At the end of March, veteran trip-hop producer Bonobo will be releasing Black Sands, his fourth album. In the meantime, he's let the world munch on "Eyesdown," a sultry offering highlighted by a soulful vocal turn from Andreya Triana. Even more to our liking is this remix from London-based duo Warrior One, who crank up the tempo, swap out the original's trip-hop haze for a lively UK funky shuffle, and chop Triana's vocals to hypnotic perfection. Also featuring remixes from Floating Points and Appleblim, the "Eyesdown" single is sure to be a hot commodity for all those insistent on slurping up the new sounds of London. (Consider us guilty as charged.)
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It's a tall order to remix this classic ghetto-house track from Chicago's DJ Deeon, but if anyone is up to the task, it is Brenmar (pictured above) from Brooklyn outfit These Are Powers. He speeds the piece up a bit, adds some frenetic secondary percussion, and takes the original's vocal to the cutting-room floor, delaying it along the way. And with the remix making appearances in banging sets by XLR8R favorites Bok Bok and Ikonika, among others, there are plenty of reasons to blast this remix loud.
Poirier's latest release is a collaboration with Spanish-speaking MC and fellow Montreal resident Boogat, and the EP is packed full of throbbing remixes from the likes of Uproot Andy, El Remolón, and Douster. Here, the reggaeton-inspired track gets the treatment from Argentina's Lagartijeando, who keeps the original's dancehall stems but pumps up the bass and adds some seriously jamming secondary synth harmonies. Take these tweaks and pair them with an explosive loop-based peak and you have dancefloor gold. Poirier's Las Americas V.1 EP drops tomorrow.
Boston's Many Mansions exist somewhere between the tropicalia of Tanlines and the spaced-out synth trips of Experimental Audio Research. On "Frontier Gnosis," the group utilizes a swirling synth drones, high-frequency tinklings, and a propulsive beat to create the feeling of being completely unmoored—and loving every minute of it. With incomprehensible but nicely delayed vocal lines coming in and out of the mix, the piece could fit nicely next to Animal Collective, or even something a bit more subdued. Taken from the group's upcoming split 12" with Truman Peyote, which is available for pre-orders here.
Last time we checked in with San Francisco producer Eprom, he was hanging out with people like the Glitch Mob and contributing to crunked-up, heavy bass remixes of Lil Wayne that practically blew up our website. Now that 2010 has rolled around, it appears that Eprom has done a bit of growing up, as he's not only got a split 12" with Eskmo slated for release on Warp, but he's given us "Never," a mature slice of post-garage wonkiness that wobbles, skitters, and pulses its way through more than five minutes of genre-bending magic. The song appears on the about-to-be-released Never EP, the debut release on the Surefire Sound imprint, and also features a remix from New Yorker and XLR8R fave FaltyDL.
With ten years of music-making as Epstein under his belt, not to mention recent collaborations with Prefuse 73 and last year's full-length under his Helado Negro alias, Roberto Lange's latest album continues nicely along the aural pathway he has set for himself. "A Lost Animal" is indicative of this sound, featuring chattering vinyl samples, fuzzy syncopated synth lines, and complicated rhythms as influenced by hip-hop as they are by South American folk music. And with the soaring vocals of School of Seven Bells floating over much of the track, "A Lost Animal" is the perfect ear candy for a lazy afternoon.
The disco-punk aesthetics of former DFA associate Tim Goldsworthy are all over Archie Bronson Outfit's first single from their forthcoming third album, Coconut. With its bouncing disco bass riding over deep kicks and dry snares, the angular guitar melodies and pulsing synths of "Shark's Tooth" are given a lovely dancefloor energy, and the track's wistful vocals make it a certain indie-dance night floor-filler.
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