Before dropping his latest 12" for the UK's Saigon label on October 11, London-based DJ/producer Jeremy Duffy (a.k.a. Duffstep) sent over this unreleased track for us to share. "Over" is a shuffling dancefloor tune rife with loads of stabbing synth melodies, big filter washes, impenetrable atmosphere, and whole lot of the UK club scene's silky soul. The upbeat song's melodies may weigh in a bit heavy on the trance-y side of things, but Duffstep's production balances those hypnotic vibes with his buoyant, bubbling bassline and a certain subtlety and panache to his sound wrangling that eliminates the possibility of any regrettable trance-related cliches. Trancestep, anyone?
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Are you tired of pitch-shifted vocals yet? Yeah, neither are we, which makes songs like "Just for Me" by Manchester's xxxy even easier to enjoy. Taken from his recently released Every Step Forward EP, which you can purchase here, the song rolls along on a clap-heavy 2-step beat while crunchy synths fill out the aural experience. xxxy first caught our attention on Fabric's Elevator Music compilation at the start of 2010; songs like this one, not to mention his recent FACT mix (which is sadly no longer available), show that the young producer is living up to his promise.
A man of many monikers, Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Luomo a.k.a. Vladislav Delay a.k.a. Sistol a.k.a. Yung Patti a.k.a. Sasu F. Baby) is following up his latest release under the name Sistol, On the Bright Side (out now), with a large number of remixes and reworks of the album's glitchy, techno-leaning tunes. Hotflush label head and DJ/producer Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba, pictured above) took Ripatti's production and reformatted it to fit the dubby, ethereal, post-genre soundscapes he is wont to create. And whaddaya know—it's great. Soulful vocal melody blips, tantalizing vinyl crackles, filtered synths, smashing kicks, popping snares, and a strong undercurrent of bass all power Scuba's remix as it slowly builds from its disparate elements into an energetic whole ready to take over your favorite soundsystem's subwoofers. Scuba shares disc space on Sistol's handful of remix collections with FaltyDL, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Redshape, among others, which are also out now on Halo Cyan/Phthalo.
When writing about music, we often use the word "bounce" or "bouncing" to help describe the plethora of dance beats that make their way through the XLR8R office's many sets of ears. But were you to look up those words in some sort of online dictionary where music provided definitions, this rework of Sticky and Natalie Storm's "Look Pon Me" tune by el padre del moombahton, Dave Nada, would be there, waiting for you to hit the play button. Nada's thick groove is infectious to start, but once those vocals drop into the mix, things are taken to a whole new level of bounce; drop this track in your next DJ set and there won't be a still body in the room. Taking a break from producing the upcoming Nadastrom album with frequent partner in crime, Matt Nordstrom, the duo has embraced slower tempos and put together a new collection of moombahton remixes, edits, and reworks, calling it the Rum & Coke EP. Those six tracks are available now for free download, here.
Did you hear the podcast Boston's Soul Clap did for Resident Advisor this week? If you haven't, you really should. We'll wait... Okay, now that you're up to speed, here's a fresh cut from the duo that serves up more of the same kind of bubbly, disco-flavored filter-house. "Fallin' From the Sky" comes from a free EP of exclusive productions by the likes of No Regular Play, NavBox, and Death on the Balcony, which was curated by DJ/producers Charles Levine and Eli Goldstein, called The Clap & Friends FreE.P.. The free download was put together in light of the duo's impending take over of Fabric's Room Three this Saturday, September 18. Of their complimentary offering, Soul Clap says, "It's basically a compilation of some of our [and our friend's] favorite edits we played all summer that we want to share with you." On this track, they reworked Camp Lo's classic hip-hop jam "Luchini (a.k.a. This Is It)" into a slow-burning, deep tune barely recognizable from its original form. The rest of the FreE.P. closely follows suit, and you can download them all here.
Hot on the heels of dropping its debut LP, 7AM, which we've got streaming here, Oberlin's Teengirl Fantasy (pictured above) deliver this unique take on a tune by London/Berlin outfit The Chap. The duo's version of "Even Your Friend" is strikingly different from the fidgety pop of the genre-jumping original—it's all thick pads, synth filters, drum-machine percussion, floating melodies, and blurred-out vocal samples. There are a few blips of a recognizable baritone utterance from The Chap's song in the beginning, but that's the extent of an obvious connection, save for the title. But what else would you really expect from Teengirl Fantasy? Those fellas have been building their small-but-solid discography out of re-orienting pop tunes into their own hazy house format.
LA's femme-filled lo-fi-pop quartet Warpaint is gearing up to release its debut album, The Fool, on October 26 via Rough Trade, and this dreamy number is that record's first single. "Undertow" evokes many feelings and sounds in its four minutes. The song starts with a subdued drum beat, reverberated bass strums, and softly cooed vocals, bringing to mind the likes of early tunes from indie vets Mirah or Julie Doiron, but eventually turns into something more grandiose and cathartic like Warpaint's contemporaries Glasser or even Beach House. (Incidentally, that "What's a matter? / You hurt yourself?" lyric reminds us of Nirvana's "Polly" every time we hear it.) The comparisons may be simple and straightforward, but so is the music—and it should be. Warpaint exercises its right to employ a small number of instruments, play a handful of simple chords, and craft a song with four basic movements because it can do so and still fill "Undertow" to the brim with an emotion and immediacy that surpasses most acts attempting the same feat. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
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