From Leeds, Jamie Grind is another producer from the growing crop of forward-thinking post-dubstep/future-garage/whatchamacallit tunesmiths honing the fresh style to a finely tuned, soulful point. Grind has a new split EP with Irish beatmaker Gon, which is out now on Infrasonics, but "Keep Wondering" won't be found on infra12003. This exclusive tune starts out flexing a slow-bubbling vibe with a mellow synth melody underfoot and filtered synth-washes undulating overhead, but it's quickly reformatted into a solid club track with a heavily percussive groove, a couple of disembodied vocal loops, some synthetic string stabs, and, of course, a whole lot of low-end. It may not have a proper release yet, but "Wondering" stands as an excellent companion piece to Grind's other three tracks featured on the new EP.
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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.
Over a year after Deastro's last full-length album, Moondagger, comes a brand new 11-track EP, entitled Mind Altar. Well, technically it's an eight-song release with three "bonus tracks," but this sparkling, spacey jam comes from the original meat of the EP. "Get Frostied" sounds as chilly as its name implies; synths cascade like snowfall, snares crack like frozen tree limbs, and the whole thing sounds like it's amplified through an ice-covered cave on the planet Hoth. The Detroit-based producer may snag his inspiration for the crunchy, pop-friendly sounds from the blistering cold winters he's endured in his hometown, but the results are certainly otherworldly.
One of the many uncredited Fischerspooner ensemble members, Michael Cheever is Le Chev, and this is his remix of Lemonade's (pictured above) "Lifted," which originally appeared on the band's Pure Moods EP. The song already dripped with bright, syrupy emotion, but this rework commissioned for the recently released single—which also features remixes from Shortstuff, Hackman, Ghosts on Tape, and others—is absolutely soaked in lovelorn poignance. Le Chev's track is a slow-grooving number rooted in many of the ideas pushed by future-boogie producers like Onra and Devonwho. But around the three-minute mark, his version hits a higher level of heartfelt-chest-beating, singing-with-your-eyes-closed, pleading-to-the-unknown-with-every-bit-of-your-soul balladry usually reserved for our favorite R&B classics. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Brooklyn trio These Are Powers has certainly changed a lot over the years. While the band was once known for angular guitar squall and dense post-punk percussion, "Anything Above Nothing" finds them adeptly combining a galloping, almost tribal drum beat with catchy R&B melodies. And frontwoman Anna Barrie's singing... it's actually, like, sweet and pleasant, albeit with just enough sass to keep things interesting. With percussionist Bill Salas (a.k.a. XLR8R fave Brenmar) taking a greater role in the group's production and recording, we're excited to see where These Are Powers' new direction leads. However, we'll probably have to wait until later in the summer to hear more, as the trio is about to embark on a European tour for most of July. Peep the dates at the band's myspace page.
Here, two dubstep juggernauts come together for a track of epic proportions. From his just-released mix album for !K7's DJ-KiCKS series, Kode9's "You Don't Wash" was turned over to Martyn (pictured above) for another forward-thinking take on the tune. Martyn heaped on some of his trademark tumbling percussive beats, warped vocal loops, and sub-rumbling bass melodies, along with a fresh addition to his repertoire: a melody from something that sounds like a synthetic violin or fiddle. His track grows steadily with intensity until its midpoint, where the beat drops out and makes way for the new synth sounds to find their legs and carry the song into its final half.
Another act from the burgeoning witch house scene, Brooklyn's Creep just finished up this rework of "Green Knight," from Memory Tapes' Seek Magic album. The song is transformed into something far more orchestral and pared-down by Creep's two members, who inject their own ominous electronic hums and plinking, reverberated melodies into the mix. There have certainly been a lot of remixes done for Memory Tapes since his debut dropped last year, yet this latest from Creep stands high above many of them thanks to its simultaneous dedication to the original sound and fresh ideas. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
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