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  • Hot Chip x William Onyeabor – “Atomic Bomb”
  • This fabulous Hot Chip cut – a cover of “Atomic Bomb” by William Onyeabor –…

    Read more articles like “Hot Chip x William Onyeabor – “Atomic Bomb”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Album Stream: Pure X – Angel
  • Around this time last year, Pure X’s Crawling Up The Stairs cemented its place among my…

    Read more articles like “Album Stream: Pure X – Angel” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Listen: Yumi Zouma x Air France – “It Feels Good to Be Around You”
  • Air France have been broken up for a few years, but their last single “It…

    Read more articles like “Listen: Yumi Zouma x Air France – “It Feels Good to Be Around You”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • mp3: Jerome LOL – “Feel It For the First Time”
  • If you’re a club music aficionado, you might recognize some elements of Jerome LOL’s new…

    Read more articles like “mp3: Jerome LOL – “Feel It For the First Time”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Video
    3:13, via 1015 Folsom
  • Old Money "Mothership (Lamin Fofana Remix)"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • NYC-by-way-of-Jamaica-and-Guyana duo Old Money will release its first EP for the global-minded Dutty Artz label this Friday, March 28.

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  • Rioux "Lucifer"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • Rioux is no stranger to XLR8R‘s Downloads feed, having been featured twice in the past couple months for his “Trails” and “Maze1” singles, and the Brooklyn-based producer returns once again today with a new ominous house cut called “Lucifer.” Said to be inspired by his “Detroit roots and time spent living in Berlin,” the third installment in Rioux’s monthly singles series travels in a differe

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  • Trees "Rootwork (DJ F Restructure)"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • Ann Arbor resident Charles Trees (or simply Trees, pictured above) crafts tangled hybrids that tie together sections of hip-hop, jazz, and electronics into adventurous formations. Over the years, his work has landed on labels such as Moodgadget, Ghostly, Musique Large, and—as of next week—Madrid’s Lovemonk imprint, which will release the man’s Rootwork EP on March 31. Alongside the four original productions which grace the upcoming effort’s tracklist is this remix from the violently un-Googleable DJ F, who reins in “Rootwork” by bringing the focus squarely on cascading layers of synths and a set of dusty breaks. Before the rest of Trees’ new EP hits on Monday, the entire affair—which includes a remix from Ghostly mainstay Shigeto—can be streamed after the jump.

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  • Plastician to release album of remastered early ’00s material, with remixes set to follow
  • Plastician to release album of remastered early ’00s material, with remixes set to follow
  • Plastician is set to release a 20+ track album of old material from his days producing as Plasticman (not to be confused with Plastikman, the Richie Hawtin alias that forced Plastician to change his name). Speaking to FACT, the grime […]
  • Watch Kraftwerk’s 1970 television debut in full
  • Footage surfaces of the band before they looked — or sounded — like Kraftwerk. After forming in 1970, Kraftwerk made their German television debut on Rockpalast. For the first time, their full 40-minute performance has appeared online. With long hair […]
  • Listen to TeeFLii’s DJ Mustard-produced ’24 Hours’, featuring 2 Chainz
  • Competition: Two copies of the Suburban Base comp “The History of Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass: 1991 – 1997″ up for grabs
    3:13, via Phuturelabs
  • Suburban Base recently released a brilliant 3 CD retrospective of their finest moments, get your hands on a copy for free.
  • Stay Plugged In 03
    3:13, via LessThan3
  • Stay Plugged In 03
    3:13, via LessThan3
  • Stay Plugged In 03
    3:13, via LessThan3
  • This installment of Stay Plugged In brings you three analog synthesizers with an abundance of knob and slider-tweaking fun. Manipulate the controls on these synths, and you are sure to come up with some very interesting and unique, but usable noises for your sonic arsenal. De La Mancha Basic 65 We kick it off retro-style […]

