As with all the best indie bands pervading the spotify playlists of only coolest cats, we are now privy to a slew of awesome Sleigh Bells remixes from the likes of Diplo and Kingdom. Diplo’s remix is, of course, taking the interwebs by storm.
If you like your choons a bit slower and dubbier then check out Kingdom’s version. It’s kind of minimalist in its approach but it makes a hell of a lot from such a basic pallete. It’s super glitchy and super sexy. Put it on if you want some loving.
The Diplo remix is by far my favourite but I’m still going to post the Kingdom one since it’s awesome anyway, and I’m just kind like that. If you like your guitars metal and your drum beats fast and heavy then download Diplo’s effort.
It seems to be a running theme in this radio series that we feature long-running artists whose music spans a lot of genres. In the spirit of repeating oneself endlessly, here’s Chrissy Murderbot.
When jungle made a comeback about 5-10 years ago (around the time breakcore took off), there were a few big names who really stood out and surpassed the limits of the genre. They were DJ C, Bong-Ra, Aaron Spectre and, of course, Chrissy Murderbot (back then simply Murderbot).
Since then, he’s made electro, happy hardcore, dubstep, dancehall, hip-hop, R&B, juke, disco and pretty much everything else. Along with the wealth of strong releases on his own label, Sleazetone, his Year Of Mixtapes project was a colossus of variety – spanning pretty much every type of electronic music.
Almost a year ago, I met Chrissy at Bangface festival; shortly after he promised to contribute a mix to our precious series. And now he’s finally made good on that promise! It may have been a long time coming, but by god it was worth the wait!
It’s primarily a juke/footwork affair with elements of UK Funky, Dubstep, Electro and Dancehall sprinkled throughout. More exciting still, it also features five whole tracks from his forthcoming LP on Planet Mu.
Known for his production work for M.I.A., Baltimore’s Blaqstarr became pretty much the biggest export of the B’more club sound. Since then he’s taken the world by storm, collaborating with the likes of Diplo on the massive ‘Get Off’ and remixing the shit out of tracks for the aforementioned M.I.A. as well as Surkin and Flosstradamus.
And now there’s news of work on a new album. In his words, he will “go up into the clouds and grab all the bits and pieces of my dreams and experiences and put them in the air. When I come back to earth I’m Jamal and I listen to the music and I’m like damnnn, that blaqstarr dude is the shiiiet. That’s what Blaqstarr is to me, its higher self and beyond”.
Better be good. Right now, though, comes a new EP entitled ‘Devine’. The EP is his first on N.E.E.T. and is headed up by the single ‘Rider Girl’, a reworking of his previous hit ‘Ryda Girl’.
Another producer I’m really getting excited about at the minute is xxxy. There seems to be two strands of the Garage-revival/Funky explosion of late: the tawdry bedroom producers re-hashing MJ Cole and the like; and the more experimental, darker producers like L-Vis 1990, Zed Bias, Lil Silva and of course XXXY.
Bubbling over with arpeggiated synths (a sound xxxy has come to make his signature recently), this new offering from XXXY is a cut above the rest and definitely a track to keep coming back to. It clearly takes its cues from dubstep though there does remain a degree of separation between the two.
To buy the latest track ‘You Always Start It’, click on the arrow at the right hand side of the player below.
The unrelentingly awesome CREEP (consisting of Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard) have been making waves recently as the pretty much the artist to watch this year. With a sound that echoes the mood of The XX, it manages to avoid treading old ground.
Based in Brooklyn, the two Laurens have been garnering a lot of attention since their debut single ‘Days’ right at the tail end of last year on Young Turks. Featuring the vocal talents of Romy Madley Croft (of The XX), this single is already a staple of everyone’s playlists. I’d imagine an LP would be on the card but they appear to be focusing on collaborations and remixes at the moment.
Grab the Azari & III remix below and then go out and grab the full package yourself.
Those kind folks over at Nightshifters have released yet another free EP following on from the runaway success of Hostage’s ‘Roll’ EP and Rx’s ‘Bumble’ EP. This time it’s the turn of Bombaman and it’s a dark one, featuring UKF kicks and snares, heavy dubs, and moody synth lines.
The ‘mmeelloo ssttaarr’ EP features 4 original tracks and two remixes from Talk and Uggle. Grab the whole thing for free below and stay tuned for an upcoming podcast from the man himself on this very blog!
In the spirit of James Blake and Flying Lotus producing piano-driven electronic music, comes Austin Peralta; son of Z-boy skater and documentary maker Stacy Peralta. Having been signed to Flying Lotus‘ imprint Brainfeeder, we predict big things for this fresh-faced youngster.
Despite barely being out of nappies he’s already clocked up an impressive CV, working with the likes of Erykah Badu and Shafiq Husayn. FlyLo aka Steve Ellison describes this latest signing as “a step in the direction of where I want Brainfeeder to go. True musicianship as well as some interesting electronics.”
Keep your eyes peeled for his debut LP ‘Endless Planets’ on Brainfeeder and third to date on February 15, featuring collaborations with The Cinematic Orchestra and Heidi Vogel.
The Numbers crew has been a powerful force within the underground club scene for sometime now, garnering attention both over here and in the US. So when you hear they’re putting out a new EP, regardless of the artist, you know it’s at least worth a try. Step forward, North-London production team Ill Blu. If you haven’t heard them yet, where were you when they released Bellion on Hyperdub last year?
The new EP, entitled ‘Meltdown’, is set for a Valentine’s Day release, obviously. To get you and your lady/lad in the mood for some lowdown basslines, download ‘Blu Magic’ below and then check out their remix of Aaliyah’s ‘Rock The Boat’ for a tongue-in-cheek bassy romp. Sexy.