It's one thing to make great music in a studio or a basement bedroom from sample packs and plug-ins, but it's another thing to make it from field recordings from the wilds of Iceland. With this track, though, Eskmo has done just that. Eskmo is already known for his ethereal soundscapes and his use of vocals to accentuate the random pops and fizzles he throws in for effect and depth.
This track gives us just what we'd expect from Eskmo. While direction changes, expectations of greatness persist for Eskmo and he never disappoints. This song which will be included on the soundtrack of a larger project, done in conjunction with Deru, a few filmmakers and some sound equipment, puts forth a multimedia project that is sure to awe and impress. Read more about the project and Eskmo's involvement HERE.
As for this track, press play, close your eyes and imagine yourself in the wilds of Iceland, which due to the volcanic nature of the island is probably less cold and frigid than it is sulphuric, thermal and verdant...or it could be none of the above. I've never been, but we can use this track to help us find out.
A couple of days ago we posted a funky little remix of Passion Pit's Sleepyhead from Snubluck (HERE). He's since followed it up with a remix of Grizzly Bear's track With You and now Gary Jules' rendition of Mad World. Listening to these tunes, as was the case with the Passion Pit remix, it sounds as if you're walking through a funhouse, or looking through a melted glass window, or listening to a half-tuned in radio station, or any other imagery that evokes a feeling of listening to something well known, yet thrown a little off kilter.
While I enjoy this troika of remixes, listening to his catalogue, its clear that his originals are definitely on par with his remixes. His remix of Burial's epic Archangel (HERE) was what first caught my eye and I'm happy to be following him because of the great content he's put out since.
Follow Snubluck (his Soundcloud and Bandcamp) and enjoy his unique brand of remixes, originals and vibe.
Mr. Bill is a name you've seen on this blog a lot recently. While we featured him last year, his new album got us posting more of his stuff with a quickness. The main reason was the post we did last week which featured the tracks from his new album Focus (HERE). This album was released today and available on Addictech (HERE) and while previewing these tracks, it's really a great idea to buy the album and put into heavy rotation. I've listened to the album more than a couple of times now and I get something new out of it every time.
Mr. Bill was kind enough to sit down and give us a quick interview which you see below. Also, for your listening pleasure, I included a few remixes that will be featured on his remix pack. Follow Mr. Bill on his Soundcloud (HERE), visit his site (HERE), buy the album (once again from HERE) and enjoy the interview!
Your tracks on this album all have a cinematic type feel to them, as if each track is part of something bigger. Is this something you wanted to do from the outset or did it just fall into place like this?
Well, it just kind of fell into place like that I guess. I originally started by writing the title track 'Focus' and then the original idea was to do a 3 or 4 track EP with just a few real glitchy emotional tunes on it, but then I just kept going with it and decided it wasn't finished until i wrote the final track 'Tubes'. I then decided to get a bunch of people to remix the tracks. But throughout the writing process I did notice that there was some sort of continual feel to it all. It all has this sound about it. So the first 3 or 4 tracks I didn't think about it, but then I wrote a few to compliment the others to re-iterate this sound that the album has about it.
The track 'Balance' actually sounds Mindbuffer inspired. Do you feel artists that you've worked with or have remixed or had your stuff remixed by, inspire your sound? Or do you make tracks that might sound like something from an artist's catalogue as a sort of homage?
I absolutely feel like every time I work with another artist I add a new thing to my palette of sounds to choose from. The track 'Balance' was indeed inspired by a track by Mindbuffer called 'PanFM' which is still yet to be released by Enig'Matik Records. It basically starts off with a nice hang drum melody then just drops into the most psychotic stuff for about 11 minutes. It's a great track! Hopefully it gets released soon so you can see what I mean!
The artists you chose to remix your tracks all seem to bring something different to the table. How did the process of this remix project take place? Did you hand pick the artists and assign them tracks or did it happen more organically?
Yeah I handpicked all the artists to remix my tracks. I just gave them the album, about 6 months ago and said "Pick a track". Then they'd choose whichever one they were most keen on remixing then slowly over time the remixes started coming back.
