Berlin's premiere electro-informed house duo Booka Shade is only a handful of months past the release of its fourth artist album, More!, but the singles and new remixes keep coming. "Teenage Spaceman" is the latest, and this mix comes from Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier themselves. The producers take the opportunity to just about double their tune's runtime, and go absolutely wild with its space theme. Booka Shade's epic mix not only sounds like what you'd think bouncing (or dancing) on the moon feels like, but might also be the ideal soundtrack for traversing the vast, vacuous space between our planet and that distant satellite. The Teenage Spaceman EP will be released August 30.
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Before Portland's Reporter releases its debut album of dark dance-pop on August 10, we've got the distinct pleasure of bringing you the first of many Time Incredible remixes to come, The Miracles Club's take on "Lab Test." The fellow Pacific Northwest outfit keeps the original's dance beat, but otherwise transforms the tune's angular post-punk into dirty, Chicago-style house tailor-made for your next all-night rave in Berlin. The remix's exotic synth squeals are a particularly welcome addition. Stay tuned for more interesting takes on Reporter's tunes from the likes of PDX's other female-fronted, house-loving outfit, Soft Metals, and NY's disco-house kings, Runaway.
As he evidenced in full on this year's wonderful Swim, Canadian music man Dan Snaith has equally soft spots for electronic-based dance music and summery psych-pop. His latest record as Caribou showcased a proclivity for the former, but Snaith sort of evens the playing field on this epic remix he's crafted for the UK's Silver Columns. The first half of his treatment for "Always On" is pure dancefloor brilliance à la Swim, and he even throws a bit of his own vocals into the mix. But as the track's nine minutes pass the halfway point, the house lights dim, the lava lamp flicks on, some hippie girl wearing a headband and a bikini top slowly waves her arms in the air, and things turn a bit more late-'60s. Caribou's remix culminates in a driving finale that—not unlike his excellent albums—demands repeated listens. (via FACT)
We've been lurking hard on the goings on in UK producer/label head Actress' musical world as of late, and it's gotten to a point where we'll hop on just about anything his name is tacked onto. Apparently, that includes bootleg remixes from admiring fellow beatmakers, like this one from a recent signee to Daedelus' Magical Properties label, My Dry Wet Mess (pictured above). The Barcelona-based producer beefs up the original track's brooding nature into something far better suited for club excursions, but without losing the emotive sensibilities of Actress' slow-burning melodies. Hell, MDWM even adds an extra bit of soulful synth melody to the frantic ending of his "Maze" rework, as if the busy track needed any more ideas.
UK production duo Zombie Disco Squad contributed this futuristic house number to the forthcoming retrospective compilation from Berlin's Man Recordings label. The release, entitled Valeu!, spans five years over the course of 13 tracks from the likes of Schlachthofbronx, Crookers, Edu K, and label head Daniel Haaksman. Lucas Hunter and Nate Self, the two Squad members who happened to have hooked up an XLR8R podcast nearly a year ago, enlisted the Portuguese-speaking microphone skills of one MC Oscar for their track, an addition that pairs well with the marimba, tropical rhythms, infectious basslines, and Fever Ray-esque synth tones prevalent in "Dança Do Zumbi." Here's hoping the rest of Valeu! follows suit when it drops September 6.
For his unreleased one-off remix of "Me Gusto," by masked San Antonio producer Mexicans With Guns (pictured above), self-proclaimed 'raverton' DJ/tunesmith Toy Selectah gave the erratic original a taste of his hyped-up club-ready sonics, of course served with a heavy dose of bouncing Latin rhythms. At times, the Monterrey-based party starter's tune reaches levels of busyness and noisiness on par with his Texan neighbor's original, but Selectah nonetheless remains focused on objective numero uno: delivering booming dance beats tailor-made for the world's dancefloor throngs. You can catch more collaborative goodness from Mexicans With Guns and Toy Selectah on a 7" coming this winter on Friends of Friends. (via FACT)
Jon Hopkins and Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) appear to have a sweet little exchange going on lately. Hopkins recently give Four Tet's "Angel Echoes," from this year's beautiful There Is Love in You album, a good overhaul, and now Mr. Hebden has applied his subtle beats and bubbling melodies to the former's Insides track, "Vessel." The tune starts out a bit darker than most Four Tet productions, but evolves into something more recognizable about a minute and a half in. Under his quietly shuffling dance beat, a fast-paced synth melody percolates monotonously while bits of piano, strings, and tastefully warped samples begin to rise to the surface. It takes longer than seven minutes for Hebden's remix to finish its course, but the time spent going full-circle (and back again) is time well spent, thanks to the song's meticulous orchestration. The song appears on Hopkins' new Remixes 12", which also features a Nathan Fake re-working of his song "Wire." Jon Hopkins and Four Tet are also on tour together now. Check out those dates here.
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