Belgium's François Boulanger (a.k.a. Cupp Cave) is set to release RZA (pictured above), his second EP as Ssaliva, via the Vlek imprint on January 16. The eight-track 10" record follows the multi-faceted producer's debut cassette EP for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records from last February. Featured here, "Drugged Out Quest"—an outtake from the RZA sessions—is a hazy shuffle through a sort of alternate hip-hop universe. These slow, lo-fi beats retain a warm tape sound, with laid-back percussion washed over by ambient, Boards of Canada-esque hums. Ssaliva's forthcoming RZA EP is available to preview and pre-order from Vlek now, here.
Berlin-based producer Marc Houle has announced plans to release a new LP, his first since stepping out from under the wing of Richie Hawtin's Minus imprint late last year and launching the collaborative Items & Things label with Magda and Troy Pierce. Read more »
Drexciya, the mythical aquatic civilization generated by the works of (the sadly deceased) James Stinson and Gerald Donald, was one of the most original concepts to come from Detroit techno. A mixed-media project that springs forth from the interstices between the music, the labels, and the liner notes, Drexciya was more than just a techno production outfit. Read more »
While Glaswegian producer Sad City doesn't have a lot of material under his belt yet, he certainly makes the work he does craft count. This expansive and ethereal remix of "A Walk Home" by mellow rocker The Morning Clouds (pictured above) stretches the track to over 10 minutes in length, removing the straight-ahead indie aspects of the original and transforming the not-quite-shoegaze song into a bona fide celestial dreamscape. Airy vocals haunt the last half of the piece, the hi-hats melting into blissful static, with only subtle snaps and a soft kick drum keeping the track from slipping completely into ambient noise.
Last month, we posted the music video for The 2 Bears' "Work," which featured the British duo's exploits through working-class London. The Hot Chip side project has now released a remix EP via Southern Fried to accompany that track, featuring mixes by Toddla T, Oliver $, and more. Read more »
The burgeoning beat scene of the Pacific Northwest is so flush with high-quality producers crafting a range of bass and hip-hop music that Seattle-based record label Car Crash Set is already churning through a second cycle of EPs for its No Northwest series, which showcases artists from the region. After dropping five EPs for the series from various West Coasters in 2011, C/C/S' next No Northwest release will be a split EP from Portland's Graintable and Seattle's Kimnusico Trio, which is set for release on January 17. "April O'Neil," the first track from the record, is a mellow slice of leftfield hip-hop where crooning female oohs and soft synths contrast sharply with the crisp staccato of the song's fast-paced percussion.
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