Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth are undoubtedly the contemporary band most deserving of a Tom Moulton mix: the group's powerful soul sound, led by three lead vocalists, recalls the heady days when soul and the new disco sound were often indistinguishable from each other. Tom Moulton stretches "Don't Take My Shadow" in all of the right spots, letting its Philly International stylings breathe—the strings alone are intoxicating in their repetitions. The piece is taken from the group's upcoming record on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, titled The Outsiders Are Back.
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Known as one of the founding members of the Shinkoyo music collective as well as a resident at Brooklyn's Paris London West Nile performance space, Zeljko McMullen (pronounced 'zhel-ko') has recently been returning to the dance forms of his youth. But rather than producing dark, hard techno tracks that hurry along at ungodly speeds, McMullen's Wish project has a brighter feeling. "trippelette," for example, is a shimmering number featuring warm bass tones, astoundingly multi-layered synth polyrhythms, and watery, high-frequency tinklings. Like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the piece is bound to make it onto stereo systems as warmer weather approaches. For more information as well as other tracks from the Wish project and Shinkoyo, check out his artist page.
San Francisco's B. Bravo has been keeping busy lately with the recent unveiling of his Computa Love EP for Frite Nite, not to mention his recent acceptance, along with the likes of Appleblim, Clark, Hudson Mohawke, Daedelus, Oneman, and Untold, into the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 in London. Here, he pilfers the hook, along with a few other elements, from '90s R&B jam "Swing My Way" by K.P. & Envyi for his bootleg remix of the same name. Bravo's production slows the tempo down a bit, introduces plenty of swirling synths, and gives the vocals a heavy dose of spacey reverb—transforming the one hit wonder into a future-boogie anthem.
After relocating from Chicago to Brooklyn, Brad Loving, who produces instrumental electronic tunes under the name Lobisomem, composed and recorded the varying elements which make up his upcoming Brightest Solids EP. Taken from that EP, "Plasma Is For Lovers" is a choice cut of Loving's loosely structured songwriting, which he creates digitally before dedicating it to tape and tweaking it further, and showcases a playful style of electronic production akin to the likes of E*Vax or Dntel scoring a kid's version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Brightest Solids EP is out February 23 on Tall Corn.
It's a tall order to remix this classic ghetto-house track from Chicago's DJ Deeon, but if anyone is up to the task, it is Brenmar (pictured above) from Brooklyn outfit These Are Powers. He speeds the piece up a bit, adds some frenetic secondary percussion, and takes the original's vocal to the cutting-room floor, delaying it along the way. And with the remix making appearances in banging sets by XLR8R favorites Bok Bok and Ikonika, among others, there are plenty of reasons to blast this remix loud.
At the end of March, veteran trip-hop producer Bonobo will be releasing Black Sands, his fourth album. In the meantime, he's let the world munch on "Eyesdown," a sultry offering highlighted by a soulful vocal turn from Andreya Triana. Even more to our liking is this remix from London-based duo Warrior One, who crank up the tempo, swap out the original's trip-hop haze for a lively UK funky shuffle, and chop Triana's vocals to hypnotic perfection. Also featuring remixes from Floating Points and Appleblim, the "Eyesdown" single is sure to be a hot commodity for all those insistent on slurping up the new sounds of London. (Consider us guilty as charged.)
Poirier's latest release is a collaboration with Spanish-speaking MC and fellow Montreal resident Boogat, and the EP is packed full of throbbing remixes from the likes of Uproot Andy, El Remolón, and Douster. Here, the reggaeton-inspired track gets the treatment from Argentina's Lagartijeando, who keeps the original's dancehall stems but pumps up the bass and adds some seriously jamming secondary synth harmonies. Take these tweaks and pair them with an explosive loop-based peak and you have dancefloor gold. Poirier's Las Americas V.1 EP drops tomorrow.
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