If Toro Y Moi had the chops of Matmos and the beat savoir-faire of FlyLo, it might sound something like "Maximalist." Though he hails from the Valley, the LA-area solo producer known as Baths has a forthcoming full-length on Anticon, and the woozy Dilla-like beats and gauzy samples of this piece show that he certainly deserves our attention. Though it is tempting to place Baths within the same realm as glo-fi or chillwave or whatever funny name it has this week, there is certainly more funk and texture to "Maximalist" than the more hazy, sunny works of his peers.
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Earlier in the week, we tracked down this rare version of east coast garage don Todd Edwards covering the Van Halen anthem "Runnin' With the Devil"—and it's a stormer. Not for the faint of heart, "Runnin' With the Devil (Todd Edwards Remix)" features all the hallmarks of a classic Edwards dancefloor jam, but coupled with DLR's inimitable screech and EVH's killer Kramer guitar licks, this one is—dare we say—completely over the top. When Edwards gets done with you, you're gonna need to be 5150'd indeed!
UK bass fanatic Doc Daneeka rounds out this recently released remix EP for Sekta & Spoek Mathambo's "Peterpan," along with Julio Bashmore, Sharkslayer, and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Dubbel Dutch. Doc Daneeka treats Spoek's hyper-sexual vocal workout to one of his bouncing future-riddims—complete with stuttering snare rolls, massive bass drops, and elastic synth sounds all working in tandem to move your hind parts.
A shuffle of distorted, percussive noise starts off this smooth diddy from Toronto's subtle and smooth crooner Chris Cummings (a.k.a. Mantler). While the singer-songwriter waxes poetic on the pitfalls of love, Jeremy Greenspan (of Junior Boys) provides some slow-grooving beats to serve as the soulful backdrop of "Fresh and Fair." All in all, the song comes off sounding like it could be an actual Junior Boys number, but with Cummings' forlorn baritone traded out for Greenspan's usual falsetto.
It takes two minutes for MyKill's "Flashback" to really get moving, but move it does. Funky guitar and piano samples slowly filter into the mix, and hold on tight to the propulsive disco-house beat. The San Francisco DJ/producer fades back and forth between a couple different classic disco samples throughout his clubby track for the Solid Bump compilation Pleasure & Pressure Vol. 2—maintaining a vibe not unlike Mylo's more energetic moments, all the while.
Apparently, just being a hotly tipped DJ/producer isn't enough for Kingdom. Fresh off the release of his Mind Reader EP, the NYC artist has decided to launch his own party with a little help from his pal Dre Skull. They're calling it Club Infinity, and the first one is going down this Saturday at NY's The Studio at Webster Hall. They'll be joined by Jubilee and Cubic Zirconia, and Toronto's Egyptrixx will be performing live to celebrate the release of his new EP on Night Slugs (for which Kingdom contributed a remix). For those who won't be in NY this Saturday, or simply can't wait that long to get the party started, Kingdom has dug into his archives and unearthed this remix of Brooklyn Auto-Tune dancehall whiz kid Ricky Blaze.
Scotland's Loops Haunt crafts noisy, industrial dubstep sounds, and on this edit from Oakland's NastyNasty, the noise is brought to new levels. Perhaps it is the percussion's more pronounced stutter, or maybe it is the addition of a cut-up vocal snippet, but the piece is infinitely more disorienting and strange than the original's Richard D. James-does-dubstep feel. Quite something here, though its dancefloor efficacy is questionable.
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