London's A.G. Cook has been enlisted to deliver a twisted, hilarious, knocking, and sort of crazy remix to close out DJ DJ Booth's (yes, that is actually his handle) forthcoming Todd Edwards Falling Down The Stairs EP for Slugabed's Activia Benz imprint. Reworking the record's somewhat relaxed "Heaven" track, A.G. Cook spins together an 808-minded effort that pulses at an accelerated pace and is occasionally enhanced by a smooth set of electric piano notes and re-pitched flute samples, but what really sets the track apart is its vocal contribution—a helium-lifted, tongue-in-cheek, stream-of-consciousness quasi-rap that covers everything from cheap drinks, trying on clothes, sending emails, and running through genre names. DJ DJ Booth's full Todd Edwards Falling Down The Stairs EP will see an official release on November 25.
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London-via-Los Angeles DJ/producer Urulu (pictured above) is well versed in the finding a track's sweet spot in and building a dynamic arrangement around it. And that's certainly true of his latest edit, a subtle-but-confident reinterpretation of Danish duo Quadron's soulful "LFT" single. Urulu transitions from a sweetly filtered introduction into a warm, entrancing groove that highlights the the carefree vocal and hypnotic bassline. "LFT (Urulu's Reinterpretation)" will surely sit comfortably alongside the ever-increasing number of "pop-house" hits that have been flooding dancefloors.
British newcomer Manse is a perfect fit for the ever-experimental dance imprint Opal Tapes. Both have a tendency to warp the dancefloor into a more cerebral environment, and the title track from Manse's forthcoming Lying in Wait cassette for the label exhibits that style in full. "Lying in Wait" is a blistering techno cut surrounded by guttural soundscapes and sanitized bleeps, with buoying kicks and tumultuous FX assaulting the ears from every angle. The rest of Manse's six-track release is set to drop sometime next month.
With its latest release, the Awesome Tapes from Africa label has again done what it does best—reissuing a largely undiscovered gem of decades-old African music, this time in the form of Penny Penny's 1994 debut Shaka Bundu. Pulled from the eight-track affair is "Dance Khomela," a house-minded dancefloor workout which adds airy organs, MIDI saxophone melodies, sharp piano chords, and chanted vocals to its steady drum-machine skip. The results are as genuinely fun and carefree as a South African house tune from 1994 should be, and one featured on yet another record which lives up to the name of its label—except for the fact that Shaka Bundu is actually currently available as a CD, LP, and in digital form, rather than just the usual cassette.
It's only been a week since we heard Oslo producer Snasen's reworking of Janka Nabay's "Somebody," and he's already back with yet another remix. This time, the source material comes from Los Angeles-based "sci-fi duo" The Deep and its "Singular Silence" single, a track that utilizes some lo-bit, grinding percussion sounds and an upfront female vocal to create an eerie atmosphere. Snasen chooses to go straight for the core on his version, as he pulls away the lead vocal and raw surroundings until the track is left with an efficiently svelte rhythmic center. The shuffle of an added kick drum and an ethereal synthline complete the transformation, as Snasen pushes "Singular Silence" into a cold-but-intriguing new light.
Living up to its name, Brooklyn duo Mind Dynamics delivers a proper brain fuck with "Praise Hi," a cut from the outfit's forthcoming EP for Canadian label 1080p. On this particular outing, the pair pieces together more of a sound composition than an outright tune, uncovering a dense world of modulating electronics, buried vocals, and abstract rhythms which all ooze and shift in order to culminate into one beautiful, uncompromising mess—or as the label so finely puts it, "an all out distrodian [Ed. note: ??] frenzy." "Praise Hi" is set to appear alongside five other efforts full of similarly melted electronics when Mind Dynamic's forthcoming Precision Instruments cassette drops on December 3.
London producer Otik proved himself adept at creating house tracks that fall on the silky side of the spectrum when he sent over his "Thugluv" tune as a free download early this year. His latest, an eight-track EP entitled Persist (out on November 25), shows that he's equally capable working with a palette of raw, gritty sounds. Pulled from that release, "Green Tea" finds Otik juxtaposing a one-note, portamento synthline and chopped sample against a dirty hi-hat pattern. Its arrangement takes some unexpected detours, at times flirting with the type of underwater, modulated synth sounds that have become de rigueur recently, while nonetheless maintaining a steady flow.
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