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  • Möwe – Call You Home (Kelvin Jones Bootleg)
  • Home (həʊm/noun) – a place where something flourishes. This is a dedicated to the lovers. To the grinders. To those of you writhing to the beat of this tune as you shuffle through the tracks here. Whether it is the pounding base that starts the song off, giving your body the tempo to work off […]
  • Wild Beasts – “A Simple Beautiful Truth” (East India…
  • Wild Beasts – “A Simple Beautiful Truth” (East India Youth Remix)

  • Daughter – “Love” (BAILE Remix)
  • Daughter – “Love” (BAILE Remix)

  • Hot Chip – “Atomic Bomb” (William Onyeabor…
  • Hot Chip – “Atomic Bomb” (William Onyeabor Cover)

    On April 19th, for Record Store Day, David Byrne’s label Luaka Bop will release a collection of covers and remixes of the African analog synth master, William Onyeabor. Check out Hot Chip’s contribution, a cover of “Atomic Bomb”, above.

  • Illum Sphere – “Spectre Vex”
    On April 19th, for…

  • Illum Sphere – “Spectre Vex

    On April 19th, for Record Store Day, Manchester-based producer Illum Sphere is releasing a new EP called ‘Spectre Vex’. The follow-up to this year’s debut LP ‘Ghosts Of Then And Nowfeatures two new tracks, plus remixes from fellow electronic outsiders Legowelt, Lone, Charles Manier / James T. Cotton (aka Dabrye) and UK legend Zed Bias. Listen to its title track above.

  • Talos – “Tethered Bones”
    [directed by Brendan Canty…

  • Talos – “Tethered Bones”

    [directed by Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost]

  • Yumi Zouma – “It Feels Good To Be Around You” (ft….
  • Yumi Zouma – “It Feels Good To Be Around You” (ft. Air France)

    In honour of 2 years since the breakup of Air France, Yumi Zouma have released an amazing cover of “It Feels Good To Be Around You,” with a lil vocal help from Joel + Henrik themselves. Enjoy.

  • Aquilo – “Part Of Your Life”
    Silverdale based…

  • Aquilo – “Part Of Your Life”

    Silverdale based alternative duo Aquilo are back with the second song from their upcoming self-titled debut EP, due out on 7th April through Believe Recordings. Listen to the beautiful Part Of Your Lifeabove.

  • DARKSIDE – “Planet Caravan” (Black Sabbath Cover)
  • DARKSIDE – “Planet Caravan” (Black Sabbath Cover)

  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Hunter Hunted on band roles, touring,
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Hunter Hunted on band roles, touring,
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Hunter Hunted on band roles, touring,
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Hunter Hunted on band roles, touring,
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Hunter Hunted on band roles, touring,
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • Hunter Hunted have fought a long and winding road to their current position as rising stars of feel-good indie pop. We let them rest their road-weary behind in the RV and got some stories from the road as well as dirt on who is the “tour dad” and who writes their infamous Instagram captions…
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Goldroom on collaboration, friendship, and growing up on a boat
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Goldroom on collaboration, friendship, and growing up on a boat
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Goldroom on collaboration, friendship, and growing up on a boat
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Goldroom on collaboration, friendship, and growing up on a boat
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • [SXSW INTERVIEW] Goldroom on collaboration, friendship, and growing up on a boat
    3:13, via The Burning Ear
  • Besides being one of the best sources of excellent music in recent years, Goldroom pretty much perfectly embodies the California Limited spirit of living our dreams under the sun. We hung out for Breakfast tacos on the Saturday morning of SXSW (ouch) and talked about his time spent on a boat as a kid, the […]
  • Interview: KESPER & SLIPSTONE RECORDS
    3:13, via HUSH HOUSE
  • Interview: KESPER & SLIPSTONE RECORDS
    3:13, via HUSH HOUSE
  • Interview: KESPER & SLIPSTONE RECORDS
    3:13, via HUSH HOUSE
  • Interview: KESPER & SLIPSTONE RECORDS
    3:13, via HUSH HOUSE
  • Interview: KESPER & SLIPSTONE RECORDS
    3:13, via HUSH HOUSE
  • Interview: KESPER & SLIPSTONE RECORDS
    3:13, via HUSH HOUSE
  • Local record labels seem to be a dying breed of late. The financial costs too high, the returns too low. Fortunately, there are still some people wanting to make a go of it. Enter Slipstone Records. I caught up with founder Chris I’Anson and label debutant Kesper (aka Chris Pawlik) about Slipstone, the release and drunken house party agreements.