As an artists from Australia there's not much known about you here in the US other than your expansive catalogue (which is growing every day!). Can you give our readers a brief synopsis of your background, how you got into production, who your big influences were growing up and getting into music, why you use Ableton, do you tour, etc.
Well, my name has recently popped up a little more in the US just because I finished a tour over there that went for about 2 and a half months from February - April. I guess a brief outline of my background is that I'm just a dude from Sydney, Australia and I've been here all my life. My parents always endorsed the idea of music and I found oit fun so I got into it. Initially I was in bands from the age of 15 to about 19, then a mate of mine got me into Ableton Live, so I got out of the whole band thing and just started doing music on my own. Originally it was only as a hobby and I never thought I'd release anything, however, I guess things kind of just grow into place. I started meeting a lot of other producers and associated with people that were releasing a lot of music and who knew what they were doing. These were mainly psy-trance producers (Australia had a large psy-trance infatuation for a long time which started dying out a bit a few years back). So I started off writing psy-trance, then moved to glitch. Blah blah...Shit just happened I guess!
You offer a lot of services via your website like tutorials live tutoring, sample packs, etc. Was giving back to the production community something you always wanted to do with your musical career, or was this an unplanned offshoot?
Yeah, this is something I always wanted to do. I like to help people and I'd like to think that if everyone taught everyone together as an entirety we would get really good and there would be a way higher standard of music these days. However, there's a lot of alchemy styled attitudes when it comes to music production and a lot of people don't like to share their knowledge which is also fine, however, it doesn't help anyone and I don't see the point to it. I'd like to think that good music comes from good musicians, not the people who have the most production tricks.
How long have you been mentoring/tutoring? Have you had any students go onto big things?
I've been teaching for maybe a year or two now. I don't think any students have gone onto big things...I'm not sure, actually.
What about production excites you the most? The process? The finished product? Something else?
I love the process. One of my favorite thins is when I accidentally do something that sounds really awesome and makes me really inspired to keep working on that new idea. I also do enjoy the final product. It's good to sit back and listen to something you've made. It's an addictive feeling of accomplishment.
What's next and when are you coming back to the States?
Next is Re-Focused - Volume 1 & 2 (the remixes for Focus). After that will be Cerebellum Serenade + remixes. Then a bunch of remixes I've done should be coming out over time. Then I guess I'll write a new album again. As for the States, no plans yet, as I just got home from there. However, hopefully sooner than later, probably around early next year I'd say.
There are times when you listen to a song so many times you just know everyone else knows it and loves it too. Then when you ask around and find out nobody else knows it, well then you just HAVE to let everyone else hear it.
That's the case with this great little remix of Justin Timberlake's What Goes Around. It's just enough sexy for the girls to swoon, but has enough bite to get the dude's biting their lower lip and bobbin that head.
This is just one in a solid collection for Starflux, or Kory Anderson out of Austin.
Check out his other remixes and follow him (HERE) for some more goodness.
Come, gather 'round and take a listen to this wonderfully glitched out remix of iONik's "Sexy Shapes" by Mr Bill. I admit, this remix is a bit of a teaser for even more awesomeness to come. Get primed and stay tuned for an exclusive interview with Mr Bill all the way from Sydney, Australia, brought to you by our very own Hypo-Luxa!
Paris label Moveltraxx has been on an upload spree on Soundcloud today. This amazing remix of Lil Wayne's Strange Clouds by Big Dope P just blew my socks off. This is the perfect kick in the earhole to wake you up for the afternoon stretch. Pump it!
Cryptex, one of my favorite glitch producers has just put out some hot fire for your Tuesday afternoon. Mixing some of the biggest names in the scene together but yet adding his own signature glitch makes this track very very enjoyable.
A member of the Gravitas Records crew, Cryptex enjoys giving out fun remixes that hit hard and ask questions...well never.
We've posted Cryptex on here before (HERE and HERE) and we enjoy his entire catalogue.
