Beginning with a minute of brooding synths and bells that could have been lifted directly from Silent Shout, then moving towards a more Jan Hammer circa Miami Vice vibe, Diamond Vampires' "The Mineral Room" eventually becomes a full-blown dark balearic track. Watery vocoded elements, killer kicks, and some secondary synth harmonies that scream late-night rave round out the piece, cementing the group's place among the non-chillwave crowd of newer electronic musicians making people dance. (Via 20JFG)
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One-man beatmaker and new Anticon signee Baths certainly knows how to keep things interesting, with tracks ranging from Dilla-like funk to this little summertime glo-fi gem. A nice shuffle is paired with enough noisy little squelches and secondary percussion to keep things interesting on "Hall," but it is perhaps the earworm of a vocal melody that serves as the piece's most winning trait: a soaring falsetto rides beautifully over acoustic guitar samples and synth knob-twists. Imagine the best sort of freak-folk remixed into something beat-heavy and palatable and you just might have "Hall."
The mere mention of Brooklyn-based dancehall MC Jahdan Blakkamoore's name is enough to get the XLR8R staff excited, so we were thrilled to see that Jahdan voiced several tracks on Concentric Circles, the new album from bass producer and fellow New Yorker Nate Mars. Also featuring guest vocals from artists such as Dub War resident Juakali and UK grime MC Nika D of Virus Syndicate, Concentric Circles finds Mars brewing up a low-end strain of dubstep that leans heavy on the dub. "Above & Beyond Dem" is a quality primer, as an AutoTuned Jahdan sings sweetly over a burping synth and low-end rumble.
If you're into Roscoe Dash and Soulja Boy's "All the Way Turnt Up"—and who isn't, judging by the way it's been booming from cars for months now—you'll truly appreciate A-Trak's version, which is a veritable mash of the ATL duo's lyrics and Claude von Stroke's "Vocal Chords." Die-hard techno heads will frown upon this track, but clubbers who enjoy some fun, ridiculous four-to-the-floor will definitely be slamming to this track in the coming weeks. Taken from A-Trak's upcoming Dirty South Dance 2 mixtape. (via The Fader)
The German-born DJ/producer Christoph Caominh (a.k.a. Caltrop) may release his music on the practically un-Googleable Portland-based Nude Photo Music label, but he calls the Bay Area home. His latest track for the imprint, "Good to See You," sounds like Caltrop traveling between the three locations. The motorik churn of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" is invoked while Caominh's brightly colored synths, calming melodies, and passing analog textures call to mind the beach cliffs and mountain tops seen on drives through the Pacific Northwest.
If there was any doubt in your mind that motorik space-disco was alive and well, Parisian quartet Chateau Marmont will certainly assuage such notions. The title track from the group's forthcoming second EP, Nibiru, is a pure Italo number, complete with arpeggiating synths, a driving beat, thick spacial electronics, and an ominous choir lurking behind it all. "Nibiru"'s pace remains constant throughout its five-minute runtime, but big key changes, plenty of instrumentation, and epic movements in the song's trajectory keep things fresh and interesting the whole time.
Looks like another candidate for "chillwave" act of the moment has come into view. London-based duo Visions of Trees has harnessed the blissful, reverb-soaked sonics necessary to put themselves in the running, a new sample of which is available here on the group's remix of Memory Tapes' jam "Green Knight." Dense atmosphere and plinking electronics engulf the original's piano melody and high-register vocal performance, but the muffled house beat which eventually overtakes the track helps bolster "Green Knight" into a tune you'd expect to hear at a dance party in your dreams. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
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