On April 14, French-born, London-based Pierre LX (pictured above) will release a collection of largely improvised, on-the-fly house and UK bass productions titled Out 1. All of the tracks were made using hardware, a notable detail for an album made in free-form spurts. On this Enola remix of album cut "Winter Light," it sounds as if Enola kept with the analog aesthetic, using crackling metallic synths undeniably born out of a hot piece of machinery to drizzle them over the middle of the track. The only thing keeping this song from going to a factory warehouse in Berlin is a warm bed of high thread-count house drums and a friendly giant of a bassline. The album tracklist and cover art are below. Read more »
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The latest sub-busting number to drop from Philly bass cadet Dev79's hard drive and into our anxious ears is a cut the producer describes as "future garage meets street bass," called "In Grain We Trust." And while that may be an apt comparison, we'd like to note how much the Pennsylvania native's new track reminds us of early '00s Tigerbeat6 fare. The tweaked reggae samples, the 8-bit sound bytes, the obtuse bass tones, playful synth melodies, and the incessantly ear-slamming beats all bring us back to the kinds of warped, dancehall-inspired rave jams that label boss Miguel De Pedro (a.k.a. Kid606) had a lengthy affair with back then. Dev79 does the sound justice and then some on this hyped-up title track from his new release. You can check out the rest of the In Grain We Trust EP (pictured above) over on Juno, here.
On March 21, rising Berlin producer Mike Dehnert will release his first full-length via forward-thinking techno label Delsin. Framework will feature 11 songs (see below for full tracklist and sleeve), including this infectious heater. There is no shortage of analog grit on this one, as the bass pops as hard as the claps and an ominous, infrequent robot growl is raw like exposed wires. All of this may satisfy one's reasonable techno expectations, but a subtle, watery melody makes this track truly dynamic, stealthily putting itself in the foreground as it oscillates in the background. Read more »
Earlier this month, LA duo Rainbow Arabia (pictured above) released its debut full-length, Boys and Diamonds, and since then, the requisite trickle of bootleg remixes have been coming down the wire. Featured a couple weeks back for his free debut album, South Carolina's Hard Mix gets on Rainbow Arabia single "Without You," transforming it into something only vaguely resembling the original. What Hard Mix leaves out from the original is easily made up by his own heartsick interpretation of how it might feel to be "without you," as he twists and turns the original's vocal into painful, restless contortions. In contrast, Hard Mix grounds the mix in glistening melody and languid slow-mo house worthy of post-rain gardens or spaceship shower music. (via Pitchfork)
The Parisian party-starters of High Powered Boys just unleashed their latest tune offering to the gods of high-quality club music, the four-track Udon / Work EP. The duo's two original productions are paired with remixes from Julio Bashmore and Tom Trago to flesh out the release, all of which you can preview here. And courtesy of the Sound Pellegrino label, we're giving you a free download of one of those a-sides, the hyperactive, sax-infused "Udon." Now, we're sure everyone is aware of how easily a bleating brass instrument can turn tracks horribly wrong, but producers Bobmo and Surkin made this sax work well for them by keeping it simple and smooth. After the staccato beats, intoxicating sound effects, hyped-up vocal samples, and deep synth pads of "Udon" work out some next-level house grooves, a sultry sax hook descends upon your ears, and offers a short reprieve from the rhythmic assault before High Powered Boys launch the track straight back into the stratosphere. You can sample more of that magic in the duo's awesome Rippin' Off Canvas Mix, below. Read more »
This slice of deep house comes courtesy of UK-based producer/DJ Simon Baker, whose debut album, Traces, comes out today. "L Train," the second cut from the LP, finds the Leeds producer mining the deeper regions of a funky bassline and pairing it with a sped-up electro beat. As the track's rhythm section happily rolls along, Baker creates vast atmospheres of epicly long pads and gurgling synth swells that pop up here and there along with sharply chopped vocal phrases and glimpses of cascading piano. Although his new record is said to bounce between the club and the more headphone-oriented side of house, rest assured that "L Train" definitely falls in the former category, as we can't imagine it would have any trouble getting a dancefloor moving.
The folks at Scion A/V have teamed up with Rhonda International, the label arm of LA's "polysexual" disco/house night A Club Called Rhonda, to release a new EP (artwork above) for "Return to Me," a new track produced by Marc Kinchen, who's perhaps better known simply as the highly influential '90s dance hit machine MK. Amongst the five remixes of the B.C. x Delivery tune that grace the EP is this classic house-inspired take from GODDOLLARS, which just might be the most faithful to MK's classic sound. Piano reigns king as a handful of chopped chords bounce atop skittering hi-hats and a thumping kick drum, but aside from the eventual mid-section synth breakdown, B.C. x Delivery's vocal is the song's co-star, taking center stage without much accompaniment and longingly belting out a lonely plea in '90s freestyle fashion. This remix, along with the original and remixes from Munk, Art of Tones, and SFVacid, can be found on the forthcoming Return to Me EP.
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