The prolific and widely varied output of London producer Bob Bhamra (a.k.a. West Norwood Cassette Library, which also serves as the name of the man's forward-thinking imprint) will add another notch to his belt early next month with the 8 Track Cartridge EP. Seeing a release via Hypercolour, the double-12" effort gathers up eight tunes resurrected from the producer's vaults, including "Acid Jazz," the "Bonus Beats" version of which is offered here. Stripped of any melodic or overtly "musical" content, this version of the tune focuses on rhythms which churn with a steady four-on-the-floor and pop with some vintage-striped percussion—making this download a particularly useful tool for just about anyone's DJ arsenal.
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Most remixes aim to present a song in a new light while still keeping something from the original intact, but sometimes, the most unique results come about from completely disregarding the source material. Such is the case with UK producer Hello Skinny's remix of "Pinter," a track taken from Prayer Before Birth, the Matthew Herbert-produced record from idiosyncratic London four-piece Hijera. While the band's version of the song is a kaleidoscopic stew of tribal drums, angular guitars, and delicate male/female vocals, Hello Skinny does away with much of the track's meaty center—instead creating a warped and dark backbone to lay his processed loop against. The beat rolls along in stumbling, static-fueled entropy, as Hello Skinny shows that it's possible to create something completely new even with the most universal ingredients.
To complement Los Angeles synth-pop outfit Mirror Talk's just-released Infatuation EP, Chicago duo The-Drum (a.k.a. Brandon Boom and Jeremiah Chrome, pictured above) have offered up a sensual rework of the band's "Don't" single. Warping the singer's moans and exhalations into a layered collage that recalls the cartoony pleasure of Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker," Boom and Chrome keep a straight face with their production, building on a seductive R&B rhythm with abundant vocal texture, skittering finger snaps and hi-hats, and honeyed synth flourishes.
British producer Suffix (a.k.a. Simon Bryant), a young artist from the riverside city of Canterbury, creates radiant house cuts that pull light inspiration from hip-hop and R&B. "I Need You"—the title track from Bryant's new self-released EP—blasts commanding, warbling synthlines over an insistent rhythm, as pitched-down vocal echos declare the vulnerable words of the song's title. The entire I Need You EP can be streamed and downloaded for free after the jump. Read more »
Exotic Club, a French duo now residing in Portland, Orgeon, released its No Dance tape via the prolific Crash Symbols label earlier this week, closing out the darkwave-indebted record with this remix from DKA labelhead Matt Weiner (an Atlanta-based producer who more commonly works under the name Twins). On his rework, Weiner refits "Freaks" into a more house-minded template, letting the gurgle of acid-tweaked synths and a ghostly mass of looped vocals ride atop the machine-made shuffle pulsing underneath. The rest of Exotic Club's entire No Dance cassette can be heard over on Crash Symbols' Bandcamp.
As Pyrénées, South London producer Jeremias Carroza (pictured above) makes music that explores the ideas and elements of nature and geography through dance music. "Jungle Exchange" is one of his latest excursions, one which is set to appear as one of two track on a 12" for the Numerology label next month, and has been remixed by roster mate Murder He Wrote. The Brighton producer's version of "Jungle Exchange" is a full-throttle bass track with aquatic sounds streaming over sunset-hued synth tones and straighthead dance grooves. It rides the uptempo patterns of pitched percussion alongside throbbing bass and misty melodies straight through to the end of its six-minute journey. Pyrénées' original "Jungle Exchange" can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Samo DJ's and Max Stenerudh's collaborative record as KWC 92, Dream of the Walled City O.S.T., is said to be a conceptual soundtrack for a movie set in the drug- and crime-addled Kowloon Walled City. Lifted from that forthcoming release, "Macau Ferry Terminal" takes the listener on a guided tour through the underworld, as sticky synth patterns and hollow drums illustrate the dank experience. KWC 92's track trails off into ambient passages infused with fog horns and sickly pads until it leads to a pressurized conclusion.
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