Brazilian producer Wehbba recently gave us his version of Chus & Ceballos and Richie Santana’s “Low Frequencies”, which originally came out back in 2004. This is thanks to Transmit’s Re-Transit series, where they take a certified classic and hand it off to some of the best producers around to remix it. Wehbba breathes a bit of fresh air into the original and beefs up the sub bass while keeping that techno vibe. Make sure you pick it up on Beatport here!
The DJ/Producer duo KMLN is releasing their first EP with Sol Selectas. The EP, titled Alhambra, is KMLN’s reflection on their “mutual love for culture, real musicianship, syncopated beats, organic instruments, and modern electronic richness. The music paints a picture of their love for travel and the excitement of physically diving into a different country’s culture.” Alhambra features two KMLN original tracks and two remixes of the title track by Nico Stojan, but I’m going to highlight “Walam.” The combination of percussion, exotic instrumentation, and beautiful samples of a man speaking in Arabic make “Walam” unique and intriguing. “Walam” was inspired by what the duo experienced on a trip to Bali, Indonesia. Listen to a preview of “Walam” here:
Lane 8 and Matthew Dear‘s collaboration on Rise, “Undercover,” is starting to look like it will be one of Anjunadeep’s crown jewels through the end of 2015. The track, marked by its rolling rhythm and Lane 8′s bubbly sensitivity, is picking up speed as house heads continue to discover and fall in love with its graceful melodies and pop-loaded twinkles. Friday saw an official release of “Undercover” as a single with a collection of remixes.
While the Wankelmut and Eekkoo remixes have their own strengths, the remix by Finland’s Yotto stands apart from the whole as it takes a detour into Maceo Plex and Röyksopp-tinged territory. Evolving throughout the piece, oftentimes blending trance and deep house before introducing elements of ambient techno, Yotto’s take on “Undercover” is a powerhouse that lifts and lifts into electronica laced ecstasy made even more euphoric by Yotto’s repurposing of Dear’s vocals. The beauty then comes full circle just before the remix’s final drop: a sentimental flow which culminates into a jaw-dropping, hands in the air finale that rises to the occasion. And the occasion, in this case, is the opportunity to wrap yourself in warm and fuzzy fuzzies.
Listen to Yotto’s rework below and pick up the full “Undercover” single EP on digital retailers.
The Blinkhorn Batch is a deliberate and meticulous selection of new dark, deep, and occasionally sinister sounds followed by a classic production of the same style. This ongoing series of posts is curated by Blisspop author Patrick Blinkhorn.
After a brief hiatus, I present the next installment of The Blinkhorn Batch. It’s been a little more than a month since The Blinkhorn #3, so as you can imagine, I have a bunch of great new jams for you. Grab your favorite pair of headphones or speakers and settle in for this musical journey.
I’m going to start off a little differently – I normally write about dark/sinister techno and deep house, but I’m starting this post off with an indie dance slow burner – this one was simply too good to leave out. Last month, Leipzig based artist, Luvless, put out “Castles In The Sky” on Razor-N-Tape. Luvless sampled a classic, “Just The Two Of Us:”
No, no – not that version. While Will Smith’s “Just The Two Of Us” from his 1997 album Big Willie Style is a classic in its own right, Luvless got the sample from somewhere else:
NO! Luvless didn’t sample the Dr. Evil and Mini-Me “Just The Two Of Us” duet from the 1999 movie, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. I’ll stop playin’ now. He sampled the original “Just The Two Of Us,” which was recorded by Grover Washington, Jr. and Bill Withers in 1980. Listen to this smooth jazz gem here:
And listen to what Luvless did with it here:
Veering back to my usual techno and deep house, I’m going to point your attention to German DJ/Producer duo, Pan-Pot. I wrote about their The Other One EP back in July. Pan-Pot recently released a brilliant and eclectic selection of tracks in The Other LP. My top picks off of the LP (besides “808 Nirvana” and “Pina,” which I already wrote about) are “Optimistic Grey,” “Sleepless Feat. L.O.U,” “Riot,” “Broken Engine,” and “Twelve.” Listen to The Other LP here:
Suara is probably my favorite label this year because they put out compilations such as Kitties On Trance. If you enjoy “deep, vigorous, acid, dark, fun, [and] mellow” house and techno, this is for you. Every track on this compilation is gold. Listen:
Spanish duo Animal Picnic recently released an ethereal techno EP on Steyoyoke. Once again, all four tracks on Sinopsia are fantastic, but my two favorites are “Kraftika (Original Mix)” and “Ethorica (Original Mix).” Listen to the EP in its entirety:
Henry Saiz, another Spaniard, is known for the magic that comes out of his studio. And his remix of Groove Armada’s “Call Me” is no different – it’s guaranteed to cast a spell on you. The remix is forthcoming on Moda Black. Listen to it here:
Spanish artist Dennis Cruz put out some house fire with “Guetto (Original Mix).” He makes good use of samples and demonstrates his mastery in bass line creation in this track. “Guetto (Original Mix)” will be released on October 26:
Another Spain based duo, BLOND:ISH, uploaded the second track off of their forthcoming album, Welcome to the Present. The track, titled “Jupiter & Jaguar,” gets weird with some chanting samples, but that’s just how we like it here at Blisspop. Listen:
We’re closing in on the finish line – I promise.
I’ve written up every recent Tale Of Us release for one reason: their unique productions reign over all new music currently on my radar. The duo is not afraid to experiment, and no matter what they do, their music hits the spot every time. Listen to their upcoming release on R & S Records, “Silent Space:”
Oona Dahl has become a key name in the deep house/techno community. Whether its Lee Burridge singing her praises or one of her mixes or productions popping up in your social media, she’s everywhere. The Hallucienda / All Day I Dream affiliated and Berlin based artist is making all of these waves in the dance music community primarily because her talent lives up to the hype that artists such as Lee Burridge have surrounded her with. But don’t take my word for it – listen to her Burning Man 2015 Robot Heart set and hear for yourself why everyone’s talking about her:
And that concludes this week’s new music section of The Blinkhorn Batch. I normally end with a classic, but I’m going to change things up this week. Instead of looking to the past for new music, let’s look to the future.
Tale of Us has done a decent job of keeping their unreleased remix of Jamie xx’s “Gosh” under wraps – I haven’t seen them mention it on social media, they haven’t put it up on their Soundcloud, etc. Perhaps they know that they are sitting on what might be their best production yet and they are trying to build more hype around it as they play it out at select shows. Whatever their reason is for keeping it on the down low, several people ripped it from sets Tale of Us played the remix in and posted the rip to Soundcloud. Listen to this forthcoming fire from Tale of Us:
[Seeing that this is an unreleased remix, this Soundcloud track may be taken down. If that happens, search for "Jamie xx – Gosh (Tale of Us Remix)" on Soundcloud to find another recording.]
Rote, the collaborative effort of London based artists Daniel Avery and Volta-Face, released EP1 on BleeD this past Friday. Besides original mixes of “Rote 1″ and “Rote 2,” EP1 features remixes of the tracks by DJ Nobu and Svreca. Let this dark, sometimes trippy, and always sensational release take you away. Of the four, “Rote 2 (Original Mix)” is my favorite:
Listen to the rest here: