Signal to Noise: Five Hot Dance Cuts From Local Producers
With all the music floating around the Internet, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that there are a ton of talented local producers. This week's edition of Signal to Noise is riffing off that theme, with five tracks from Bay Area-related artists that produce in such diverse fields as house, UK bass, and anthemic hip-hop.
1. Vin Sol - Not The One
Born and raised in San Francisco, Vin Sol has been a fixture on the local scene for a long time. With releases on both Scion A/V and Fools Gold, he's recently been focusing on crafting a prolific output of smartly arranged deep house. "Not The One" is his latest, and it's a soulful late-night affair with muted chimes, a cut-up vocal, and jackin' 909 percussion. Slotting into a genre he refers to as "future deep," the track maintains a slick and contemporary production aesthetic all while referencing the best moments of classic house.
2. Sinden - G Like Me feat. G-Side (5kinAndBone5 4 The Streets VIP Mix)
Previously known for his hip-hop beats--such as YG's "Pop Painkillaz feat. Fred Wesley and Bernie Worrell"--local producer (previously a duo) 5kinAndBone5 has recently transferred his attention to the world of UK bass music. Affiliated with Fools Gold and Grizzly, he just dropped this remix of Sinden's "G Like Me feat. G-Side." A complete makeover, the new version takes the original's straightforward hip-hop swagger and converts it into a dubbed-out and bass-heavy exercise in speaker cone destruction.
3. Trackademicks - RADical feat 1-O.A.K.
All Shook Down readers ought to be no strangers to The Honor Roll Crew. The Wu Tang-like East Bay collective was spotlighted by us as 2010's Best New Hip-Hop Clique. Here's a relatively new one that features Honor Roll leader Trackademicks and the crew's vocalist and occasional producer 1-O.A.K. An exuberant ode to California (and the Bay Area in particular), "RADical" sees Trackademicks flowing over a rush of beatless synthesizers with soulful vocal accompaniment from 1-O.A.K. It might be almost the dead of winter, but at least you can enjoy this track about how great the Bay is in the summer time.
4. C.L.A.W.S - That Magik (Liveset Demo)
A longtime face on the Bay Area music scene, C.L.A.W.S. is responsible for such tasteful parties as Gentleman's Techno and OK Hole. Also a well-respected producer with tracks on Tigerbass and Bar25, C.L.A.W.S. recently shared this unmixed demo with the world. Raw and hard-hitting, "That Magik" takes its cues from the late-'80s with shuffling Italo-like percussion, sharp synth arpeggiations, and a warbly (but awesome) vocal hook. We're not sure when or where he's going to release this one, but it's definitely something to look out for.
5. Xosar - Tropical Cruize
Though not a resident of the Bay Area anymore, Xosar's productions are too good to ignore. "Tropical Cruize" is the title single off her debut EP on the Brooklyn-based/A1 Records-affiliated L.I.E.S. imprint. It's a haunting slice of house music complete with disembodied moans, analog synth tones, and complex drum percussion. Check out the video above made by old-school Chicago re-edit guru Marcus Mixx.