Archive for August, 2012
If you’re talking about exciting underground producers, two of the first names out of anyone’s hat should always be Igor Tchkotoua and Dan Duncan (aka Pig & Dan), whose distinctive mixture of influences has given them a sound that is both innovative and easily recognizable, since they first joined forces back in 1999. Right now, it seems like there’s a non-stop flow of success in the air around these two musical madmen. Their last Bedrock release (“Machines”) in April 2012 was a Beatport Top 5 smash and now “Emotions”/”Let The Show Begin” raises the bar even higher.
From the twisted vocalized intro to the deep, deep bass and subtle synth hooks and drops, “Emotions” is, quite simply, a soulful electronic masterpiece. Whilst “Let The Show Begin”, with its quirky nod to Mr. Mojo Risin’, displays a more direct and intense percussive edge to the powerhouse Pig & Dan arsenal.
Once again, it’s hats off to Bedrock for raising the bar even higher with each release. In this day and age to not only survive as an independent label, but also to flourish and constantly evolve by introducing new talent and pushing established artists to their creative best, is something that should be applauded.
Pig & Dan
Emotions / Let The Show Begin
2. Let The Show Begin
(Bedrock Digital) Beddigi24
Astro’s upcoming self-titled US debut, to be released September 4th.
A streaming preview of the album will debut next Monday on NPR Music. The Chilean indie sensations’ song “Panda” will appear in the upcoming EA Sports video game ‘FIFA 13’ as well as the new Bloomingdales television ad campaign: http://bcove.me/fn3qycw1
“Lovely, melodic, reverbed falsetto, epic/dreamlike synth effects and real rock ‘n’ roll drumming.” MTV IGGY
“Designers of one of the most universally beloved indie hits to come out of South America in years (“Maestro Distorsión”), Astro is also the protagonist of one of the most divisive young careers in our Iberoamerican pop landscape.” CLUB FONOGRAMA
Astro – Ciervos
Fusing carnival-esque breaks that are usually associated with UK Funky, the ferocious Bubble Bum is a rollercoaster of bongo drums, high-pitched synths and syncopated percussion. Aggressive as much as it is dancefloor-friendly it’s a myriad of twists and turns with the composition of sounds switching rapidly, all of which gives it serious potential to be a staple in the clubs for the coming months.
Quantum takes things into 8-bar grime territory with instantly gratifying drum stabs and futuristic synth melodies that are reminiscent of the purple sound of Bristol and the early grime sounds of Wizzbit aka Geeneus circa 2003. However PJam makes the track his own as his sinister chord progression gives the cut a narrative and his use of euphoric synths have made this something that wouldn’t sound out of place in an early 90’s Sega Mega Drive computer game.
The EP ends on a sombre and melancholic note with the deep and emotive SkyBoy - where the rough meets the smooth for some truly entertaining results. Touching upon elements of dubstep with a sauntering and atmospheric intro that explodes into a flurry of heavy drum breaks and snares, it’s akin to the funk-infused grime exploits of Swindle but propelled by PJam’s Jungle-inspired drum programming.
The Oxygen EP acts as a succinct introduction to the sounds of the North London based producer and will be the first of many instrumentals that will be finally be unleashed from the elusive producers’ archives.
Chrome Lips is a haunted house floating in the deepest reaches of space. Chrome Lips is a cloud of weed smoke, twisting into shapes that animate your nightmares. Chrome Lips is Versailles drenched in red light, monarchical monsters roaming its halls. Chrome Lips is the new flesh. The collaborative album from Chicago production duoSupreme Cuts and 16 year old Barbados based rapper Haleek Maul, Chrome Lips is one of the most arresting, dangerously original rap releases of 2012.
The Peach Kings New York City Dates
8/28/12 Harvard & Stone Los Angeles, CA
9/6/12 Union Hall Brooklyn, NY
9/8/12 Pianos NYC, NY
9/9/12 Cameos Brooklyn, NY
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Dum Dum: A laser etched Limited Edition 12″ White Label.
A debut on vinyl from Baauer, in preparation for his first full EP on LuckyMe Records. Brain illustration by Eclair Fifi.
A1 Dum Dum
A2 My Nose
“Do your thing, just make sure you’re ahead of the game”, warns ‘Game’, the opening salvo of Release, Pangaea’s new double EP for Hessle Audio. It’s a statement of intent for the entire record, reflecting the increasingly idiosyncratic nature of his music. Release’s eight tracks are entities unto themselves, each a natural evolutionary continuation of the rough and rolling pirate radio techno he began to culture on last year’s Hex and Inna Daze 12″s.
Since his early releases, Pangaea’s music has expanded to reflect the growing diversity of dancefloors, reaching outward to integrate jungle, hardcore, techno and house into its rhythmic axis. The result is an incendiary hybrid form rooted in UK hardcore traditions, where ruffneck MC chatter, static-addled voices and sinewy melodies slip in and out of earshot like ghosts channelled from raves past.
These base materials are put to a variety of different uses across Release’s length. Foremost among them is a swung and sub-heavy vision of UK techno, informed by a love of pirate radio and sound-system music. So instead of remaining locked to a four-to-the-floor pulse, rhythms are splayed outwards into vortices – swirling assemblages of kicks, woodblocks and shrapnel that weave in and around one another. ‘Majestic 12′ explodes from the blocks at blistering speed, repeatedly switching in intensity across its length. Hi-hats keep time above roiling kick-drums on ‘Trouble’ and the aptly titled ‘Time Bomb’, which detonates with a billowing thud at the start of each bar.
Other tracks touch on ideas familiar from Pangaea’s earlier music, but twist them almost beyond recognition. Both ‘Game’ and the ‘Release’ are raw steppers’ tracks, but ruder and more abrasive than anything he’s released to date, while ‘Middleman’ offsets a halfstep shuffle with warm brassy melodies. Release saves its largest curveball for last, though, with the seething ambient of ‘High’, whose murky surfaces are pockmarked by bit-crushed screams.
label Hessle Audio
date 29 October 2012
format double EP = 2 x 12″ | CD | digital
4. Majestic 12
5. Time Bomb
As co-head of Hessle Audio alongside Pearson Sound and Ben UFO, Pangaea’s exploratory approach on Release also reflects the attitude that’s characterised both his and his label’s approach so far. As dubstep has fallen away, they have refused to simply follow many contemporaries into straightforward house and techno territory. Instead they take their influences as jumping-off points from which to explore, a method that’s led them along new and distinctive pathways in ever-noisier surroundings. Release is no exception – the building blocks used in its construction may be recognisable, but they work in a way you might not have heard before.