Ape School's "Wail to God" is a decidedly pop offering that Michael Johnson crafted with a Moog Modular and several riffing guitars. He handed the track—off his recently released self-titled debut—to L.A. beatmaker extraordinaire Daedelus, who added echos, hazy feedback, and his trademark dusty beats to the original cut. Photo of Daedelus by Laura Darlington..
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From the seemingly endless vaults of the late J Dilla's production legacy comes the foundation for Finale's single "Heat." "It was off a beat CD, but it was done before [Dilla] passed away and I was able to build with him about it before he passed," says Finale of the track, which comes courtesy of his latest album, A Pipe Dream and a Promise.
Georgia Anne Muldrow long ago proved herself a sort of classic First Lady of soul caught in a contemporary hip-hop age, and if anyone wants to contest her abilities at marrying the two styles of music, check this track and think again. The multi-talented producer and crooner is gearing up for the release of Ms. One, which sees contributions from longtime partner Dudley Perkins, her mother, Rickie Byars Beckwith, and indie-soul ladies Jimetta Rose and Eagle Nebula. Ms. One is out May 19.
The next release to drop via Trouble & Bass comes from none other than XLR8R's own Vivian Host, under her Star Eyes moniker. According to the T&B crew, Disappear is "a song about the agony and ecstasy of rave, with monster acid bass, massive reverb and brain-twisting backwards vocals." Here's the hard house remix by Mikix the Cat. Disappear is out June 2.
In 2008, Dublin's All City imprint launched its 7 x 7 Beatstrumental Series, in which an international sampling of producers contributed to a series of seven-inches released over the course of, yup, seven months. The label recently compiled all tracks onto a single disc, which is out this month, and this track, from Swiss beatmaker Dimlite, is an added bonus cut. A full five minutes of abstract, futuristic hip-hop, the track arrives as a 45, with an instrumental dub version on the flip.
Having turned out speaker-rattling remixes for the likes of Black Ghosts, Boy 8-Bit, AC Slater, and Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Jack Beats (U.K. spinners Beni G and Plus One) recently began dropping original compositions of their own, including “What,” a collaboration with longtime Reprazent cohort Dynamite MC on Hervé’s Cheaper Thrills imprint. They also threw together this remix of Lady Sovereign's track "I Got You Dancin'," off her recently released album Jigsaw.
As reported earlier this week, the Kitsuné crew will release its seventh Maison compilation on June 9, with tracks by La Roux, Heartsrevolution, The Golden Filter, and more cropping up on the tracklisting. Here is Parisian dance music producer Yuksek’s contribution to the release, an autoKratz remix seemingly tailor-made with the bygone days of rave in mind.
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