This classic disco edit is the first taste from the epic Walter Gibbons retrospective compilation, Jungle Music: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986 (read more on that here), coming July 20 via Strut. For his version of the classic TC James & The Fist O'Funk number "Get Up on Your Feet," Gibbons more than doubled its length, pumped up the percussion and horn elements, and tossed in his own bunch of analog synth sounds—effectively taking the art of edits well into the future. Listening to this track, it's easy see why Gibbons is often referred to as a pioneer; many of the ideas displayed here are still production mainstays of contemporary disco-minded artists such as DFA, Lindstrøm, and Todd Terje.
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Leaving Records boss and Southern California beat-scene impresario matthewdavid is a man of many talents, many of which revolve around discovering and promoting other like-minded artists. But he also makes his own tunes, like this unreleased gem, "Trusss," that surfaced online earlier in the week. Has anyone coined the term "beach funk" yet? This might be it. Imagine if Aphex Twin's famous "Windowlicker" didn't scare the living shit out of everyone... that's kind of what "Trusss" sounds like. Regardless, we approve. (via Pitchfork via Friendship Bracelet)
This bouncing piece of Afro-tinged techno comes to us courtesy of the Hard Ass Sessions - Volume II compilation, and Italian producer Nic Sarno. Chosen by the Enchufada label, Sarno is one of four hotly tipped producers—alongside Bok Bok, Douster, and Zombies for Money—who were asked to contribute a track to the series that featured their personal interpretation of the kuduro sound somewhere between 135 and 142 BPM. Sarno crafted "Mana Wasa" with a group of crackling vinyl samples of African singing and flute playing, which he intertwined with a thumping four-on-the-floor beat, hypnotic synth melodies, and a ton of percussion elements. It's a great extension of the kuduro style we're familiar with, and piques our already budding interest in the other three tracks Volume II has to offer.
If we didn't know any better, we'd say Planet Mu was going soft. Not that we don't like soft, but this track from UK producer Tropics seems to be particularly serene compared to artists like FaltyDL, Luke Vibert, and Venetian Snares, whom he now shares a label with. Even the title of this song from his forthcoming debut for the label, "Soft Vision," conjures up ideas of blurred expanses of swirling melody, subtly pattering percussive noises, and any number of other delicately made soundscapes. We certainly welcome Mu's shift in focus, especially if they continue releasing awesome productions like this. (via Pitchfork)
Philly production duo Golden Ages (pictured above) delivers this blown-out treatment of "Swimmer's Ear," taken from lo-fi ambient outfit Viernes' debut album, Sinister Devices. Theirs is a remix that assaults you from the get-go with high-register vocal "aahs," muffled drum-machine beats, and something that sounds like a bassline bouncing in the middle of it all. It doesn't let up its distorted audio attack once throughout its run time—coming across like Wolf Eyes or Nurse With Wound giving a go at radio-ready dance music. Sinister Devices is available now.
Damn! If this remix of Zero 7's "Ghost sYMBOL" by UK DJ/producer Julio Bashmore (pictured above) is anything, it is goddamn dirty. And not like "don't bring 'em 'round your grandma" dirty, but rather, "soaked in crunchy bass and ass-moving rhythms" dirty. Nearly every sound Bashmore utilizes in his track crackles with the fuzz of distortion, and yet somehow manages to remain utterly pristine in its sound quality. Truthfully, this shuffling banger of a tune couldn't be further from the vibe of the original track, but it's a welcome addition to Zero 7's forthcoming Best Of release, Record, alongside other remixes from Fred Falke, Carl Craig, Motor City Drum Ensemble, and more. (Editor's Note: Unbeknownst to us, the initial version we received for this download was a corrupted file. We now have the correct version of Bashmore's remix, which finds the talented producer flexing his usual bass-heavy production style. It's certainly not distorted, but will undoubtedly still get you down and dirty with its thick, rhythmic slap.)
Given the rash of post-punk soundalikes that have littered the musical landscape over the past decade, we're certainly pretty skeptical when it comes to bands sporting angular guitar melodies, funk-influenced basslines, and dancefloor-friendly beats. Yet we do like Foals, an Oxford-based quintet that recently released its sophomore album, Total Life Forever. We also like the band's taste in remixers, as they've enlisted UK 2-step champion Deadboy to put his touch on "Spanish Sahara." Injecting the pensive song with some gently skittering percussion and some mild synth stabs, Deadboy punches up the track just enough to get our heads nodding and toes tapping.
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