So I've got some double-freshness for everyone today. Boylan's High Lite is a wonderful ride, blending elements of Trap House with ethereal harps and angelic vocals. Then, as a bonus, Sinjin Hawke's remix bumps this track into galactic awesomeness. Jam them both!
The M Machine out of San Francisco and off of the OWSLA label is quickly making a name for themselves. Switching from electro, to indie, to wubby dubstep, they reach a wide range of fans with a polyglot of sounds, beats and vibes.
The three tracks here are Shadow in The Garden, the track that got me introduced to them albeit a different incarnation as Promise Me A Rose Garden, Deep Search a nice funky little electro track and Immigrants an indie dance track that anyone could get down to.
The fact that The M Machine not only ventured across these various verdant fields of aural scapes, but produced stellar sounds in the process just goes to show that The M Machine is going to do very very well in this scene.
Enjoy these tracks and more by following their Soundcloud page (HERE) as well as their Facebook (HERE). while you're at it, check out the OWSLA label (HERE). If you don't know them already...well...get out from under that rock.
New from Purity Ring, this track hits us right between the eyes. We're all huge fans of Purity Ring, so when they posted their new track from their upcoming album, I was all over it. Check the free download from their official site (HERE) and follow them wherever you can because they're truly where it's at. Truly!
Stephan Jacobs gives us a Gotye remix...Yeah we've heard it all before right? Not so fast. Check this one out from Waxhole return and favorite Stephan Jacobs (check HERE) and see why this one blows many of the others away.
And follow Stephan (Soundcloud Page) for more glitch and remixes as he's got quite the catalogue.
So I got onto Brick + Mortar just recently and have been keeping an eye on them to see what they have new coming out because they have some pretty good stuff. Then Jack Deezl gives us a remix that not only captures Brick + Mortar's sound, but adds his own nice little touch to it giving it enough bass and subtle wubs to make us chuck the skinny jeans and grab our leather pants instead....ok that may be just me, but whatever the case, check out this nice little remix.
While you're at it, check Jack Deezl's sounds on his Soundcloud. Also check Brick + Mortar and follow them like I have. I have a feeling they'll be giving us more to chew on.
DJ Cheapshot has generously given us at Waxhole an exclusive of his newest remix;
Busta Rhymes' classic Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See. And true to form, it is greatness!
Readers of the blog need no introduction to Cheapshot but for those of our new readers, this guy is a frequent visitor and for good reason. DJ Cheapshot is one of those guys that does nothing but produce greatness. Cheapshot's specialty is taking old classics like SkeeLo's I Wish or Ice Cube's We be Clubbin' and turning them into sounds that are different from the original, but yet relevant to today's scene.
It's always a treat when Cheapshot releases a track and this one is no different.
Follow Cheapshot on his Soundcloud, and 'Like' Waxhole's Facebook page for a chance to win a CD pressing of an outstanding mix he put together that incorporates many of our favorites.
My two favorite Riderz come together for this track. It's bumpin', bassin' and downright crankin'! Knight Riderz from Edmonton (that's in Canada for all of you not in oil or hockey) team up with LowriderZ a duo that consists of Waxhole favorite An-Ten-Nae and DJ Laura.
This track isn't new (from November 2011), and it's not supersecret or unsigned (released on An-Ten-Nae's Acid Crunk #4), it's just one of those tunes bouncing enough that I just had to share.
Knight Riderz and LowriderZ...could either be two rival biker gangs out of Bakersfield, CA, or it could be just be two great production outfits combining to to make glitchy goodness.
Follow them both and look out for some Knight Riderz news to come down the pike.
Ease into this wonderful Spring morning with Lapalux's remix of AlunaGeorge's "You know you like it". This one packs a metric ton of sultry flavor and chilled out r&b vibes, and I for one plan to have this one on repeat until lunch. Enjoy!
Ok its Monday and you all need to wake up. I could shoot over a banger to slap you into consciousness, or I could shoot over some chillstep to ease you slowly into the week. Instead I'm going to give to you something that's a little of both.
