The collaboration A$AP Rocky enthusiastically Tweeted about recently has premiered, featuring the dark and dramatic sounds of French techno doyen, Gesaffelstein. With an unexpectedly gentle opening, A$AP’s lullaby intro shifts into scathing verses like: “the youth is my environment / inspire us responsibly / but they’d rather drop it like it’s hot / that wobble de wobble de” and “Just blame technology / democracy’s mockery.”
Overall, an interesting production, but not necessarily the gem I was expecting from these two. Thoughts?
British house heads Vanilla Ace and Dharkfunkh joined forces to go even deeper with label mate Rosario Galati’s “Deep In My Chest.” Smoothing out the original’s hyper, progressive leaning style, they created a sexy remix that emphasizes a killer bassline and sassy vocals, with an acid cherry on top.
Based in Munich, Déepalma Records has been thriving since March 2013, promoting a stellar roster of the deep house, nu disco, and Baleric house persuasion. Vanilla Ace was recently featured on the imprint’s podcast mix series, opening with his “Deep In My Chest” remix collab.
Harvey McKay’s music is designed to bring the bigroom boom, and his latest EP on Drumcode, following closely after Lost, is another stunning example of his emotive but tough style that’s perfect for massive sound systems.
His tracks thrive with an almost tangible kinetic force, and his knack for dramatic timing is uncanny, as a slight pause will inevitably lead to an explosion of bass. He does this especially well in “Silk Road,” which also features a propulsive vocal element similar to an earlier release he did for Cocoon called “Shake.”
In “Slip” McKay continues to pummel us with a driving kick drum against screeching, atmospheric synths, while ”Start Running” gains traction gradually, but still has an undeniably powerful energy from the start that comes crashing into high hats and a dark, bone-shaking bassline.
Once dwelling in the shadows of Glasgow’s underground club scene, Harvey McKay has become a favorite among Techno legends–notably, Adam Beyer, Sven Vath, and Richie Hawtin, who turned McKay’s breakthrough track “Nightwalker” into his most-played tune for a whopping 6 months.
In what is sure to be a glorious fusion of techno and hip hop, Gesaffelstein is joining forces with A$AP Rocky to produce a new track for the upcoming sci-fi thriller, Divergent.
With collaborative partnerships ranging from Skrillex to Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky is always willing to push his own boundaries. Gesaffelstein’s bromantic partner in crime, Brodinski, is known for his skill in DJing both hip hop and techno, and the two recently contributed to the production of Kanye West’s Yeezus album, so this new collab with A$AP suggests Gesaffelstein’s cameos in the hip hop scene may continue.
This is just another example of how the electronic and hip hop worlds keep colliding and inspiring each other, reminiscent of the early days of hip hop, when the emcee’s goal was to hype up the DJ. A lot has changed since those days, but collaboration is still the key to success.
As for the track itself, we don’t know much other than it will definitely be better than the A$AP/Skrilleypoo collab! And as for the film, if you bother watching the Divergent trailer you might notice a thematic similarity to The Hunger Games series, but we’ll have to wait until March to find out. The soundtrack will be released March 11th and features another collab to look forward to with Pia Mia and Chance the Rapper, produced by Clams Casino.
William Bevan, aka the legendary and ever-elusive Burial, has been hypnotizing us with his dark-n-dubby productions for years now, while managing to keep his visage largely out of the “picture”.
He just shared a smoldering selfie with the world via the Hyperdub site, along with a heart-warming message to fans, friends and family who have supported him and his music along the way.
This is certainly not the first time we’ve seen the face of Burial, but it’s easier to associate his image with the raw sketch of a hooded, angular character from the album artwork of Untrue. The trend of masked, mysterious DJs and producers has become quite popular, so it’s always exciting to get a more personal glimpse of the real human-being behind the persona.
Also, he promises some new productions as well as some old-but-unreleased material to come in 2014 – as long as Dark Souls 2 doesn’t prove too much of a distraction! While there are no definite details or release plans shared in the message, it’s nonetheless a surprising treat to hear from such a mysteriously quiet artist. You can check out his latest release for Kode9′s Hyperdub here, and with any luck, Burial’s new music won’t arrive too long after this.