    Good to talk to you guys. To start off, what was your inspiration behind starting the label?
    CI: At the end of last year I was getting a bit sick of the same sounds being used and churned around. There wasn’t anything that I wanted to hear really – I was being sent promos that all sounded like each other. It all just got a bit old. I was bored of seeing the same names on the same labels. Don’t get me wrong, the tracks were good, but it wasn’t anything groundbreaking. Then, I had a little trip abroad to Berlin, and I’d be lying if I said that didn’t influence me. When I was there I just heard a lot of really, really good stuff. When I came back I was hearing the same old house sounds, and I thought, I could do something new. Felt like the right sort of time too, university work was growing a bit stale, and I didn’t want to go into that straight away. So I thought, what do I love? Music, so I’m gonna do that.
    Nowadays, a lot of people starting labels shy away from vinyl because of the expense and the perception of it being a dying art. How important was it that your label was going to revolve around vinyl?
    CI: It’s very important. For me, playing vinyl is more fun than playing digital tunes, but it’s about the whole experience – the cover, the sleeve. Doing an arts degree, being able to do the creative side of the record, it can be my creative output; the vinyl, the cover, all the extras you’ll get with the record. I don’t know, digital is kind of throw away. I just love vinyl, and at the end of the day, you’ve got to do what you love.
    Very true. I’ve been meaning to ask, what was the reasoning behind the name?
    CI: I was having a lot of trouble coming up with the name really – I thought for ages. I’m an outdoorsy guy so I wanted to give it an outdoorsy feel, but the names I came up for that didn’t really work. Then I thought back to when I grew up, and near there, there’s a climbing crag called Slipstone rocks. I always loved going there and I loved the name. So I thought, let’s have that. I really like the name and so far the people I’ve talked to like it as well.
    Yeah, I’m a fan. A question to both of you – Who approached who when it came to the first release?
    K: I think I commented on one of Chris’ mixes on soundcloud.
    CI: Yeah it was a bit weird really.
    K: I don’t think we’d have found each other if I hadn’t…
    CI: Yeah you commented on my mix, then I checked your tunes out. I messaged you – you had a profile picture that didn’t show who you were – but I assumed it was probably someone I knew from BPM or the Leeds scene. Turns out we hadn’t met. This was about six or seven months ago, and when I decided to start the label, I thought Chris would be right for it.
    K: Yeah, you approached me at a house party.
    CI: Is that where it was?
    K: Yeah…I told you had I had some tunes for you.
    CI: I can’t remember…
    Where all the best relationships start….
    CI: Haha yeah. We were just dancing in the main room, Chris was right next to me but I hadn’t realised. 
    Kesper [photo credit: Bryony Eacott]


    Kesper, have you always produced the same sort of music that’s being put out on Slipstone?

