Brighton-based beat-maker Leon Vynehall chooses to hold on to his true identity. The DJ/producer has made some noise in the UK house scene as of late, and it easy to understand why as he effortlessly blends soul, funk, and disco music with the four on the floor sound we know and love. His latest cut, “Sister”, is being represented by the folks at AUS Music, the label that has been putting forth work from other UK house producers such as George Fitzgerald and Bicep.On Fitzgeralds label, ManMakeMusic, Leon released today a collaboration with Christian piers under the alias “Lazlo Dancehall“; check out that release here. The “Brother/Sister” EP will be out officially on June 10th, and you can pre-order the vinyl now via Boomkat.
If you dig “Sister”, check out Leon’s podcast for XLR8R, here; I recommend it.
Atom & John Doe
Hackman’s remix of synth-pop outfit Eli & Fur’s “Nightmares” unfolds at a leisurely pace. Throughout the track, the Leeds-based producer shuffles back and forth between downtempo soundscapes, composed of soft synths suspended over distant, demure vocals, and periods of dance floor friendly production.
Download over at XLR8R here.
DJ Stingray’s latest is entirely reminiscent of his appropriately late-night set at New Forms back in mid-September. Once taking the stage, the Detroit-based techno-legend darkened the atmosphere almost immediately, offering a frenzied mix of ominous, stripped-down electro that captivated every corner of the warehouse. If you missed it, you can listen and download it here. The masked producer recorded his set for XLR8R’s podcast series.
His remix of “Incoming!” will be present on Radioactive Man’s forthcoming vinyl version of his most recent LP, Waits and Measures. Keep an eye out for DJ Stingray’s upcoming record, F.T.N.W.O., as well.
There’s a lot to look out for from London-based producer Reso in the coming months. This autumn, Alex Melia will be unveiling not one but two new records: Check 1, an EP set to be released on October 15th and Tangram, his highly anticipated debut LP, which he playfully describes as “sci-fi, robots, anime, heavy metal, everything.”
To remind us that he’s hard at work, Melia has offered up an album outtake, which debuted on XLR8R yesterday afternoon. “Aegis,” a sprawling, low-key drum and bass piece, should keep your ears satisfied for the time being, while you wait for further tastes of the albums to surface. Listen below and follow the link here to download.
Early this morning, an exclusive tune crafted by Calski premiered on XLR8R, foreshadowing the sounds we can expect to be introduced to on the Bristol-based DJ/producer’s forthcoming EP St Andrews. As the title of the song suggests, “Temperate” is a piece that exercises moderation. Though intricately detailed, Calski maintains a spacious, refined atmosphere throughout, which pacifies with every note.
Download “Temperate” and listen to the showreel of St Andrews, out via Overcooked Records, below.
Download || Temperate – Calski
Danny Native, a producer based in the UK, recently shared this understated rolling filtered-house remix of Filterwolf’s “Brooklyn via Montmartre” (via XLR8R).
It breathes- and unfolds slowly over eight minutes- looping infectious piano rhythms, punctuated by random brass riffs and crash cymbals.
Friends of Friends is one of the most generous imprints out there. As those over at XLR8R have already pointed out, it’s rare that the label releases a record without at least one or two accompanying remixes and most of the time these edits are offered out free-of-charge.
In celebration of the warm weather (or whatever else you feel like revelling in), FoF have compiled a selection of reworked tracks from the first half of the year.
Summer’s here, and we wanted to bring you a collection of the FoF crew’s hottest remixes from the first half of 2012. You may remember a few of these from earlier this year, but we’ve got some new heat for you, and of course, RL Grime & Salva’s massive “Mercy” remix. So sit back, watch the fireworks, and download them all below.
(via Friends of Friends)
Download the collection here.
Rained The Whole Time (Nicolas Jaar Remix) x Number One (Hemsworth Blend) – Shlohmo
Nightmares of the Bottom (LOL Boys Edit) - Lil’ Wayne
Lost & Found (Ernest Gonzales Remix) – Lianne La Havas
Super Bass (Groundislava Remix) -Nicki Minaj
Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix) – Kanye West
Rack City (Tomas Barfod 909 Edit) – Tyga
Blame It (Groundislava Cool Mix) – Jamie Foxx
Crew Love ft. The Weeknd (Shlohmo Remix) – Drake
Bristolian, Daniel Pearce, (aka Eats Everything,) bestowed a delightful gift upon his followers via his Soundcloud this past Thursday, June the 21st. I Still Love Tric Trac is Eat’s Everything’s rendition of Switch’s original, titled, I Still Love You, released through UK-based Dubsided, on September 30th of 2011. Switch is a classic UK house producer, and not to mention, XLR8R’s 2007 artist of the year. Eats Everything draws elements from Jungle and Early Rave music, combines them, then uses this figurative nail-polish overtop of Switch’s solid original, producing an illustrious manicure.
Andrea Martin wailing “I still love you,” is absolutely evocative.
Download | I Still Love Tric Trac [recommended]
See Previously: Introducing | Eats Everything
Today, Italian beatmaker Indian Wells has introduced himself with Night Drops, his debut album out on Bad Panda. The record, which is slightly reminiscent of Shlohmo‘s Bad Vibes, is seamlessly woven together by a backbeat of samples taken from tennis matches (hence the title of the opening track, “Wimbledon 1980″). The volleys essentially compose the rhythm.
The title tune premiered today on XLR8R and has been offered up free-of-charge. Download the song below and if you’re into it, stream the entire album over at XLR8R here. You can also order a limited edition, hand signed and numbered CD version here.
Download || Night Drops – Indian Wells
Stuart Howard has already thoroughly demonstrated his knack for crafting refreshing and emotionally driven beat tunes. However, with each release, the Essex-born producer manages to expand on his signature sound, solidifying his position as a dominant presence in this ever-evolving beat scene.
Lapalux‘s latest jam follows his acclaimed XLR8R Podcast, which provided a window into the “sounds that make him tick.” His rework of Slugabed‘s “Mountains Come Out of the Sky” is furnished with glimmering synths, elongated vocal samples and those characteristic off-kilter beats.
“Lapalux did something lovely with a track of mine. You can have it for free because you deserve it.”
See previously: Mario | Let Me Love You (Lapalux Bootleg Remix)
[Artwork for USA Club Mixes]
This ghetto-minimalist heavy- hitter spawned from an invitation to remix Parisian-born, Surkin‘s USA LP. The packed, after-hours dance floor is the environment targeted here by Night Slugs‘ co-founders, Alex Sushin (Bok Bok) and James Connolly (L-Vis 1990), making this number a label defining-track, of sorts, despite its release on the Marble imprint.
[L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok]
Here are some other notable contributions to the album: