Hamburg-based DJ/producer Tensnake was just recently the subject of an XLR8R Audiofile, and is now taking the esteemed position of mixmaster for the latest installment of Defected Records' In the House mix series. Appropriately titled Tensnake In the House, the release is two discs of 28 party-starting tunes perfectly mixed for optimum dancefloor usability. Read more »
At the beginning of last month, we got the strange news that bassist and electronic music mastermind Tom Jenkinson (a.k.a. Squarepusher) would be releasing an EP with Parisian label Ed Banger under a new name, Shobaleader One. That 12" dropped a couple of days ago, and now, another is in works from Jenkinson's new project. Read more »
Within his glitchy live-electronics compositions, Oval (a.k.a. Markus Popp) is a master of balancing visceral sounds with nuance and subtlety, as evidenced in part in our recent interview with the veteran producer. Some of his preciously crafted songs—which can be heard on the recently released Oh EP and the forthcoming, double-disc O album—have been matched with similarly made visuals, such as the bucolic "Kastell" video and this piece for "Ah!." Read more »
Looks like the fall season is going to be a busy one for the Nightshifters label, beginning with the release of the free Roll EP from UK bass fiend Hostage. The title track—check the video—is a speaker-rattling monster that rises and falls like a rollercoaster, but we prefer this remix from LA's Samo Sound Boy, who dials back the wobble bass, steps up the snares, and tosses in a few snippets of dancehall vocals. It's still a serious club tune, albeit one that won't dangerously rumble your internal organs. (We realize that may or may not be a good thing, depending on who is reading this.) More Nightshifters offerings are on the way, as the imprint recently added a fresh-faced new crop of artists to its roster. Look for new music from Canblaster, Distal, Magnum, and Talk to drop soon.
Nearly a year after reuniting to drop its latest full-length album, CrownsDown, Oakland's Themselves has gathered some of its friends and labelmates for a release of remixes, called CrownsDown & Company. Before that 10-song record hits shelves, we've got the exclusive premiere of one of Company's remixes, by Lazer Sword (pictured above). Low Limit and Lando Kal (who have their own debut full-length coming out in the not-so-distant future) have traded in their usual robo-swagger for a more surly, punch-drunk soundscape wrapped around stomping beats. You can be sure that little to none of Jel's original production work from "You Ain't It" made it into Lazer Sword's piece, but once Dose One's vocal delivery gains headway into the mix, the tune switches gears into a slick-but-noisy hip-hop jam that Themselves' own beatsmith wouldn't shy away from. More remix work from the likes of Baths, 13 & God, Buck 65, Odd Nosdam, and others will be featured alongside this track when Company is released on September 21.
Over two deftly mixed discs of tasteful dance music, Berliner Matt Edwards (a.k.a. Radio Slave) will present the latest installment of the Strictly Rhythms mix album series from New York's Strictly Rhythm label. Each disc of the release will push its own unique vibe or tweak on the classic house sound; the first CD, dubbed Strictly Downtown Mix, has a moodier, late-night feel, and its Strictly Uptown Mix accompaniment is an upbeat affair. Read more »
What you think about Chicago's juke and footwork scenes is more or less inconsequential (but feel free to add your part of the debate over in our growing comment section for the DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn podcast), insomuch that the genre and its producers have been building a vibrant culture and style around the music for more than a decade, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. DJ/producer Gant Garrard (a.k.a. Gant-Man) is just one of the scene's leader. He's been honing his style of club-friendly dance tunes since his teenage years in the mid-'90s, runs the Bang tha Box label, and produces both house and juke tracks under two separate guises. Using his Gant-Man moniker, Garrard crafted "J.U.K.E.I.O.U." for Chicago publication 5 Magazine's fifth anniversary. The hyperactive number is made from a handful of vocal samples exclaiming "juke!," a bouncing bassline, a booming four-on-the-floor beat, and all sorts of flitting percussive elements and synth sounds played at breakneck speed; as such, the whole thing is over in under three minutes. And if for some reason this style isn't your bag, you can instead grab Garrard's exclusive house tune, "Poquito Spanish, Poquito House," here. (via Fool's Gold)
Well, this is wonderfully massive—in more ways than one. As we previously reported, the Brooklyn-based RVNG label nabbed that guy who, you know, made up that whole techno thing (a.k.a. Juan Atkins) to do a remix of a song by NY noise makers Psychic Ills (pictured above) for its fourth installment of the FRKWYS series. That's a pretty big deal, sure, but what's really huge is the track Atkins produced for his contribution. His remix of the heavily psychedelic and meandering "Mantis" eschews just about everything from the original save for its guitar plucks, moody vibe, and length. Instead of live percussion and wafting synth tones, the remix focuses on a thick, hypnotic bassline, an incessant drum-machine beat, and a few samples from Psychic Ills' number warped into unrecognizable sound effects. And if you've got it on repeat like we do, the 10-minute track seems to carry on indefinitely without ever wearing its welcome thin. (via Altered Zones)
Chicago house legends and recent XLR8R interviewees Virgo are following up their recently reissued self-titled album with a short list of tour dates this fall. On the first three days of October, Merwyn Sanders and Eric Lewis will bring their classic, ground-breaking music to the stage, performing live in Glasgow, London, and Berlin. Read more »
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