Ever since the news broke that Vince Clarke and Martin Gore, two of the founding members of Depeche Mode, had reunited after 30 years to create Berlin-inspired techno under the name VCMG, a strong sense of curiosity has surrounded the music. The duo's recent Spock EP and its follow-up, Single Blip, thankfully proved that the veteran pair wasn't embarking on some kind of musical disaster, but the new endeavor's first big test is Ssss, the debut VCMG full-length. The album isn't scheduled to drop until next week via Mute, but the storied producers have elected to make a stream of the entire LP available now. Give it a listen after the jump. Read more »
With producers like Sheffield's Timbah around, no R&B vocals are safe. To his credit, Timbah does find some interesting spots to fit the slices of chopped falsetto on "Cuckoo Clock," a cut from the his debut EP, Can't Love Without You (artwork above). The man's hyper-detailed production seems to build walls around these R&B snippets, piecing giant kick drums, perfectly quantized percussion, and warm, glowing chords together as if they were ready-made, interlocking pieces. It's this impressively exact production quality that really makes the tune a rewarding listen, pulling touchstones of the post-dubstep world—in particular, James Blake-style chords and sultry re-pitched vocals—into a bit of new territory. After giving "Cuckoo Clock" a listen, you can stream a preview of Timbah's debut EP, which is out now, if you follow the jump. Read more »
This is a special installment of our ongoing High Five feature series, insomuch that we've doubled its length to accommodate the two predominate styles of artist Daniel Martin-McCormick's work to date. With his bands Black Eyes and Mi Ami, the multifaceted musician has delved deep into the noisier realms of punk and hardcore, while the latest incarnation of Mi Ami and his new solo material, produced as Ital, mines the fertile landscape of house music and other electronic sounds—all of which Martin-McCormick eventually turns completely upside down for his tracks. So, we thought it would be interesting for Martin-McCormick to give us a bit of background on his two disparate loves: five dance tunes and five hardcore jams. Read more »
Beca (pictured above) is a New York-based artist who has just dropped her debut 12" (to be followed shortly after by the release of her debut EP on March 19). The vinyl's a-side cut, "Let's Run Wild," is heavy on the cold-wave vibes, but the flip side offers some intoxicating house, thanks to this rework from London producer Klic (who also operates under the guise Medlar). Truthfully, it sounds like little more than the chopped vocals and occasional synth stabs are shared between the two versions of "Let's Run Wild"—not that we're complaining, as we can enjoy any slice of soulful, bass-loaded house, no matter what the source material is.
It's funny. Royal-T and his associates in the Butterz crew are ostensibly grime artists, but there's nothing particularly grimey about their music. Theirs is a new sort of grime, one that sheds the dark baggage of the genre's gritty past and instead delivers bright, technicolor sounds more suitable for the rave than the street. That's certainly true of the songs on the Number One EP, Royal-T's first outing for Rinse, which is dropping ahead of a forthcoming full-length album. Read more »
Los Angeles producer Brian Simon (a.k.a. Anenon) has unveiled the first bit of music from his forthcoming debut LP, Inner Hue (artwork above). "This Is What I Meant" takes on a similar feel to the tracks we've heard from his Acquiescense EP (the title track of which topped XLR8R's downloads list last month), pinning a steady beat underneath a heavy fog of sonic textures. Whereas "Acquiescense" utilized more recognizable sound sources—a grand piano and touches of live saxophone—Inner Hue is said to be more focused on manipulated soundscapes, such as the enveloping mass of blissful haze displayed here. You'll find the complete tracklist for Anenon's debut full-length, which is set to drop May 1, after the jump. (via Dummy) Inner Hue LP: 01 Eighty-Four 02 This Is What I Meant 03 Stone River 04 Murmurs 05 Embers (feat. Laura Teasley) 06 Memory Residue 07 The Sea and the Stars 08 Inner Hue 09 I'm Awake Tonight 10 Entwine
On Monday, Japan's Diskotopia imprint will follow up the release of its recent label compilation with a new EP (artwork above) from London producer Mau'lin. As a preview, we've gotten our hands on a remix from Am Rhein, one of Diskotopia's three label heads, who reworks the endeavor's title track into a sleek piece of '90s-indebted, late-night house. Adding an array of glistening synths to the mix, Am Rhein's version is considerably more cosmic than Mau'lin's original, but is equally suited for the dancefloor. You can stream a preview of the six-track affair and peep the entire tracklist (which includes remixes from Jack Dixon and Green Linez), after the jump. Read more »
It's been nearly a year since we last heard new original productions from UK tunesmith Lil Silva, so that lull's interruption is wholeheartedly welcome, even if it is a somewhat insubstantial one. Read more »
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