One of the more focused and hip-hop-leaning bangers from Brooklyn producer Mux Mool's (pictured above) debut album, Skulltaste, is the crunchy "Hog Knuckles." This version of that Dilla-referencing track, remixed by recent XLR8R podcast contributor and Colorado resident Alex B, comes from the Wax Rose Saturday EP, which dropped today via Ghostly. Alex B's remix remains centered around the jittery bounce and sampled guitar melody of producer Brian Lindgren's original beat, but is also given an extra dose of beat-scene slap and soulful synth timbres. You can catch this remix along with treatments from the likes of Free the Robots, Devonwho, Shigeto, and more, on Mux Mool's brand-new EP, and find Lindgren's upcoming tour dates here.
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Not even the chamber-pop chanteuses of the world are safe from from bass music's ever-growing grasp. As featured on this unreleased remix by Blunted Robots' Brackles (pictured above), the girly voice of London's Ellie Goulding was plucked from its usual acoustic accompaniment and placed into the thick of an undulating future-house tune. Brackles cuts up Goulding's high-register hooks, and garnishes the samples with skittering rhythms, warbling sound effects, and other club-appropriate sonics—effectively erasing any notions of the orchestral original version of "Under the Sheets." You can catch more of the same sounds on Brackles' just-released, debut mix album for !K7/Cool in the Pool, Songs for Endless Cities Vol. 1: Brackles.
What does a remix of the classic R. Kelly joint "Ignition" by Portland low-bit patron Copy sound like? Well, precisely what you'd think the unlikely pairing would sound like. Mr. Kelly's inimitable vocal performance is left untouched, leaving the R&B icon to deliver car-related innuendos without interruption, and producer Marius Libman's special brand of Nintendo-referencing synth-pop adorns the memorable lyrics. Though, as one might guess, Copy's remix (2 Ignition) is injected with hip-hop's and R&B's particular bounce and sway, a vibe uncommon in his usual production work. It's a pretty great taste of the EP that accompanies the PacNorthwest tunesmith's forthcoming full-length, Hard Dream, which features five remixes of R. Kelly songs. We're especially looking forward to hearing "Real Talk" and "Hair Braider" when it drops along with Dream on September 21 via Audio Dregs. (via Yours Truly)
There's a new batch of intergalactic bass tunes on the way from German cosmonaut Doshy, in the form of his soon-to-be-released Scatter EP (that's the cover up top). Lasers, phasers, tasers, and just about all other kinds of conceivable space noise are heaped onto the Berliner's crunchy beats and skittering 8-bit bleeps; it sounds more or less like if Mario moved to Mars to start a career producing hip-hop—NES nerds will undoubtedly spot the frequent usage of his classic fireball sound byte. In fact, "Chip" has so many layers of sound effects surrounding its swaggering beat work that the track requires a number of listens before each little noise can be uncovered. Catch the rest of Doshy's 6-song EP when it drops on September 3 via Robox Neotech.
As a follow-up to his Radio album, which came out earlier in the year, tomorrow LA producer Exile will be releasing AM/FM, a collection of Radio remixes and re-works that also includes a smattering of new tunes. The album features efforts from people like The Alchemist, The Grouch and Eligh, Free the Robots, and P.U.D.G.E., along with this take on "Population Control" by frequent Flying Lotus cohort and fellow Angeleno Samiyam (pictured above). The Ann Arbor transplant removes the vocoder bounce and playful vocal snippets of Exile's original, slowing the tempo, and swapping in a more unorthodox beat pattern along with a seriously sinister vibe. The new direction may be a bit dire, but the music doesn't suffer for it.
Yeah, you read that right. This is a new track from Model 500, and XLR8R is offering it for free download. For the unfamiliar—shame on you—Model 500 is, these days, a collaboration between a few Detroit legends, including Juan Atkins (a.k.a. the guy who created techno), Underground Resistance's "Mad" Mike Banks, and producer Mark Taylor. Next month, the group will be releasing its first single in more than a decade, "OFI." Last week, we previewed the record's title track, and now we've got the string-laden b-side, "Huesca." Even with the long delay between releases, it appears that Atkins & Co. haven't lost their touch, as the song is a throbbing slice of warehouse-ready techno, complete with soaring melodies, chunky synths, and sweaty low-end.
For the sake of "keeping it real," as the kids say, we'll admit that we're a little late on posting this. "Snow & Taxis" first made the round a few weeks ago, when Gold Panda and the folks at Ghostly made it available as a free download—in exchange for your email address. Although you're still welcome to head here and donate your email in order to keep up with all the latest in Gold Panda happenings, we've been given the green light to post the track free and clear. And after a single listen, you'll probably be wondering why we weren't clamoring to post it sooner. Maybe its the name—Gold Panda just screams "bedroom chillwave toss-off" or "middling indie band," doesn't it?—but we certainly didn't expect tastefully crafted techno chimes married with a galloping UK funky beat. The Essex, UK artist has a debut full-length, Lucky Shiner, set to drop on October 12; at least now we'll know better to sleep on its creator's sparkling gems.
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