    KWell, one of the first ever tracks I remixed – an Anton Lanski tune – kinda kicked things off for me, the structure of the track, the way it sounds. Ambience and atmosphere have always been a huge part of my productions so I wanted consistency, that floaty-ness and breath of fresh air you get with those sort of tunes. So I’ve just been sticking with that, and I feel this release is a result of the tunes I’ve made before – lots of different sub-genres, minimal techno but also the ambient side of things too. Yeah…we just did it, just happened.
    I know you’re associated with the Bristol-based Banoffie Pies – how influential were they in your release?
    K: Those guys have been massively inspirational. They just had this idea and they went for it, and you know, I’m kinda following on from that they’ve done, but up in Leeds. 
    Are you thinking long term with Slipstone, Chris? Anything lined up, future releases?
    CI: I’m kind of taking it easy at the moment. I’m not doing this to churn releases out, to get content out there. If I’m approached or I find some good stuff, I’ll get in touch and try and get something out, but at the moment I’m in no rush. I have got my eyes on a few people, but no solid plans at the moment. We want to focus on quality output, the pressing, the artwork, everything.
    The artwork seems like an important part of the release – you’ve mentioned previously about getting local artists involved?
    CI: Yeah, I want to get as many people involved as possible – if we can make it a community label, it’s more likely to succeed, and the easier it is for people to promote their sounds. It’s difficult in the music scene and I feel it’s important that people help each other out, so I want to do that as much as possible.
    I noticed from the promo video that there seemed to be a space theme, was that deliberate? 
    K: Yeah, we wanted the EP to have a concept. 
    CI: A lot of people are starting labels but there isn’t a unique selling point. With this release, the sound, the image – it all works together. 
    K: Yeah, we wanted to make it concrete with the first release, we felt it was important. It was in line with our own vision and other people’s feedback.

    Have you got a date for release?
    CI: May 4th and we’re doing the launch night on May 7th.
    You must feel like it’s gone incredibly quickly. What is it…six months from conception to release?
    CI: Yeah, it’s gone so fast. Rather than thinking a week in advance, at the moment I’m thinking months in advance.
    K: It’s hard to stick to that plan as well. There’s always delays, issues…
    Well, I commend you for it.
    CI: Thanks. We’re trying to add as much value to the vinyl release as possible. Hand screen-printed artwork and a few more treats that are going to be in there…yeah. If you’re going to invest in a physical piece of media, you want to get your money’s worth. 
    Appreciate you talking to me today guys. To finish, Kesper – favourite tune at the moment (and not your own)? 
    KIt’s actually a free download, by these two amazing eastern european producers, Gorje Hewek & Izhevski.
    And Chris, if you could sign anyone to your label, who would it be?

    CI: I love the sounds and have been inspired a lot by Oliver Schories, a guy who’s not got much of a rep round here compared to on the continent. He, and sounds similar, are a huge inspiration to me. But maybe not for the label, well not yet at least…

    Moonwalk EP – Kesper [Slipstone]

    [SLIPSTONE001] is out May 4th.

  • The Future Never Comes
    3:13, via ReqEffect
  • The next project from Benjamin Wynn, otherwise known as Deru, officially launched today with the Los Angeles based musician asking people to share their history by uploading poignant photographs to an online gallery at an interactive website. Over a year
  • Like A Bad Penny
    3:13, via ReqEffect
  • The recent association between Asher Levitas from Old Apparatus and writer/visual artist Michael Crowe titled Penny has just seen the release of a self-titled EP on the newly formed Overshare Records. Featuring three inventive tracks of ‘spectral R&B, mutant techno,
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • [Experimental/Indie] Pattern Is Movement – River
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement have made their self-titled new album available for streaming a week before its scheduled release.
    Their first record … Continue reading »
  • [Soul/R&B] Young & Sick – Heartache Fetish
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • Oh man, talk about a song that tugs on those heartstrings.
    Nick Van Hofwegan, better known as the artist Young & Sick, released … Continue reading »
  • Lolo || Gangsters (XY Constant Remix)
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  • Vancouver Sleep Clinic || Flaws
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  • Rosie Lowe || Right Thing (Andrea Remix)
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  • On The House: Platinum Free Downloads of The Week
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  • On The House: Platinum Free Downloads of The Week
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  • On The House: Platinum Free Downloads of The Week
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  • On The House: Platinum Free Downloads of The Week
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  • On The House: Platinum Free Downloads of The Week
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  • It’s common knowledge these days that most artists only make good money touring. For us, that means more musicians are willing to release their beautiful tunes for free. But with millions of complimentary tracks floating across the internet, who has time to vet hours upon hours of new music? Platinum does. So put your feet up and download that track already—it’s free.

