Four-piece production outfit C.R.S.T. (pictured above) has been getting its fair share of spins in the XLR8R offices lately (maybe you caught the Girl Unit remix of the quartet's "The Bells" track in our Celebration of Curation mix?), so we were pretty excited to see that the Welsh music makers were included on the remix EP for "After Dark" by The Count & Sinden. Preceding the release of that duo's debut full-length, Mega Mega Mega, which you can actually stream in full right now over on FACT, C.R.S.T. re-oriented "After Dark" from disco-inspired house-party music to a burning UK funky number built almost entirely of bass and bounce and demanding the finest in nightclub soundsystems. More remixes of the track from Buraka Som Sistema and Oliver Twizt are also featured on the After Dark Remixes EP, out now.
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Excuse the potty humor, but we've been more or less shitting ourselves (rimshot!) over the debut record finally coming from Dublin's DFA mainstay, Shit Robot. We shared TBD's remix of "I Found Love" just last month, and now we are pleased to bring you the original version of that cut from From the Cradle to the Rave. Shit Robot's track is a straightforward disco-leaning burner with a host of synth timbres that all harken back to the soundtracks of late-'70s sci-fi flicks. If this is just how producer Markus Lambkin's long-awaited album gets started, we're sure to have plenty more solid dance tunes to work with come September 21.
The Pacific Northwest's synth-pop maestro extraordinaire, Copy, is back with a brand-new album of romantically charged music made in the bedroom for the dancefloor. Before Hard Dream hits retailers, we've got an exclusive first taste of the forthcoming record with the track "Breakfast." The shimmering instrumental showcases producer Marius Libman continuing work with his brand of playful-yet-somber electronic music, crafting the song's solid backbone with a poignant bassline and straightforward dance beat before adorning the rest of its five minutes with a number of melodic, analog tones. If you spent endless hours of your youth parked in front of side-scrolling adventures games on your NES, then this song will definitely light up your brain's nostalgia region. It should be safe to assume the rest of Copy's ten-track third album will follow suit, but we'll just have to patiently wait for September 21 to roll around to find out.
Bristol-based DJ/producer Kanji Kinetic just dropped the Thrill Seeka EP, a fresh release of club-appropriate bass music on Chrissy Murderbot's Sleazetone label. The record's title track is an energetic future-house tune with all the fixins; a skittering dance beat, pitch-shifted vocal samples, super-juiced basslines, and just the slightest touch of synth melody. For the most part, "Thrill Seeka" is a pretty atonal number that relies more on various sound effects to color in the parts where many producer's would place melodic elements. So the few times Kinetic does drop in the song's rave-y synth hook, it adds a completely unexpected and welcome layer to an already great dance track. You can hear more of the five-song EP, including the Kingdom and Krazy Fiesta remixes of this tune, over on the Sleazetone Soundcloud page.
Today, one of our favorite new labels, Local Action, dropped the debut effort from NY tunesmith Svpreme Fiend, the Killer EP. (You can actually purchase the vinyl here.) Though this track isn't from that hotly tipped release, "Heartache VIP" holds the same cold, lovelorn aesthetic as the four songs that did make it onto the record. Comparisons to Burial, Zomby, or Joy Orbison may have reached levels of redundancy at this point, but for Svpreme Fiend, they remain apt. As this track and the new EP show, the elusive producer has quite effortlessly joined the ranks of post-garage music's finest.
What's most exciting about the LA-based artists, like Oscar McClure, matthewdavid, and others, on the Leaving Records roster is their seemingly insatiable urge to turn their hometown's electronic music scene on its head. While McClure focuses primarily on the textures of his beat music and label head David writes tunes sounding like an R&B hit submerged underwater, yuk. takes a more straightforward route with his compositions, but he makes them sound like they come from a time and place you've never even heard of. In the same vein as Flying Lotus or Shlohmo, "adept-ation for Dev"—and the rest of the album it comes from, A D W A—is a Dilla-referencing beat suite set among birdsong, inundated with vinyl crackle, washed over with lo-fi fuzz, and compressed into oblivion. This production doesn't just sound like it came from another era; it might have been made on another planet.
So apparently, a few dudes from Glasgow—who happen to be buds with the LuckyMe gang—got together to start a music blog, which, they say, "[is] built on a shared love for strange electronic music, new technologies, gadgets and Chris Morris." A large number of well-regarded posts later, and the burgeoning music hub, called Phuturelabs, has decided to start a record label. For the first release, Phuturelabs is dropping a two-song offering from elusive UK producer Wira, one track of which we've got here. A-side tune "Vloeitjes" is a shuffling number full of undulating low-frequency, hollow percussion sounds, and a bounce uncharacteristic of such a moody piece of dance music. You can snag this production and its companion piece, "Playground," in 320kpbs MP3 format from the Phuturelabs website on September 13.
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