The original version of this track comes from a collaborative two-song 12" from UK music making buddies Randomer & Fife, released yesterday on the re-launched Fat! label. Fellow UK tunesmith Eliphino keeps the original's vibe intact on his percussion-heavy remix of the bouncing future-house track, but heaps on a handful of extra samples and sound effects—effectively eliminating what little negative space had once been there.
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Two of the most recognizable names on NY's Trouble & Bass label, AC Slater and Drop the Lime shacked up recently in LA to bring you a handful of collaborative productions, the first of which is this new jam. If "Creepin" is anything it's, uh, creepy. Between the piano melody sounding like it's jacked from Friday the 13th, Luca Venezia's unsolicited vocal come-ons, and the down-pitched sound effects that adorn the punchy beats, Slater & Lime's premiere offering sets the stage for an act ready to soundtrack a rave scene during the climax of an unseen John Carpenter flick.
Rui Maia, who also records under the moniker of Maia, is now operating under the Mirror People alias. The Portuguese producer certainly has a knack for the tropical-tinged, slightly psychedelic disco that Bear Funk loves, and "Rare Jewels" is no exception. With a bouncing bass, a synthesized steel-drum melodic line, and dreamy synths creating a lush sonic jungle, the piece is an instant earworm that could easily have appeared on one of Sergio Mendes' '80s disco experiments. A breathy female vocal would send it over the top, but as it is, "Rare Jewels" is a delight that makes one even more excited for Maia's upcoming 12" on Permanent Vacation. In the meantime, Mirror People's The Heart of the Sun EP is available for free download right here.
Due to popular demand, Asthmatic Kitty is soldiering on with two additional volumes of their Library Catalog Music series. Volume 7 was put together by Instruments of Science & Technology (a.k.a. Richard Swift), while direction of the 8th installment was handed to Oakland sound designer and electronic musician Kristin Miltner. "Dreaming Longing" is the first offering from her Music for Dreaming and Playing record, and its sound isn't exactly easy to describe. Imagine the most beautiful CD skip in the known universe, stretch it for nearly 8 minutes, add extra bleeps and etheral vocals to the mix, and you might have an approximation of what Miltner's piece sounds like, but this doesn't do "Dreaming Longing" justice. A soft journey to another world, the track is like Yasunao Tone on laudanum, which is certainly a good thing.
It's hard to quantify, but it seems like John Hughes movies really did a fucking number on a huge swath of the human populace—at least folks between the ages of 18 and 45. How else can you explain Teen Daze, whose sentimental electronic bliss-pop often sounds like something from the soundtrack to 17 Candles: Long Duk Dong's Revenge? Here the young Vancouver producer covers "New Theory," the original of which appeared on Washed Out's Life of Leisure EP. And while the music's cultural reference points might be familiar, we'd be lying if we said that this didn't touch some warm, squishy place inside and make us want to overcome some teen-angst-related struggles. (via Pitchfork)
Though you may know Londoners Mock & Toof better for their nu-disco remixes, "Suppress Your Feelings" throws those funky sounds out the window with grace and aplomb. Like a low-key Morgan Geist track, the piece features lush synths, distorted guitar bits, and a plodding beat that rides behind plaintive vocals somewhat reminiscent of the Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan. Though the lyrical content is rather depressing, "Suppress Your Feelings" has a regal flair made for gray days walking around Camden Town. Taken from the duo's debut full-length, Tuning Echoes, which comes out this week.
Mix a bit of Jamie Principle with some Shalamar-style '80s synth-funk and you might have the first single from Jimmy Edgar's upcoming album, XXX. "Hot, Raw, Sex" features a nice main melodic loop, cutting synth stabs, and a bass that's funky and deep enough to really get asses shaking. The vocoded vocal line is somewhat cheesy, but in the way that makes the listener smile, and with a killer synth break in the middle of the track, this small sin is easily forgiven. XXX will be released digitally on July 27, with physical copies due to appear on September 14.
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