After nearly three years of silence, Detroit's Daniel has returned with Lazrus, an album of melancholy electronic pop. Summoning Jamie Lidell's soulfulness and Ben Gibbard's plaintive vocals, "Goodbye Silhouette" is a gem of lovely melodies from a city more known for its hard-edged techno.
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Dutty Artz vocalist Jahdan Blakkamoore has dropped us a track from his upcoming Bazooka Shot mixtape. Fresh off of his collaboration with Major Lazer and in preparation for his debut album, Buzzrock Warrior, Blakkamoore has made a classic dancehall anthem in "Dem Nuh Like It," chock-full of bouncing beats, thick bass, and plenty of melodic MC work that features help from 77Klash and Spoek Mathambo.
Culled from Horse Meat Disco's upcoming first mix CD, Plaza's 1979 hit strikes gold again with a sound that combines a bit of Donna Summer's airiness with a bit of Salsoul's lush orchestral arrangements. A perfect track for queens and disco revivalists alike.
Imagine a cello-less Arthur Russell remixing a slower DJ Slugo or DJ Godfather instrumental. Yeah, it is a bit hard to fathom, isn't it? Listen to this Osborne remix of Brooklyn's Michna—which can be found on Michna's new Eggstra EP alongside some other new tracks and remixes—and you'll have a better idea of what we're talking about. Maybe.
Transforming a dancehall track produced by Diplo and Switch into a near-cosmic Italo number is no short order, but the duo of Classixx have managed to do just that with their new remix of Major Lazer. Setting Jahdan Blakkamoore's vocals over a slow-motion early house beat and fantastic, bright arpeggiating synths, the track overflows with summer soulfulness. (Via Mad Decent)
Denver warehouse weirdo Pictureplane is getting ready to unleash Dark Rift, a down-and-dirty collection of DIY dance music that celebrates everything from old-school rave to grime to '80s dance pop. "Goth Star" slices up Fleetwood Mac's "Seven Wonders" and swaddles it in a thick blanket of fuzz and electronic grit.
The fine folks over at the Bang Gang stable put a few of their closest confidantes on remix assignment for this single from the boys in Damn Arms. This funked-up electro and French-house mishmash from DJ/producer Jaunt instantly caught our attention.
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