UK "goth-pop" chanteuse Charli XCX (pictured above) gets a bare-bones reworking here, courtesy of Numbers affiliate Deadboy. The shadowy tunesmith picks apart the singer's edgy new single, "You're the One," only nabbing fragments of her vocal performance to weave throughout a tumbling bassline and garage-leaning rhythm, all of which makes for an unsettling-but-effective dancefloor tune.
The sweeping synth-pop of :papercutz seems to have made ripples among a number of producers. The Portugal-based artist's "Rivers" single has been remixed by everyone from Synkro to Nowa Huta to Stalker, and now, Ikonika (pictured above) has joined the club. On her remix, Ikonika, who recently dropped her I Make Lists EP, preserves much of the original's vocal lines. Rhythmically speaking, however, she doesn't really stray far from her usual drum-heavy style, adhering to a steady 4/4 beat replete with synths and skittering hi-hat taps.
After helping to reboot dubstep in 2008-2009 with a string of now-classic 12" releases, London producer Untold (a.k.a. Jack Dunning) has gone on to carve out a pretty idiosyncratic niche for himself within the grey area of bass music. However, even that seems like an awkward descriptor for Untold's productions these days, especially given his releases on Clone Basement Series and the just-completed Change in a Dynamic Environment trilogy of EPs on his own Hemlock imprint. Call it house or techno or maybe just a retreat away from anything dubstep, Untold's new stuff may offer shock and awe of a more conservative kind than that of, say, "Anaconda," but it's no less effective. Last week, we caught up with Dunning via AIM and asked about his ongoing stylistic evolution; in the process, we also discovered that the real source of his inspiration might very well be happy hardcore. Read more »
As a part of its Infiné Exclusive summer compilation, European label Infiné has offered this Max Cooper remix of Agoria's "Panta Rei". The track is an ambling journey of ascending arpeggiated synths with an undeniable groove and infectious energy imbued by the production's hypnotic repetition. The tight synths pair with reverb-addled claps and a 4/4 kick pattern as the descending bassline helps keep the song well-balanced and structurally sound. The gradually rising "aaah"s and "oooh"s float atop Max Cooper's mix, and characterize the airy nature of his song. Infiné Exclusive—which also contains remixes from Ben Klock, Sasha, and dOP, among others—is out today, and you can stream the whole thing after the jump. Read more »
By all accounts, 2011 was a good year for multi-aliased producer Eric Estornel. Working under his Maceo Plex moniker, he pumped out five singles and an LP, and, in the process, established his status as a serious producer of slick vocal tech-house. However, his wholesale adoption of the Maceo Plex identity came at the expense of a slowed-down release schedule for Maetrik, his older and more "proper" tech-house guise. In 2012, Estornel has attempted to make up for that slack by dropping The Entity EP in January, and now, Unleash the Beast, the first Maetrik release to find its way to his Ellum Audio imprint. Read more »
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