Glasgow's Koreless may have a couple solid tunes, a remix for Jacques Greene, and a good number of high-profile and online fans to his name, but the producer still has yet to release his first official single. Though on March 21, he can slip that under his belt, too, as the wonderful Pictures Music label will drop the "4D"/"MTI" 12". The subtle and entrancing "Up Down Up Down" tune won't be on that record, but is offered here (and via Bandcamp) to whet the interests of those who remain unaware of Koreless' mystical soundscapes. This unreleased number is a quiet song that showcases tunesmith Lewis Roberts' deft ability to write intoxicating melodies and mix them with vibrating rhythms that unobtrusively propel the moods rather than overtake them. This is our first time listening to anything from the up-and-coming artist, but we're already hoping to hear a lot more Koreless very soon.
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We told you about the impending collection of lascivious low-end on its way from German party specialists Schlachthofbronx merely a week ago, and now, to commemorate its release, the label responsible for dropping those four tunes has offered the EP's title track for free download. "Nasty Bass" has two marquee stars vying for top billing in its three-and-a-half minutes: MCs Spoek Mathambo and Big Space versus the producers' mind-rattling basslines. But even though one sect of the song's fans may fall in love with the sing-songy vocal delivery by the South African wordsmiths and the other may find themselves more in tune with Schlachthofbronx's bass frequencies, neither of those elements would move you quite the way they do without the other. That's a sign of a solid production, and chances are you can find more quality tracks on the rest of the Nasty Bass EP, which you can preview here.
Back in August, XLR8R debuted a remix of Los Angeles-based composer Ana Caravelle by Brooklyn beatmaker Shigeto, in support of Caravelle’s debut album for Non Projects, Basic Climb. During the months that have followed, there has been a growing interest in re-working Caravelle’s idiosyncratic harp music, prompting the label to release Basic Climb: Re-Imagined, featuring remix work from folks like Dntel, Take, and yuk. This version of Caravelle’s “Where Have You Been?” is from Non Projects founder Brian Simon (a.k.a. Anenon). With drums lifted out of a boozy late-night conga session, and what could be Caravelle’s harp chopped into a thousand tinseled pieces, Anenon’s fully realized remix jumps another level about three quarters of the way through when a lilting, chant-like sample of Chavelle’s voice takes the song to church. Basic Climb: Re-Imagined will be released on March 1.
We're not entirely sure what to make of producer Physical Therapy. We know he's one of the residents at Ghe20 Gothik, but little information is available on the man outside of that. We think the guy is from somewhere in New Jersey, it seems like he is pretty into Top 40 hip-hop, and he apparently has a penchant for tweaking those kinds of tunes into slow and strange compositions that are more about shady moods than pulsing club vibrations. In that same vein, the musicmaker re-worked "Supersymmetry" by NYC tunestress Laurel Halo (pictured above), delivering an eerie and dub-heavy track that sounds nothing like its source material. In fact, the looping sample of Timbaland that finishes off Physical Therapy's remix squeezes in far more syllables than the miniscule blips of Halo's croon that are fired off repetitiously. If the track info didn't credit the burgeoning singer/songwriter's track, we'd have had no idea "Supersymmetry" was even an inspiration for the screwy number, but that's not to say we love it any less. (via FACT)
You may recognize the name Lady Chann (a.k.a. Chanelle Williams) from her 2010 party anthem, "Sticky Situation" (a remix of which we posted last May), and now we see Ms. Chann returning with another party jam, "Treble To Your Bass." Here we've got the remix of her latest track courtesy of the UK's Marcus Nasty, who replaces the hyperactive synths and drum programming of the original with a dark, subdued soundscape made of deep bass, sparse piano chords, and shuffling percussion. Nasty also does away with quite a bit of the original tune's lyrics, cutting out the songs' verses entirely in favor of Lady Chann's club-friendly chorus. The Paula Abdul-esque chorus lyrics ("I'm the treble to your bass" is just another way of saying, "opposites attract," right?) only make two appearances throughout the remix, spending the rest of the time dubbed out beneath Nasty's sinister house creation. The "Treble To Your Bass" single, which contains both the original and the remix, is set to be released February 21st.
When Mr. Raoul K left his Ivory Coast home for much colder territory (Germany to be precise), it appears he brought some West African warmth along with him and has been skillfully injecting it into his tracks ever since. "The African Government" is a perfect example of Mr. Raoul K's familiarity with sun-soaked regions, one in which he manipulates traditional instruments of his former continent into a blissful deep house tune, building and looping layers of some far-off African stringed instrument into a hypnotic state of repetition. His German influences stay in the background, showing themselves less in the particular sounds utilized by the producer and more in the structure of the composition, a classic 7-plus minute techno movement full of the usual build-ups and breakdowns honed throughout the years by Europe's techno pioneers. Mr. Raoul K has been running his own imprint, Baobab, for quite some time now, but "The African Government" will be found on his first release for the Mule Musiq imprint, Introducing My World (artwork above), when it's released on May 16.
This majestic Sumsun instrumental comes from the incredible Sample Based Life Vol.1 endeavor (artwork above), which has gathered over 30 tracks from a slew of collage/tape-music/lo-fi beat producers including the likes of Dog Bite, Ackryte, and Grass Mirror, among others. The concept for the release is the brainchild of Forrest Reiff (a.k.a. Off Balance Atlas), who had the idea to share his sample sources with fellow producers and see what they came up with. Looks like he had no trouble getting his cohorts to take part, and the results of the experiment appear to be just as diverse as the list of contributors. Sample Based Life Vol.1 is available as a "name your own price" download over at the project's Bandcamp, and those who contribute $8-$10 to the cause will receive a hand-dubbed cassette of the album courtesy of Mr. Reiff himself. We suggest checking out Sumsun's sole contribution to the compilation below before fully diving into the other 31 static-drenched, blissful beats that make up Sample Based Life.
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