    And while we all know there are millions of great tracks across the internet that you can download for free, we also know that not everyone has time to scroll through endless pages of blog posts—sometimes, you just want to put your feet up and download a free track already.  Luckily for all you nice people, Platinum is here to make that happen, each and every week.

    Spazzkid – At Fault (feat. There Is A Fox)

    Experimental LA producer Spazzkid just gifted us his wonderful collaboration with There Is A Fox. The result is bubbly, blissful, and will have you daydreaming out the window in no time. 

    Nadastrom – Fat Boys

    If there's one person who knows how to give away a free download it's BBC Radio1 mainstay (and all around awesome person) Annie Mac. As part of her weekly musical giveaway she recruited the moombahton masters, Nadastrom, to throw one down gratis for all of us. You're one click away from turning it up.

    Tippy Toes – Love (feat. Reggie Watts)

    Paul McCartney said it back in 1964 and the same remains true today. You just can't put a price on love. Which is why this disco heater from Tippy Toes and funny man Reggie Watts is 100% free of charge. 

    J.Phlip – Wurk

    Dirtybird member bass-sweetheart J.Phlip seems to always get it. You just worked all day and are finally able to put your feet up and chill. Who wants to work even more in search of some quality music? The only "Wurk" required here is hitting that download button. 

    Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Autograf Remix)

    Remixing Steve Wonder can often lead to questionable consequences, especially if you're trying to improve on the already-perfect anthem "Superstition." Miraculously, chill-house outfit Autograf seems to have a nailed it. Listen for yourself. 

  • Crate Expectations: Joris Voorn
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  • Crate Expectations: Joris Voorn
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  • Crate Expectations: Joris Voorn
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  • Crate Expectations: Joris Voorn
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  • Crate Expectations: Joris Voorn
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  • Crate Expectations: Joris Voorn
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  • Crate Expectations: Joris Voorn
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  • Crate Expectations: Joris Voorn
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  • Photo by Krijn Van Noordwijk

    Like most people, DJs and producers have specific songs tied to events throughout their lives. In Crate Expectations, we extract a playlist from their memories to tell their story. This week's subject: Joris Voorn.

    THUMP: What's the first song you ever loved?
    Joris Voorn: When I was twelve years old, I didn’t know what dance music was, but Lil Louis’ “French Kiss” made quite an impression. I’m still wondering if it had something to do with the vocals in the track.

    What are the first two songs you ever mixed together?
    Maybe not the very first two songs I’ve mixed together because I simply wouldn’t know. But in my eclectic early days I found out how to mix Alan Braxe’s “Vertigo (Thomas Bangalter Virgo Mix)” at the right moment into Run-DMC vs. Jason Nevins’ “It’s Like That” to make the perfect mash-up mix. It was way before the days of Traktor and its awesome sync button, so it took some skill keeping the two tracks playing together for a couple of minutes, but the payoff was an explosion on the dance floor.

    What is your worst guilty pleasure song?
    Kim Wilde’s “Cambodia,” I always loved this song when I was young. There’s something very mysterious about it. The super melancholic melody and plastic synthesizers are extremely catchy and the singing is so fragile. It must be about something very sad. I never listened to the lyrics though, so I don’t know what she’s singing about, which makes it even more mysterious.

    What song have you had on repeat in the last month?
    “Eastern Highlands” by Rina Mushonga. She is an incredibly talented singer from Amsterdam who has a very eclectic background. She’s hard to pin down musically, but I’ve loved it since the moment I first heard it. I approached her and asked if I could remix it, which I’ve been doing over the last few weeks.

    Which track of your own do you like the most?
    I think “Ringo” must be one of my favorites. It’s sometimes unreal to hear the crowd response when I play it in my sets. I always take down the music a little and let the melody come in quietly. There’s a huge buzz that starts spreading through the room when people start recognizing it. I’ve had some more successful records, but “Ringo” is something special.

