German party, collective, and soon to be net-label Blank is in the midst of prepping a free compilation which will celebrate the company of German producers it keeps. Pulled from the forthcoming Blank Tracks #01 collection is "Last Night," a sumptuous piece of jacking house credited to Mannheim resident ManooZ. Using drum machine-born rhythms as its backbone, the tune chugs through slippery chords, droning strings, and chopped vocal samples with a relaxed approach, but still one well suited for the dancefloor. ManooZ's contribution wiill be joined by others from Essay, B-Ju, JTRP, and more when Blank Tracks #01 sees a free release on June 7. Before then, the comp's full tracklist and a preview of its other offerings can be found after the jump. Read more »
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To coincide with Detroit's fast approaching Movement Festival, Ibiza party Circoloco will be making the trek from the Spanish island out to the American Midwest to help throw a party in honor of the late disco and dance-music pioneer Arthur Russell. Taking place on Movement's opening night, May 25, the party will include sets from Carl Craig, Lee Curtiss, and others, while a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit local charities Youthville Detroit and the Detroit Techno Foundation. (A promo video detailing the upcoming night's performers and location can be found here.) To help spread the word, the parties involved have passed along an unreleased Russell cut, a version of Dinosaur's 1978 single "Kiss Me Again" which was originally written and produced by Russell. Here, the pioneering musician also attempts to phonetically translate the lyrics into Japanese (yes, you read that correctly), subsequently singing them himself.
Pablo Bolivar is known in his Spanish homeland for crafting lush, evocative house productions, but as of yet he hasn't managed to garner much notice throughout the rest of the world. Perhaps that is about to change with the release of his forthcoming album, Must (set to drop on June 17 via Bolivar's own Avantroots label), where the synth-driven "Rise Your Demons" has been pulled from. The tune is a meditative production that layers classic-sounding arpeggios and steady drum programming, resulting in a seriously laid-back effort. "Rise Your Demons" may represent a bit of a sidestep from Bolivar's previous, more-danceable fare, but is certainly a welcome detour nonetheless.
Earlier this week, headphone designers Skullcandy released the third installment in its Supreme Sound series of limited-edition 12"s featuring a trio of songs from Robot Koch. The German producer's contribution serves as the Berlin chapter of the series, after previous installments from Onra and then Deft and fLako represented their respective cities of Paris and London. Pulled from the series' most recent 12", this collaboration between Koch and fellow Berlin producer Sieren is a slick slice of Brainfeeder-esque beat music, one which pairs a driving bassline with the busy, lush production qualities that have characterized Koch's work over the years. The two remaining featured on Koch's Supreme Sound's 12" can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Anonymous producer Orphan is the latest artist to deliver a cassette via the fledgling Kaleidoscope tape label, ran by equally mysterious producer patten. After the tape sold out in a reported 10 minutes—taking into consideration the fact that there were only six copies made, albeit all from seperate performances tracked live to cassette—patten's imprint has decided to offer Orphan's Retakes EP (artwork above) as a free download. "Most of Missing" is one of five cuts originally housed on the tape, its soft harp plucks and gorgeous assemblage of synths making it a particularly inviting preview for the rest of the effort. For those who wish to hear more of Orphan's simple but immersive productions after giving "Most of Missing" a spin, the entire Retakes EP can be downloaded for free here.
London producer and man behind the fledgling Switched On label S.E.F. has gathered a collection of remixes for "M-O-E," a percussive, strong-armed tune from his Autonomy EP, released in the fall of last year. One such remix comes from fellow London outfit Lost & Found, who funnel the strength of S.E.F.'s original into a deeper package filled out by sharp synths and an enticingly restless bassline. S.E.F.'s M-O-E Remixed EP drops on June 3 with additional remixes from MA1 and S.E.F. himself joining Lost & Found's "Rave Mix."
On the latest EP from LA-based producer [a]pendics.shuffle, San Francisco duo Safeword was enlisted to remix the effort's title track, "Heavy Burdens High"—which features another California artist in Blakkat. Safeword's remix had the esteemed distinction of appearing early on in Maya Jane Coles' most recent Essential Mix, and while this "Bonus Edit" is not that remix, it does share a lot of the same qualities. Essentially a dub of the pair's original rework, the edit offered here delivers a deep house affair finished off with just the right touch of hi-fi sheen and imbued with a low-swung groove that keeps the track pleasantly rolling for its entire seven-minute run.
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