Modular Pursuits, released as a vinyl only synth project in 2010, receives a stellar rework by Daphni aka Caribou on this limited copy repress. Daphni takes "No Boundaries" to another level by reshaping the track according to his own unique sound palette. Listen below to this funky tech house release:
After yesterday's Mount Kimbie remix the generous Star Slinger, pulls out yet another treat from his seemingly bottomless gift back. This time it's Rihanna's "We Found Love" that gets refixed and the results are astonishing. As expected the vocal gets chopped up and the beat is in the red. Listen to or download below:
Leaving no stone unturned, Brit beatmaker Star Slinger offers up yet another bootleg refix (check out his recent refix for Drake's "Over My Dead Body" here) just in time for Christmas. Star Slinger applies his characteristic vaccum pumped, ultra-compressed beats all over Mount Kimbie's "Before I Move Off" from their brilliant Crooks & Lovers LP. Listen to or download the track below:
Lowtec returns with his second release on Nonplus Records further developing his signature Berlin tech-house sound tailored for the dance floor. On A-side "Coldred", Lowtec uses a sustained female vocal and bubbly synths layered over a degraded beat with impressive results. This head turner will surely prick your ears and lift your spirit. Preview below:
Released on the small label Fauxpas Musik in Hamburg, Phidias (a monicker referring to the ancient Greek sculptor/architect) releases the "Latina" EP pressed on limited clear vinyl. This three track 12" with early morning techno vibes is littered with sensational beats and ambient melodies. Preview this prisitine EP below:
Joker is back with a vengeance on this killer remix of Redlight's new single "Get Out of My Head". The track is reminiscent of Joker's approach one of our favorite of his tracks, the purple dubstep anthem "The Vision (Let Me Breathe)" (watch the video of that track here). Preview this bound to be massive tune below:
The Walls album "Coracle" is one of our favorite of this year and the duo has been on our radar ever since. Following on that success, this ambient techno remix of Django Django's "Default" is aurally exciting stuff. Listen to it here.
Machinedrum consists of one half of Red Cup favorite project of this year: Sepalcure. Machinedrum track "U Don't Survive" has been reworked by the man behind another favorite record of this year: SBTRKT. Needless to say the results sounds as good as they....sound. Listen below:
Four Tet recently dropped in on London's Rinse FM and played a two hour mix for the audience, you can head on over here to listen to the entire thing if you didn’t catch it the first time around and you should cause you will be better for it!
With major support among his peers, Sasha Carassi remixes "Obey Time" on the EP of the same title released on International Sound Laboratory. This is a solid dance floor track with a heavy bassline and minimalistic atmospheric sounds. Listen to a track of this wicked EP below:
Something different today from b£b£ Tune$’ (James Ferraro’s new sideproject.) Mixtape inhale c-4 $$$$$ is packed with 80’s synths, samples, bleeps & bloops, bouncing rhythms and auto tune, all like you have never heard before. Stream "MADNE$$" below and if you like what you hear hit the link to download the full 14 track mixtape
Listen to this sneak preview of an unreleased Burial song entitled "Ashtray Wasp" ripped from a world exclusive premiere on Rinse FM. Ok so it's not the full 8 minutes of the track, which should be seeing the light of day on Hyperdub sometime in the near future, but any Burial news is big news here at Red Cup. The song is along the same lines as his previous EP which is a good omen of things to come. Listen below:
There was a time when finding a decent chill electronic album was as easy as walking into any European commercial music store and picking one of the establishment's top ten CDs. Since the early 00s it's gotten increasingly more difficult to find a long player with a chill aesthetic, pristine production and good songs from beginning to end. Aeroc's "R+B=?" LP out today on Ghostly International has accomplished just that. With a minimal and sometimes organic sound palette, rhythms ranging from hip-hop to techno and the elegant addition of guitar, Aeroc combines many influences to forge a sound that builds on the chill of the early 00s, the melodies of Morr Music, Berlin techno and French minimal. Sit back, relax and stream the entire album below:
As you may or may not know, we have a little tradition going here at Red Cup of posting two TriAngle releases together. We like to call this (almost) feature Tri Angle Bi Post (check out the first and second ones too). It seems that while a TriAngle has three sides the label's good news usually come in two. This time the good news came in the form of a Bleep exclusive digital compilation (check out the exclusive tee shirt too) of the online shop's favorite tracks from the label's roster plus exclusive remixes of two Holy Other tracks.
First up is the label's latest signing The Haxan Cloak and his remix of Holy Other's "Feel Something" off the "With U" EP. The remix is multifaceted and changes direction a number of times starting off in ominous territory and then back to eerie minimalism. Listen to it below:
Next up is Andy Stott's remix of Holy Other's "Know Where". Here the sound of the original is further degraded with a resulting cheap sampler/dusty organic cavern feel. The rhythm is driven and hypnotic, the sort of primal techno Andy Stott is know for. Listen to it below:
Ayshay is the recording alias of Fatima Al Qadiri. Based in New York, but born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait. Her debut EP Warn-U was released on Tri Angle records recently and was Inspired by Sunni and Shiite Muslim worship songs, Warn-U is built 100% from Al Qadiri’s own voice, re-pitched and manipulated to mimic everything from century-old ghosts to Autotune chart pop.