    What track of your own do you dislike the most?
    I had to think about this one for a while, but I’ve always had mixed feelings about “Chase The Mouse.” I wasn’t even really sure about releasing it because I just made the track as a gimmick, but it got to the Beatport number one spot and became one of my best selling tracks. I definitely don’t play it at every set, and it doesn’t even feel like one of my own classics.

    What's the last song you want to hear before the lights go on?
    There are always a few, but the one I’ve been playing most over the last two years is my own edit of Saint Germain’s “Rose Rouge.” The original song is irresistible, but I gave it just that little extra something to let it be the perfect ending of any great night.

    Catch Joris Voorn at the Ovum + Black Butter Showcase and Ants at SLS South Beach this week in Miami.

  • Listen to Octo Octa’s Oddball House Jam, "Cause I Love You"
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  • There is a sickness infecting our airwaves, and it is the staid wave of predictable house music known as "mom house." I'm not sure who to blame for this epidemic—lazy producers, the always-near-bursting-but-not-just-yet EDM bubble, or house music's intrinsic formula. But why did God create suffering on this fair earth? So that we can better appreciate the efforts of the pure-hearted and brave, duh.

    On the other end of the spectrum, you've got Octo Octa (Brooklyn's Michael Bouldry-Morrison). Octo Octa is out there on the front line, fighting the scourges of mom house with his slightly screwy house tracks—and he's got one of the sweetest handlebar moustaches we've seen in a minute. "Cause I Love You," the title track off his new EP on 100% Silk, is eccentrically wonky, with vocal samples layered elaborately over tumbling, scattershot percussion. But the effect is still warmly uplifting, and ultimately rings true to the vintage house sound. Only a disciplined devotee schooled in house music's framework would be able to tap dance so deftly outside of them. 

    Michelle is dancing her way to Miami – @MichelleLHOOQ

  • Stream a Track from Kerri Chandler’s Protégés
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  • Stream a Track from Kerri Chandler’s Protégés
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  • Thousands of house producers were influenced by New Jersey don Kerri Chandler, but only a select few can claim to be his protégé. Two of those lucky few, UK beatmakers Benson Herbert and Leo Picking, have pooled their talents to form the duo Voyeur, and in 2012, they debuted on Chandler's MadTech imprint. This month, they returned with the Rain Away EP, which bears all the hallmarks of a Chandler devotée: on "Gone Away" warm bass tones and moody jazz keys volley between blows from a kick drum and tidy hi-hat rhythms. Check out the rest of the Rain Away EP below.

  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • UK Garage’s New School Stars Discuss the Future of 2-Step
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  • It's hard to keep track of UK 2-step garage and its countless permutations. New terms seem to crop up every few months—future garage, nu-garage, post-garage, post-dubstep—and all this change is making us want to re-rewind back to the good old days of classic 2-step. Of course, there's no turning back the clock, so we've satisfied our craving for throwback beats by looking to the handful of new school producers who have drawn inspiration from the genre's origins. These guys conjure the same feeling of joy we used to get from DJ EZ's Pure Garage compilations, but they also incorporate fresh elements into their productions, like deeper basslines and new-school vocal chirps. We caught up with some of the artists who champion the 2-step sound of the late 90s and early 2000s in their contemporary productions, and are blazing a trail for UK garage 2.0.

    DJ Q

    Location: Huddersfield, England
    "I first came across garage music way back when speed garage was kicking around, stuff like Armand van Helden's remixes—that was around '96 or '97. I was hooked instantly; it was slightly different from the stuff I had previously heard. I was young, so my exposure to garage was through CDs, vinyl, and tape packs."

    "My style of garage is a blend of everything that has influenced me during the many years I've appreciated the genre. I like to think my garage tracks have the full package: heavy basslines, swinging beats, melodies, and sick vocal chops—something you can't help but bop your head to. If I'm making a track and I'm not bopping my head while making it, then I know it's no good. The bass influences come from Wookie, and my beats are influenced by Steve Gurley. The way I chop vocals, I'd say that's heavily influenced by people like Todd Edwards and Dem 2."

