Montreal's Miracle Fortress (pictured above) makes perfectly pleasant pop music, with songs that combine the seaside breeziness of the Beach Boys with the radio-friendly synth-pop stylings of Bronski Beat and other like-minded '80s groups. We're not complaining about any of those things, but it all adds up to a formula that isn't exactly what XLR8R tends to cover. Enter German producer Pantha du Prince, who has applied his trademark melodic techno approach to "Raw Spectacle," giving the track just enough dancefloor oomph to land in our downloads section. The remix keeps the song's woozy vocals largely intact, but Pantha du Prince dials down the synths and inserts a steady techno pulse, creating a sort of Balearic pop tune that is undeniably pleasing to the ear. The original "Raw Spectacle" first appeared on the Was I The Wave? full-length, which came out a couple of months back, and those looking for even more Miracle Fortress music will be happy to know that he's made two non-album cuts available for free download, which you can grab after the jump. Read more »
Witness the fitness of a man that just won't stop: Rodney Smith (a.k.a. Roots Manuva), one of the UK's most well-respected MCs, has just announced his latest studio album, 4everevolution. Moving through a kaleidoscope of styles, the new album promises to touch on everything from pop-locking funk joints to sultry ballads crooned by the man himself. He won't be doing it all on his own, though. Read more »
You may recall us recently telling you about Caribou and Jacques Greene taking on some Radiohead tracks for remixing. Well, we're pleased to announce that you can hear them right now, a few days before they are officially released on July 4. Read more »
The Northern England Lake District is such an idyllic place that folks like Wordsworth and Coleridge would go there to pen some of history's finest literature and poetry. So it's maybe a little jarring to think that its pastoral environs will soon house the not-so-peaceful sounds of some of the electronic music world's most inventive artists at this year's Full of Noises festival. Read more »
Afrofuturist leftfield beats producer and Poobah Records co-founder Ras G has been pretty busy in the past couple months. Always seeming to release a steady stream of material, it's obvious he's not showing any signs of stopping, especially with the just-announced imminent release of his new album, Down 2 Earth. Read more »
Last week, we broke down all the details of Kingdom's new Fade to Mind label and the young imprint's first release, the Timesup EP from LA duo Nguzunguzu. The five-track EP officially drops next Tuesday, July 5, but you can listen to a couple of selections right now. Read more »
Lexington, Kentucky might be known as "The Horse Capital of the World," but it's not exactly renowned as a hotbed for cutting-edge electronic music. As such, we're not exactly sure how Milyoo managed to hone his beatmaking chops, but the boy has undoubtedly got skills. His next release is the "Colors" b/w "Games" single (artwork above) on Subeena's Opit label, which is scheduled to come out on July 28. Ahead of that, he's elected to share "Lightbike," a lurching, hip-hop flavored composition stuffed with sonic oddities and microsamples. The track showcases an inventive mentality not unlike that shown by the artists of LA's beat scene, yet the song's head-nodding slaps hint toward an artist who has also spent plenty of time taking notes on some of commercial radio's best jams. It's a winning formula, and one that has us excited to see what else Milyoo has on tap in the months ahead.
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