Rinse: 22 opens with a solid four minutes of Burial's somberly triumphant "Truant," but the hit of atmosphere is a red herring. With the exception of its introduction, Kode9's mix is a neon blur that tears through various UK styles before concluding with a tour through his recent obsessions. Certainly, this is by design: Consistent with the Hyperdub boss' recent XLR8R Pick'd "Xingfu Lu" b/w "Kan" 12", the DJ/producer born Steve Goodman lets his footwork fetish dominate the latter half of his set. (DJ Rashad alone shows up eight times here.) The transition is a bit jarring at first, even running the risk of seeming haphazard, but repeated listens reveal the keen curatorial skills that have kept Hyperdub on the top of the heap for the better part of a decade. Read more »
Rising UK house producer Owen Howells has a history of writing slow-burning tunes, most notably the standout cut "The Door," which was featured at the top of this year as part of Danza Macabra's VA series. A signature of Howells' productions is the patient simmer with which they get going, and "Riding" surely fits that mold. The tune is virtually devoid of melody, favoring an accelerating, tribal rhythm that holds steady over the course of the song's seven-plus minutes, gradually increasing in intensity through sheer repetition which slowly overloads the senses. Howells' Common People EP—the forthcoming release from which "Riding" comes to us—is slated to drop on May 27 via Celestial.
Red Bull Music Academy NYC's second session is under way this week, and UK DJ/producer Bok Bok (a.k.a. Alex Sushon) is one of the latest guests to sit down on the RBMA couch and talk shop. In the course of the hour-plus-long discussion the co-founder of the hugely influential Night Slugs label talks about the early days and inspiration behind the imprint, the label's place in the continuum of UK dance music, and his thoughts on what the ideal club should look like. Read more »
Oakland beatmaker Matthew Tammariello (pictured above) has been releasing blissful instrumental hip-hop as Shortcircles for the last couple of years now, and is set to release his debut full-length, Between Waves, next month via Plug Research. Before that record sees a release on June 18, the producer today drops a single for album cut "On My Mind," a lushly produced slice of crystalline R&B featuring vocals from fellow Oakland resident Sarah K Melfy. That single also contains a loping remix from LA producer and previous XLR8R podcast contributor Anenon, offered here for download. A stream of "On My Mind" in its original form can be heard after the jump. Read more »
In a curious sort of way, Yugen, the most significant release to date from Glasgow producer Lewis Roberts (a.k.a Koreless), feels cruder and more simplistic than anything we've heard from him before. Rather than fleshing out the sound he established on early tracks like "Up Down, Up Down" and "MTI," Roberts has opted to reduce his music down to its most essential elements. Drum beats, which already took a secondary role in his compositions, have been all but done away with here, leaving just a core assemblage of rough, rhythmic samples and thick, minor-key synth melodies. It's an effective formula though, and one that provides the EP with sounds that are emotive and anthemic in a raw, immediate way. Read more »
James Blake has announced a string of tour dates on the back of his recent sophomore album, Overgrown. The tour will see the UK producer/vocalist playing a number of festivals in Europe and some select dates in Japan throughout May, June, and July. Read more »
In a post on his blog, London journalist, DJ, producer, and Keysound label head Martin Clark (a.k.a. Blackdown) takes issue with some remarks Disclosure made in a recent interview with the Guardian. In particular, Clark finds Guy and Howard Lawrence's outlook on the current state of popular music "really depressing," making the case that the brotherly duo see the commercial music world as an "It's us or a shit thing" scenario. Read more »
This particular remix had its roots planted last year when nocturnally tinged, Manchester-bred producer Holy Other and London-based house alchemist Fort Romeau (pictured above) embarked on a tour together. After a few months of stewing and retooling, Romeau finally offered his rework up as a free giveaway on his SoundCloud earlier today. Romeau's remix of the title track and standout cut from Holy Other's debut LP for Tri Angle, Held, is clever in all the right ways. Right from the opening kicks—which are paired with only the original's pointed and poignant R&B chops—things proceed in the order one might expect: a fluttering organ, sharp rides, and wind-tunnel synths creep in, gradually expanding outward and filling out the sonic space. Still, for being a relatively straightforward arrangement, Romeau's formula completely works, building up and breaking down beautifully until it ends quite literally where it began.
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