A label that has surely done its part to help explore and define the darker ends of UK club music, Dusk + Blackdown's Keysound imprint is set to issue its 50th release on Monday in the form of a 14-track compilation. Featuring new productions from the likes of Logos, Wen, Murlo, E.m.m.a., Facta, and more, the forthcoming Certified Connections comp is now streaming in full ahead of its release exclusively on XLR8R. Read more »
New York-based musician/producer/DJ and the man behind XLR8R's bygone advice column, Hi, Doctor Nick!, Nick Hook has revealed the upcoming Collage V.1 EP, a four-track record featuring the likes of Egyptian Lover, DJ Sliink, and more, which will be accompanied by a web series chronicling the nature of the artist's collaborations. Read more »
A frequent producer of beats for adventurous rapper Le1f, Taskforce will issue his official debut next week via the Silverback label. Entitled Return Notice, the 21-year-old beatmaker's upcoming effort is said to be inspired by "nervous breakdowns, feedback migraines, crippling anxiety, gasoline rainbows and... 'the taste of the whip.'" Though not set to appear on Return Notice, bonus cut "CDJ2000" gives us a better sense of the Chicago-born artist's creative aims, as it unrolls an ever-evolving set of heavy-handed rhythms that chug beneath some menacingly sparse synth work. Set to include remixes from Renaissance Man and Nguzunguzu, Taskforce's upcoming Return Notice EP can be previewed after the jump before it officially arrives on November 24. Read more »
A staple of the Anticon label's first generation of beatmakers, Dosh (full name Martin Dosh) will return to the imprint with the Def Kith EP, a collaborative effort alongside fellow Minneapolis producer/musician Jon Davis (a.k.a. Ghostband). Read more »
While Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space radio show rarely, if ever, disappoints, the weekly broadcast has been on a particularly impressive roll lately, following last week's sessions from Jackmaster and Fort Romeau with UK staples Joy Orbison and Ben UFO serving as this week's guest selectors. Read more »
Born in Limpopo and raised in Johannesburg's Ivory Park township, Aero Manyelo is a South African producer who has spent a number of years building his catalog of releases, to which he will add the Herbs Abroad LP next week. Appearing towards the middle of the forthcoming album is "Kharele," a cut which fuses together African and electro rhythms, on top of which Manyelo drapes slinking synth melodies that retain more harmonic content as the track grows with intensity. Spanning just under five minutes, "Kharele" will be joined by 12 other similarly vibrant, hybridized house productions when Manyelo's Herbs Abroad LP sees its official release on November 24 via the Akwaaba label.
Although he debuted in 2011 with the Bending Brass cassette, Irish producer The Cyclist (a.k.a. Andrew Morrison) probably made most of his fans with its follow-up, last year's Bones in Motion, an album that appeared right when peoples' appetite for lo-fi dance music was at its peak. Since then, Morrison has filled in the interim with a track on a compilation EP and a 12" in a boogie-influenced style under the name Buz Ludzha, but now, he's properly returned with Flourish, his sophomore LP. A heavily saturated, amorphous set of rave-referencing house tracks, it's unlikely to disappoint anyone too much. Given Morrison's prolific work rate, not to mention with his signature corroded production style, he could potentially be slotted into the same lineage of producers as artists like Legowelt, Ceephax Acid Crew, or DMX Krew—cult acts who jam out hundreds of tracks, sometimes striking gold but perhaps just as often releasing entire albums of sketches or failed attempts. Read more »
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