It's been so long since Italy was the major exporter of spacey disco jams that the term "Italo" might seem like an odd misnomer (especially for those of us closer in age to Italian schizo-electro groups Crookers and Bloody Beetroots than pioneers like Giorgio Moroder). But with two new releases at the end of 2011, burgeoning imprint Danny Was a Drag King—originally a disco offshoot of Hell Yeah Records—seems to be re-staking the nation's claim to sexy synth licks and drum-machine-powered four-on-the-floor. Later this month, DWDK will release Puralana by Rome-based producer Luminodisco, which features this deep, DFA-esque tune, hot on the heels of the recently released Smells Like Too Cheesy by fellow Italians Ajello.
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Lifted from LA producer Salva's (pictured above) brand-new Yellobone EP (which we deemed "precise," "sleek," and "stripped down"), this spacious remix of the title track comes courtesy of fellow Californian beatsmith Shlohmo and the fresh-faced WEDIDIT homie 2KWTVR. We can hear bits of the fractured percussion that Shlohmo loves so much within the mix, but the rest of the tune leans heavily on Salva's own impeccable sonic concoctions, which we assume 2KWTVR applied his own tweaks to. Good work, team. (via FADER)
Sinjin Hawke (pictured above) recently emigrated from Montreal, where he promoted the Boomclap party with Markus G of LOL Boys and Azamat B, to the city of Barcelona, where he's drawn from the excitement of a fresh locale to create a new EP, The Lights, which is due out on December 5 via Brussels-based imprint Pelican Fly. Although the EP is technically his first, Hawke has a bevy of bootlegs and collaborations under his belt, including this one with Kansas DJ/producer Morri$, which begins with an airy twinkling before giving way to a bass-heavy, but still celestial, piece of grime.
One of the most iconic tracks to come from oddball hip-hop veteran Kool Keith, "Drugs", is about to get its own remix EP, courtesy of Hot Chip, Switch, Amon Tobin's side project Two Fingers, and others. Read more »
After our visit to Madrid for this year's Red Bull Music Academy, we decided to kick around Spain for a few more days and stop in Barcelona for the annual Primavera Club. Designed as an autumn counterpart to the massive Primavera Sound festival, Primavera Club features an array of acts—most of whom are not Spanish—scattered throughout smaller, more intimate venues in both Barcelona and Madrid. While many acts were only in Barcelona for a matter of hours, we managed to pin down a couple of them for a quick chat, including mysterious UK producer Holy Other. Read more »
While LA beatmaker Thavius Beck is primarily known for his leftfield hip-hop beats and general production wizardry, those who have seen his DJ sets know the broad-minded MC's range of expertise extends deep into the realms of house and techno as well. To showcase Beck's diverse talents, Mush Records is releasing a three-part series of EPs titled Amber Embers that will contain material more in line with his Ableton Live-crafted DJ sets than his previous wordplay-laden full-length albums. "Thavihaus," taken from Amber Embers Vol. 1, is Beck's take on tech-house and attempts to mine the minimalist aesthetic frequently associated with German labels such as Kompakt and Minus. Vol. 1 is out now, while Vol. 2 will see a release on December 12, with Vol. 3 to follow on January 25 of next year.
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