Many words come to mind when first listening to the title track of the latest EP from Robot Koch, Listen To Them Fade, but "massive" seems to stand as the most appropriate. Booming toms, kick drums, and all sorts of percussive sounds and unfamiliar utterances start things off—sounding like the beginning of a ceremonial sacrifice on Mars—before the song eventually morphs into a more recognizable dubstep banger. Mexican singer Grace's soulful voice is featured prominently through "Fade," and acts as a sort of connection between the real world and Koch's tumultuous sonic environment.
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Though the vocal sample might be a bit tired—after all, we don't really need to hear another asshole intoning about the awesomeness of money—the instrumental elements of both Tom Trago's remix are jacking enough to make up for it. Trago's remix is especially nice, as it takes the more minimal stems of the original and transforms the piece into a Chicago-style electro-house track with a nice shuffle moving throughout and a shimmering synth apex that recalls The Youngsters' "Rock to the Bit." In the end, the vocals on the "The Wallet" make it a great track to get early crowds onto a dancefloor, but an instrumental version of Trago's remix would also be welcome.
Ten years into the music game and Ghostly remains as fresh and important as ever. As a sort of waypoint, the Ann Arbor-based label has put together a double-disc compilation series showcasing the past, present, and future of its ever-expanding catalog. The release, called The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night, is one disc of remixes and reinterpretations and one of new, previously unreleased tunes, which together feature the likes of Lusine, Solvent, Max Tundra, Matthew Dear, Michna, The Sight Below, and, shown here, Tycho. This moody and subdued remix of the San Francisco producer's single "Adrift" was crafted by Michigan beatsmith Shigeto, and prominently exhibits a clicking, nod-worthy beat filled with crunchy percussion set amongst loads of melodic atmosphere. The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night is available now for download, and out on CD May 4. pictured Shigeto
This isn't necessarily Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr. Hyde, but the pairing of Mike Gnacadja's two production monikers, the tropically influenced Momma's Boy and the more house-leaning MikiX the Cat, certainly yielded some interesting results. A bouncing bass-heavy riddim carries "At Night" through its six minutes, while repetitive vocal samples and rubbery atonal synth squelches fill in the gaps. Obviously, since the track's EP is seeing release on DJ Donna Summer and Jubilee's Nightshifters label, the song is a massive dancefloor heater, and comes with extra heat from remixes by Dubbel Dutch, Act Yo Age, Søvngaer, and Supabeatz.
Maryland resident Bradford Johnson crafts space-traveling beat music on his first solo EP, M0ths, released under the name Busy. The sounds on "A Camphoraceous Elixir" (go ahead, look the word up) are not dissimilar from his west coast counterparts on the Brainfeeder label—Johnson's hip-hop tendencies provide the same sort of slapping backbone for his synthetic cosmic noise experiments. However, Busy's nine-song EP comes to us courtesy of Japanese label Circulations, and marks the arrival of a producer strong enough to get a solid East Coast/West Coast rivalry going.
London duo Deep Teknologi isn't just another on-the-rise production team emerging from the city's rich talent pool—these guys are practically plotting a takeover. They've got their own club night, their own label, their own TV/video production operation, and a weekly Sunday night "show" on Ustream. It was there that "People's Choice" was created, as producers S.E.F. and T. Williams assembled a track live on the internet using feedback and suggestions from viewers. The bleepy house tune is also a precursor to the forthcoming T. Williams EP, set for release later this month on the new Local Action imprint. (via FACT)
Brooklyn bass producer AC Slater has teamed up with rap crew Ninjasonik for his latest single, a brazen and blazing take on the heavy bass sound that's been taking over many clubs. Nadastrom's remix of "Take You" is a bit more subtle, removing many of the rap stems and creating a piece that combines the trance-leaning house of Marc Romboy with the deep bashment beats of the original. Perfect for a late-night bender ending at Market Hotel, the remix has a momentum that is sure to propel dancefloors throughout the summer, and with the single on sale now featuring more remixes from Drop the Lime and Lazer Sword, among others, there's no reason not to jump on this piece right now.
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