Pacific Northwest bass producer Simon Ho (a.k.a. Cedaa) is another young music maker taking a page or two out of the footwork/juke playbook for his own tunes, although Ho likes to call his sound Bellingham bounce. So leave it to newly minted XLR8R scribe Dave Quam—who wrote this fine article on the Chicago-based genres for our latest print issue—to sign three of Ho's tracks for the first release of his new imprint, the cleverly titled Free Bass. The opener of Cedaa's Old Growth EP is "Escalade," probably the closest relative to footwork featured on the release. All the key attributes are present: incessant vocal samples, woofer-cooking bass, breakneck 808 beats, and halftime claps. Yet Ho still manages to make those trademark sounds his own with the injection of more melody into his low-end, a serious helping of warm synth pads, and a particular sheen uncommon in your average Chicago-born footwork production. You can download the whole Old Growth EP for free via Quam's It's After the End of the World blog, here.
Since quietly dropping a couple of EPs on Hotflush Recordings last year, UK duo Mount Kimbie has shot into the stratosphere, as its recently released debut album, Crooks and Lovers, has taken the whole post-dubstep-future-bass-whatever-it's-called continuum to a whole new audience. Read more »
On D.O.B., his third full-length release, Jamaican dancehall sensation Busy Signal shows no signs of slowing the momentum that has made the Saint Ann's native and Alliance member one of the genre's leading proponents. Busy's known for his seemingly endless energy, and the mix of his tireless lyrical exhortations with frenetic, hot-stock riddims makes for a kinetic listening experience. Read more »
Even though Dover, TX, producer Blixaboy has been making music in a number of forms for nearly 20 years, his forthcoming full-length album is a sort of re-introduction of the artist's forward-thinking dubstep- and bass-leaning sound. Blixaboy will release Kliks & Politiks through his own label, Astroblaque, on October 19, but we've got the first leak from that record for you today. "Sci-Fi Jack" is the third cut from Politiks, and finds the tunesmith smack dab in the middle of some low-end gymnastics out in the middle of space. Through "Jack"'s near five-minute runtime, Blixaboy never once lets up from his bouncing bass rhythms or touches down from his cosmic sound explorations—moving deeper instead to the outer reaches of dubstep's club-ready sonics. You can listen to all of Politiks now, over on the Blixaboy/Astroblaque website, 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 »
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.
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 »
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