    "To be honest, I'm not sure about the future of garage music—it all depends on how the music gets labeled in the media. Quite a lot of garage tracks have broken into the mainstream over the last 18 months, but it never gets labeled as garage, for some reason. For me, garage is still as strong as ever. There's a few exciting producers who all bring their unique twist to the sound, so it'll be interesting."

    ROYAL-T

    Location: Southampton, England
    "I first came across garage music probably through my brother and his cassette tape packs. I always heard him listening to them in his bedroom, and, after hearing them for the first time, I just loved the vibe and was excited to seek out more. I remember every other day carefully stealing and replacing one tape at a time, taking them to school and listening to them on my walkman. I didn't know who the DJs or MCs were, or who the tunes were by—but I knew I was listening to something I couldn't turn on the TV and see."

    "Garage gives me the means to experiment with whatever I want. It depends on the vibe: If I'm feeling soulful, I’ll drop some Rhodes on the track and just jazz things up. Or, if I'm looking to make something to smash down a rave, I’ll be looking at a whole different palette of sounds to orchestrate it. That's why I enjoy making it; the groove always acts like a bed for any emotion I really want to get out on the track, and I can still make it work and call it garage. I just want people to feel what I felt like back then, listening to these tracks for the first time."

    "I would really love to take more garage to the USA and across the world. I feel like England is spoiled for choice, at times. I think garage will always be talked about and routed as one of the most important genres in the last 20 years, and I will never fall out of love with it and will continue making it. You can't hold back the sound."

    STAR ONE

    Location: London, England
    "When I was little, a friend's brother had a tape pack that my friends and I got ahold of and used to listen to." -Joe
    "I used to steal Joe's SideWinder tape packs when I was about 12." -Adam
    "We've had some quite melodic tracks, like our our first track, 'Respect.' If we're doing remixes, sometimes the original track leads us—our recent remix of the Cuban Brothers carries on the original's feel-good melody. But there are also some more bass-y, hard-hitting tracks that lean more toward grime, like 'Wanted Man.'" -Adam

    "I think garage will continue to inspire other productions and be morphed and molded into new genres. There are people like DJ Q and Conducta who are making almost throwback ‘90s garage, with a little twist. Then there’s also the growing movement of Jersey Club; I see a bit of garage influence in that as well. Producers nowadays are always merging old influences into new stuff—people like Falcons from the USA and the Soulection movement definitely excite me." -Adam

    CONDUCTA

    Location: Bristol, England
    "My earliest encounters with garage music were as a child, scrolling through the various music channels—The Box, Kiss, etc.—and seeing videos like Craig David’s 'Rewind' and '21 Seconds' from So Solid Crew on MTV Base. Then, I remember my god brother driving me round listening to DJ EZ CDs, and there, the foundation was laid."

    "I always try to make my productions melodic, punchy, and bassy. Those three elements make the project well-rounded. Each element is as important as each other. With the melodic element, it enables me to be creative with all kinds of bass, whether it's punchy, bass-heavy, or sub-orientated and subtle. Emphasis on percussion also enhances the production value of a tune, and attention to detail can make all the difference to whether you're making a song for the raves or song for the iPod."

    "It’s evident that there has been a renaissance in the garage scene recently, which has been great, and I believe the future looks good. Nevertheless, I think there's still a large misconception that UK garage is just for Bank Holidays or that 'Flowers' and Craig David define the genre. Up-and-coming producers like Moony D and DJ D are pushing boundaries, as are established names like Star One, Spooky, Flava D, and Royal T, so the future looks bright. The support and appreciation from legends like DJ EZ and Groove Chronicles is encouraging too. They’re really supporting us producers in sets and subsequently revitalizing the scene. All of this can eventually lead to eradicating the bias towards 'old school' garage and will allow music listeners to embrace the current state of the scene."