Waxhole and DNGR friend, Ashley, aka 'Smash City', sends us a track that lures you in with some dreamy samples, and an understated rhythmic beat. By minute 2, though, this track has you bouncing in your chair before you know what hit you. Once Hugh Masekela's Don't Go lose It breaks in you're fully engaged and wanting this track to keep up and not stop until it's time to go home for the day.
While the track ends after 5 minutes, DITCHDIGGER keeps on going. Believe me, there are more tracks like this that gets you poppin and lockin' like you were on the set of Breakin'.
Follow DITCHDIGGER, though. I'm still not sure what his style is, but I do know that it's worth finding out!
Happy Sunday everyone and hopefully your eyes aren't feeling like burning coals in your skull after last night. One more time to swear off alcohol wouldn't hurt, right? Yeah that won't last, but in the interim, enjoy this tasty little remix from Young Montana? of a Lanterns on The Lake track.
It's just enough to ease you from your zombie-like state to somewhat human normalcy. Oh and if you didn't rage last night, then this is just what you need for your Sunday chill time. Yeah this track is so good it works for both.
Young Montana? out of Coventry UK is one of those sound collagists that can take disparate sounds/samples/beats chop them up finely and turn them into a well defined and danceable tune for us all to enjoy. Young Montana?'s album Limerence (found HERE) has enough greatness on there to deserve a download. As a bonus I've included the track that introduced me to Young Montana? and made me a fan.
Glitch from our favorite Hungarian glitch producer, AMB. But wait, we have remixes..and from artists we love and have featured before on the blog.
These two from Mr. Bill (check HERE, HERE and HERE), and DJ Alias NZ (also check HERE, and HERE) are just precursors to more from the awesome compilation of remixes of this track. You like OPIUO? You like Goosebumpz? You like Blatwax? They'll all be remixing this track and featured on the remix pack.
So here's a CLIP of the original, followed by Mr. Bill and DJ Alias NZ's remixes.
We haven't done this in awhile, but how about a remix vs original post? This one involves some laid back chill vibes that might fit better on Recuperation Sunday, but I don't want to wait that long, so here ya go with two tracks, an original from Kilimanjaro, a Danish duet, and the remix by Sina. out of Belfast.
As for the artists, there's not a lot of info about Kilimanjaro that I could find, but following their sounds is worthwhile as is their Facebook for more info.
Sina., though, is someone I have been following for a bit, and was introduced to him through the outstanding Project Mooncircle (artists include the great Robot Koch, fLako, Pavel Dovgal, among others). This remix just shows why he's with Project Mooncircle. It's one thing to remix a great song, it's another to make it sound your own. Sina. succeeds here picking a great song to mix and making it as enjoyable as the original. Follow Sina., follow Mooncircle and get a fix for your chilled out jones.
Atlanta's heRobust is by far one of my favorite producers around. I still pack the Late Night and Morning After albums on my trusty iPod, and I doubt they'll be removed any time soon. Today we have a meeting of souls if you will, as heRobust has brought together 2pac and Biggie in a wonderful chill glitch banger. Enjoy!
Happy Friday Waxholers! Ok that was a little bit too enthusiastic for this early, so I'll tone it down a notch. I for one need some chill vibes this Friday and Swarms always obliges.
Out of Bristol in the UK, this producer has been giving us the nice tunes since 2009. That was when the I Gave You Everything EP hit Bandcamp (HERE). I have now promptly taken notice. The EP that was released in 2010 (HERE) was another chilled out gem and at 4 quid, completely worth the investment. Everything on those two EP's, is just what you need to get your head right.
Who wants some dubstep for their Thursday? Alan Strovich, out of Edmonton has given us a mix of Kaden's A Boy Like Me, using the vocals only in his composition. I think it's nice and heavy, without being heavy just for the sake of. The vocals, synths and overall feel gives it more depth than most dubstep tracks.
We've posted Strovich before (HERE) as a result of his track reaching us via our submissions inbox and have been following his output ever since. I suggest you do the same.
Check out his Soundcloud for more great tracks and info.
