Throughout 2010, Irish record store turned label, All-City Records, has been putting out a series of 10-inches dedicated to LA's prolific producer/beat scene and recently dropped the seventh installment, a joint effort between Dam-Funk and Computer Jay. We already shared "Phantom" from Computer Jay's side of the vinyl, and now we can pass along a selection from Dam-Funk's half of the record. "3012 Love Affair" is a remarkably appropriate title for the song, as it really does sound like he is madly in love with his synthesizers. A smooth and funky rhythm track floats along for the better part of the five-and-a-half-minute song and lays the foundation for Dam-Funk to go apeshit on some keyboards, basically soloing the entire time. That's not to say that this is some sort of self-indulgent effort; listening to him solo is just as rewarding for us, the listeners, as it is for him.
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While the label's music may conjure romantic notions of tropicana-beats and sunny origins, early tropical adopters Dutty Artz began their New York Tropical parties admist the frigid winter of 2008. Hosted by Dutty Artz founding fathers DJ Rupture, Matt Shadetek, and Geko Jones. and lasting just over a year, their New York Tropical party was a bright moment in underground New York nightlife, featuring music and guests from every imaginable part of the globe. In honor of these formative events, Dutty Artz has put together a compilation of Dutty Artz in-house producers, as well as music from the likes of Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, DJ Orion, and Colombia's Lido Pimienta. The New York Tropical compilation is out now, and Dutty Artz has been kind enough to offer a free sample in the form of "Sunshine City," a collaborative effort between Matt Shadetek and Lamin Fofana. The track pits the depth of hollow steel-drum samples and wind chimes against the bright surface of digital dancehall blips and a galloping, 2-steppy beat. To celebrate the release of New York Tropical, DJ Rupture recently did a mix for Tom Ravenscroft's BBC radio show. A download link and the full tracklisting are available after the jump. Read more »
On November 22, DJ/producer Leo Zero will release the first installment of a new mix series to be released on Strut, called Disconnect. The central theme for these mix albums is DJs exploring the "darker side" of their expansive libraries of music, and that's precisely what Zero does with his selections—tunes that range from Brian Eno & John Cale to Can to Basement 5. Here, we have another example of moody dance music from the forthcoming mix, an old-school Balearic jam circa 1990 from Italy's The Countach. "My Oasis" isn't exactly "dark," as the song pushes a high-flying female chorus and neon guitar licks next to its pulsing four-on-the-floor, but there are certainly some serious vibes mixed into the toned-down Miami Beach-disco motif. You can check out what other tracks make it onto Zero's Disconnect mix after the jump. Read more »
Canadian DJ/producer Milt Mortez has been wowing his fellow mixmasters—and the club-goers that love them—with this excitable dancefloor smasher since it first appeared on Discobelle's Turned On Vol. 1 compilation earlier this year. Late last month, Finnish party-tune hub Top Billin dropped the cut, alongside three other Mortez productions, on the Pluto EP, which you can stream the entirety of here. "Pluto" is massive and overwhelming on all fronts; the beats thump with a spritely bounce despite their low-end heaviness, the myriad synths swell and squeal in your ears from all directions, and the unexpected vocal drops are often cut short to make room for another jaunt of booming dance rhythms.
Not that it would ever come down to it, but if we had to choose between them, we'd take this new Suicide-inspired tune from James Pants over M.I.A.'s Suicide re-appropriating "Born Free" any day. Unlike the neo-diva, eccentric producer Pants doesn't take the seminal duo's actual synth riffs and drum-machine beats for his brand-new "Darlin'" tune, but it's hard to think of him looking further than Suicide's upbeat minimalism for the thick and fuzzy soundscape that envelops the electro-poppy number. Even his hushed, distant croon sounds a bit like Alan Vega on (more) pills, but the ghostly "ohs" of his lady friend in the background and the distorted wash of synth/guitar melodies that accompany them certainly gives "Darlin'" a fresh slant. It's a new, interesting direction for the Stones Throw recording artist, and one we wouldn't mind hearing more of when his next album, Love Kraft, drops in April 2011.
Here we have another selection from Brooklyn-by-way-of-Michigan producer Shigeto's recently released full-length album for Ghostly, Full Circle. Part fractured hip-hop, part free-form jazz, part ambient collage, and part Ableton tomfoolery, "Brown Eyed Girl" is as dense with ideas of electronic music's future as it is lushly adorned with familiar vintage sonics. The super-compressed, shuffling rhythm at the center of Shigeto's production is surrounded by twinkling chimes, airy synth melodies, and a bit of textural white noise for most of its runtime, never really veering far from the main compositional idea. Instead of constantly changing its trajectory, "Girl" flips its beats, samples, and melodic elements to and fro with an orchestrated nonchalance—the equivalent of a ramshackle jazz combo from another universe jammin' just because.
Jali Bakary Konteh doesn't make kwaito. He's not even from South Africa. He hails from Western Africa—Gambia, to be exact—and specializes in playing the kora, a 21-stringed lute instrument. Earlier this year, he released the Konteh Kunda album via Akwaaba, and now the label has followed that up with a new EP of remixes, available for purchase here. This version of "Combination" comes courtesy of German bloggers Hat+Hoodie, who have put their extensive knowledge of tropical bass to work and given the song a distinctly kwaito flavor. The house-like beat skips along, the synth melodies twist and turn, and the bass bounces with aplomb. Hat+Hoodie may be mixing and matching African genres, but it's hard to argue with the results.
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