On today's episode of XLR8R TV, Brooklyn cut-and-paste duo Javelin added another chapter to our ongoing Tune in an Afternoon series. Using some thrift-store cassettes they picked up while on tour in San Francisco, the boys crafted another pleasantly warped slice of leftfield fun. Grab the track and, if you haven't done so already, watch how the guys' creative process unfolded here.
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Kicking off a set of collaborative 10" releases highlighting acts from LA's beat scene, a series oddly enough curated by the Irish All City label, Dibiase and P.U.D.G.E's joint production, "Smoke it Over," seems to encapsulate their Southern California hometown in total, as elements of Stones Throw-style hip-hop, FlyLo-esque bass music, flashy electro-house, and even some experimental noise all make their way into this jam. The song is flanked by a few solo tracks from each producer on the 10", the first of 10 scheduled for release in 2010.
LA's Nocando brings some slo-mo heat with the first single from Jimmy the Lock, his latest record and first for Alpha Pup. Produced by Nobody, "Hurry Up and Wait" features a prominent vocal loop, beats as chunky and wet as cat food, and Nocando's lazy rhymes that somehow recall a more blunted Aesop Rock. With other album tracks produced by Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, and Th' Corn Gangg, one of the latest LA beat phenomenons is still running hard.
The original is taken from Texas-based producer Ernest Gonzales' artistically ambitious forthcoming album, Been Meaning to Tell You, but the matthewdavid remix of "When You Are Lost I Will Find You" is a relentlessly warped piece of psychedelia that offers almost no intelligible connection to its source material. Instead, the LA producer guides us through a warbling haze until additional amorphous sounds that somewhat resemble a beat kick in. The track is one of 16 remixes—including offerings by Daedelus, Copy, and Yppah—that, along with a book containing notes and illustrations and the album's 13 original songs, help complete Gonzales' highly-involved album. You can find more info on the upcoming release here.
Munich's Schlachthofbronx team up with South African MC Spoek Mathambo once again on a dancehall track inflected with some excellent moments of kuduro-inspired percussion. Perhaps what is most "ayoba" (South African slang for "cool") about this track, though, are the vocal rhymings contributed by Spoek's wife, Gnucci Banana, who brings a palpable sense of young, sexy fun to the beats. Take the cue from her, and stay out tonight!
Romanian future-garage (or whatever you want to call it, someone needs to name this genre soon) producer TRG (a.k.a. Cosmin Nicolae) recently made the decision to de-simplify his moniker, expanding it to Cosmin TRG. Following the change comes this exclusive download of "Love 2 Hide." The song's repetitive beat utilizes a number of classic drum sounds along with chopped-n-screwed vocal samples, ambient synthscapes, and a throbbing bassline, all of which add up to a solid club track. Chances are, when Cosmin TRG takes the decks during his appearance at the next FWD>> + Rinse event, he'll be playing plenty of equally tasty beats. Check out the party info here.
With his song "Un Chat Dans Mon Jardin" (which translates directly to "A Cat in My Garden"), fresh-faced French DJ/producer Luca Cazzoni is given the first release slot of Slant's 2010 catalog. A newcomer to the label, Cazzoni's track is equal parts energy and atmosphere—the churning bass and cowbell percussion evened out by reverberated synths and lilting melodies. It's an understated piece of minimal tech-house made even more desirable by the fact that the entire EP is available for free download. Consider it a free sample, as Slant has Cazzoni's even tastier Tourniquet Time EP, featuring remixes from Pezzner and Let's Go Outside, on tap for early February.
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