Pale Blue – The Math (Mathématiques Modernes Homage) (2015)


Former Italians Do It Better associate Mike Simonetti announced his split from the imprint last year, and he’s working on his debut album as Pale Blue for his new label 2MR (co-founded with Captured Tracks honcho Mike Sniper). Today, he’s shared a new single from the release. “The Math” is a cut-and-paste house anthem that collages various samples and disco breaks. Though it’s immensely dense, the song isn’t outweighed by its ambition. Instead, it’s an easy-going listen that warrants numerous listens. [Source]

Lana Del Rey – Brooklyn Baby (The Juan MacLean Remix) (2015)


Elizabeth Walker writes:

“So I really hate Lana Del Rey. Like with a burning passion. But Juan MacLean released a remix earlier this year that turns even the biggest LDR hater into a fan — his version of “Brooklyn Baby.” The Juan MacLean must be on some sort musical high right now, as this remix comes off his awesome LP, In A Dream, from late 2014. His version of “Brooklyn Baby” does his library proud with its captivating house beat. Drawing upon solid synths and percussion, TJM leans into Lana’s vocals here and there, their breathy mystery marrying well with his version of the original.” [Source]

Mark Lanegan – Death Trip To Tulsa (Mark Stewart’s Exopolitix Demix) (2015)

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Following career-best reviews and a Top 20 chart entry for Phantom Radio last month, Mark Lanegan Band return with A Thousand Miles Of Midnight, an album of remixes of tracks from both ‘Phantom Radio’ and ‘No Bells On Sunday’, the EP that accompanied it. The album is made up of a brilliant array of remixes by artists as diverse as UNKLE, Moby, Greg Dulli and Soulsavers.

Mark Lanegan says of the album: “I thought these tunes would lend themselves to remixing and that it would be interesting to hear what other artists might make of them. All the people who did remixes are musicians whose work I greatly admire.”

Laibach – Koran (Alex Smoke Remix) (2015)


The Alex Smoke remix of ‘Koran’ is taken from Laibach’s forthcoming SPECTRE DIGITAL DELUXE ALBUM, out on 30 March 2015 / 31 March in North America. It will feature the original album plus bonus tracks & SPECTREMIX, an album of remixes (also available separately on the same date). Pre-Order SPECTREMIX here:

As well as Alex Smoke, SPECTREMIX will feature mixes from labelmates Diamond Version (aka Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai), Sandwell District’s Function, longtime collaborator iTurk, Slovenian electro-pop band Torul, Scottish DJ and producer Alex Smoke, German DJ, producer, mastering engineer and co-founder of the Common Sense People event series, Konstantin Sibold and Slovenian producer, DJ and musician Gramatik, & Marcel Dettmann.

Sonzeira – America Latina (FaltyDL Remix) (2015)


In the middle of 2014, with all roads leading to Brazil, DJ, tastemaker and cultural curator Gilles Peterson embarked on the project of a lifetime, his most ambitious to date: setting up camp in a recording studio in Rio to record a sort of love letter to the nation under the artist name “Sonzeira” (meaning a joyful / killer sound). The resulting album “Brasil Bam Bam Bam” was a deeply personal work, bringing together the many authentic sounds and traditions but always through the eyes of an enthusiast inspired by 30 years of DJIng and record collecting. As Gilles said at the time: ‘Brazil’s music culture is massive..There’s the North – Bahia, Recife, the afro-brazilian sound. There’s batucada, the heavy sambas. Then bossa nova – Tom Jobim and all that history. There’s baile funk. There’s Tropicalia and the more soulful, funky scene championed by groups like Banda Black Rio, Trio Mocoto and icons like Gilberto Gil. Such a huge amount of stuff to fit in. I wanted to try and cover it all – to make a kind of Buena Vista meets club culture, but to keep it sonically very modern.’ The album included star turns from Brazilian superstars young and old, including ‘City of God’ actor and singer Seu Jorge, the grande dame of samba, 76-year-old powerhouse Elza Soares, and world-renowned percussionist Nana Vasconcelos. Of course, this was a Gilles Peterson record and so there was also many left turns – who else would come up with Emanuelle Araujo’s bossa nova take on the 80s UK jazz-funk hit Southern Freeez, or draft in Seun Kuti (youngest son of Fela) to join the dots between modern day Brazil and the slave ships that bought poly-rhythms from Africa 400 years ago.

Of course, with roots so deep in the interesting edges of club culture it was natural for Gilles to continue this journey into new sonic territories. As such he has spent the last 6 months curating this new album “Brasil Bam Bam Bass” drafting in some of his favourite producers, friends, and associates to reimagine tracks from the album, with all the taste and good judgement you would expect. Much like the original record this is a very personal curation, a considered work that saw Gilles hand pick producers to re-imagine the album track by track – these include At Jazz, FaltyDL, DJ Oil, Kyodai, Max Graef and many more. Also included on this double CD are some wonderful outtakes (including the sublime reworking of Yusef lateef’s Plum Blossom previously only on the vinyl box set of the album), and dubbed out alternative versions of several tracks by Gilles’ Sonzeira co-producer Dillip Harris.

If the original record was about examining Gilles own history and love for every quarter of Brasil’s sound, this provides a further glimpse into Gilles’ creative mind, ever serching for connections between rhythms; exciting, imaginative and original productions. Most of all this is a record where respect for the source material continues to shine through.

Que sonzeira!