Ahh, the joys of the hidden soundcloud gems, how I love them so very much. Today's refreshing breath of fresh air is brought to you by Joachim De Lux with his masterpiece "La Mythe De La Caverne". This amazing track blends an assortment of styles, from classical music to middle eastern vibes. Touches of hip hop, and a wonderfully powerful vocal overlay round out the track to make for a superb final package, enjoy!
Dnte, hailing from Berlin has some excellent downtempo and triphop sounds that I'd like to share with you. I've selected my favorite 3 from his Soundclould for you this morning, all of which are a great companion to this beautiful spring morning. Enjoy!
Guess what guys! Jam Jarr has a new album out! The best South African rap-glitch duo you may have never heard of has a new album. If I'm the only one excited, then you guys need to get edumacated, quickly.
My very first contribution to this blog included a Jam Jarr track (HERE) from an album he put out last year which was every bit as dope as this new one. That first post I included only one track, but now, because you all deserve to get the good good, have it all! Did I mention they made it free download at their Soundcloud page? Who does that! I'm not complaining though and neither should you...just listen, download, comment and pass.
Reminiscent of Blackalicious, Jam Jarr's lyricist Bakaman lays down the tasty rhymes with timing, presence and enough range to keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for more. Soundproof lays down the crunching, glitching and crunking beats. Rapping about everything from smoking out to zombie apocalypse(?) their lyrics are whimsical, at times, but the beats, the glitch and the power of Bakaman's voice make it evident that their skills are very, very serious.
Whatever the subject matter, following Jam Jarr (HERE) is essential to your well-being and while you're at it, check out the label that put out this album; African Dope Records. They have a great stable of South African artists that more than deserve your attention.
Mr. Bill is one of those artists that we all love. They put out great content, don't take themselves too seriously and oh yeah, they put out great content! We've posted Mr. Bill before (HERE) and he's done nothing but release goodness ever since.
Mr. Bill out of Australia has released an album called Focus where all of the track titles, as you see below, are one word that denote something of feelings, actions and...Tubes. Yeah I don't know the significance either, but why dig into song titles when you can jump into the songs themselves?
The album opens with a nice crunchy little number that gives us enough wobble, synth and glitchy bass to let us know what we're in for. The next few tracks combine vocal samples, sweeping synth lines and chopped beats that don't let you come down from that opening salvo. The laid back feel of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tracks belie the complexity of the tracks themselves. There is a lot going on in each track and more is revealed at each listen.
Mr. Bill doesn't let you hang out in the Chill Tent for too long, though. Tracks 5, 6 and 7 wake you up with jarring bass and crankin' beats without getting away from the melody themselves. A little 8 Bit charm here, a little meandering synth there and you've got some real meaty potatoes to chomp on...potatoes in the musical sense, that is...but you knew that.
So check the album here, then go to Mr. Bill's site (HERE) to cop the album. The album is worth the buy, not only because of the greatness in the tracks themselves, but "Side 2" contains remixes from Mindbuffer (which we posted HERE), Ryanosaurus, Blatwax, Desiseq and Kalya, just to name a few.
CloZee, nee Chloe Herry out of France, gets you goin' with some glitchy loveliness this morning with these two tracks, one using strings and one using classical guitar. Not usual accompaniments for glitch, I'll grant you, but they work on these two tracks so well.
Off of the NeuroPlastic Netlabel out of the UK, this little two track EP packs enough punch to set you straight for the day.
Check out these two tracks, check out the NeuroPlastic Soundcloud page for more from CloZee as well as their other artists.
I love seeing a new upload from Polar Snares, it never fails to fill me with excited glee. This time we have a new vocalist on board as well. "Bounce Me" is a super smooth chilled out roller, and the vocal additions from Rhain Fox do a wonderful job of rounding out the track. As always, Polar Snares impresses. Get him on your radar stat and follow over at his soundcloud. Beat that drum!
We've posted a MIA remix of Bad Girls before, and this one is awesome for a different reason. While the chain hits my chest for this bangin' remix from last month, this remix from Kaytradamus is a different kind of bangin'. It's chill without being boring, and its swag without being annoying.
