Yokohama's BD1982 has a new album out now, and if the title single below is any indication, Let's Talk Math promises to be one of the most interesting funky, bass-driven records of the year. Featuring heavily-delayed synth-guitar plucks, lushly-vocoded vocal elements, and a daring near-tribal percussion sound, "Let's Talk Math" is fluid enough that it could fit into anything, from a Villalobos set to a Starkey mixtape. BD1982 performs quite a feat here, proving that bass music need not always contain subsonic throbs to work wonders on a dancefloor.
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Another stand-out remix from the just-released Ghostly compilation, The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night, Paul White's version of Mux Mool's "Wolf Tone Symphony" ups the original's hip-hop vibe quite a bit. In fact, you'd almost expect the track title to come with an "(Instrumental)" tag; the shuffling rhythm of White's reworked beat sounds is dying to be rhymed over. Only vocal samples are present, however, but White properly fills in the available space with enough melodic synth work to make up for "Symphony"'s lack of fiery cadence.
Though the vocal sample might be a bit tired—after all, we don't really need to hear another asshole intoning about the awesomeness of money—the instrumental elements of both Tom Trago's remix are jacking enough to make up for it. Trago's remix is especially nice, as it takes the more minimal stems of the original and transforms the piece into a Chicago-style electro-house track with a nice shuffle moving throughout and a shimmering synth apex that recalls The Youngsters' "Rock to the Bit." In the end, the vocals on the "The Wallet" make it a great track to get early crowds onto a dancefloor, but an instrumental version of Trago's remix would also be welcome.
Many words come to mind when first listening to the title track of the latest EP from Robot Koch, Listen To Them Fade, but "massive" seems to stand as the most appropriate. Booming toms, kick drums, and all sorts of percussive sounds and unfamiliar utterances start things off—sounding like the beginning of a ceremonial sacrifice on Mars—before the song eventually morphs into a more recognizable dubstep banger. Mexican singer Grace's soulful voice is featured prominently through "Fade," and acts as a sort of connection between the real world and Koch's tumultuous sonic environment.
Ten years into the music game and Ghostly remains as fresh and important as ever. As a sort of waypoint, the Ann Arbor-based label has put together a double-disc compilation series showcasing the past, present, and future of its ever-expanding catalog. The release, called The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night, is one disc of remixes and reinterpretations and one of new, previously unreleased tunes, which together feature the likes of Lusine, Solvent, Max Tundra, Matthew Dear, Michna, The Sight Below, and, shown here, Tycho. This moody and subdued remix of the San Francisco producer's single "Adrift" was crafted by Michigan beatsmith Shigeto, and prominently exhibits a clicking, nod-worthy beat filled with crunchy percussion set amongst loads of melodic atmosphere. The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night is available now for download, and out on CD May 4. pictured Shigeto
This isn't necessarily Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr. Hyde, but the pairing of Mike Gnacadja's two production monikers, the tropically influenced Momma's Boy and the more house-leaning MikiX the Cat, certainly yielded some interesting results. A bouncing bass-heavy riddim carries "At Night" through its six minutes, while repetitive vocal samples and rubbery atonal synth squelches fill in the gaps. Obviously, since the track's EP is seeing release on DJ Donna Summer and Jubilee's Nightshifters label, the song is a massive dancefloor heater, and comes with extra heat from remixes by Dubbel Dutch, Act Yo Age, Søvngaer, and Supabeatz.
Maryland resident Bradford Johnson crafts space-traveling beat music on his first solo EP, M0ths, released under the name Busy. The sounds on "A Camphoraceous Elixir" (go ahead, look the word up) are not dissimilar from his west coast counterparts on the Brainfeeder label—Johnson's hip-hop tendencies provide the same sort of slapping backbone for his synthetic cosmic noise experiments. However, Busy's nine-song EP comes to us courtesy of Japanese label Circulations, and marks the arrival of a producer strong enough to get a solid East Coast/West Coast rivalry going.
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