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Terre Thaemlitz (a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles) travels back to the roots of house music with this pulsing, minimal number that's more food for thought than dancefloor banger.
Midtown 120 Blues is out now on Mule Musiq.
Montreal-based duo Megasoid slides some future bass beneath the '80s-influenced B-more beats on this remix of Thunderheist’s track. From Thunderheist's Jerk It EP, out March 9 on Ninja Tune Photo by Ben Popjoy
Argentinian duo Frikstailers (pronounced Freak-stylers) first rose to prominence as part of Zizek, the forward-thinking Latin collective who have been turning heads with their weekly party in Buenos Aires (not to mention last summer's XLR8R podcast, which still sounds fresh months later). Apparently the bass-loving Frikstailers, who actually hail from neighboring Córdoba, managed to catch the ears of new Scottish label Revolt Into Style, which enlisted the boys for its debut release, the aptly titled Baile Frik EP. Here on the title track, the Frikstailers energetically combine a tweaked baile funk beat with some finely chopped vocal samples and acid-tinged synth sounds. Grab the full Baile Frik EP to hear their reggaeton/cumbia remix of a tune by dancehall MC Zulu.
Düsseldorf, Germany-based Lorenz Rhode has "A Little Something" for us today, and in the immortal words of the press packet it arrived with, this track is like "Rick James dating Chaka Khan, dancing to Daft Punk and Technotronic, making sweet love to a Stevie Wonder ballad, when suddenly a group of German robots and a Yellow Magic Orchestra come rushing into the hotel suite and... they all decide to go to France instead." Interpret as you will, whilst enjoying the stripped-down and somewhat hypnotic synth melodies on this track, off Rhode's forthcoming Motor Cortex EP. That release drops February 11 and comes packaged with remixes by Ben Mono and Minimow&Solo.
Bisc1 unleashed When Electric Night Falls in early 2008, but apparently, he's not quite ready to put the album away, since he's announced the release of The Strange Love Project. Bisc commissioned 10 producers to select and remix tracks from WENF, then called up 20-plus visual artists to create accompanying artwork, thereby making a release that's part remix album and part art installation. And if that weren't good enough, he's thrown the entire thing on his website and is giving it away for free.
What was, according to the bio on their MySpace page, "quite possibly a drunken agreement" seems to have turned into quite the project for Islands frontman Nick Thorburn and Busdriver producer Daddy Kev. Though they've known one another for years, it wasn't until 2008 that the two united their disparate musical styles under the name Reefer and released a self-titled debut album, which was recorded on the Maui coastline and most definitely bears that tropical influence. And while hip-hop doesn't always mix well with traditional songwriting, the two seem to have found a balance here between programmed beats and acoustic guitars. Even FlyLo is feeling it.
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