We've been lurking hard on the goings on in UK producer/label head Actress' musical world as of late, and it's gotten to a point where we'll hop on just about anything his name is tacked onto. Apparently, that includes bootleg remixes from admiring fellow beatmakers, like this one from a recent signee to Daedelus' Magical Properties label, My Dry Wet Mess (pictured above). The Barcelona-based producer beefs up the original track's brooding nature into something far better suited for club excursions, but without losing the emotive sensibilities of Actress' slow-burning melodies. Hell, MDWM even adds an extra bit of soulful synth melody to the frantic ending of his "Maze" rework, as if the busy track needed any more ideas.
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As he evidenced in full on this year's wonderful Swim, Canadian music man Dan Snaith has equally soft spots for electronic-based dance music and summery psych-pop. His latest record as Caribou showcased a proclivity for the former, but Snaith sort of evens the playing field on this epic remix he's crafted for the UK's Silver Columns. The first half of his treatment for "Always On" is pure dancefloor brilliance à la Swim, and he even throws a bit of his own vocals into the mix. But as the track's nine minutes pass the halfway point, the house lights dim, the lava lamp flicks on, some hippie girl wearing a headband and a bikini top slowly waves her arms in the air, and things turn a bit more late-'60s. Caribou's remix culminates in a driving finale that—not unlike his excellent albums—demands repeated listens. (via FACT)
UK production duo Zombie Disco Squad contributed this futuristic house number to the forthcoming retrospective compilation from Berlin's Man Recordings label. The release, entitled Valeu!, spans five years over the course of 13 tracks from the likes of Schlachthofbronx, Crookers, Edu K, and label head Daniel Haaksman. Lucas Hunter and Nate Self, the two Squad members who happened to have hooked up an XLR8R podcast nearly a year ago, enlisted the Portuguese-speaking microphone skills of one MC Oscar for their track, an addition that pairs well with the marimba, tropical rhythms, infectious basslines, and Fever Ray-esque synth tones prevalent in "Dança Do Zumbi." Here's hoping the rest of Valeu! follows suit when it drops September 6.
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)
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.
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.
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