There must be something in the water down in Texas, because it seems to be the only place on Earth with a steady supply of cumbia crunk. Yes, cumbia crunk. It's exactly what it sounds like—low-slung, hard-hitting hip-hop beats with all kind of chopped-up accordion riffs, classic cumbia-isms, and rap acapellas layered over the top. And for whatever reason, all the best stuff comes from Texas. The latest participant to pop up is Corpus Christi's DJ Dus. He's part of the Peligrosa crew along with DJ Orion and has already digitally released one album this year, entitled Soy Yo!. "Noche de Estrellas" comes off his freshly released Enemigo Publico EP, and it's a zoned-out version of the vintage cumbia anthem that slowly thumps over some screwed hip-hop beats. More new music from Dus is expected later this summer on Ernest Gonzales' Exponential label.
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OK, maybe Baths' face (and music) has been plastered all over the interwebs during the past few months, but how can you not love this chubby-cheeked kid from the Valley? The guy takes all his youthful emo urges and runs them through a bedroom hip-hop filter. People are tripping over themselves to crown him the new prince of chillwave-hop (or some other similarly invented genre), but we just think it's some smile-inducing electronic pop. And somehow, when Baths (a.k.a. Will Wiesenfeld) hands the reigns of "Hall" over to fellow Southern Californian The One Am Radio (a.k.a. Hrishikesh Hirway), the song becomes even more delightful, as Hirway makes the whole thing a little more organic—think real drums—and swaps out Wiesenfeld's falsetto for the dulcet tones of the Los Feliz Ladies Choir. Baths' debut album, Cerulean, will be released on July 6. (via Streogum)
Here's a quick piece from Arp's forthcoming second album, The Soft Wave. The two-and-a-half-minute "White Light" is an experience of fuzzy static and other variously manipulated noises, all wrapped around a constant loop of soft guitar strums. Occasionally, a semblance of melody outside of the hypnotic guitar work bubbles to the surface, but those flute puffs and electronic hums are short blips in the timeline. "White Light" is a small, temporary place, most likely created by Arp as a doorway to a larger room. (via Pitchfork)
The translation of "Saanko Jäädä Yöksi?," the first single from Finnish electronic twee-pop trio Regina's new album, Puutarhatrilogia, into English is "Can I Stay the Night?". But if you're listening to Ghosts on Tape's (pictured above) remix of the song, it comes across much more like "I'm Not Going Anywhere, So Let's Fucking Dance." The drastic shift in vibe and genre (from lighthearted pop tune to late-night club heater) might lead one to wonder what—outside of the etheral vocal samples that waft in and out of earshot—exactly did producer Ryan Merry use from the original song to color in the thick rhythms of his version. Really though, it doesn't matter; the tune crafted by Ghosts on Tape is full of enough of his own style (crunchy tropical percussion, floating melodic elements, massive wallops of bass, and hypnotic rave tendencies) to allow his production to stand confidently with or without the "remix" tag.
Yes, we did post up the Le Chev Remix of this song just yesterday, but XLR8R is never worried about overkill when it comes to Brooklyn trio Lemonade. Ever since they left San Francisco to set up shop on the (L)East Coast, we've been missing their unique blend of tropical rhythms, vintage dance-pop, and psychedelic weirdness. But if the new remix package for "Lifted" is any indication, the boys' taste in electronic music hasn't diminished one bit. Here they've enlisted UK producer Hackman, who stretches the song's vocals and steel-drum melodies over a mellow house beat that pops and shuffles its way through a relaxing five-plus minutes. (Warning: bad joke ahead.) If Lemonade is the audio equivalent of a cool beverage on a hot day, then perhaps this Hackman remix is the audio equivalent of an Arnold Palmer. Get it? Lemonade? Arnold Palmer? Eh? Get it? (via FACT)
After sharing a snippet from his older Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixx CD, El-P was kind enough to let us have a taste of his forthcoming third installment for the series. "Meanstreak (In 3 Parts)" is an old-school-futuristic beat triptych that could soundtrack some sort of gangsta version of Blade Runner—we'd call the movie Blunt Runner. Dome-thumping MPC beats are paired with grimy bass synths, buzzing insect-inspired melodies, and El-P's uncanny ability to make shifting between three seemingly disparate productions sound seamless and wholly necessary. Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 is out August 3.
You've really got to hand it to the women populating our world's clubs. Whether it's MCs spouting off their stream-of-conscious nonsense or DJs dropping one booty jam after the other, females are constantly being corralled onto the dancefloor with demands of what to do with their various body parts. Some such requests go unrequited, to be sure, but if you're a girl and you're on the dancefloor when MaddJazz's "Pop Dat Pussay" drops, you're going to have a hard time refusing the track's suggestions of how to treat your nether regions. Though not on his forthcoming Mind of a MaddMan EP, the Ghetto Division cohort (who helped hook us up with their Chicago-centric podcast for XLR8R a few months back) delivers booming bass thumps, pristine synth stabs, and simple percussive elements on this track, which work perfectly alongside the hyperactive, traffic-directing vocal sample—effectively coercing the ladies of the world to 'shake what they mamma's gave 'em' with some of Chicago's finest ghetto-house.
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