If Stuart Li were a visual artist, we'd all be talking about his draftsmanship—Basic Soul Unit is all about the quality of his lines. His productions develop with sensuous clarity that we can easily visualize; from the introduction's steady accumulation of details to the way he sets about sculpting a narrative once things are in motion, this is the work of someone who's spent a lot of time studying the masters. But nothing gets very far on technical skill alone these days, and Li's sequencing prowess is matched by a sense of sound design that doesn't need to get noisy to be thought-provokingly weird. That subtle experimentalism gives Lab.our 01, the inaugural release on his freshly minted label, its drive—half the pleasure of these three tracks lies in how they're crafted. Read more »
We know very little about Sam Stewart—the producer who goes by the name of Bhok—but this tune has piqued our interest with its funky, clattering sensibility. "Say Something" begins with a loose-limbed beat and deep, propulsive bass before introducing cut-up vocals sampled from Brandy's and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine." While R&B vocal sampling in this kind of house and bass music has become a bit of a cliche, Bhok saves face with a rhythmic complexity that recalls some of Blawan's better moments.
Though it feels like we've mostly heard from Pariah in relation with Karenn—his hard-edged techno project alongside Blawan—the London-based producer/DJ is obviously no stranger to solo work. Fortunately, for those who may need a reminder of that fact, the man has shared a new hour-long mix in anticipation of his upcoming performance at Fabric this weekend. Read more »
It's been six years since the last album from Planet Mu head Mike Paradinas (a.k.a. µ-Ziq), which might not be much of a surprise given the prolificacy and quality of the label's output. But the UK artist's latest LP, Chewed Corners, is nonetheless on the way, and is currently available to stream in full. Read more »
Following just behind the release of his three-disc contribtuion to Ministry of Sound's Materpiece mix series, Carl Craig takes a few minutes to chat on camera about his role in Detroit's recent Movement Festival, the state of modern DJing, and how record shopping has changed. Read more »
Brooklyn duo Beacon (pictured above) just released the melancholy The Ways We Separate album via Ghostly, and are following it up by sharing a pulsating house remix of album track "Drive" from fellow Brooklynites No Regular Play. This new version of the R&B-tinged tune leaves the original track's yearning vocals and minor-key atmospherics fairly intact, but the addition of a restrained and steady 4/4—not to mention a slick, understated sax melody—is welcome.
Rumor has it that legendary Detroit DJ/producer Jeff Mills turned 50 this week, and to celebrate, German blog Nerdcore has compiled seven classic mixes from Mills' late-'80s WLJB Detroit radio show—which were recorded as The Wizard—and offered them for free download. Read more »
It's hard to believe it has been three years since Barcelona quartet Delorean delivered our favorite record of 2010 with Subiza. Now, it appears new material from the Spanish dance-pop outfit may be on the horizon with a teaser video for a brand-new track and an offer of a "special gift" appearing on the band's new website. Read more »
Manchester's Walton is one of the Hyperdub stable's most gifted young producers, who at the age of 22 has already released three EP's through the label and is set to drop his debut album on July 1. In anticipation of the arrival of the Beyond LP, the bass-minded producer has made available an appropriately futuristic video for album track "Frisbee." Read more »
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