Marcus Lambkin aka Shit Robot returns with his first new material since his debut LP, 2010′s “From The Cradle To The Rave”. After spending much of 2010 and 2011 touring the globe with his live show, Shit Robot is back with “The Green Machine”.
The first result of his latest studio work are Teenage Bass b/w Space Race, which will be released on vinyl and digitally via DFA on May 21. It’s the first in a series of releases called “The Green Machine”, which will plateau with an album in Spring 2013.
Lead track Teenage Bass has an EBM bassline and rave alert sirens, before expanding further with key changing chords and arpeggiator. The hypnotic Space Race is a distant relative of 2007’s Chasm – a meandering, melodic, star-gazing Robo-techno track. Speaking about the new single, Shit Robot said: “After the album, I just wanted to go back to my roots and make some dance 12″s, music for people to get drunk and jump around to.”
Listen to a sample of the single below.
A limited number of each of The Green Machine 12” releases will feature customized, hand-made sleeves available via the DFA webstore.
To mark the new release, Shit Robot has announced a series of live/DJ dates, with more soon to be announced.
Prinzhorn Dance School release the latest single from their sophomore release Clay Class via DFA Records. The song, “I Want You” is minimal with its thumping bass drum and simple, yet catchy guitars not unlike tracks by The XX.
The I Want You EP includes 2 brand new tracks recorded eclusively for this single – “Promise” & “Love In The Ground”. As a special bonus the band connected with Brian James who is an original member of The Damned; his band The Brian James Gang to do a cover song swap. Brian James chose the Prinzhorn song “Usurper”. Prinzhorn themselves chose the Brian James Gang song “Green Worms” which finds our Sooz singing / talking / rapping over an undeniable Prinzhorn-esque minimal thump.
1. I Want You (LP version)
3. Love In The Ground
4. Green Worms
5. Usurper (Brian James Gang Version)
This week, Prinzhorn Dance School released their sophomore record ‘Clay Class’ through DFA Records. The album is available on vinyl and limited edition pouch + download combo through DFA Direct, and digital download from iTunes, Juno Download and Amazon. They will be playing live throughout Europe in support of the album over the next couple of months.
The 2 Bears are an electronic duo formed in 2009 by Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip) and Raf Rundell. This week, they released their US debut, ‘Work: The Remixes EP 1′ which includes remixes by St. Etienne, a dub version made by the band themselves, and previously vinyl-only track Shakedown. See the EP tracklisting below.
They also release their debut album, ‘Be Strong’, on January 30, 2012 and it is available for preorder now on iTunes.
01. Work (LP Version)
02. Work (The 2 Bears Dub)
03. Work (St. Etienne Remix)
04. Shake Down
The Rapture have released the remixes of their “How Deep Is Your Love” single which includes a remix,“Dub for Mehdi,” a reworking by A-Trak. It is a very fitting head nod to A-Trak’s long-time friend, late producer DJ Mehdi, whose recent death came as a huge loss and shock for the dance music community. The Montreal born DJ remembers how the single was influenced by Mehdi before his passing.
“When I was close to finishing [this remix], I played it to my friend, the irreplaceable DJ Mehdi. I was working on the main version of the remix, the vocal version. I knew I would make a few alternate edits during the mixdown. The funny thing was, Mehdi’s favorite part was the ending! He…suggested that I have that part come in earlier. My reaction was: that would work well for the dub version. And sure enough, when I finished mixing it down I made a dub with [his] suggestion. When I sent it to Mehdi shortly after, he responded (as a joke) that I should call it “Dub For Mehdi.” This one’s for you Memed.”
The Populette remix takes up the b-side of the single. It is out now through DFA Records and can be purchases in the DFA webstore.
YACHT have released the remix EP for their track, “I Walked Alone”. The Larry Gus remix keeps the tempo of the original track but adds a gentle, warm, white-noise hiss of an well-worn vinyl record in the background. Max Tundra delivers a more electrified version of the YACHT original. Parisian duo Get A Room!, aka Rove Dogs and Jeff Masson give the track a house music reworking by dropping in synths. New York City’s Jacques Renault contributes a remix both with and without vocals.
Check out the video directed by YouTube vlogger Mitchell Davis when he hired to direct YACHT‘s “I Walked Alone” music video. Speaking about the video, YACHT’s Claire Evans said, “Our hope is that fans will watch this video and understand that YACHT is a community which reaches out to its most active members and engages them to actively participate,”. Check out the video below.
YACHT Tour Dates:
12/01 – Miami, FL @ Electric Pickle
12/02 – Worcester, MA @ Clark College *
12/03 – Purchase, NY @ The Stood at SUNY Purchase *
12/03 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House *
12/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *^
12/05 – Pittsburgh, PA @ REX Theater *^
12/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ^
12/29 – Lake Tahoe, CA @ SnowGlobe Music Festival
* = w/ Parenthetical Girls
^ = w/ Extreme Animals
This week, The Rapture debuted their first official music video since 2007 for the new single Sail Away. The video directed by Kris Moyes sees lead singer Luke Jenner riding a giant potato chip bag down the streets of New York. Weird and wonderful.