FACT mix 307 is subtitled Ayshay’s ‘Surrender’ mix, and is dedicated to the Fade to Mind crew (Kingdom, Mike Q, etc), Dave Quam, Azizaman and DJ Rashad and Spinn’s Ghettoteknitianz clique and a pretty unique mix.
Head over to the website of the currently anonymoys collaborative project Close and listen to the posted tracks to get a sense of just how huge this is going to be. We're looking forward to hearing more, especially since we read that Scuba is involved in this. Until then you can listen to our download their excellent remix of Little Dragon's "Crystalfilm" below:
The Cadenza remix of Peaking Lights' "Amazing and Wonderful"hits all the right chords, turning the original into a dubby and exotic celebration of the potential of electronic music. The whole affair is grounded in dubstep with a witchy twist. We love how the beat kicks in with a Rick Ross characteristic 'ha!' ad lib. Listen below:
The Creators Project put together a 6 plus minute video feature on Jamie Smith, better known as Jamie xx, one third of The xx and a prolific remixer and producer whose work spans a diverse range of musical styles.
He’s had some high profile collaborations that have brought The xx’s signature industrial sounds, hollow bass whisperings and clapping beats to a wide range of performers, from the Grammy-nominated pop of Adele, to the indie gloom of Radiohead, the orchestral sounds of Florence + the Machine and the introspective musings of Gil Scott-Heron‘s last studio album I’m New Here—remixing each into electronically-haunted melodies layered atop laid back, clubby percussions.
With a new album from The xx on the way, Smith reflects on his teenage years raving at Mass in Brixton, why it’s best not to over analyse why you like a certain track and the myriad musical influences that informed his own unique audio style, ranging from jazz, soul, hip-hop, drum n’ bass, disco and electronic music. He also talks about the importance of live performance and his ambition to develop an electronic instrument that leaves room for the human.
While The xx’s new material was informed by their partying, when it comes to making the beats, Smith likes to keep it simple using Logic, Space Echo, preamps, and the occasional CASIO to give the band their emotive, electronically-soaked sound. Watch the video profile above to hear more about the humble music mastermind’s creative process.
Skream and Benga, the dubstep media darlings, who along with Artwork, took the genre to mainstream levels with their collaborative project Magnetic Man, are taking their sound back underground with a new 5 track split EP that will be available for free download at scionav.com later on today. Until then listen to Skream's massive "Phat Head" below or download it for free in exchange for you e-mail address:
Last week a side-project made up of Depeche Mode founding members Martin Gore and Vince Clarke (also of Erasure) entitled VCMG was announced (listen to the "Spock" EP title track here). What really got us excited though was this FACT exclusive remix of "Spock" by Regis, which you can listen to below. Regis is known for deep atmospherics and a primal techno sound, yet on this remix there's a lot more going on in the field of melody too:
Released on Prosthetic Recordings with Silent Servant and Forward Strategy Group contributing high-calibre remixes, Donor's new "Ends Meet" EP is a quality underground dancefloor record that meets the expectations we have from the talented producers involved:
Glasgow based Dam Mantle reworks YADi track "Sahara Heart" into an epically cavernous post-dubstep that is as poppy as it is experimental. A very interesting listen from this young producer whose work has been on our radar since we first heard one if his earliest tracks "Rebong". Listen to or download for free "Sahara Heart" (Dam Mantle remix 320) below:
Loops Haunt's EP "Ark" was released on November 28th on Bristol based label Black Acre Records. The title track is essentially a massive slab of experimental dubstep with a sound palette ranging from Rustie's glassy synth leads and buzzy basslines to early Warp atmospherics. Listen to "Ark" below:
Unfortunately we weren't able to see Keep Shelly in Athens at their live show last weekend in their hometown at Bios. Nonetheless, we were extremely proud and excited when we heard that the duo would be the first Greek act to be signed on the the seminal Planet μ label. We grew up to the music of labelhead Mike Paradinas aka μ-ziq, who has since played a crucial part in shaping modern electronic music both with his own early productions but also through his trend setting and cutting-edge roster choices on his record label.
While the blogosphere has already been buzzing about Keep Shelly in Athens since their beginnings, this signing serves as a reaffirmation of the massive potential held by the pair. Their first EP on Planet μ is entitled "Campus Martius" and will be releasing on December 5th. You can pre-order and preview the tracks here. The EP demonstrates a darker approach to their sound that we had already noticed on previous single "Our Own Dream". You can also listen to or download their remix of Solar Bears' "Cub" below, which will also feature on the EP and, as stated by the label, was the track that first caught their attention or check out the title track right after: