Jon Hopkins and Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) appear to have a sweet little exchange going on lately. Hopkins recently give Four Tet's "Angel Echoes," from this year's beautiful There Is Love in You album, a good overhaul, and now Mr. Hebden has applied his subtle beats and bubbling melodies to the former's Insides track, "Vessel." The tune starts out a bit darker than most Four Tet productions, but evolves into something more recognizable about a minute and a half in. Under his quietly shuffling dance beat, a fast-paced synth melody percolates monotonously while bits of piano, strings, and tastefully warped samples begin to rise to the surface. It takes longer than seven minutes for Hebden's remix to finish its course, but the time spent going full-circle (and back again) is time well spent, thanks to the song's meticulous orchestration. The song appears on Hopkins' new Remixes 12", which also features a Nathan Fake re-working of his song "Wire." Jon Hopkins and Four Tet are also on tour together now. Check out those dates here.
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For his unreleased one-off remix of "Me Gusto," by masked San Antonio producer Mexicans With Guns (pictured above), self-proclaimed 'raverton' DJ/tunesmith Toy Selectah gave the erratic original a taste of his hyped-up club-ready sonics, of course served with a heavy dose of bouncing Latin rhythms. At times, the Monterrey-based party starter's tune reaches levels of busyness and noisiness on par with his Texan neighbor's original, but Selectah nonetheless remains focused on objective numero uno: delivering booming dance beats tailor-made for the world's dancefloor throngs. You can catch more collaborative goodness from Mexicans With Guns and Toy Selectah on a 7" coming this winter on Friends of Friends. (via FACT)
Back in May, the folks at Stones Throw dropped another posthumous release from the late, great J. Dilla, an EP that features—along with the actual music—two Serato control records and two donut slipmats. Three of Donut Shop's six tracks are instrumentals of tunes lifted from recent releases, and the other three—including this tune, "Sycamore"—are unreleased productions hand-selected by J.Rocc from Dilla's archives. Not much can be said about a Dilla beat that isn't hip-hop common knowledge, even with a fresh track. The dirty shuffle of the producer's drum-machine rhythms and thick bass-synth funk are paired with a bit of MPC noodling for another gritty classic. And as per usual with the legend's work, "Sycamore" doesn't need the help of an MC to keep things interesting through its two and a half minutes. You can download all of Donut Shop for free if you sign up for Stones Throw's newsletter, here. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
The Oberlin-based collegiate pair in Teengirl Fantasy have been bubblin' on the XLR8R radar for about a year now (remember this song?), and with good merit. Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss spent a good amount of time pilfering the sounds and ideas of classic house and techno before bringing them all together in their old-school-referencing dance jams, and the duo's forthcoming debut for True Panther, 7AM, is the proper culmination of Teengirl Fantasy's hotly tipped efforts. "Cheaters" is the first track to be shared from the album, and it's a poignant number built of a thumping house beat, some warbling synth pads, a slow-driving bassline, and one hell of a soulful vocal track that serves as the focal point of Teengirl Fantasy's awesome tune while also sounding totally unhinged from it. 7AM will be released September 14.
French disco-centric live act The Aikiu—which boasts Cedric Pilooski, the DJ/producer partially behind the Dirty label and one of our more recent podcasts, as one third of its ranks—just released its debut single, "Just Can't Sleep," along with remixes from Azari & III, Clement Meyer, and here, Egyptrixx. For his treatment of the song, the Canadian producer exchanged the live instrumentation for some rubbery percussion, bouncing bass synths, and an all-around more sinister aesthetic than The Aikiu's original tune. Now that we think about it, Egyptrixx ditched everything but snippets of the vocal from "Just Can't Sleep," which worked out wonderfully, thanks to the excellent future-house production he meshed them with.
The title track from the recently released Nite Jewel EP, Am I Real?, is a bit of a new direction for the LA-based outfit. Lead Jewel Ramona Gonzales has taken a slightly different approach to her singing, adding an extra bit of structure and deeper soul to her oft-lilting vocal melodies, and the music itself is some kind of fractured funk—complete with slap-n-pop basslines—paired with a sparsely orchestrated '80s ballad. We like it—a lot—and hopefully we can expect more of this from the other five songs on Nite Jewel's new EP, which is available here.
If you've been keeping up with our unending string of downloadable tunes, or if you read our actual magazine, you may have noticed our bubblin' interest in the bass-laden, tropically flavored dance beats coming from Californian/Canadian production duo LOL Boys. Since the duo is only getting started (Jerome Potter and Markus Garcia have yet to release their first official EP), we're chomping at the bit to snag whatever the Boys have put their name to. The rubbery rhythms, chopped-up vocal melody, and thick washes of bass frequencies on this remix of Para One's playful "Toadstool," from Scion A/V's latest compilation with French label Sound Pellegrino, Straight From the Spring (pictured above), go pretty far towards satiating our LOL needs. And make sure to snag the rest of the EP, with jams from Harvard Bass, Mamma's Boy, Gucci Vump, and more, here.
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