Scottish dance experimentalist Gravious produces tracks that quickly and confidently coalesce the choice elements of some of dubstep's heavy hitters—Burial's tweaked and sampled vocal snippets, Zomby's booming and wonky bass, and Joy Orbison's refined sheen. Here, he unlocks the dubby grooves of Australian tech-house producer Deepchild's latest single, "Wannado." The house elements shine through Gravious' shuffling beats and give his remix a slight retro garage feel while remaining focused on dubstep's future.
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Fresh off their highly-touted debut album with singer Esau Mwamwaya as The Very Best, Radioclit keep the ball rolling with a reissue of their Secousse EP. The record comes complete with remixes from Brodinski, Round Table Knights, and, featured here, Riva Starr. Starr's treatment finds the UK producer relying on wobbling bass, a four-on-the-floor beat, and enough percussion and delayed synths to drive listeners straight to the dancefloor. If that kind of remix doesn't make you want to add the 12" to your collection, maybe the fur cover will.
Here, France's Douster takes a dancehall-tinged house track and emphasizes the dancehall elements to such an extent that it is essentially un-housed. But while Malente & Dex's original definitely sizzles, the remix scorches, throbbing with deep bass, epic drops, and a real pushing of the melodic line. The vocals from New Kidz only serve to make "Lions" one of the more versatile remixes around, appropriate for dancefloors where cumbia, funky, and dancehall are spun.
What begins as a slow-motion disco track becomes a different monster when guest vocalist Jacob Bellens pipes in with his rich, resigned baritone. Suddenly, the piece carries a palpable emotional weight, with lovelorn lyrics that track ecstasy, jealousy, and agony. Copenhagen's Kasper Bjørke certainly knows how to produce an interesting track, but it is really the guests that make "Young Again" work: other than Bellens, famed strings arranger Davide Rossi has provided some melancholy swells here and there, and Dennis Young of Liquid Liquid fame has leant his hand with some secondary percussive elements. In fact, Bjørke doesn't really own this track at all, but with its autumnal sense of loss and searing lyrical content, who really cares?
What started as an exclusive track produced by NYC's Drop the Lime for Bacardi's B-Live campaign has been handed over to remixers Classixx, Kanji, and, now, Philly's don of decent club tunes, Diplo. The huge, stuttering snare roll that kicks off his rendition is perfect foreshadowing for the rest of Diplo's hard-hitting and blown-out party jam. In celebration of the track's release, XLR8R is offering one lucky listener the chance to have Drop the Lime play in their town and cop VIP tickets to the party to boot. Check out the contest details here.
Philly's Pink Skull has just come out with a second full-length, titled Endless Bummer. Featuring an admirable array of different sounds and textures, the album is perhaps best represented by "Oh, Monorail." A slow-motion disco beat, horizon-seeking guitar lines, and some synth swells mark the piece, but it is really Julian S Process' multi-layered vocal harmonies that make it special, as they're not only gorgeous, but complex and original—there are no simple chord progressions here. "Oh, Monorail" simply shimmers with a weirdness and beauty that only Pink Skull can pull off.
Buenos Aires cumbia mastermind El Remolón rubs up against a Latin classic, transforming it into a glitchy, delay-driven piece of hallucinogenic dance music. The vocals of Alcides are chopped significantly, and with monstrous bass along with a wobbling squelch approximation of the original's melodic line, the piece is a surefire floor-filler. The slice was taken from the Pibe Cosmo B-Sides album, which drops today and features a collection of new versions, mash-ups, and remixes from the depths of El Remolón's hard drive. The entire album is available now for free download and includes El Remolón's bootleg re-works of artists like Animal Collective, Modeselektor, Matías Aguayo, Daft Punk, and more.
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