Beat badman Mike Gao recently put out a free-P entitled Quadruple Entendre on his frequent host label Huh What & Where. Heads nods are always a prerequisite when it comes to his sound–a characteristic taken obviously when considering him as a continuum of his roster mates like Bahwee, Juj, Elaquent as well as the sonic aesthetic of Low End Theory–but on this project the grooves you catch are more interesting than expected. Episodes of quick fire voc chops, ballroom HA, baltimore club and even a little footwork are found sprinkled throughout, forcing you to become unassuming when playing Quadruple front to back. You’ll go through EP more than once if you want to pick up on the minute details.
I’ve been attuned to the sounds of Felix Snow ever since hearing his productions on SZA’s S EP in April, on which he was responsible for a few R&B-conducive beats that the songstress worked over and above on. More recently the NYC producer has appeared on reputable rapper Deniro Farrar’s debut album, turning in one of the better beats on The Patriarch 2 on “Feel Right.” Gratefully, I was able to get the mastermind to turn in an exclusive mix for Speedy & Slow-Mo…but don’t look forward to gliding R&B or swaying rap products, and even more so don’t look forward to them being effortlessly interwoven. If you have dude on Soundcloud (which at this point should go without saying) than you have real-eyes’d his increasing propensity for dance tunes. Below you’ll find 30 retrofitted minutes of what Snow has dubbed “cassette house”: a selection of original house tracks with only a couple coming from others (and a couple of unreleased joints towards the end ;)) that were recorded to cassette. So throw the windows down in whatever you’re pushing and put this mix in—and that’s the CD drive, or your smartphone. Enjoy!!
$ines’ mix for SSENSE is everything that is perfect in my life right now. I really couldn’t have pieced together a better half-hour of music at this point in time with respect to what’s been floating around recently: The-Drum, one of my favorite club songs of late in YNGN/DJ Tricks’ “Steelo”, K Millz, Trippy Turtle, Uniique, Kingdom, and most of the M|O|D crew have spots in the Freshmore boss’s mix—my literal favorites. “Bitches Love Me,” a song you still redundantly hear on the radio, makes somewhat of a staining appearance as well (compared to what surrounds it), but the mix turns out to be a proper “club” one, so I guess it’s warranted. Absolutely loving this.
Booty Bakery colleagues Bongiovanni (pictured above) and Compton Chic have recently met minds for a new little something. “Never Felt So Right”, patiently sounding of with slow grooves and just enough percussive direction to answer the tropical underlay and (in this instance) very apt vocal cut arrives as one-off that prompts a lot of “what if?” with regards to future collabs. The two producers and residents of the same aforementioned Montreal-based party are situated at slightly different sonic divides along the electronic spectrum—Bongiovanni usually on some variety of house inspiration, and Chic most often intrigued by phased R&B production—but the track forms into something very appropriate of their considered differences, and I guess you are somewhat forced to say that both of the producer’s styles are club-aspirant. If that sample isn’t the same exact one Lockah used on his release of that neon shit a little while back for Donky Pitch, I can’t help but to be reminded of it.
Download the track here.
A day job and new responsibilities at a bigger publication (which is Prefix by the way) would have resulted in less blogging frequency on the part of myself over the past few weeks here on Speedy. Albeit, refreshing my Soundcloud feed still proves to be one of the most looked forward to parts of my day when I get around to it, and with that lament I bring you tonight some of my favorite cuts from my favorite producers from my favorite genre cohort that have been turned in recently. That genre is Jersey club for those who haven’t noticed yet.
Hit the jump for some club heaters from the likes of Pelican Fly, Cartel Music, or Brick Bandits-affiliated producers J Heat, K Millz, Mike Gip (pictured above), Dj Rell, Nadus, and Dj Tricks.
Xaphoon Jones’ recent mix for Australian radio station Triple J’s program Mix Up will go down in my book as one of the best mixes, at least of this past year. Over the past 5 years at minimum, the strongly Philly-tied producer has been popularly recognized as half of hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang, who, as reported by a post on the pair’s Facebook page last month, have indeterminately parted ways to focus on individual music efforts. Sure, Chiddy were a fun rap act over the course of their output together, but hearing Noah Breakfast as a singular producer headed down a purely electronic music-making path has been something I’ve been looking forward to enjoying for quite some time. I find his Triple J mix great in its content/selection, as any recorded mix can only be judged by: Sliink, Duke Dumont, Jeremih, Kingdom and that one track from JWLS that I don’t think is out yet are all somehow sewn cohesively together. His selections mirror my personal taste to a good degree, but more importantly, the 60 minutes propose a style that I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Xaphoon purport to as a producer with no limits as a hip-hop act.
London-stationed label MadTech has just surpassed its one-year anniversary and, alongside its habitual slew of EPs from various house and techno producers, has lived to see its fourteenth release in a separate, courteous series of free download one-offs. None other than Cream Dream—a familiar name to the usual Speedy reader at this point—has surrendered a cut to be the latest up for grabs. As a dude who it seems is always looking into the past for inspirational cues for his music, whether it be disco, soul or house, “Wonderful Night” should come as no surprise and to no deterrence. The 5-minute straightforward groover is a pleasant splice of the latter two mentioned genres and evokes a utopian night on the town.
Stowing away his formerly used techno and early aughts grime means to production is Lil Silva on this cut off of his forthcoming EP on London label Good Years. With two releases on the club-on-drugs typical Night Slugs already under his belt—not to mentioned the similarly veined inaugural EP on Good Years last year—you would expect the man to have found a solid, unabashed musical lane for himself, which is why I find his new single “Mask,” a slightly different direction, pretty surprising. The track leans more towards UK bass, but vocally accessible and nearly calls for rap verses. Can’t wait to hear the whole thing on August 5.
Back from her debut opus on Alpha Pup (January’s Replay Last Night), Astronautica has recently shown a sign of life with this new remix of the title track to Cassie’s recent mixtape, Rocka Bye Baby. As one of the most recent (and very appropriate) signees to the creative, forward-thinking West Coast hub that is the aforementioned label, the 21 year old LA native’s sound is comprised of explorative electronic compositions; the bulk of them being intricately designed beats that included even guitar chords and are explorative to say the least, but I guess the last part goes without saying given her association with the scene of the left coast. This remix actually isn’t the first time we’ve heard Ms. Martinez refer to Cassie, as the cut “You&Me” off the album borrowed not only the title of the songstress’ original classic. Not much is changed today though regarding the new mix, aside from some new reverberating micro-instrumentation. Like girl on Facebook for a DL.
The newly Pelican Fly-affiliated and always will be-Brick Bandit, Nadus, has relinquished a vaulted remix of Bobby Valentino’s “Beep”. The remix from the Newark-bred dj appeared as the tail end of Sam Tiba’s Jersey Club Volume 3 mix last year but has been up for stream and download as of last night. What is it lacking? Nothing. It’s just another dose of Jer z that you need to take in if you wanna keep up with the genre’s international appeal ;).