Kaytradamus is all sorts of awesome as evidenced by his Soundcloud page (HERE). Check that Fugees and Tribe Called Quest for example. Kaytradamus, or Kaytra Da Mouse, is from Montreal and really has the hip hop feel down.
Following him would make your day...I know these things.
When Redial remixes something it's usually hot. This track is no different. Taking a softer Deadmau5 track and adding his signature touch, he's turned it into something nice, heavy and driving.
He takes 2 minutes to really dive into the meaty part of his remix, and uses the signature synth of the original throughout. It combines to create something reminiscent to the already good original without sounding exactly like it, just with another beat overlaid on top.
Good remix to a good song is always welcome. Follow Redial, though, as his skills are on display with everything he has on his Soundcloud page. It's worth your time to follow and it makes everyone happy.
Hailing all the way from Marseille, France comes MC2. This production duet, consisting of Moisine and Ckel, have taken Kraddy's 'Forbidden' to Super Glitch level. This impressive remix is reason enough to follow these 2 gents, as I suspect they have much more to offer. Turn it up and do your Friday jam out!
Alvin Risk is a known commodity around the EDM scene. He's a dancefloor artist, remixer, and just general badass producer. It's a wonder he hasn't been featured on waxhole before, so we're going to remedy that situation. This track here is a little off-beat for risk, though. It has an electro beat, with vocals that sound like they belong on a Wax Trax release combined with synths that sound like they're out of an Ibizan club make this one driving song to get your Friday rager started.
Check out more of Risk's catalogue (HERE) and give this tune a listen. It's nice, compact, and just what you need to start the weekend.
It's not often that the worlds of EDM and Metal collide, but when they do, it is usually quite good. I'm not sure if that's because it is a novelty or because it is actually well-done. This track, though, definitely falls into the latter category.
Blunt Instrument has been featured on this blog before with both great remixes (HERE and HERE) as well as a great album of originals (HERE).
This duo from Australia just keeps on putting out those bangers and we're powerless to resist them.
Tool and Blunt Instrument together....sounds like a police report entry...But follow their work (HERE), enjoy this track and rock out(?)
SU:FX, hard at work in the beat shop as always, has created yet another masterful remix. This time he's back in his home turf, taking Gein's "Mother Fucker' over to the Drum'n'Bass side of the spectrum. The resulting monstrosity is easily one of his heaviest tunes to date, this one will slap you in the face!
Seven Lions has won me over. After a class remix of Florence and The Machine's Cosmic Love and a few other class remixes (Oceanlab being one) he (Jeff Montalvo from CA) was firmly planted on my radar. So when Viper Records out of the UK dropped four tracks from a new EP of his yesterday I was all over it. After listening to them, it is clear that Seven Lions is working with some greatness.
This EP has three originals, plus two remixes for a nice and tidy little EP and all for less than $10! You can purchase from Viper's store (HERE). But to listen to the tracks first, we have three of the five here for you.
The first track is Tyven and it really captures what they're all about...heavy and bumpin without losing that melody. This one is my favorite of the three, but that's not to diminish the others.
The next two tracks feature a vocalist by the name of Shaz. Her voice is very Housey, which usually gets me switching the channel, but Seven Lions does plenty to keep me tuned in and enjoying immensely.
The Digital Connection! Such a great dude, this guy is. He's great to talk to, compare production notes with and just hang out and play music with. The guy just put out a new track that is a little unlike anything we've heard out of him to this point. It's a little bit atmospheric, a little bit bass and a lotta bit dubstep. However, this foray into the dubby suits Digi (my unofficial shortened name for him...I still don't know if this is acceptable or not) well and makes me lick my lips for some more!
We've posted some of Digi's work before (HERE) and its obvious the man knows what he's doing. Follow him on Soundcloud for originals like this, remixes like the one posted back in February, as well as mixes. He'll give you enough to keep you occupied for a good couple of days.
Oh and look out for his EP in late May/early June coming out on Gravitas Records. I know I'm ready for it to drop already!