If you asked someone to describe what is needed to create a song, or asked them what elements music in general should consist of, you're likely to get a handful of long-winded responses that could be boiled down to two parts: rhythm and melody. Aside from, say, certain noise and experimental acts, it's a fair enough breakdown, but it makes us wonder where Chicago's juke/footwork scene fits in. Like with this track from DJ Nate's upcoming Hatas Our Motivation EP for Planet Mu, much of the genre isn't the least bit interested in discernible melodies (save for quickly pitch-shifted, atonal vocal samples), and much of the bass-centric rhythms involved are so all over the place that a groove can be difficult to find. Still, there's obviously no denying that this is music pure and simple; it just happens to be unlike anything else we've had the pleasure of putting our ears to. (via 20JFG)
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Production duo LOL Boys (pictured above) snagged the pieces of fellow two-piece Korallreven's hazy Balearic pop number "Loved-Up" and reformatted them into something a bit less subtle, rhythmically speaking, though as equally filled with delicate atmosphere. The bouncing beat and swirling melodies are plenty enjoyable, but it's the way LOL Boys toy with the dainty vocal track that really catches our attention. At first, the thin falsetto is chopped up and warped as a more percussive melody, which is matched equally by the beautifully sung lyrics, "I'm so loved up/I'm so scared," themselves soaked in dreamy reverb.
Brooklyn producer Brad Loving (a.k.a. Lobisomem) is one of those guys who is anything but married to a single style or sound. Lazy journalists might just slap the IDM tag on him and call it a day, but that glosses over Loving's extreme attention to detail and ability to fold together minute slabs of audio from varied genres, influences, and even continents. On September 14 he'll be releasing Onze Pedras, his full-length follow-up to the Brightest Solids EP that came out earlier this year. "Concussus" is the only snippet we've heard so far, but it appears that Loving's desire to elegantly combine sounds from across the musical spectrum remains unabated. Utilizing a sparse casio beat that could have been borrowed from the Morr Music catalog, Loving brings in a warbling trumpet, crackling bits of static, finely chopped vocal snippets, and slowly boiling synth swells before the track's four minutes come to an end. Let's hope that the rest of Onze Pedras contains similarly unique recipes.
Apparently, the well of quality vintage post-punk hasn't gone dry just yet. While the onslaught of post-punk nostalgia over the past decade often makes the latest reissue of a previously hard-to-find "gem" a dubious prospect, Brooklyn's SoftSpot label has seemingly discovered the genre's last great untapped field—Belgium. Last year the label kicked off with the reissue of a 7" from early-'80s Belgian outfit AA, and just this month has followed it up with the release of We Live in a System, a 12" LP featuring the work of fellow Belgians Kebab. "Life It's a Joke" originally appeared on a 1982 7", and finds the quartet's angular guitars and bouncing basslines sounding a lot like those of contemporaries Delta 5 and Bush Tetras. The original "Life It's a Joke" 7" was long a staple on record collector want lists, but now it's been reissued on vinyl and compiled with all of the band's known studio recordings and key selections from its original 1981 demo tape. The We Live in a System 12" is available for sale here.
Here is a new take on London-based outfit Allez-Allez's "Weird Science" track, from its recently released Hideous Racket EP. The distorted, warbling dance number is fairly lo-fi and psychedelic in comparison to most club music that comes from the duo's home turf, but still manages to carve out some relatively sluggish grooves. The original is a bit more clear-headed and dancefloor appropriate, but we could still imagine hearing the alternate version close out—or maybe even slowly open up—a DJ set or two.
What's so enjoyable about French producer Canblaster's (pictured above) remix of Wafa's "Pop Up" track, which is taken from his Ewid Disco 12" for Sinden's new Grizzly label, is the many forms the house-inspired number takes while always remaining focused entirely on the dancefloor. This new version goes through a few movements with its five-minute runtime; an energetic synth melody and pumping future-house beat kick off the tune before the rhythm cuts into halftime and some massive bass tones are introduced, which is then followed by a fresh marimba melody and more pulsing synth sounds and spaced-out effects. As much as it seems like Canblaster's remix can't decide exactly which direction it wants to take, the quick changes in trajectory blend well with the track's other moments—making for not only great get-down possibilities, but exciting headphone experiences, as well. (via FACT)
The UK's Throwing Snow (pictured above) put together this hard-hitting remix for fellow countryman Greymatter and his "Mind Over Matter" track. After a brief intro, the remix's elements are slowly introduced one at a time; beats, synths, sound effects, and bass all step into view at their own leisure, and eventually work out the best way to lead Greymatter's original number into new territories. It's an understandably typical build into a well-produced dubstep tune, one which is bolstered more so by the sounds chosen by Throwing Snow than the directions they head. The Mind Over Matter Remixes Part 2 EP is out July 12.
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