Piff Gang will be playing their first ever headlining show at Birthdays in Dalston on December 10, and are getting the public ready with a new video for "Tanqueray & Piff". You can buy your tickets to the show here , and look out for a new mixtape to drop later in the week.
Kuhn hooked us up with Kings , his sophomore effort on London's Civil Music . It was around this time last year that he brought us the fantastic Slime Beach EP, and Kings is filled with four diverse uptempo club tracks that sample eclectic sonic palettes, footwork-inspired rhythmic complexities, and feature a guest spot from his brother in arms Obey City . “Boombox” is my personal favorite from the release, merging hyper-pitched rave stabs [...]
There has been an outstanding amount of support behind Cashmere Cat 's Mirror Maru EP, and the Ed Banger Records crew have picked up on this by having him remix the latest by Feadz & Kito . The official remix will be out on Monday, and you can check out the one minute teaser via Ed Banger 's soundcloud .
Featurette is another leap for Letherette , who have shed their loop-heavy beat exteriors in favor of uptempo house rhythms and traditional song structures. Guest appearances from Jed & Lucia add an exciting new dimension to their work, and set up the work we'll be hearing on the full length that due early next year. You can purchase the EP on vinyl here through Ninja Tune , and look out for the digital when it drops on November 27th.
I've been following Ambassadeurs ever since the release of M.O.P.E. almost a year and a half ago. He's been slowing unveiling new tracks like Duke Red , now culminating in the debut release from his fledgling label Lost Tribe . His solo work is elegantly constructed and incredibly intricate, so I'm eager to see what other sorts of stuff he'll be putting out. The debut 123 is due out November 26th, so stay tuned to their page to find out how to order it.
All I know about Illstrtd is that he's from Melbourne, and that he (thankfully) sent us his fantastic track Violet Sunset . It is instantly engaging and energetic, while still leaving room for slow thoughtful moments. He's got a handful of gems up on his soundcloud so be sure to snag those before it's too late.
I am still convinced that Captain Murphy is a multimedia project led by Flying Lotus . Through this lens, Du∆lity comments on his cult-like status among a new beat generation, and the exceptional thirty minute video that accompanies it goes beyond anything I've seen from his contemporaries. You can download a standard version of the album here before the deluxe edition drops on November 28th. Flying Lotus - Between Friends (feat. Earl Sweatshirt + [...]
I am usually all about dark experimental sounds this time of year, but after returning from a weekend in the woods of Vermont (talk about dark and cold), I'm yearning for a glimmer of pop. Luckily Lindstrøm has stepped in with a vocal edit of "Vōs-Sākō-Rv", from his recent album Smalhans . This track is beyond upbeat, making it nearly impossible to avoid dancing, and easily curing me from the post-vacation blues. Grab the free download below and purchase the rest of the album here .
Chromavision is back with their latest episode, this time focusing on another of our favorites, Shigeto . The producer sat down to discuss his music-making history, and to offer sound words of advice. "My dad said, 'When someone tells you you shouldn't do something, that's when you should do it.'"
fLako's "Mating Dance" swirls in complex layers and genres, juxtaposing latin percussion with r&b harmonies, live guitar, and solemn electronic instrumentation to create a sound we've fallen in love with over the last few months. Dirg Gerner has built an impressively diverse catalog with his releases on Project: Mooncircle and Ho Tep Records , and Ecolsure is sure to articulate an even wilder frontier. You can download "Mating Dance" for free over at XLR8R before the entire EP is out [...]
Rumtum sent over a fantastic little mini EP at the beginning of the week, and has coalesced with Monster Rally on an EP they're calling Coasting . "Veil" is my favorite beat from the album, and you've got to pre-order one of only 250 vinyls they're pressing for the release here . Veil by Monster Rally & RUMTUM
Kaytranada 's remix of Janet Jackson 's "If" is impeccable, replacing the original 's new jack swing with head-nodding rhythms and a lush layer of vocals that add new dimension to the chorus. You can download higher quality versions here and here , and check him out with AraabMuzik & Baauer on the 24th. Janet Jackson - If (Kaytranada Remix) Janet Jackson - If (Kaytranada [...]
For some reason unknown, I have not yet publicly proclaimed my love for Angel Haze . In a world where being a female rapper can be a hyper-sexualized gimmick, she is one of the few that seems really real. Not to mention that she is incredibly talented, spitting her flows unbelievably fast, cutting people down with every word. Here we find her collaborating with our longtime love Lunice on a new track, "Gimme That". The incredible folks over at Yours Truly produced this video documenting the experience. [...]
The Wild Knights recent release, their Presence EP , definitely doesn't put itself into a box. They genre-hop from track to track, and while I usually love me a cohesive album, I'm letting it slide because they pull it off so well. From delicate instrumental work, to near-classic house, to club-ready bass music this EP will certainly take you on a journey. Check out a few of my favorite tracks below.
YUS may not be considered pop by most definitions, but his work definitely shows sign of influence, and it's that aspect that has this track on repeat for me. "Nowadays" starts out with addictive pseudo-pop vocals then eventually the beat kicks in and the aural atmosphere expands to reveal a lushly layered electronic track. He's amazingly giving this out $1 through his bandcamp , so don't sleep.
"Relax Dude" is the first we're hearing from Snacs , a New York-based producer who reached out with a soundcloud that's filled with great work. "Relax" opens with a gurgle of soft water and ambient textures, eventually unfolding with a semi-intelligible r&b melodies need to be thrown on repeat. Check out the EP on his bandcamp if you're digging this.
Between You And Me's recent Crystal Aquarium EP caught me off guard and had me hooked. He's back with the two-track Fall EP to commemorate the season. You can preview the tracks below, and then grab them for free via his soundcloud .
I woke up this morning to an email about Two Inch Punch 's remix of Rhye ( Robin Hannibal + Mike Milosh ), who transforms the sly piano ballad into an outstanding confluence of their styles. They also included a video of the track being synchronized to swimmers that's too good to miss. Rhye - The Fall (Two Inch Punch's Can't You Stay Rework)
Three years of writing a music blog has completely killed my patience. I've become a person that decides whether or not I like a song in the first 30 seconds. All of this is to say that my patience for mixes has waned. If you're going to get me for 30+ minutes, that shit has to be GOOD. This new mixtape from Star Slinger held my attention from the first second and I found myself unable to turn it off. You've got an instant dance party at your fingertips here, use it wisely. If [...]
Ceremony Recordings sent over the video for Bam Spacey 's "Dessa Bränder", which features the artist submerged in a serene wash of colors and textures. Don't sleep on his Land EP. Bam Spacey - Dessa bränder from Ceremony on Vimeo .