LA-based Chilean producer and Cómeme label co-founder Vicente Sanfuentes is gearing up for the release of his Bodytalk EP on March 18 via his recently established eponymous imprint, a record which will arrive with remixes from the likes of Harvard Bass, Jack Savidge, Andre VII, Roman & Castro, and included here, DJs Pareja. The Buenos Aires duo puts a dark, disco-minded spin on the original "Bodytalk," starting off with a hollow bassline before introducing a sonorous version of the original vocal sample. "Bodytalk (DJs Pareja Remix)" is further tightened up with some piercing synths and rapid claps, giving the single an extra dose of Cómeme's signature sound.
Just today, Slugabed's Activia Benz label dropped the 12-track Activia Frenz Vol. 1, marking the label's first entry in its series of compilations. The release features brand-new productions from frequent collaborators ELOQ, Taste Tester, Deech, and the label head himself, as well as Activia Benz newcomers like Silkersoft, DZA, DJ DJ Booth, and My Panda Shall Fly, whose vibrant contribution to the record is featured here. "Q-¼atch" features an assortment of fast-paced claps amidst a nervously tapping beat, making for a choppy production that never stays in a single place for long. Sporadically erupting synths loops weave their way throughout the course of My Panda Shall Fly's track, eventually landing on a drum-focused and acid-drenched groove.
International trio The Acid will release its self-titled debut EP next month via Infectious, but with a few weeks left before that four-track effort drops, we're treated to the otherworldly remix of lead single "Basic Instinct" by Brainfeeder affiliate Lapalux (pictured above). Landing almost exactly a year after Lapalux issued his debut LP, Nostalschic, the UK producer takes the Radiohead-esque vibes of the original song into much more subterranean territory, adding robotic FX to the track's vocals which take a leisurely ride atop a mass of soul-burnt textures—then, the drums come in. After grabbing Lapalux's remix below, The Acid's forthcoming debut EP (out on April 14) can be streamed in full by following the jump. Read more »
A mainstay of Modeselektor's 50Weapons stable, German producer Phon.o has dropped off "Moonwalk," the closing cut from his forthcoming Cracking Space Pt. 1 EP for the label. Featuring additional production work from San Francisco synth maestro Kit Clayton, "Moonwalk" wraps a sparse-but-forceful beat and a single vocal sample within ever-increasing layers of dark, enveloping synthesizers. Considering the density with which the track's synthscapes have been rendered, it's a wonder anything is able to break through the fog, but both Phon.o and Clayton are able to find the proper balance, resulting in a completely engrossing EP closer. Before the rest of the Cracking Space Pt. 1 EP lands on March 28, an appropriately cosmic-themed video has been made to accompany "Moonwalk," which can be watched after the jump. Read more »
When we first heard from London newcomer IYDES earlier this year, it was in anticipation of his PHASE EP, which was then slated to see a release in February. After a bit of a delay, the UK artist's debut effort will now see its release later this month in digital and vinyl form, which is preceded by another EP cut, "Aldkrome II." Built on the back of robust, ever-morphing drum constructions, the production is both dark and spacey, intricate but unapologetically strong-armed. The tune will join four other similarly hybridized pieces of electronic music on March 31, when IYDES drops PHASE; before its fast-approaching release, however, the record can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Last year saw Berlin-based Australian producer Phoebe Kiddo (pictured above) release her debut full-length Artefacts of Broken Dreams via Anenon's Non Projects label, and now, album cut "In All This Grace" has been given the remix treatment by burgeoning LA talent Suzanne Kraft. A more guttural and almost tribal piece in its original form, the song is reimagined here as a brighter exercise, with Suzanne Kraft lining Kiddo's layers of detailed percussion with more heavenly textures while also taking time to add some fresh, punchy rhythms to the mix.
Nascent Dutch label Doggtown recently dropped its inaugural release, a compilation EP called Welcome to Doggtown Vol.1, featuring mainstay artists such as BeauDamian, Guerilla Speakerz, Boe Boe, and featured here, regular contributor to XLR8R's Downloads feed GANZ. The typically dancefloor-focused producer stays true to his record with "Grind Hard," this time offering a heavy and dub-inclined track carried by floating synths and an abrasive vocal sample that glides through its center.
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