For our purposes, Spark is a young, up-and-coming UK pop artist, but for UK wunderkind producer and Hessle Audio co-owner Ramadanman's purposes, she is a voice worth slicing and dicing to pair with hypnotic drums and musical triangle melodies. Percussion is unquestionably Ramadanman's biggest strength, his Ramadanman EP an absolute tour de force in drum samples, and everything since has been no less mesmerizing. (via Sonic Router).
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Between his incessant Twitter feed, lengthy Ustream broadcasts, unloading of free tracks online, random guest appearances, and the like, 2010 has turned out to be quite an unconventionally big year for UK grime icon Wiley. We say "unconventionally big" because, despite not releasing a proper album and only one official single, Wiley seems to have popped up on everyone's radar multiple times throughout the year. Continuing in that fashion, Wiley delivers this fresh tune, which he recorded while spending some time in Jamaica (incidentally, what happened to the Ustreams from that trip?). Wiley is in top form as he spits his whirlwind verse over producer Prodigal's banging, brand-new Showa Eski Riddim—waxing somewhat nonsensical for a large part of his stream-of-consciousness flow, but we wouldn't take our Eskiboy any other way. Read more »
Over the last year or so, LA's beat scene has swelled to include a whole host of producers, many of whom are already releasing full-length albums. However, there are also plenty of producers elsewhere in the world working in similar sonic territory. Hailing from France, Fulgeance has been making hip-hop-inflected electronic music since 2007's Chico EP, the first in a series of releases for Musique Large that will eventually culminate in a full-length album. Read more »
Travelling further into his otherworldly house music psyche, DJ/producer Matt Cutler has an eight-track release coming soon through his own Magic Wire label, Lone's Emerald Fantasy Tracks. Before he drops that double-vinyl set on November 29, Cutler has shared the hyped-up first jam of that collection's second half. "Re-Schooling" is reminiscent of Lone's earlier forays into classic-house-inspired dance tunes, the "Pineapple Crush" and "Angel Brain" tracks in particular, with its incessant four-on-the-floor beats and bouncing rave hooks, not to mention Cutler's own trademark woozy synth melodies and heavily compressed radio haze. This new one sticks confidently to its guns, delivering three and a half minutes of infectiously energetic dance grooves, the likes of which we wouldn't mind hearing more of at our favorite club nights. (via FACT)
Dubstep isn't exactly known as a girl-friendly music scene, but that hasn't stopped 8Bitch (a.k.a. Maya Medvesek) from getting into the game. The producer splits her time between London and Glasgow, and on November 29 she'll be releasing the Equinox EP, a 4-track offering that touches on futuristic blap, UK garage, R&B, and even classic mid-'90s Warp experimentalism. We can't share those tunes quite yet, but the folks at Seed—who will be officially celebrating the release at the label's 10th birthday party on November 27 in London—have offered up this remix of "Orpheus" by Claude Speeed of Scottish trio American Men. While 8Bitch's original effectively combines rapid-fire drums with pastoral ambience, the remix mellows things out with some fuzzy synths and wistful melodies that sound as though they were equally inspired by '80s teen films and video games—it's like M83 in a dubstep template, although that sounds like a terrible idea and this song is actually pretty great.
LA gets a bad rap sometimes. Between Hollywood d-bags, wannabe starlets, and the ungodly traffic, it's pretty easy to dump on on the City of Angels. But not everyone feels that way; all year long, Irish imprint All-City has been gradually releasing a 10-part series of 10-inches devoted to the funky sounds of the LA underground. The latest installment, L.A. #7, comes from neo-boogie champ Dam-Funk and his Master Blazter compatriot Computer Jay. "Phantom" comes from Computer Jay's side of the vinyl, and the instrumental tune snakes along with a bit of a G-funk vibe. The drums pop, the synths reach for the cosmos, and the whole thing emits a strong "not in any kind of a fucking hurry" vibe, even though the track barely cracks the two-minute mark. Gangster indeed.
Quickly ascending established house music heights with releases on Wolf + Lamb, Vitalik, and Infine, London's jozif has paired up with Fabric resident Craig Richards on a label entitled Fist or Finger— the idea being that jozif's big room sound represents the "Fist" while Richards' more experimental take is the "Finger." The label's first release, jozif's own "Beats In Space," came out earlier this month as a run of 300 limited-edition vinyl. The b-side features Richards' sparse deconstruction of jozif's funkified original, an intersection that is more fully realized on this free download of jozif's re-working of "Musak," which features timid, harrowing vocals from singer Zeska and an ominous synth line that seems antithetical to the track's unassuming drums.
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