The song "Water" sounds something like a nursery rhyme penned by Three 6 Mafia or Lil Wayne, but performed instead by malfunctioning androids. In reality, the track comes courtesy of now LA-based duo Pit Er Pat, who recorded the song as the kick-off of their new album, The Flexible Entertainer. It's strange to say the least, but the elastic basslines, looped strings, and herky-jerky drum-machine beats somehow join forces to create a wonky cut that just might be the Top 40 of the future.
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Newcomer Krystal Klear may keep his identity secret, but we certainly know he loves boogie. The thick washes of synth overlaying a propulsive low-end melody and shuffling dance beat scream early-'80s R&B, although Klear's production remains focused on the future. By the time his debut 12" gets released in April on All City, we'll surely learn a few more things about this exciting producer.
These Are Powers has been crafting claustrophobic, paranoid dance music for a while now, but it is with the group's next release on RVNG that the sonic assault really comes to its apex. "World Class Peoples" features a stomping house beat, rumbling bass, Middle Eastern war synths, and truly menacing multi-layered vocals. The sound is something like the perfect mix of the confrontational sexuality of mid-period Gang Gang Dance, the leftfield house aesthetics of Excepter, and a healthy dose of mid-'90s European electro. In fact, one of the track's main synth lines has the feel of a weird reconfiguring of Robin S.'s "Show Me Love." Sweaty basement dance parties will be blaring this for months to come.
Mike Slott's remix of "AM System" by American Men eschews the original's sleepy vocal lines and replaces them with bright, lush synths, radiophonic wobblings, and a dry, steady beat. Though a vocal line still closes the track, its appearance is short enough to allow Slott's dense rework to really shine beyond the original's straight-up indie-rock appeal.
Artists on the LuckyMe roster most definitely have a thing for R&B divas. First there's Hudson Mohawke's remix of Tweet's "Ooops (Oh My)" single, and now we have Dema hijacking the vocal track from Aaliyah's "One in a Million" for his own rendition of the song. The producer's instrumental is a pleasantly crunk track, complete with a crunchy head-nodding beat and simple synth melodies, that updates Aaliyah's archived acapella for today's dancefloors.
As owner and founder of Interdependent Media, Evan Phillips (a.k.a. TRUTHLiVE) knows how to spot a solid hip-hop beat, and here he takes an epic instrumental from Tha Bizness—a track full of strings, synths, gunshots, pianos, and plenty of slap—to serve as the backdrop for his storytelling flow. Phillips takes every opportunity in "Shoot Me Down" to paint a picture of his coming-up and elaborate on the struggles of remaining an independent artist, themes which are sure to be explored further upon in his forthcoming debut full-length, Patience.
Whenever M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade collaborate, the result is sure to be some floor-filling, ass-shakingly elegant tech-house. Here, the quartet's single, which originally appeared on the 2007 5 Years Get Physical 5 compilation, has been remixed by Gui Boratto, who uses a dub techno stem from the original to form his version's heart, propelling the track towards an early peak that practically oozes arpeggiation. Though most of the stems remain unchanged sonically, Boratto's rearrangement is decidedly more punchy and effective than the original. The single also includes remixes from Boy 8 Bit, James Talk, Ben Hoo, and Logistics, and Booka Shade will also be doing their own version of "Donut" on their new album, slated for release later this year.
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