Here, we have yet another fine installment of Resident Advisor's ongoing documentary shorts series, Real Scenes, in which they continue to investigate the many fertile music hotspots around the world, this time focusing their lenses on the bustling techno epicenter of Berlin, Germany. Read more »
From the third LP by Stockholm's resident ambient-technoist, The Field, we get this entrancing piece of loop-based music as our first taste of its sounds. It's somewhat odd that this is our introduction to Looping State of Mind—"Then It's White" could very well be the mellowest and most dissimilar of its seven tracks—but seeing as how the album is available digitally now (exclusively through Bleep), you could easily discover for yourself how this somber, piano-heavy composition fits into the rest of the tracklist.
Plainly said, this exclusive mix from Marcellus Pittman is probably the deepest, most soulful DJ session in the history of the XLR8R podcast series. The Detroit veteran, who will be headlining Body on the second night of this weekend's New Forms Festival in Vancouver, certainly dug deep when assembling this all-vinyl mix. Read more »
If you recall from a few weeks back, we shared the news that Salva's Frite Nite imprint was readying a compilation of "tribal-influenced, spacey dance grooves, progressive footwork, modern electro-funk, and UK-centric dubstep rhythms" for an early October release (full details can be found here). Now we've gotten our first taste of Surreal Estate (artwork above) in the form of this contribution from Atlanta-based purveyor of futuristic club music Distal. Anchored by a constantly evolving beat of the most intricately skittering nature, "Mamanimal" begins as R&B-infused, half-steppin' house before locking into a ridiculously enticing funked-out synth riff and bursting into absolute space-age club music gold. Mark this one somewhere between the "tribal-influenced" and "spacey dance grooves," with just the right touch of "modern electro-funk." We can't wait to see what the "progressive footwork" and "UK-centric dubstep rhythms" have in store for us when Surreal Estate drops October 4.
To be frank, no one really expected a new record from The Rapture. It's highly doubtful the band did either. The quintessential NYC dance-punk outfit kept just about silent after the lukewarm reception of 2006's Pieces of the People We Love, seemingly spending their time starting families and running the Throne of Blood record label. And they really didn't need to write another album, either; between Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks and the seminal Echoes, The Rapture's legacy of teaching the indie set that it's okay to dance was already set in stone. However, maybe Pieces wasn't quite the note Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte, and Gabriel Andruzzi wanted to end things on, or perhaps the last five years brought about enough life experiences to inspire another album about the intricacies of love and personal relationships. No matter what compelled The Rapture to return to the spotlight with In the Grace of Your Love, the fact remains: this 11-track LP is on par with some of their best work, and is certainly their most mature record to date. Read more »
This mellow slice of moody electronics marks the debut of a new collaborative project between West Coast producers Boreta (of Glitch Mob fame) and Comma, both of which have separately built solid reputations for themselves crafting bass-heavy music that has rarely approached the kind of tranquil sounds displayed on "Geometer." Collectively working under the name Slidecamp, the two have offered up the opening track from their self-titled debut EP, which sees its release today through, of all places, the Glitch Mob-run Glass Air imprint. Amongst the the tune's warm, floating core, there are still traces of the manic beat work one would expect from this partnership, mainly found in the ADD-style programming which places an innumerable amount of clicks and glitches between the track's steady hip-hop beat. Strangely enough, this welcome expansion on the two producers' respective catalogs seems peculiarly aligned with another member of the Glitch Mob crew's past, as we can't help but to hear faint echoes of edIT's Crying Over Pros for No Reason swirling beneath this melodically melancholy outing.
We can't help but be a little surprised at how good the taste of NPR has been lately. We've seen artists like Brian Eno and Balam Acab on its website, and now Warp wunderkind Rustie has been tapped to make a mix of some of his favorite summer jams from the current crop of UK producers. Read more »
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