Though many have claimed that artists like Justice are heirs to the throne of the French Touch sound, when producers like Meroz are hooking us with tracks like "Trump," it's hard to take such claims seriously. With an equal amount of Thomas Bangalter and Ian Pooley coming through, this slice of funked electro is the sort of thing that makes you want to drive really fast along a sunny beach—perhaps the piece's only setback is that it doesn't feature a sexy vocal sample, like Room 5's Oliver Cheatham-infused "Make Luv." Still, "Trump" is a certifiable summertime gem.
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The noisy, post-punky skronk made by railcars (a.k.a. Aria Jalali) isn't exactly the kind of music XLR8R usually covers, but he's just released a new remix EP that seriously piqued our interest. Jalali enlisted friends like No Age, White Rainbow, and Xiu Xiu to rework a couple of tracks from his recent Cathedral With No Eyes album, and is now offering the entire eight-song EP as a free download. This version by fellow Los Angeles oddballs Lucky Dragons swaps out some of the original's fuzzy sonics for airy casio beats and a playfully psychedelic feel.
Poland has recently emerged as one of the hotbeds of exciting young European producers, and with this fierce funky collaboration from Krakow's Teezy and Zeppy, there's even more evidence of an electronic renaissance in the former Soviet bloc country. "MTP Riddim" features sick tribal percussion, electro-funk bass stabs, and a menacingly hooky melodic line. Both producers are also featured individually on Top Billin's now-available PL Funky EP—which includes tracks getting love from the likes of luminaries such as Bok Bok, Ikonika, and Jackmaster—and if you're digging these sounds, there's also an amazing mix of mostly Polish funky producers available for free download at the Top Billin site.
Here, San Francisco's Kush Arora takes his own track to the next level, editing down "Humidifier" to a dark, Indo-Caribbean bass piece, replete with congas, West Indian percussive elements, and Indian wind sounds. Though some of the original's watery atmospherics remain, lending the piece even more exotic flair, the edit definitely does its job at pulling the piece into the cavernous, sweaty world of the club. Speaking of which, the third anniversary edition of Arora's Surya Dub party is coming up May 29 with special guest Poirier, and he's prepared a funky bashment mix to celebrate, which you can grab here.
For its next installment of the ongoing series of 10" records dedicated to LA's ever-growing beat scene, Ireland's All City label has brought together two Detroit expats who now call the Southern California metropolis home. Half of the release belongs to House Shoes, and one of his two contributions, "Newports," is quite the head-knocker. As the booming kick and snare makes your speakers rattle, the smooth guitar and vocal samples set up a melodic groove while subtle bass tones rumble underneath. You can cop the rest of House Shoes' 10" with Jordan Rockswell when it's released later this month.
Though most have heard his work through remixes from the likes of Joker and L-Vis 1990, the original of "Princess" shows that UK songwriter Primary 1 certainly knows how to craft a pristine electro-pop love song. Utilizing the track's melodic synth stems that are perfect for a remixer, 2-step legend MJ Cole attacks the original with much aplomb, transforming the synths into punchy, squelchy melodies that ride above a nice garage beat. Primary 1's vocals are cut up just enough, and breakdowns are in all the right spots. Sharing some sonic similarities with records from Ed Banger and Kitsuné, this remix is sure to get lots of love from a diverse range of DJs this summer. (via FADER).
Given DFA staple Gavin Russom's rap sheet, a remix from the producer clocking in just under seven minutes is more like a quick sketch than a fully formed idea. Still, the shorter format seems to work well for him. Russom gave "Monodrama"—by fellow analog space-disco enthusiasts Chateau Marmont—that special proto touch we've come to love from his Black Meteoric Star and The Crystal Ark projects. Wavering staccato synth melodies waft above a simple reverberated drum-machine beat as pulsing bass lurks somewhere in the middle of it all. The original version of "Monodrama" is featured on Chateau Marmont's forthcoming EP for Institubes, Nibiru. You can also check out the release's title track here.
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