Take Junior Boys' arpeggiating synths, The Rapture's disco-funk basslines, and Daft Punk's vocoded guitar from "Robot Rock" and you've got "Daddy Long Legs," one of two new singles from Brooklyn's Sensual Harassment. The propulsive track builds slowly before introducing a reverberated vocal chant and distorted synth that ushers back in the song's initial groove. The dancefloor has just found a new hero.
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Originally crafted by Austrailan trio Digital Manges, this buzzing, Greek-language bass tune has been assaulting eardrums courtesy of globetrotting DJs like Diplo, Sinden, Laidback Luke, and Drop the Lime. Now Sharkslayer of Helsinki DJ crew Top Billin' (who recently showed XLR8R around their hometown) has passed along his hyperactive take on the track for exclusive download. Proceed with caution—this one sounds like Sharkslayer turned up the insanity knob all the way up.
What at first sounds like a new song by African likembé group Konono N°1 is in fact a remix from German tech-house producer Butch, an artist recently featured in XLR8R. Butch's re-work of the collaborative track "Seven Lives" by Martin Eyerer, Namito, and Stephan Hinz is a subtle-but-strong tech-house experience that relies heavily on it's repetitive percussion loop and the occasional dip into a bath of filtered synths. The track was pulled from Namito's new Eleven Remixed EP—go here to check out the rest, including remixes from Marc Romboy, Daniele Papini, and more.
On this remix of "Sinister Skies," the opening track from noisy beat-smith Pollination's forthcoming Inca Orange EP, Southern California's Zoomzip brings the tempo down with a style reminiscent of the kaleidoscopic tracks found in Boards of Canada's catalog. A head-nodding beat and floating flute loop act as the centerpiece for Zoomzip's hazy remix, while indiscernible field recordings fill the gaps in the rhythm.
A few days ago we debuted a track from the tour-only album, 100%, by Canadian mix-master Kid Koala and members of retro-rock outfit Wolfmother. Dubbed The Slew, this touring performance is a beat-heavy amalgamation of crunching guitars and by-the-book hip-hop. Our second installment of The Slew's debut, "You Turn Me Cold," sounds like a kid playing around with his dad's Led Zepplin records, but in a way that rules and won't get you grounded.
Chrissy Murderbot, a favorite of DJ Donna Summer and the Trouble & Bass Crew, comes at you with a reference-riddled electro-bass number. Beginning with a slowed sample of Armando's "100% of Disin' You," the track continues with some heavy, bass-loaded breakbeat that all the kids are repping.
This is some straight-up Sly Stone shit! L.A.'s SA-RA put their own little spin on this sexy, slow jam of rambling bass and wah-wah electricity from the 1971 funk milestone, There's A Riot Goin' On. Needless to say, this vamped-up R&B number slides on like a well-worn polyester suit.
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