Blog villain and Palms Out favorite AC Slater has taken his magic hatchet to the house classic “Can You Feel It? (Jack Had a Groove)” by Fingers Inc. The resulting dance floor return, “Jack Got Jacked” (off of the namesake EP), begins like a plane taking off beneath hits of hyper-funk percussion and dirty pulses. “In the beginning, there was Jack,” proclaims a righteous voice, before the song breaks into frenzied, bouncing pulses of atonal synths and enough satisfyingly aggressive bass to fill the floor. Anyone willing to get jacked would do well to surrender. Photo by Clayton Hauck. Words by Lulu McAllister
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Having honed his skill for crafting solid beats as a producer during the last 10 years, Seattle-based Jake One has finally put out his own debut full-length album, White Van Music. The album features an impressive blend of up-and-coming artists, such as Freeway and Brother Ali, and well-known figures like Mary J. Blige. On “Trap Door,” the apt producer encases rapper MF DOOM’s gruff, deadpan vocals in a low-key, surf rock-tinged backdrop that rolls lazily past like a wave on a calm Hawaiian beach. Lulu McAllister
The Lemonade boys are currently on tour, and they've left their recently released self-titled debut album safely in the hands of one Ryan Merry, known around the Bay Area (and likely soon, the rest of the country) as producer Ghosts on Tape. Merry gave "Sunchips," which was leaked some weeks back, this dizzying remix that shows off his taste for percussion. Where the original track was primarily concerned with the bass, here, Merry's added drum machines that could slice through a brick wall, layers of staggered synths, and lots of spooky, um, ghost-like electronic sounds.
Polish-bred, classically trained minimal house and techno produce, Marcin Czubala recently released his first full-length album since 2001, the Chronicles of Never. In his most comprehensive artistic proclamation yet, Marcin’s creations stay true to the fundamentals of minimal, while donning an expanded, highly evolved sound where each track generates its own distinctive, supple ambiance. With “Berolina,” he drops a buoyant number that features a barrage of animated percussion, lustrous synth elements, a sensual, distant female voice, and evocative climaxes that spawn a dynamic minimal masterpiece. Chronicles of Never 01 Daybreak 02 Berolina 03 Los Companeros 04 Pravda 05 Alibi Room 06 Dazed And Confused 07 Spectacles For Humans 08 30th May 09 At The Beach In San Foca 10 Be Water
Mat Ranson, well-known for his work under his Fisk Industries moniker, diverges from his usual dubbed-out hip-hop styled productions for a slow, synth-heavy techno-meets-dubstep sound as Kwaidan, his one-off project stimulated by watching a movie of the same name by Masaki Kobayashi. In this slowly evolving exclusive excerpt from Masaki, hard-hitting drum programming coupled with a cavernous, multi-faceted low-end lays the groundwork for profoundly eerie, shrieking effects and spacey, dithering synths. The track is saturated with ethereal, textured sounds that create a paranormal sense akin to Kobayashi’s original ghost stories.
A little while back, we predicted that Trouble & Bass signee Little Jinder–whose ethereal, melody-driven Polyhedron EP is something of an anomaly amid the label's pile of bass-heavy releases–would soon get the remix treatment. That time has now arrived. The T&B crew recently held a remix contest for the EP's title track, with winning tracks by Supra1, The Boys and Girls Club, Aumenaire, and our personal favorite, Black Holes. The latter slides a meticulously programmed beat underneath the original melody, then adds some trademark T&B elements to the track. Dark synth lines, deep bass, reverb-heavy vocals, and high energy reign here. The T&B crew is compiling the aforementioned remixes, plus ones from label members Drop the Lime, Math Head, Goon & Koyote, and others, onto a 10-track release titled Polyhedron Remixed, headed for record stores in the near future. Jennifer Marston
The sound of Aussie exports Gus Da Hoodrat, Jack Sabbath, and Chris Brave (a.k.a. Bag Raiders) is, according to their buds at the BangGang 12 Inches label, “a bit familiar but you can’t pick it so you just keep dancing.” “Turbo Love,” from their forthcoming EP of the same name, set for November release, opens with victory instrumentals soaring over a short snippet of demented, tweaky, heavy beats. Then in bounds the rich, feel-good 4/4 party chords accompanied by electro-funk talk-box vocals and synthetic handclaps. After a brief, sentimental interlude, the trio summarily rebuilds the cheerful layers, carrying the party to its full potential and then leaving before everyone else does. Lulu McAllister
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