Hot on the heels of dropping its debut LP, 7AM, which we've got streaming here, Oberlin's Teengirl Fantasy (pictured above) deliver this unique take on a tune by London/Berlin outfit The Chap. The duo's version of "Even Your Friend" is strikingly different from the fidgety pop of the genre-jumping original—it's all thick pads, synth filters, drum-machine percussion, floating melodies, and blurred-out vocal samples. There are a few blips of a recognizable baritone utterance from The Chap's song in the beginning, but that's the extent of an obvious connection, save for the title. But what else would you really expect from Teengirl Fantasy? Those fellas have been building their small-but-solid discography out of re-orienting pop tunes into their own hazy house format.
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Did you hear the podcast Boston's Soul Clap did for Resident Advisor this week? If you haven't, you really should. We'll wait... Okay, now that you're up to speed, here's a fresh cut from the duo that serves up more of the same kind of bubbly, disco-flavored filter-house. "Fallin' From the Sky" comes from a free EP of exclusive productions by the likes of No Regular Play, NavBox, and Death on the Balcony, which was curated by DJ/producers Charles Levine and Eli Goldstein, called The Clap & Friends FreE.P.. The free download was put together in light of the duo's impending take over of Fabric's Room Three this Saturday, September 18. Of their complimentary offering, Soul Clap says, "It's basically a compilation of some of our [and our friend's] favorite edits we played all summer that we want to share with you." On this track, they reworked Camp Lo's classic hip-hop jam "Luchini (a.k.a. This Is It)" into a slow-burning, deep tune barely recognizable from its original form. The rest of the FreE.P. closely follows suit, and you can download them all here.
LA's femme-filled lo-fi-pop quartet Warpaint is gearing up to release its debut album, The Fool, on October 26 via Rough Trade, and this dreamy number is that record's first single. "Undertow" evokes many feelings and sounds in its four minutes. The song starts with a subdued drum beat, reverberated bass strums, and softly cooed vocals, bringing to mind the likes of early tunes from indie vets Mirah or Julie Doiron, but eventually turns into something more grandiose and cathartic like Warpaint's contemporaries Glasser or even Beach House. (Incidentally, that "What's a matter? / You hurt yourself?" lyric reminds us of Nirvana's "Polly" every time we hear it.) The comparisons may be simple and straightforward, but so is the music—and it should be. Warpaint exercises its right to employ a small number of instruments, play a handful of simple chords, and craft a song with four basic movements because it can do so and still fill "Undertow" to the brim with an emotion and immediacy that surpasses most acts attempting the same feat. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Listen: We are absolutely tired of wobble bass. That particular treatment to low-end melodies has been so overdone, it's now a running joke of sorts here at XLR8R HQ. That being said, Barcelona's My Dry Wet Mess has somehow breathed new life into the sound on this first leak from his forthcoming debut full-length for Magical Properties, Irrational Alphabet. But it's only because he doesn't use his 'wobble wobble wobble' to incite bro-steppers; the audio/visual artist instead treats the bassline like a smooth, soulful rhythm for this R&B-infused track. "Yours Truly" is bolstered further with ethereal bits of lilting atmosphere, subtle synth melodies, and an eventual flip that transforms the number from 'bedroom booty music' into a four-on-the-floor dance tune and back again. You can catch more My Dry Wet Mess pre-release goodness in the form of a mixtape and album trailer. (via Yours Truly) Irrational Alphabet will be released on October 26.
For its fifth anniversary and 50th release, Daniel Haaksman's Man Recordings label will drop a 12-track compilation, featuring new and exclusive tunes from artists the likes of Schlachthofbronx, Zombie Disco Squad, Crookers, Edu K, and here, UK tunesmith Seiji. His contribution to the celebratory release, "Basslips," is a slamming assault of bouncing house rhythms, atonal noise candy, and one consistent, diiiiirrrrty bassline. It certainly illustrates how far the Berlin-based Man Recordings has come since its beginnings as a bastion of baile funk and how it has since blossomed into a premiere outlet for the varied sounds of global bass. As Seiji's club-ready number demonstrates, the Valeu compilation is an eclectic record that any self-respecting party-starter ought to have on hand for appropriate DJ sets. If you'd like to celebrate Man Recordings' five-year anniversary further, you can listen to and download a retrospective mix that DJ Beware put together on behalf of the label, here.
We've been thoroughly enjoying the beat scene's recent shift in focus toward melodic sounds, atmospheric worlds, and just downright pretty music. Teebs is one such producer waving that flag, and each track we've heard from the SoCal resident (not to mention the excellent podcast he did for us) has lifted him higher on the ever-extending totem of artists to watch from his hometown. Now, with the impending release of his debut full-length, Ardour (that's the cover up top), on October 19 via Brainfeeder, Teebs is letting loose with some of his best work. "Why Like This?" comes from the tail end of Ardour and is easily one of the most straightforward numbers on the 18-track LP. A strong hip-hop beat carries Teebs' production through analog synth melodies, the icy patter of falling change, unnameable textures in the distance, and eventually, what sounds like a live drum beat. Though the comparison may be redundant, "Why" reminds us of some of the mellower and simpler music from Flying Lotus' early years. Take that as you will, but to us, it seems like Teebs is onto something here.
Just in case you have yet to catch our feature on Berlin's Shed in the most recent issue of XLR8R (and if you haven't been reading a single word from the electronic music press of late), producer René Pawlowitz just released his second full-length album for Ostgut Ton, entitled The Traveller. As expected, it's a great record, as this cut from LP shows with ease and assurance. "No Way!" employs a small number of sounds—a thick rumbling, just enough samples to construct a pared-down beat, and one solid synth melody nearly sum it up—in comparison to a large amount of contemporary electronic music, distancing the inspired artist from the rest of the post-dub-tech-whatchamacallit pack. The point has been harped on, but it bears repeating: Shed's gonna do whatever Shed wants to do. Thank your lucky stars that's the case. (via Little White Earbuds)
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