So it seems the juke/footwork thing is taking over the UK Funky craze in the whole drums-are-taking-over-the-world era. It’s great to see Chicago and Detroit (I know, I know, Distal is from Atlanta and Clicks & Whistles are from North Carolina, but I’m talking about the sound, dammit!) returning to dominance in a world that seemed perpetually bound by London and New York.
Step forward Clicks & Whistles. With the help of Embassy Recordings boss Distal, they’re releasing a new two-track single. To celebrate, XLR8R are offering up Distal’s remix of their new track, ‘Cranberry Juice’. As I say, it’s drum-heavy and demonstrates the boys really know they’re way around an 808.
Grab the remix below and then buy the whole thing when it comes out on May 2. Delicious.
OK, so I’m a little late getting on this one but one of my favourite hip-hop (sort of) producers has put out a new album on his own Chinese Man Records imprint. The new LP is a bit of a departure from the Groove Sessions but still incorporates a lot of Eastern influences and Hip-Hop drum patterns, except this time there are elements of dub and IDM thrown in.
As one would expect having heard his previous efforts, turntablism comes to the fore (in a world where such techniques have become a lost art). It’s an imaginative and ambitious effort but one that flows together well and really draws the listener in.
The new LP is out now from all your favourite sound vendors.
It’s not often I get sent good music completely out of the blue, but yesterday I found two stunning releases in my inbox: The Amazing Gaijin’s collaboration with DJ Moms and then this little gem from Roleo. A Sydney-based producer, he’s pretty new to the game and something of a fresh face, although the less than flattering press shot he sent me tells a different story.
It’s hard to classify his style beyond “electronic”, as vague and meaningless as that term is. It does, however, incorporate a broad range of styles including Hip-Hop, Dubstep, IDM, Electro and Garage. Australian tastemaker Cyclic Defrost describes him as being “as good as Joker or Starkey, but keeps the beat firmly hip hop”.
Whatever the style or genre, it’s heavy music that’s not for the faint of heart. You can grab the EP from Addictech, Juno and iTunes starting from now.
Bass wizard and Super bossRaffertie has recently signed to the all-powerful Ninja Tune. To celebrate the fact he’s offering every person who signs up to his mailing list a free download of his new track ‘Not Asleep, Not Awake’.
Ninja Tune have also announced they will be releasing his debut LP early next year. You can get your copy of the new tune by signing up to the mailing list here.
The Top Billin team pretty much have an impeccable taste in music; so it’s no surprise that their latest discovery, The Amazing Gaijin, aka Jean Hughes Kabuiku, has collaborated with DJ Moms on a phenomenal debut EP. Out in June, it features a b-side ‘Mad Bird’ and stellar remixes from Jay Fay and Subvader.
It’s a storming Electro number that sounds like a buzzsaw going off in a migraine and it features that trademark Parisian dancefloor-ready drive that we’ve come to know and love in Electro. Of course, it retains a nod to Disco and the sounds that helped shape French dance music whilst keeping it progressive and forward-thinking.
Check out the title track from the duo below, via Gaijin’s Soundcloud page then grab the EP when it comes out in June:
Those wonderful folks at Hotflush have announced the release of a stunning compilation of their finest talent. Resident Advisor observantly points out, “Back and 4th shows a label evolving in real-time” from the old guard of Scuba, FaltyDL and Boxcutter through to the new wave of UK Funky producers such as Untold, Roska and James Blake.
It’s a rip-roaring ride through a phenomenal amount of classics. It really is constantly surprising just how many of the biggest producers are with Hotflush. It really is a stunning collection and a great way to explore the label if you’re looking to expand your tastes.
01. Sepalcure: Taking You Back
02. Boxcutter: LOADtime
03. Boddika: Warehouse
04. dBridge: Knew You Were The 1
05. Scuba: Feel It
06. FaltyDL: Regret
07. Sigha: Fold
08. George FitzGerald: We Bilateral
09. Incyde: Axis
10. Roska: Measureless Disc Two
01. Mount Kimbie: Sketch on Glass
02. Scuba: Twitch (Jamie Vex’d Remix)
03. Joy Orbison: Hyph Mngo
04. Mount Kimbie: Maybes (James Blake Remix)
05. Sigha: Expansions
06. Untold: Just For You (Roska Remix)
07. Scuba: Tense
08. Untold: Sweat
09. Pangaea: Bear Witness
10. TRG & Dub U: Losing Marbles (2562 Remix)
San Fransiscan NastyNasty has been brewing up a storm with his latest discovery The Weeknd. As with the surge of The XX remixes that followed their meteoric ascent to notoriety, so do the remixes, edits and bootlegs of The Weeknd’s back catalog.
Of course, the quality of these remixes varies from negligible to astounding. One remix in particular falls into the latter camp, that of NastyNasty himself. It’s a classy juke reworking of what is essentially a dubbed out soulful number and I can really see these guys taking off.
Check out his reworking of ‘High For This’ and then check out their ‘House Of Ballons’ mixtape which has been downloaded over two hundred thousand times since it was released. Oh, and the best part is they’re both free. What nice chaps.
Yes, it’s been over a decade but Alec Empire and Nic Endo are back with CX Kidtronik and a whole butt-load of rage and bitterness. What with the governments on both sides of the Atlantic being simultaneously the most dickless and sinister regimes we’ve ever experienced it’s the perfect time for their return.
They’re kicking off the build up with what promises to be a storming performance at Bang Face in May. The new LP, I’m told, promises their trademark digital hardcore, harsh jungle and breakcore beats and the most aggressive punk we’ve heard in a long time and is to be released on Dim Mak.
The new look ATR also includes the previously mentioned CX Kidtronik, who has also been joining Nine Inch Nails in their recent endeavours, which will surely add a certain wildcard element to proceedings given NIN’s exploration of more ambient soundscapes.
It could well be that the world has move on since the breaks-fuelled political anger of 90s Berlin, or it could simply be that we all need a good kick up the arse and they’re the folks to do it. I’m going with the latter.