Veteran house and techno producer John Tejada is taking us back to 1995, when he operated under the moniker Lucid Dream. The Phthalo label recently salvaged some of the Lucid Dream material and put together an album entitled Recovered Data 95. In conjunction with that release, they've also tapped artists like Bodycode, Broker/Dealer, and Dominik Eulberg to put their own spin on these vintage Tejada tunes. Here, fellow Southern California producer Daedelus interjects his own love-soaked synth styles onto the 8-minute "Imbroglio," morphing it into a brief electro-tinged ballad that clocks in just under the 3 minute mark.
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One of San Francisco's hidden gems, Altair Nouveau is a masterful producer of space disco and intergalactic boogie whose vintage synth-laden tracks should find their way into any self-respecting DJ's playlist. Lifted off his Space Fortress EP, "Sorcerer" isn't only fitting for Gandalf's epic night on the town, but also for those evenings spent alone at home smoking his pipe and perfecting spells.
Anticon broheims and one-time bandmates in cLOUDDEAD, the members of Themselves and WHY?, recently got together to record "Canada," a plinky pop tune that finds Doseone putting his rapid-fire raps on the back burner and sweetly singing alongside Yoni Wolf. The tune may not be enough to quell the rising anticipation for the bands' respective forthcoming albums, but it's certainly a nice taste of what's to come. WHY?'s Eskimo Snow will be released on September 22. Themselves' CrownsDown will be released on October 20.
Shortening his stage name from Ghislain Poirier to simply Poirier, the dancehall reppin' Montreal-based producer has shared the opening track off of his freshly released EP, Run the Riddim. Featuring the vocal stylings of frequent collaborator Face T, "Enemies" is a bass-bumping warm-up that could just as easily start a party as it does the producer's new record.
Taken from her recently released sophomore album, My Guilty Pleasure, "Dying in Africa" is a swirling slice of dance-pop. Marked by Shapiro's pixie-like vocals and just enough Italo bounce to keep you moving, the song is a sweet sample of the delectable full-length.
XLR8R exclusive! A super-fun club mash-up from the new collaboration between Jubilee of Nightshifters and Udachi of Trouble and Bass (among other things). Its ripsaw synths and cut-up vocals run over a truly bumpin' beat that changes up ever four bars, and a healthy dose of rave feel rounds out the fun. If you like it check the other remixes on the EP that's out Sept. 8. Read more here.
"West Coast," the title track off Junk Culture's West Coast EP is a lovely, trippy blend of stuttering vocals, live drums, and a classic cut-up hip-hop break. It leaves you hanging in wonderment for a good long while, then drops you into bliss. Perfect for sunset watching.
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