Dutch producer Mason makes some pretty compelling disco music, but with this remix, Australian wonder-kid Tommy Trash turned the tech-heavy original into an electro-flavored track fit for late nights and large dancefloors. Trash has already remixed for the likes of Green Velvet and Don Diablo, and his reputation as both a producer and a DJ has grown considerably over the years. Expect him to be too busy for his own good come 2009.
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In the words of their press kit, The High Decibels are "a veritable musical Molotov cocktail that mixes hip-hop, old-school rock, and superfunky blues." The group consists of two MCs, frontman Duke Johnson and his hypeman, who simply goes by the name Chief, backed by a live band of honky-tonk guitars, turntables, bubbling bass, and drums. The resulting sound on the band's self-titled debut album, set for release September 2, is a fun-loving hip-hop-meets-rock combination that's quite catchy, we must say.
We all know the Trouble & Bass crew for its dirty basslines and grimey rhythms, so it was surprising to throw this track on and find breathy female vocals, sweet melodies that meander at a gentle pace, and some vaguely music box-sounding twinkles. But such is the work of Stockholm-based producer Little Jinder, whose debut EP, Polyhedron, inserts a refreshing dose of purity into the label's catalog. T&B is currently holding a remix contest for this, the title track. The winner will be featured on a Little Jinder EP set for release in October that already has interpretations from Drop the Lime, Goon & Koyote, and Math Head.
Not to be confused with that cheesy American pop group, Like Woah! is an electro-house duo that hails from Sydney, Australia and loves to play DJ sets. In their own music, these two self-professed nerd/sport/ravers have a taste for wobbly synth melodies and extraterrestrial-sounding laptop noise, and their self-titled EP, released via Bang Gang's imprint, has caught the attention of Boyz Noize, Steve Aoki, and right on up to Jay Z (we think they're telling the truth about this). They rarely showcase their own material in the live setting, so enjoy this one on the headphones, if you can sit still during the beat.
Ever since Will Holland–also known to many of his fans as the mastermind behind Quantic–up and moved to Colombia, we've been hearing many a tropical flavor seep into his already dub and reggae-heavy sound, and he went full force with combining these elements for his Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno project, producing track after track of laid-back melodies and lush acoustics. "Ciudad Del Swing" appeared as a single, and the b-side here turns the song's catchy piano hook inside out, as well as replaces the guitar section with a robust chorus of horns. It sort of leaves one in a quandary as to whether they should sit still and listen carefully to the intricate sound arrangements or get up and dance.
To follow-up his highly praised EP, Perception is Everything, New Jersey-based DJ KO gathered a selection of up-and-coming hip-hop artists and paired them with some of the genre's heavyweights, then sent them to the production boards and microphones. Picture This... features everyone from Talib Kweli, Black Milk, and 9th Wonder to Royce da 5'9, Skyzoo, Phonte of Little Brother, and Slum Village's Elzhi, making for a veritable sampling of the old guard and new faces. Photo by Soul Shot Photography.
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