    FLAVA D

    Flava D is on that "I don't do interviews" grind, but we ain't mad. The first lady of the British underground label Butterz has built a reputation on the strength of her thumping, bass-heavy garage productions, which are laced with '90s R&B samples. Later this month, she's set to turn in On My Mind, a collaborative EP she made with label mate Royal-T. All hail.

     

    Joseph 'JP' Patterson is a UK-based music writer and radio host. He’s on Twitter: @Jpizzledizzle

  • Tour the Real Miami Underground with House Gangster Jesse Perez
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  • Miami House gangster Jesse Perez is well-versed in the art of keeping it real—as if you couldn't tell from his 2 Live Crew-influenced tracks with names like "This Girl (Be Sucking That Dick)," "Any Freaks Out There," and "The Juice Maker." Perez's smooth-yet-dirty sound has intrigued the Brits and Euros alike, leading to releases on Heidi's Jackathon Jams label, Ellen Allien's BPitch Control outpost, and Hot Creations. 

     

    This week at the Winter Music Conference, you might want to be careful 'cuz Jesse may very well steal your girlfriend—and if you won't be hitting the beach with us, make sure you visit his Soundcloud for a selection of Miami-themed mixes and tunes that will get you hella hyphy anyways. He'll be holding it down at Electric Pickle, but he's also playing this afternoon (Wednesday) at the Mr. Nice Guy Pastelito Party at the Clevelander. If you happen to be enjoying the Floridian sun, be advised that you don't have to only wile out on South Beach with your bros. Dade County has plenty of other delights to offer; here are a few straight from Perez himself. 

    "You can visit South Beach to enjoy the water and overpriced foods. Or, you can rent a car and explore what Miami truly has to offer. I'm gonna start from the bottom—for me, Miami is all of Dade County, places like Homestead, Cutler Ridge, Kendall, and Hialeah.

    I picked out some cool spots that I visit pretty often. Many of these places are unique in some way, and it's why I would never move out of Miami. Let's start from the bottom and make our way up to the north of Miami."

    Robert Is Here Fruit Stand

    Let's start this tour at Robert Is Here. This is one of those places people will drive to from North Miami, 45 minutes away, just to get a milkshake—they are that fuckin' good. Best of all, they have goats and donkeys in the back. You can grab food off of the buckets they provide to feed the animals. 

    Macita's Restaurant

    If you head about 15 mins north, you'll find Macita's Restaurant in Cutler Ridge. They have the best empanadas around and their main courses are second to none. You'll most likely end up with some change out of a $50 note too.

    Miami Zoo

    Miami has one of the best zoos in the nation, believe me. If you're lucky and quick with your camera, you might be able to snap a photo like this one. It's a bit different from all the "wildlife" you'll see on the strip at South Beach; These animals probably know how to behave better.

    Versailles Restaurant

    You'll find Versailles on 8th Street in the heart of Miami. Don't be fooled by the fancy Francophile name; it's a Cuban joint. This is Miami, after all. You can have a sit-down dinner or lunch here, but the best part of Cuban restaurants like this one is that they have a take-out window. I'd suggest ordering a Pan con Bistec, an Iron Beer soda and before you head out to your next destination, have some Cuban coffee—it'll keep you going the rest of the day!

    Executive Palace Motel

    One of the most underrated things in Miami is the motel district. Also located on 8th Street, you'll find over 50 pay-by-the-hour motels such as the Executive Palace, where you can rent a room like the one in this photo for $40 for 3 hrs, or $70 for the night. I doubt that $348-a-night room you're thinking about getting on South Beach has disco lights and mirrors on the ceilings. Come on man, live a little!

    Wynwood Walls

    This place is starting to get a lot of hype, and for good reason. This is definitely a place worth checking out. Lots of cool artists have transformed the area of Wynwood into something really magical. There are plenty of places to eat close by as well, so you can munch as you walk the art-filled streets.

    Sweat Records

    Head a little north, and you'll discover Sweat Records. It's one of the last record stores you'll find in Miami, and one of the few in the world that has a cafe in it. You can trawl through the stacks of vinyl while having an espresso or tea.

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