In the fine tradition of remixing female singer-songwriters' lovely originals into club bangers, The Juan Maclean has completely transformed Via Tania's majestic "Fields" into a floor-filling, ass-shaking slice of tech-house gold. Using only the choicest stems of Via Tania's purring vocals, angular guitar work, and quirky percussion, there is certainly something of Radioslave here, and perhaps even a bit of Nima Gorji's "Hopp Hopp," a 2009 track which liberally sampled traditional gypsy music. Like all good techno, the changes are slight, unexpected, and completely mind-melting. It would behoove any DJ to play this if they want to see a dancefloor explode, especially given the piece's stunning, washed-out apex. If you're in the mood to see the folksy stylings of Via Tania with backing band Seabear, then head to SXSW this week!
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The powerhouse duo of Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime (a.k.a. Dudley Perkins) join up with Kazi on this seriously funkified track. The Black Milk-produced track features a dusty, shuffling beat with an ethereal piano loop riding over it all, conjuring the sort of spacey hip-hop journey that has become Muldrow and Perkins' trademark.
Jahcoozi certainly knows how to put the dub in dubstep, as is evidenced by this edit of "Barefoot Dub." Filled with delayed horn samples, lazer stabs, wonky percussion, and gut-rumbling bass, the track is a true cross-genre pollination. Some acid squelch and lovely female vocals reminiscent of Martina Topley-Bird round out the track, making for a perfect mix with anything from the newest funky banger to a Maxinquaye-era Tricky slice. Jahcoozi's new album, Barefoot Wanderer, will be released on April 19.
Last fall, LA duo Rainbow Arabia remixed a song from Pictureplane, and now the bedazzled, Denver-based artist has returned the favor. Taken from an upcoming free remix EP, Pictureplane's version of "Kabukimono" slows down the original, running Rainbow Arabia's electro-exoticism through a gritty, lo-fi filter and ultimately creating something with a little more punch. You could say that this is art-school-warehouse-global-lo-fi-rave-bass music, but that sounds like a fucking nightmare. This song is actually good.
New York's The Golden Filter sound like a mid-'80s Italo band with an icy Nordic gloss, particularly on "Hide Me," which channels Doctors Cat's anthemic qualities as much as Annie's synthetic love-pop. Arpeggiated bass propels the track, with lush pads and tinkling melodic flourishes riding on the same wavelengths as vocalist Penelope's thin, breathy vocals. With extensive tour dates coming up, including an multiple performances at SXSW this week, The Golden Filter are ready to take the synth-pop world by storm.
So Ariel Pink unveiled a new song today, and it's currently locked in a battle to the death with the new Lady Gaga video for the crown of "which internet thing have we been forwarded the most today?" Looks like the Gag-ster is going to win that battle since even our moms are freaking out about it, but take heart, Ariel Pink fans—there's no shame in second place. "Round and Round" comes from a new 7" that will be released on April 26, and is also slated to make an appearance on the forthcoming, as-yet-untitled Ariel Pink and the Haunted Graffiti album. Oh yeah, in case you're wondering what it sounds like, Mr. Pink has turned up the production quality and busted out with a psychedelic '70s, multipart-harmony, Partridge-Family-pop vibe. Groovy.
Though "MIDI Drift" is said to be born of a video concept involving corporate offices, a KGB-involved vixen, and a pair of Camrys, the actual sounds on the track by production duo Games are far more heart-on-sleeve than erotic espionage. The team—made up of Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford of Tigercity—immediately presents us with a host of synths that seem to plead for us to shower them with love and attention. The flurry gives way to a standard dance beat and bouncing bass synth to set the track's groove before smoothly chopped vocal samples and another host of vintage synth tones come back to carry away the rest of our affections.
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