Fans of Cooly G (a.k.a. Merissa Campbell) have come to expect certain things from her music at this point—sultry, rippling house, laced with a lot of dubby whispering of sweet nothings—and Wait 'Til Night, her latest LP, still bears traces of her signature sound. However, the album's title is no joke. One could swear that Campbell used to be more subtle. A few years ago, her scattered drums would form the backbone to a repeated "missing you," or some commonplace phrase like that. It was possible to listen to her tracks during the daytime. The content on Wait 'Til Night, however, sounds wildly out of place anytime before sunset, because the new record finds Campbell constantly pinpointing a very specific eroticism. Read more »
Earlier this year, the world was introduced to Matom, a collaborative project from Thomas Gandey and Radio Slave (a.k.a. Matt Edwards). The pair started its run in grand fashion, issuing an LP, 'Love Mistakes,' via Carl Craig's Planet E label. (Originally released on vinyl over the summer, the record was given a wider release on CD and digital formats last month.) Clearly created by veteran artists who know their way around the studio, 'Love Mistakes' is packed with lengthy explorations that often only lightly reference house while incorporating elements of jazz, new age, and a myriad of smoothly introspective sounds. Given that so much knowledge went into the record, we figured its creators might be willing to share a bit of it with the XLR8R audience, and enlisted Gandey to spell out a few of the artistic and production philosophies that he and Edwards have relied upon over the years. Read more »
Last month, Dave Huismans shared news of an impending full-length under his 2562 alias, which would break a two-year streak of leftfield techno excursions as A Made Up Sound. Just days before The New Today arrives via the Dutch producer's own When in Doubt label, the full album has been made available to stream. Read more »
From the sound of "Snake Snake," Spanish beatmaker Lost Twin is taking no prisoners on The Mist, his upcoming LP for the fledgling Squaring the Circle imprint. An effort that seems to come together as quickly as it is gone, the two-plus-minute production is built solid, its clutch of disparate samples—repitched harp strums, foggy vocals, and a never-ending cycle of electronic bubbles can be heard throughout—gelling together atop the track's loose-knocking kicks and snares. Further enhanced by a slippery bassline and ever-increasing synth layers, "Snake Snake" serves an an intriguing preview to The Mist, which will land in vinyl form on November 3, with a digital release slated to follow a week after. In the meantime, "Snake Snake" can be grabbed below while the rest of Lost Twin's upcoming album can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
One of a handful of new tracks exclusive to the forthcoming fifth anniversary compilation from Los Angeles label Friends of Friends, Jerome LOL's latest production, "All That I Am," can now be streamed in full. Read more »
Swells of heavenly chords, bell-like melodies, and field recordings of waves fill the first minute of "When You Have So Much Love to Give," the opening effort from Polish producer Wojciech Misiak's upcoming EP as Lowhitey. Set to lead off Misiak's seven-track outing for Seattle's Hush Hush label, the production presents detailed bits of sound design which are reshaped into precise rhythmic components that etch out a hesitant beat underneath a wide-spread smattering of blissful textures and intricate melodies. "When You Have So Much Love to Give" is set to appear alongside three other atmospheric Lowhitey compositions—as well as remixes from Hush Hush affiliates Chants, VVV, and The Phantom—when Misiak's Alone with My Thoughts EP sees its official release on November 17.
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