Milwaukee's Signaldrift has been releasing music since 1998, but have been relatively silent in recent years—the duo's last album was 2005's Set Design. Later this month, the ambient-shoegaze-Krautrock outfit is getting back into the game with Two Agents, a limited-run double LP on Portland's Audraglint label. "Yesterday's Tomorrow" is public's the first taste of Two Agents, and it sounds like an extra-chill Neu! song bathed in a warming glow of soft reverb. If all Kraturock-influenced music sounded this good, we're thinking there would be a whole lot more girls in the scene.
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Since 2006, the Jus Like Music site has been championing sonic gems from the worlds of hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz, dubstep, funk, and more, but earlier this year, these bloggers decided to take their advocacy to another level and launch their own online record label. After releasing the debut single from Londoner BUG, the young label's catalog was bolstered significantly with Oscillations, a two-part compilation featuring contributions from Slugabed, Alex B, Om Unit, and a bunch of other newcomers who could be lumped beneath the ever-expanding "beat scene" umbrella. One of those newcomers was Bnjmin, a young UK producer who also records under the more widely known Jackhigh and Singing Statues monikers. His song "Arose" was originally slated to appear on Oscillations, yet time constraints forced it from the final tracklist, so Jus Like Music has passed it along to share as an XLR8R exclusive. If you like its washy tones and subdued vibe, then you'll probably want to go ahead and grab Oscillations online, as both parts are available for free download.
One-man beatmaker and new Anticon signee Baths certainly knows how to keep things interesting, with tracks ranging from Dilla-like funk to this little summertime glo-fi gem. A nice shuffle is paired with enough noisy little squelches and secondary percussion to keep things interesting on "Hall," but it is perhaps the earworm of a vocal melody that serves as the piece's most winning trait: a soaring falsetto rides beautifully over acoustic guitar samples and synth knob-twists. Imagine the best sort of freak-folk remixed into something beat-heavy and palatable and you just might have "Hall."
Beginning with a minute of brooding synths and bells that could have been lifted directly from Silent Shout, then moving towards a more Jan Hammer circa Miami Vice vibe, Diamond Vampires' "The Mineral Room" eventually becomes a full-blown dark balearic track. Watery vocoded elements, killer kicks, and some secondary synth harmonies that scream late-night rave round out the piece, cementing the group's place among the non-chillwave crowd of newer electronic musicians making people dance. (Via 20JFG)
The mere mention of Brooklyn-based dancehall MC Jahdan Blakkamoore's name is enough to get the XLR8R staff excited, so we were thrilled to see that Jahdan voiced several tracks on Concentric Circles, the new album from bass producer and fellow New Yorker Nate Mars. Also featuring guest vocals from artists such as Dub War resident Juakali and UK grime MC Nika D of Virus Syndicate, Concentric Circles finds Mars brewing up a low-end strain of dubstep that leans heavy on the dub. "Above & Beyond Dem" is a quality primer, as an AutoTuned Jahdan sings sweetly over a burping synth and low-end rumble.
If you're into Roscoe Dash and Soulja Boy's "All the Way Turnt Up"—and who isn't, judging by the way it's been booming from cars for months now—you'll truly appreciate A-Trak's version, which is a veritable mash of the ATL duo's lyrics and Claude von Stroke's "Vocal Chords." Die-hard techno heads will frown upon this track, but clubbers who enjoy some fun, ridiculous four-to-the-floor will definitely be slamming to this track in the coming weeks. Taken from A-Trak's upcoming Dirty South Dance 2 mixtape. (via The Fader)
The German-born DJ/producer Christoph Caominh (a.k.a. Caltrop) may release his music on the practically un-Googleable Portland-based Nude Photo Music label, but he calls the Bay Area home. His latest track for the imprint, "Good to See You," sounds like Caltrop traveling between the three locations. The motorik churn of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" is invoked while Caominh's brightly colored synths, calming melodies, and passing analog textures call to mind the beach cliffs and mountain tops seen on drives through the Pacific Northwest.
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