We can't pinpoint exactly why it's happening, but London is on a serious roll right now. Just go ahead and add Om Unit (who used to operate under the name 2Tall) to the list of camera-shy UK artists making infectiously wonky beats. "Lightgrids" is the a-side to his new 45 on the Irish All-City imprint, which has previously released tunes from like-minded producers like Mike Slott and Hudson Mohawke, and sounds like the kind of sultry retro-futurism that the Nite Funk collaboration might cook up. Om Unit has previously worked with outer-space soul pioneers Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow, so maybe Dam-Funk and Nite Jewel should give him a call.
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After dropping a slew of singles on esteemed labels like Poker Flat and Force Inc., this month finds West Coast tech-house producer Limaçon (a.k.a. Christopher T. Lee) releasing his debut album, Tarry Not. If "Which One" is any indication, expect a full-length loaded with precise techno beats and ghostly synths. Luckily, Lee has infused the music with just enough California sunshine to warm up even the chilliest minimal dancefloor.
As a general rule, XLR8R reserves the Downloads section of the website for the newest, freshest tunes. But when a certified techno legend like Carl Craig offers up a selection from his back catalog for exclusive download, we're willing to bend the rules a little bit. Taken from his Just Another Day release, "Experimento" is a slow-burning exercise in dub techno that will rumble your speakers in all the right ways. Perhaps Mr. Craig is in such a giving mood because he's excited about his upcoming appearance at New York's Unsound Festival. We were already really hyped about the festival, but then we saw that on February 5th Craig will be doing two live performances accompanying screenings of Andy Warhol's Blow Job. He'll be joined by Berlin duo nsi, who will be soundtracking Warhol's Kiss. Both Craig and psi will be performing on modular synths and analog gear. All the details are here and tickets are on sale today for both the 7:30 and 9:30 shows.
The boys from Radioclit are unabashed lovers of African dance music—between their work with Esau Mwamwaya as The Very Best and their Secousse party in London, they're pretty much running the new-school African club game. Now they're adding to their resume by curating the Saga Africa compilation, which features their song "Tutule Dance" alongside tracks from French producers Douster, Lazy Flow, and Myd. The latter's "Train to Bamako" is a joyous romp, filled with singing African children, warm tones, and just enough bass bump to best Radioclit at their own game. The Saga Africa EP is available for sale at Beatport.
Taken from the latest album by Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Nickodemus, "The Love Feeling" gets treated to a classic techno burner of a remix by Germany's Christian Prommer. His work, along with treatments from the likes of J.Boogie, HIRD (who's worked with Fever Ray and Little Dragon), and EarthRise SoundSystem, will be featured on a reworked version of Nickodemus' album Sun People. Sun People Remixed hits retailers January 19.
This is just some straight club heat. ZZK compatriot and XLR8R Artist to Watch Douster has flipped ATL rap hero Gucci Mane's "No No No" and stuffed it full of party-starting crunk-rave synths and stomping hip-hop beats. Mad Decent dropped this today as a bonus track from the forthcoming Gucci Mane mixtape, which also features production work from the likes of Diplo, Zomby, Salem, Memory Tapes, and Flying Lotus. The FREE mixtape, entitled Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of The Cold War Mixtapes), drops next Monday. (via Mad Decent)
German purveyors of wacky electro and global bass sounds, Schlachthofbronx, handed over the pieces of forthcoming dancefloor burner "Vem Que Tem," featuring vocals from former Bonde Do Role vocalist Marina, to fellow countryman Lorenz Rhode. Rhode stays in line with the duo's initial vibe and uses their fiery source material to craft his own hyperactive dance tune fueled by percussive synths, bouncing beats, and stripped-down vocals. If you like the results, make sure to check out Rhode's Something Hot EP, out next week on the Exploited label.
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