Like a hyperactive four-year-old who's gotten ahold of his parents' Eurodance record collection, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs turn Crystal Fighters' blog-friendly dance-rock into a hi-speed trek through years of Nintendo and cheesy power-synths.
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"Ghosts" is the latest single from U.K. quartet Bastila, and it finds the boys digging into the psychedelic sounds of Madchester. Richard Norris explored some similarly trippy territory on his Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve collaboration with Erol Alkan, so it's not surprising to find him here (utilizing his new The Time and Space Machine moniker), extending the track into something resembling a long-lost Happy Mondays jam.
Indie-rockers WHY? have remixed Serengeti & Polyphonic's leftfield original into a more lush, swinging number. With a more ample beat, grooving bassline and dreamy acoustic elements, a new sort of hip-hop sound emerges, and it is sweet.
NYC electro-disco duo Holy Ghost! has just gotten the remix treatment from Parisian electro-house phenom DJ Mehdi, who seriously houses up the original's nu-disco sound with more throbbing bass, heavier kicks, and some lovely synth samplings. Perfect for a night out on the town, this one.
Originally intended as the flip-side to Ikonika's Hyperdub debut, Please, this is one hell of a wonky dubstep tune. Bloopy synth arpeggiations, double-time rhythmic structure, and a distanced mix make for a perfect dubstep track; bizarre structural similarities to Glassjaw's "Siberian Kiss" also add to the intrigue. Although well-known to her fans, "Phonelines VIP" has never before been available for purchase; instead, Ikonika has decided to offer up the track for free download exclusively through XLR8R.
The Juan Maclean gives Codebreaker's summer hit the remix treatment, transforming an Azoto-like Italo-disco number into a Chicago house track, replete with lovely piano flourishes and stretches of acid squelch. Though a bit darker than the original, the remix maintains a bouncing, clubby vibe that might make Daft Punk blush.
Hauntologists is the most recent collaboration of electronic musicians and producers Stefan Schneider (of To Rococo Rot and Belle Orchestre) and Jay Ahern. Taken from their recently released EP2, "A1" displays Hauntologists' penchant for mixing traditional African instruments with more synthesized sounds, resulting in a minimal techno track that is perfect for the post-minimal climate—in a way, the duo's work evokes Villalobos' lo-frequency, mid-tempo mind-melters, but with more discrete melodic content.
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