NYC techno don Abe Duque collaborated in 2004 with fellow producer Blake Baxter on the single "What Happened?," a veritable call-out of clubs and musical icons who dropped the ball somewhere down the line. Now, following the recent release of Duque's Don't Be So Mean album, the contemporary techno hit has been reissued and newly remixed by the UK's Max Cooper. Cooper's version trades the original claps and percussion elements for a stripped-down electronic bounce and glitches out Baxter's vocal through just about the song's entire six-and-a-half minutes.
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Blockhead makes instrumental hip-hop that merges the crate-digging sensibilities of early DJ Shadow with the more electronic proclivities of Prefuse 73. With a warped jazz loop, a booming breakbeat, and various melodic passages peppered in, the NYC-based producer/DJ takes the listener on a slow-grooving journey with "Which One of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer," a track taken from his forthcoming third album, The Music Scene. The composition plays a lot mellower than its title would suggest, and makes for a perfect head-nodding soundtrack for that early-morning ride to work or late-night walk home after the bars let out.
The closest thing to rock music you're likely to hear from this glitchy, Vienna-based live electronics trio, Radian, can be found on the opening track from their upcoming new album. Coming four years after the group's last effort, Juxtaposition, Radian's Chimeric is built around live recordings of drums, bass, and guitar, although they've been cut up, rearranged, and tweaked into near oblivion. Despite efforts made to keep "Git Cut Noise" away from anything easily called "straightforward," passages of stripped down and crunchy rock flirtations do bubble to the surface.
Dave Huismans, who works under the monikers of 2562 and A Made Up Sound, has made a startling rise to the top ranks of dubstep and deep, dubby house within only a few years. As 2562, Huismans creates atmospheric dubstep that has as much to do with shuffling Detroit house and dub-techno as it does with the current Hyperdub roster. In front of a dusty dubstep beat, "Flashback" features a lush, two-note synth line reminiscent of Theo Parrish, spacy squelches, breathtaking polyrhythms, and synth flourishes that somehow recall Aril Brikha's first full-length. There's an undeniably organic sonic quality to much of Huisman's work, and "Flashback" is definitely not a departure from his oeuvre. Taken from his new album Unbalance.
The frenetic dubstep of Robot Koch gets the remix treatment from a mysterious young buck from Los Angeles. Taking the original from Koch's forthcoming album, Death Star Droid, Shlohmo slows its breakneck pace, creating a piece where the sampled Angolan vocal stems are still evident, but put to a dark, low-slung bass slice. A piece meant for blunted, late-night drives through the 'hood, Shlohmo's remix of "Gorom Sen" shows that the 19-year-old has earned his upcoming mini-album on Friends of Friends.
If Yay Area native D-Lo hadn't proved he knew how to get dumb with his smash hit "No Hoe," he'll definitely prove it with this new joint. With DJ Fresh's nasty, non-traditional rhythmic structures providing the track's backbone, D-Lo spits about hoes, guns, and fucking your girlfriend behind your back. Mr. Tower provides the strongest verse on the track, but generally, this is some dope hyphy business that'll definitely be blasting in your 'hood in the coming months.
The epic opener of Etienne Jaumet's Night Music is cut in half by Jaumet himself. The looped, occasionally acidy arpeggiations of the original are kept in place, as are the synthesized saxophone melody and the track's pastoral ending. Really, all that's changed is the length. Whether the edit is a nod to the dancefloor or those listeners with short attention spans, it is a welcome bit of editing from the French loop-master. For more on Jaumet and his influences, check this feature out.
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