This is what William had to say:
Hi this is will,
I just want to say thank you to anyone out there who liked my burial tunes & supported me over the years. its really appreciated. Massive thank you anyone who got my records & all producers, DJs, radio stations, labels, shops, writers & journalists.. anyone who played my tunes, gave them a listen, or helped me out with it, made me want to keep going with it. Also shout out anyone who sent me tunes, messages, anyone I met along the way & a big shout out to anyone who supports or does independent & underground music.
I want to do some new tunes this year to send to my boss Steve and the label because they’ve been going 10 years now and have stuck by me. Hopefully by the end of most years I have done some tunes that are decent enough to release. but Dark Souls 2 is on the horizon soon so I’m not sure if I will have many new tunes for a while because I need to play that game a lot. But I’m going to try to get some new tunes together before it comes out.
Also I want to go and find some old tunes I did that still sound alright and never came out.. It would be nice to finally put some of them out on vinyl one day.
Also I want to tell my Mum my Dad my brothers and my sister that I love them to bits. Big shout out to the UK & everywhere else. Cheers & respect to everyone and anyone…be safe & take care Will
Pearson Sound is known for his versatility, exploring diverse musical identities via his Ramadanman and Maurice Donovan alter-aliases. His latest 7″, appropriately named “Raindrops”, is evidence of an ever-evolving aesthetic. This truly experimental “beat-less” two-parter is the third release on his own Pearson Sound label. The minimalistic composition is both delicate and daring, uniquely Pearson, with a timeless quality that sets it apart from trending styles.
A leading presence in the UK dance music scene, Pearson Sound has played a set on the famous London Eye ferris wheel, lectured at Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, and aside from owning his own imprint, he also runs Hessle Audio with Ben Thomson (Ben UFO) and Kevin McAuley (Pangaea).
“Hey Now” is the song that started it all for London Grammar, from their debut album If You Wait. The trio was just nominated for British Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards 2014 and they’ve been attracting remixes upon remixes. British duo Bodhi produced an incredible reinterpretation of the already flawless track, turning up the tempo and adding some future garage flavor while still preserving the beauty of the original melody and vocals. “Hey Now” is due for official release March 16th on Metal & Dust Recordings Ltd.
Don’t let her sweet demeanor fool you – J.Phlip is a badass on the decks and in the studio, taking the signature, bass-laden Dirtybird sound and pushing it to new levels of rough-n-toughness. In her latest release “Say My Name,” she traverses the gritty depths of her unique style, which combines elements of house, techno, hip hop and acid.
She refused to reveal the source of the infectious vocal sample from a mysterious ghetto-tech record that is so flawlessly chopped and screwed in both the original and the “Say My Name on Acid” remix. “It took me years to track down that record,” she told Billboard. “I’m just not going to give it up to the public that easy.”
Breaking into the deep house scene with an air of mystery and backed by the growing prestige of Maceo Plex’s Ellum imprint, Gardens of God has produced a stunning debut EP called “Ys” that’s due for release in February.
Although his name is just starting to attract attention, it’s clear from the preview of his three-track EP that Mindaugas Lapinskis – aka Gardens of God – is an adept and practiced artist with more than a few tricks up his synthesizer.
The EP comes together in dramatic, cohesive synergy with atmospheric melodies, soulful vocals and pulsating basslines that Maceo Plex describes as “spooky sexy stuff.” Named for the mythical city of Breton that was swallowed by the ocean, “Ys” is certainly an expression of fantastic proportions.
“Are We” is quite possibly the standout track of the three. Featuring the amorous voice of Egle Sirvydyte, it has the same deep, dark and mesmerizing flavor as fellow Lithuanian Ten Walls’ “Gotham”, with great potential to be just as celebrated.
The title track “Ys” capitalizes on the powerful combination of undulating horns and chords, while “Apnea” rounds out the brooding mood with high strings and a dancefloor groove.
In the words of the man himself:
“Every track has its mood, mystic places and secrets. It’s like a garden with its own spirits and souls. Every track is like a garden of God.”
Maya Jane Coles is not only one of the most respected artists by her DJ/producer peers (even the inimitable Sven Väth had to admit he was impressed by her skills) she is an absolute fan favorite. Today she gave away “Dreamer”, one of the tunes from her Comfort in celebration of reaching 1 million followers on SoundCloud.
Part of her allure is that Maya Jane Coles has unbridled versatility–she DJs, produces, creates her own album art, AND does her own vocals, as is the case for “Dreamer.” Her talent is rare and she’s clearly not taking it, or her fans, for granted.