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Listen to Four Tet's and Caribou's Upcoming Split Single Now

Though we're not entirely sure of the exact details, it seems like Kieran Hebden (pictured above), the creative force behind last year's gorgeous Four Tet album, There Is Love in You, is readying a new single for his own Text label, called "Pinnacles." And apparently, it will be a split single, with Caribou's Dan Snaith sporting a new moniker, Daphni, on the flipside. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/28/2011

Review: Rainbow Arabia Boys and Diamonds

Label: Kompakt

One could trace Rainbow Arabia's multifarious aesthetic to several origins, whether dancehall, '80s synth-pop, African highlife, Arabic disco, or any number of other realms, depending on the song snippet in question. In any case, the band's first full-length, Boys and Diamonds, renders discussions of genre pretty pointless—more than anything, it's a pop album, and a solid one at that.

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  • Filed under: review
  • 02/28/2011

Unsound Festival Adds Kode9, Appleblim, Laurel Halo, and More to 2011 Lineup

Late last month we told you about the first wave of artists announced to play the second Unsound Festival in the US, scheduled to take place between April 1 and April 10 in New York City. Now, along with the likes of Emeralds, Demdike Stare, Lone, Ben Frost, and Brian Eno (pictured above with Frost), ticketholders can look forward to performances from Kode9, Laurel Halo, Julianna Barwick, Appleblim, Raime, James Ferraro, Pink Skull, Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance, Harald Grosskopf, Sepalcure, Svarte Greiner, and many others. Read more » 

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  • 02/28/2011

Video: Caribou "Jamelia"



In writing about contemporary music and the images occasionally paired with such sounds, words like hazy, foggy, and murky are often batted around—especially in regards to the fresh crop of artists popping up as of late. But rarely are those descriptors so apt as with this video for the closing track from Caribou's year-end-list-topping Swim LP. Read more » 

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  • 02/28/2011

Download: Shlohmo "Places"

It has been a minute since we posted a proper track from West Coast beat-kid extraordinaire Shlohmo, but listening to "Places," it seems that the wait was well worth it. If this song is any indication, Shlohmo has been absorbing some smoother sounds lately, along the lines of say D'Angelo and others from the late-'90s neo-soul heyday, and flipped them seamlessly into his repertoire. The trademark stuttering clicks, pops, claps, and hiss that we've come to know and love are all still here, but thrown into the mix is a sultry guitar, gasps of falsetto vocals, and countless gorgeous melodies. One might even say that "Places," the title track from his forthcoming digital-only EP, is a step towards maturity as beat music goes, perhaps taking us a small step away from merely nodding our heads and taking a small step toward scratching our chins in contemplation as well. Places (artwork above) is set to drop March 15, followed by a "Places" b/w "Seriously" (a non-EP song) 7" that will be for sale at Shlohmo's upcoming performances during the Magical Properties 3 tour with Daedelus and Tokimonsta. You can check those tour dates after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (123 votes)
 
 

Bubblin': T. Williams

Who: T. Williams
Where: London, UK

Tesfa Williams spent much of 2010 making a name for himself in house music circles, but the UK producer originally got his start as Dread D, a member of legendary grime crew Black Ops. Read more » 

Download: Round Table Knights "Say What? feat. Ogris Debris"

Swiss DJ/producer duo Round Table Knights (pictured above) is releasing its first artist full-length today on Jesse Rose's Made To Play imprint and have passed along the LP's title track to give us a little taste of what we can expect. This particular cut actually comes with a little help from another duo, Vienna's Ogris Debris, who, among other things, contribute some tasty vocals that pop in and out of the track's funky, percolating rhythms. From its humble, side-chained beginnings, "Say What?!" is put together meticulously. Small details are constantly appearing, disappearing, and then appearing again in such a way that the track always feels like it's moving without overloading the listener with new, shiny elements meant to grab your attention. Rather, the track seems to draw you further and further into its web until you're caught up in a pleasant state of funky house hypnosis. Also, check the song's official video after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (43 votes)
 
 

Download: Clive Tanaka Y Su Orquestra "I Want You (So Bad) (Groundislava Remix)"

So-Cal beat head and Wedidit Collective member Groundislava steps a little bit outside his usual fare of crafting stony, bit-crushed head-nodders and takes Clive Tanaka Y Su Orquestra's bedroom funk for a spin. Stripping back and subduing the original track, Groundislava presents "I Want You (So Bad)" (from Tanaka's excellent Jet Set Siempre No. 1 LP, artwork above) as a sort of melancholy, contemporary piece of electro hip-hop where post-whatever soundscapes and Afrika Bambaattaa-esque breaks are enhanced with just the lightest touch of g-funk. Apparently the two producers have engaged in a remix swap of sorts, as we're told Clive Tanaka Y Su Orquestra has a remix of Groundislava that is due to appear on a forthcoming 7". If the remix talents go both ways in this exchange (which we're pretty sure they do), then the Clive Tanaka remix should be something to look forward to, but we're perfectly happy to stick with Groundislava's contribution to the swap for the time being. 

Average: 7.7 (38 votes)
 
 

Munk Releases New Full-Length

Gomma label head Mathias Modica has a new LP under his Munk handle, which has been released today on his own imprint. Read more » 

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  • 02/25/2011

Download: When Saints Go Machine "Fail Forever (Nicolas Jaar Remix)"

Label: !K7

Man of the moment Nicolas Jaar continues to exhibit his deft usage of space and noise on this heart-wrenching remix of "Fail Forever," the new single by Danish outfit When Saints Go Machine. (We've previously posted the original song and a remix by burgeoning techno outfit dOP, too.) The Brooklyn-based producer spends the first quarter or so of his track tweaking poignant harp plucks before gradually adding a few more sparse elements; steel drums, bass, violins, down-pitched vocals, and a soft, kick-clap rhythm make up just about the whole of it. Obviously, Jaar relies heavily on restraint and subtlety when composing his music, and here, he transforms what was more or less a navel-gazing dance-pop song into a sort of otherworldly lament, one sung by celestial beings who've since found themselves lost in a bleak, unfamiliar reality. (via FACT

Average: 8.4 (187 votes)
 
 

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