Glasgow-raised, London-based producer Auntie Flo is set to hit North America for the first time with a string of gigs beginning tomorrow night in Montreal. To help spread the word, the Huntleys & Palmers affiliate has passed along "Percasio Dub," a new production originally commissioned by the British Council's ConnectZA program to celebrate the upcoming Mandela Day on July 18. A collaboration with London transplant Esa, "Percasio Dub" is an efficient club track which comes lined with loose percussion and crisp synth chords. Anchored by a hand-played bassline, the tune's playful rhythms and bell-like melodies see the subtle influence of African music seep into the floor-ready production. Auntie Flo's upcoming North American tour dates—which include a stop at NYC's MoMa PS1 series—can be peeped after the jump. Read more »
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For the task of remixing his spacious, guitar-led "Saturn Boy" track, Dream Koala (pictured above) has enlisted the talents of Seattle producer and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Kid Smpl. In its original form on Dream Koala's recent Earth. Home. Destroyed. EP, "Saturn Boy" is an introspective track which places the artist's own vocals atop a lush bed of dreamy textures. On this rework, Kid Smpl elects to bury the tune under a heavy procession of rattling, distorted rhythms, which are eventually overtaken by sheets of noise that grow in force as the production progresses. Along with offering this free remix, Dream Koala also has a number of upcoming live dates which will see him tour across Europe this summer; full details can be found after the jump. Read more »
Hailing from the increasingly fertile city of Barcelona, budding producer beGun has spent the past 12 months sharing songs inspired, in one way or another, by specific locations around the globe. "Mumbai" is the latest such effort, a cascading electronic hybrid which sews together bowed strings, flowing pads, melodic vocal chops, and a bevy of real-world percussion. Stretched across some more traditional bits of skittering drum programming, "Mumbai" is rich with melody and movement, serving as another ambitious example of the kind of productions we can expect from beGun's debut LP, expected to drop in the closing months of 2014.
"Son" comes to us from Fran Seven's recent Ripples in Time EP, a five-track effort which dropped via Applescal's Atomnation imprint last week. Serving as the record's second cut, "Son" is a dense, midtempo effort which employs sharp drum programming and thick layers of intertwining synth work. Spanning just over four minutes, the track finds the Dutch artist patiently revealing new dimensions to his production, as subtle melodic lines and textured percussion are allowed to gently rise to surface. Out now, Fran Seven's full Ripples in Time EP can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
San Francisco producer Cherushii (pictured above) has been enlisted to rework "Save the Day," the lead single from Fina Fisken's upcoming release for the freshly launched Strange Paradise label. Extending the track to a spacious eight-plus minutes, Cherushii—who issued her own Queen of Cups EP via 100% Silk late last year—runs Fisken's original through a lattice of hardware, opening up the track's glacial textures while digging deeper into its four-on-the-floor rhythms, adding layers of jacking hats and reverb-washed hits to the dreamy procession.
The pairing of Osaka, Japan transplant Magical Mistakes (pictured above) and Irish indie-rock duo We Cut Corners may seem an odd one, but nothing sounds out of order on the former's remix of "Blue," a cut taken from the group's recent Think Nothing LP for Delphi. On it, Magical Mistakes pushes the original track's squelching vocals beneath thick layers of hiss, which are constantly cut by the remix's intricately evolving percussion patterns. This rework comes not only the heels of We Cut Corners's new LP, but also Magical Mistakes' latest outing, the [Decompose / Reassemble] EP, which is out now via King Deluxe and can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
UK duo 2ndSun (who dropped off a free bonus cut from its latest EP last month) is one of 11 outfits set to contribute new productions to Spread Love Vol. 4, the forthcoming compilation from the Black Butter label. Appearing alongside cuts from GoldFFinch, Rain City Riot, BNRY, and others, 2ndSun's "You Don't Make Proper Sounds" is a floor-focused piece of synth-fueled house. Rhythmically sturdy, the track laces its run with chopped synth FX, a tweaked bassline, and rapid-fire vocal samples, which move around 2ndSun's syncopated snares and toms with a careful exactness. Black Butter's Spread Love Vol. 4 will see its official release in digital form on July 14; in the meantime, the upcoming compilation can be previewed here.
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