Funny story: I'm out in Stockholm one night with skweee guys Rigas Den Andre and Limonious. They're like, "Hey, we're gonna go see our friend Jenny Wilson play. Do you know her?" And I'm like, "Yeah, of course I know her!" So we get to the Strand theater, and Wilson comes on with her band of gospel singers... and it hits me: I don't know Jenny Wilson at all. (Cuz I was thinking Jenny Lewis the whole time.) But Wilson's rich R&B vocals and gorgeous piano and horn arrangements instantly have the crowd rapt, and everyone—including me—is happy. Maybe not the usual XLR8R fare, but we still wholeheartedly approve. Hardships! is out August 24.
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Musical multi-tasker Hanuman (who doubles as half of Monkey Steak and runs Steak House Records) is set to drop his latest track, "Bola," on Chicago's Sleazetone label. Included along with the even-keeled, dub-heavy original version are remixes from Kanji Kinetic, Thunderous Olympian, Sleazetone label head Chrissy Murderbot, and, here, XLR8R alum and Trouble & Bass spinstress Star Eyes (pictured above). On her remix, she decided to run with the underlying UK funky sound, and treat "Bola" to an extra helping of thick, juicy low end before introducing her own string-based melody to the propulsive house beat.
Two of the most recognizable names on NY's Trouble & Bass label, AC Slater and Drop the Lime shacked up recently in LA to bring you a handful of collaborative productions, the first of which is this new jam. If "Creepin" is anything it's, uh, creepy. Between the piano melody sounding like it's jacked from Friday the 13th, Luca Venezia's unsolicited vocal come-ons, and the down-pitched sound effects that adorn the punchy beats, Slater & Lime's premiere offering sets the stage for an act ready to soundtrack a rave scene during the climax of an unseen John Carpenter flick.
The original version of this track comes from a collaborative two-song 12" from UK music making buddies Randomer & Fife, released yesterday on the re-launched Fat! label. Fellow UK tunesmith Eliphino keeps the original's vibe intact on his percussion-heavy remix of the bouncing future-house track, but heaps on a handful of extra samples and sound effects—effectively eliminating what little negative space had once been there.
Rui Maia, who also records under the moniker of Maia, is now operating under the Mirror People alias. The Portuguese producer certainly has a knack for the tropical-tinged, slightly psychedelic disco that Bear Funk loves, and "Rare Jewels" is no exception. With a bouncing bass, a synthesized steel-drum melodic line, and dreamy synths creating a lush sonic jungle, the piece is an instant earworm that could easily have appeared on one of Sergio Mendes' '80s disco experiments. A breathy female vocal would send it over the top, but as it is, "Rare Jewels" is a delight that makes one even more excited for Maia's upcoming 12" on Permanent Vacation. In the meantime, Mirror People's The Heart of the Sun EP is available for free download right here.
Due to popular demand, Asthmatic Kitty is soldiering on with two additional volumes of their Library Catalog Music series. Volume 7 was put together by Instruments of Science & Technology (a.k.a. Richard Swift), while direction of the 8th installment was handed to Oakland sound designer and electronic musician Kristin Miltner. "Dreaming Longing" is the first offering from her Music for Dreaming and Playing record, and its sound isn't exactly easy to describe. Imagine the most beautiful CD skip in the known universe, stretch it for nearly 8 minutes, add extra bleeps and etheral vocals to the mix, and you might have an approximation of what Miltner's piece sounds like, but this doesn't do "Dreaming Longing" justice. A soft journey to another world, the track is like Yasunao Tone on laudanum, which is certainly a good thing.
It's hard to quantify, but it seems like John Hughes movies really did a fucking number on a huge swath of the human populace—at least folks between the ages of 18 and 45. How else can you explain Teen Daze, whose sentimental electronic bliss-pop often sounds like something from the soundtrack to 17 Candles: Long Duk Dong's Revenge? Here the young Vancouver producer covers "New Theory," the original of which appeared on Washed Out's Life of Leisure EP. And while the music's cultural reference points might be familiar, we'd be lying if we said that this didn't touch some warm, squishy place inside and make us want to overcome some teen-angst-related struggles. (via Pitchfork)
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