Kansas native Norrit shows how it's done on this floor-filler, moving skillfully from a jazzy French touch sound to something a bit more garage by the piece's end. With lush vocal samples and deep, soft synths, it's no wonder that everyone from Doc Daneeka to Salva have given "Nobody Baby" the remix treatment on Now Jack Swung, the Think 2wice EP from which this track is taken. Chrissy Murderbot also gets in on the remix action, contributing a juke mix of another track from the EP, which is available now.
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The All City label has really been bringing the funk fire recently, what with its amazing 10" series devoted to LA artists and now this boogie number from Portland native Devonwho. Channeling the thick synths and stuttering beats of Dam-Funk, "Keepthefunkalive" is a short, sweet track with an infectious melodic hook. Its only flaw is that it doesn't stretch on for longer!
Brooklyn's noise-pop scene just got a little bigger. Coming from bands such as Apes, The Mall, and Medications, the four members of Screens showcase their penchants for big drums, toy keyboards, and far-away vocal delivery on the song "Saturdays." This snippet from their recently finished full-length album is short and, well, short. In a minute and a half we're treated to heavy bits of HEALTH-like percussion matched with droning synths and words we're sure no one but the singer himself could actually decipher—the whole thing disappearing just as quickly as it came together.
From the 10-year anniversary compilation for French house label Work it Baby, which includes work from Lifelike, Charlie Fanclub, Donovan, and more, comes this collaboration between Fred Falke and the veteran label head Kris Menace. "Enamoured" is exactly what you'd expect from the two, thankfully, as it delivers poignant piano work, smooth synth melodies, and a funky electro bassline and beat combination that is classic to its core. At an unusually brief three-minute running time, "Enamoured" demands to be played at least a few times in succession.
One half of his Memory Tapes psyche, Davy Hawk's now-defunct Weird Tapes moniker is featured on a recently released two-disc compilation from the Thisisnotanexit label, entitled Manifesto #1. Tapes' addition to the release, which also includes cuts from Hatchback and Spectral Empire, among others, is an upbeat, multilayered dance number that sounds neither like it's walking nor dead. Instead, "The Walking Dead" effectively runs circles around acid-house, IDM, and electro-pop influences, not once running out of breath through its five energetic minutes
Brooklyn duo The Hundred in the Hands is an interesting group. The band is signed to Warp, some of its music has been produced by disco stalwart Jacques Renault, and they've just passed along this remix from Detroit techno prodigy Kyle Hall, but the original version of "Dressed in Dresden" sort of sounds like Bloc Party. Hmm. Well, whatever works. Their new 12" on Warp comes out on April 6, and they'll be performing that night at Santos Party House to celebrate along with friends Renault, James Fucking Friedman, and The Rapture, who will all be DJing. In the meantime, dig into this remix, which finds Hall—billed as Kyle "MF" Hall, which we're okay with because the guy is a fucking boss already at age 18—stripping out the guitars and poppy post-punk while injecting a healthy dose of soulful Detroit techno. We approve.
No matter how much we love all of Honey Owens' ambient/experimental pop work with Valet and Nudge, it would be a lie to say that we weren't initially a bit skeptical of her new "house music" project, The Miracles Club. After all, Portland isn't exactly a hotbed for club music and the city's arts-and-crafts, über-DIY house-party vibe doesn't usually lend itself to proper house and techno. But if "Light of Love," the title track from the group's new self-released EP, is any indication, it seems that our fears were unfounded. The Miracles Club is actually a collaboration between Owens and the drum-machine-wielding Rafael Fauria, and the pair often cites classic Chicago house as a major inspiration. The '80s piano melodies on "Light of Love" certainly reflect that, but the song is also bathed in washy melodies and a slightly psychedelic feel—it's not exactly modern, but it's no exercise in nostalgia either. Maybe all those rainy days in Portland have got The Miracles Club dreaming of sunny Ibiza.
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