Microburst (pictured above) is one of the newest UK producers to appear on our radar, but given what he's done with this rather harmless tune from British indie-pop/electronic hybrid band Talk In Colour, he's definitely got our attention. Unraveling the innocent core of the original, Microburst makes room for deep textures, powerful drums, and skittering percussion, all of which drive his remix while glimpses of Talk In Colour's vocals, harps, and guitar gradually swell along the track's edges.
The Red Bull Music Academy is about to kick off the second term of its huge shindig in Madrid, but we haven't forgotten all the cool stuff that took place as part of the RBMA World Tour in the weeks prior to Red Bull officially setting up shop in the Spanish capital. XLR8R has been premiering each chapter of the video series documenting the tour, the latest of which showcases a cross-cultural conversation and collaboration that went down in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Read more »
So hot right now: music videos based on vintage video games. The latest clip in this vein is the new video for Omar-S' "Who's in Key," a track featuring fellow Detroit veteran Theo Parrish that first appeared on High School Graffiti, the five-track EP he put together for Scion A/V earlier this year. Read more »
Yes, it's that time again, when Fabric announces the latest edition in its long-running mix series. This time around, the venerable club/label has tapped a clubland dream team of sorts in Visionquest—the combination of Detroit natives Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson, and Shaun Reeves. Read more »
Essáy, a self-proclaimed crafter of "emotional" electronic music, has released a number of worthwhile (and mostly free) tunes over the course of 2011, but the collaboration between the German producer and UK resident Stumbleine—another producer who's not afraid to get in touch with his softer side—is perhaps the most emotive offering to come from the Essáy moniker to date. "Rhiannon"—which, yes, does sample the Fleetwood Mac song of the same name—comes close to being worthy of a "chillwave" categorization, yet still somehow eludes it, trimming the superfluous bells and whistles (well, maybe not the bells) that usually define the sun-drenched, bliss-hop vibes of the blogger-friendly genre, and instead focusing the attention on superb production, rich tones, and really rewarding songwriting. That's not to say that the tune doesn't tap into the blissed-out warmth you'd expect from this pairing, just that it comes across in a much more refined package than you might expect, and is much, much better for it.
After having itself a relatively quiet 2011, Kode9's Hyperdub imprint is wrapping up the year with a small flurry of releases, including the latest single from UK funky oddball and Rinse FM morning man DVA. "Madness" b/w "Polyphinc Dreams" is the London producer's first proper single since 2010's "Just Vybe (Soule:Power Mix)" b/w "Step 2 Funk," and while it shows him to still be a master of the seasick synth line, the record also features an unusual collaboration with soulful crooner Vikter Duplaix. Read more »
Already boasting a considerably prolific 2011 to his name, rising UK funky DJ/producer Champion shows no signs of slowing down with a new EP, Sensitivity, slated for release in the coming days on his own Formula imprint and another EP set to drop early next month on Roska's Kicks and Snares. Through it all, the folks at Dazed Digital somehow managed to reel the man in for a quick interview and a 30-plus minute mix of drum-laden gems. Read more »
From the seemingly neverending pool of talented producers claiming London as their home base, Thefft is a burgeoning bass-music aficionado who recently dropped a three-track EP for the consistently quality net label Cut. Here we have the Primer EP's (artwork above) closing track, "Stares," a sharp, methodical voyage into the more dancefloor-friendly regions of dub-techno. Following a solid minute and a half of letting his drum programming take the lead amongst a cloud of noise, Thefft eventually introduces layers of fuzzy, ever-evolving chords which weave in and out as the unquestionably deep bass moves things along in a slightly laid-back fashion underneath it all. After giving "Stares" a listen below, you can download the whole EP for the price of "Pay What You Want" (and your email) over at the Cut imprint's Bandcamp.
When we tagged young UK producer Submerse as a Bubblin' artist earlier this year, we mentioned his move toward harder, bass-driven sounds—and although this unreleased track, "Your All Mine," isn't a raucous banger, it certainly drives. The tune finds Submerse masterfully taking soft string-synth pads, gentle trumpet sounds, lilting piano melodies, and sultry contemporary R&B vocals and laying them over seemingly incongruous hard-edged drum patterns, a heavy kick, and a solid bassline to create a piece of catchy, almost romantic 2-step.
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