London duo Allez-Allez are getting ready to release the Hideous Racket EP later this month, so they slid us this "Weird Science" remix as a little teaser. While the original version—the video for which stars the freakiest mannequins ever—is fueled by filtered guitar tones and pulsing keys over a slow-motion disco beat, Wesley Matsell takes things in an even spacier direction. One of the stable of melodically minded acts on James Holden's Border Community label, Matsell makes the melodies extra bright, leaning hard on some wonderfully warm, arpeggiating synths. It's a trippy journey we're more than happy to take.
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Gyptian's "Hold Yuh" is arguably the biggest dancehall tune of 2010, so the recent rash of reworks isn't exactly surprising. A few weeks back we posted a bumping tropical bass version courtesy of Los Rakas and Uproot Andy, and now we've got our mitts on this Major Lazer remix. It appears that Diplo and Switch have taken the song's infectious piano melodies and run them through the Robin S. "Show Me Love" machine. The result definitely skews toward the heyday of girls in bicycle shorts shaking it on MTV's The Grind, not that we're mad at that. Speaking of mad, Diplo was a little perturbed by our recent commentary on his collaboration with Tiësto. Can we just hug it out dude? Don't you see? We like you, we really like you! (via Pitchfork)
Seattle duo Splatinum consists of a couple of goofballs (Andrew Luck and Adam Houghton) who love 8-bit sounds, big bass, and crunked-up vibes. As such, it's entirely fitting that the latest Splatinum EP is entitled Love for Those Hustlers. The six-track release is not only stuffed with bouncing blap, stinging synths, and loads of classic party raps, it's also available for free download. Despite its not-so-clever title, "Vadonna's Magina" won us over with its fuzzy low-end, sharp percussion, acid tweaks, and liberal use of Lil Jon vocal samples.
Leaving Records boss and Southern California beat-scene impresario matthewdavid is a man of many talents, many of which revolve around discovering and promoting other like-minded artists. But he also makes his own tunes, like this unreleased gem, "Trusss," that surfaced online earlier in the week. Has anyone coined the term "beach funk" yet? This might be it. Imagine if Aphex Twin's famous "Windowlicker" didn't scare the living shit out of everyone... that's kind of what "Trusss" sounds like. Regardless, we approve. (via Pitchfork via Friendship Bracelet)
This classic disco edit is the first taste from the epic Walter Gibbons retrospective compilation, Jungle Music: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986 (read more on that here), coming July 20 via Strut. For his version of the classic TC James & The Fist O'Funk number "Get Up on Your Feet," Gibbons more than doubled its length, pumped up the percussion and horn elements, and tossed in his own bunch of analog synth sounds—effectively taking the art of edits well into the future. Listening to this track, it's easy see why Gibbons is often referred to as a pioneer; many of the ideas displayed here are still production mainstays of contemporary disco-minded artists such as DFA, Lindstrøm, and Todd Terje.
This bouncing piece of Afro-tinged techno comes to us courtesy of the Hard Ass Sessions - Volume II compilation, and Italian producer Nic Sarno. Chosen by the Enchufada label, Sarno is one of four hotly tipped producers—alongside Bok Bok, Douster, and Zombies for Money—who were asked to contribute a track to the series that featured their personal interpretation of the kuduro sound somewhere between 135 and 142 BPM. Sarno crafted "Mana Wasa" with a group of crackling vinyl samples of African singing and flute playing, which he intertwined with a thumping four-on-the-floor beat, hypnotic synth melodies, and a ton of percussion elements. It's a great extension of the kuduro style we're familiar with, and piques our already budding interest in the other three tracks Volume II has to offer.
If we didn't know any better, we'd say Planet Mu was going soft. Not that we don't like soft, but this track from UK producer Tropics seems to be particularly serene compared to artists like FaltyDL, Luke Vibert, and Venetian Snares, whom he now shares a label with. Even the title of this song from his forthcoming debut for the label, "Soft Vision," conjures up ideas of blurred expanses of swirling melody, subtly pattering percussive noises, and any number of other delicately made soundscapes. We certainly welcome Mu's shift in focus, especially if they continue releasing awesome productions like this. (via Pitchfork)
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