by Chilean Alejandro Paz, who also has a future H&P release in the works. Clearly this is a crew that doesn't have a whole lot of regard for geographical boundaries, as Paz keeps the original's sticky vocal loop but adds a bit more African flavor to the proceedings in the form of stuttering, kwaito-ish drums and some hooky guitar bits. For a closer comparison, we recommend that you download Paz's remix below and then watch the fun-loving video for the original "Oh My Days," which is posted after the jump. Read more »
UK beatmaker Star Slinger has been busy during the last year, dropping music videos, original tunes, and remixing the likes of Gold Panda, Daedelus, Washed Out, and others. Although he's known more for his exploits as a bedroom producer, this fall he's getting out of the house and taking his hip-hop-infused electronic pop creations across the pond to North America. Read more »
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