Nearly a month after we heard the first song that trickled off the forthcoming new EP (and LP, for that matter) from LA cassette-music guru Matthewdavid, we're treated to another of its four tracks—this one being exclusive to that impending release. The Leaving Records boss starts things off playing with a thick and heavy bass drone surrounded by obscured audio artefacts, sounding not unlike his more formless noise/ambient output, but eventually joins those psychedelic sounds with a light-hearted rhythm seemingly built from the sounds of a Casio SK-1 or some such vintage toy keyboard. However, the song is anything but child's play; Matthewdavid's production rises and falls on your head with a crushing weight, and leaves an indelible mark on your psyche that can only be filled by more of his warm, hiss-addled beat work. (via Pitchfork)
Globe-trotting techno artist Kate Simko is only months away from adding her first solo studio album to the long list of various releases she's had a hand in over the past five years. That LP, which is called Lights Out, features 10 tracks from the producer, and will be released in May through Berlin's Hello? Repeat label. Read more »
Burgeoning UK basscase Hyetal already has quite a trail of excellent singles, EPs, and mixes behind him (his exclusive podcast for XLR8R being one of them), but on May 2, the talented producer can add a full-length LP to his repertoire. The 10-track Broadcast will drop via Bristol-based imprint Black Acre, which will also release the preceding single, "Diamond Islands," on April 11. Read more »
Dubstep icon Mala recently sat down with the folks of Little White Earbuds for a lengthy dialogue. In the interview, the well-regarded DJ/producer talks to LWE about the current state of the music world versus 10 years ago, his subconscious, his production process, his thoughts on the ever-changing sound of dubstep, and many other heady topics, as well. Read more »
Following the March 21 release of the FABRICLIVE mix by DJ/producer David Kennedy (pictured above), which he crafted under both his Ramadanman and his Pearson Sound monikers, the widely loved artist will hit the roads of North America with longtime tunesmith Zed Bias (a.k.a. Maddslinky). Read more »
This one has been in the works for a long time. Back when XLR8R tagged Mexican cumbia-bass maestro Toy Selectah as an Artist to Watch in early 2009, the veteran DJ/producer was already at work on his EP for the Mad Decent label. While waiting for its release, Toy has certainly kept himself busy, taking tribal guarachero crew 3Ball MTY under his wing, traversing the globe as a DJ, and even remixing the likes of Vampire Weekend. Next week, all that waiting will come to an end, as his EP will finally see the light of day. Read more »
While in Hawaii over two weeks ago, Dutch moombahton DJ/producer (and former Bubblin' subject) Munchi suffered a seizure caused by an intracerebral hemorrhage that hit the artist completely out of nowhere. He was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where he spent nine hours in a coma and 11 days in recovery. With medical, travel, and prescription bills piling up, a few of Munchi's DJ compatriots—Dave Nada, DJ Ayres and Tittsworth—decided to help. Read more »
"How Far" is probably the least cutesy number in Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs' (pictured above) often precious-sounding repertoire of club tunes, and still, 2 Bears is able to make it even more serious while maintaining the duo's penchant for dancefloor playfulness. Producers Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip) introduce us to their remix with a half-time beat and warbling electronics in the background, telling us with an ominous voice that they're taking us "way back, back into time where the totally enormous extinct dinosaurs ruled the earth." Apparently, back in the Jurassic Period, basslines were gigantic, synth tones were smooth and deep, and breakbeats walked the land, as that's precisely what 2 Bears' time-traveling track offers in spades during its six minutes. Kudos for the "Tyranosaurus Rex" drop, too.
Kudos to FACT for tracking down this one: With just about zero fanfare, Nottingham's resident excavator of classic Detroit techno and old-school rave sounds, Matt Cutler (a.k.a. Lone, who was just featured in our last issue), has prepped a brand-new EP that further explores that club-appropriate sound palette. Read more »
This one comes to us from some friends of Denver's interdimensional sound terrorist Pictureplane, a group called Hollagramz (yeah, bet you wish you thought of it first). "Spectral Crush" is the title track from that outfit's new, self-released EP, and is certainly the most fitting of the distinction, even amongst three other solidly funky, forward-looking dance cuts. Hollagramz's tune kicks off at nearly full throttle: A bouncing dance rhythm works its way into your pulse while the ever-growing mass of synth melodies and the bulbous bassline burrow directly into your mind. There's quite a tasteful build and drop in there too, but what's most captivating about Hollagramz's "Spectral Crush" is its deft use of space. The way they move the various percussive sounds around in the mix, the way they precisely layer the track's innumberable keyboard tones, and the way they give each noise the space to bound and float about all creates the illusion that maybe this song was played by people, live in the same room, and not simply created with samples in a computer. If that excites you like it excites us, make sure to grab the rest of Spectral Crush, here.
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