Another week has passed, so another edition of Press Play is once again available to peruse. Having culled the best streaming audio and video which recently appeared on the internet, we've got a lineup of artists that's not to be sniffed at. Motor City mainstay Stacey Pullen is sharing his forthcoming EP; Salva has a wild mix of club-ready jams; James Holden is teasing his second album with a brand-new single; we've got a fresh video from London technoist Max Cooper; LA beatmaker Ras G is giving everyone a taste of his latest beat tape; and there are plenty of other bits from the likes of Nosaj Thing, Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka, Suzanne Kraft, Recondite, and Clouds, among others. It's all available to experience with the push of a button, after the jump. Read more »
It may come as a surprise to many that Eddie Ruscha has made music for decades. The Los Angeles native has led a quietly prolific career since the early 1990s; he's worked with legends like John Cale and DJ Harvey, he's toured with the Flaming Lips, and he's released a bevy of experimental music on major labels as well as homemade cassettes. But his latest record, a full-length solo album released under his Secret Circuit moniker via Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space label, feels like the most polished piece in his sprawling catalog. Having made his Beats in Space debut when he provided a mix for Sweeney's WNYU radio show in 2010, Ruscha is responsible for two of the imprint's 12"s, both of which are included on Tactile Galactics, the label's recently issued first LP. Although it's been a long road for Ruscha, the terrain has hardly been mapped, so we sat down with both Sweeney and Ruscha just prior to the album's release date to get the untold full story behind Secret Circuit and his many guises. Read more »
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Aiiiiiite. First off, I almost completely forgot to write this column, but our favorite superheroine Jubilee reminded me that we are working together to keep music journalism thriving. Read more »
As the Discogs page for "Juan Maclean" makes patently clear, there is the man Juan Maclean (born John Maclean), and then there is his band, The Juan Maclean. The project fuses robotic synth-pop with well-honed, genre-neutral dancefloor instincts, and has been marked by a host of collaborators. The most prominent of those is vocalist and keyboardist Nancy Whang, who anchors The Juan Maclean's latest hooky single and nineteenth release for DFA, "You Are My Destiny." This edition of Trainwreck finds Maclean out on his own, however. And though there is probably no great moral to this story, it does prove that the artist will go to violent lengths to ensure a quality party—even if it means paradoxically wrecking said party in the process. Read more »
Adam Marshall and Christian "XI" Andersen have long been two of Toronto's premier dance-music exponents, albeit in fairly different realms. When he's not overseeing operations at the top-notch New Kanada label, Marshall releases stripped-down, drone-heavy techno, while Anderson trades in frenetic, sub-led garage. Having met each other only briefly in their hometown, it actually took a move to Berlin for them become friends. But even while in Berlin, the two tended to work on their collaborative Graze project remotely, jamming out ideas in their own spaces and only convening to mix them down (a practice which continues, as Andersen has since returned to Toronto). What's more, Graze's tracks were composed to fit seamlessly within a live set, which they will obviously have to perform together. It would seem that Marshall and Andersen have made every effort to ensure the diffusion of their collaborative efforts. Read more »
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