The marvellous Shy FX released 'Raver' quite some time ago but just recently, the whole release has been made available for free.
The video for 'Raver' features a bewildering number of cameos ranging from AC Slater to Peter Waterman. It's almost a game in itself, spotting people. The tune itself features Kano, Donae'o and Roses Gabor (of Gorillaz fame) as well as a whole host of remixes from the likes of Breakage, Benny Page and the mighty MJ Cole.
Philadelphia resident Starkey has a new EP out on Civil Music label. The 12 track release — 5 originals, 6 remixes and one narration track — is as expansive as it is ambitious. It harks back to his IDM roots with a science fiction-inspired spoken word track as well as sprawling soundscapes and cold bleeps.
It also comes with a pretty solid bunch of remixes, with Ital Tek and Rudi Zygadlo’s remixes of 'Playing With Fire' and 'Paradise' respectively outshining the others. Grab a copy of it at 7digital.
Berlin resident Jason Forrest has released a brand new EP under his own name, the first in six years. The new EP, entitled 'Utopia' is a noise-driven beast with more than a penchant for melody.
The new EP was born from a meeting between Forrest and Brian Miller (head of the LA-based Deathbomb Arc) when they discussed the possibility of him contributing to the Deathbomb Arc digital singles club. Instead, Jason opted to release a full four-track EP ahead of the full-length LP scheduled for 2011.
The release is a departure from his recent club-friendly bass productions. It marks a return to the more leftfield, intricate productions he cut his teeth on 6+ years ago. It's epic stuff, featuring uptempo melodies that build gradually to distorted peaks and troughs with eerie synth lines.
There's still an element of his beloved prog rock and even hints at disco, progressing the sort of sounds used in 2004's 'Shamelessly Exciting'. Preview the first track from the EP, 'Ciccone Youth', below and then download the whole thing free here.
Damon Albarn's current project, Gorillaz, performed at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge over the weekend, accompanied by singer Daley. They performed very low-key versions of their new single 'Doncamatic' as well as 'Melancholy Hill', as well as a stunning cover of The XX's 'Crystalised'. You can watch the three videos below (via Some Kind of Awesome)
I've always loved Droon since he was making nasty, harsh as hell breakcore/mashups. I mean, anyone who's heard Cripplefight knows this is one hugely entertaining producer.
Sadly, with the demise of breakcore a lot of these sort of productions fell out of favour as DJs started making cleaner, more pronounced house and bass music. Most DJs either jumped ship and started on electro or they simply sank into obscurity. Sadly, Droon kinda falls into both categories.
01 Bonnie "Prince" Billy 'All The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands' 02 The Gregory Brothers - 'The Dress Looks Nice on You' 03 Derek Webb - 'In The Devil's Territory' 04 Joshua James - 'To Be Alone With You' 05 Damion Suomi - 'Abraham' 06 Unwed Sailor - 'Sister' 07 Wakey!Wakey! - 'Size Too Small' 08 Elin Smith - 'We Won't Need Legs to Stand' 09 DM Stith - 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find' 10 Half-Handed Cloud - 'He Woke Me Up Again' 11 Carl Hauck - 'Seven Swans' 12 David Crowder*Band - 'The Transfiguration' 13 Jason Harrod - 'I Went Dancing With My Sister' (B-side) 14 Shannon Stephens - 'Waste of What Your Kids Won't Have' (B-side) 15 Inlets - 'Borderline' (B-side)
To celebrate our first birthday we asked two of our favourite DJs, BD1982 and Jubilee, to put together a mix each so we could release them both instead of the usual once-a-month deal. We put Brian's mix out two weeks ago and now it's Jess's turn.
Sharam Jey has a new single out, entitled 'The Things', which features Tommie Sunshine on vocals. It also features a huge heap of remixes, including efforts from Junior Sanchez, Cuberpunkers, Funkerman, Acid Washed and more.