And now for your monthly Gold Panda update: UK producer and micro-techno lover Derwin has a brand-new track to share with the world, called "MPB," before he continues on with another tour of the world. The crunchy, lighthearted production brings to mind the airy bell sounds and flitting electronics that made up a large part of the artist's lovely Lucky Shiner album, with a decent helping of bouncing beat work and wonky percussive sounds to freshen his sound up a bit. While you bob your head along with this one, check out Gold Panda's forthcoming tour dates, below. Read more »
As most of our readers should already know, Carl Craig's seminal Planet E imprint is in the midst of celebrating 20 years of existence, and it seems like just about everyone is getting in on the action (such as our feature from back in April). Now Ibiza's own site/radio show/weekly summer club night We Love Music has shared this video of interviews and performances from the Planet E crew filmed while Craig and company were in town for their 20 Years of Planet E all-vinyl night. Expect words to be spoken, records to be spun, and knowledge to be dropped. Read more »
It's no secret that the disco-tinged sound of Norway has had its flirtations with ambient music. Going through the scene-encompassing Full Pupp back catalog can at times reveal a surprising diversity of dubbed-out space noises that wouldn't feel out of place on an Orb album. While in the past this side of the scene was traditionally paired with a four-on-the-floor beat and chugging Italo bass, it seems as though now things are changing. Read more »
Steven Julien (a.k.a. Funkineven) shared news with us earlier this month about a brand-new single he plans to drop later this year via Floating Points' UK imprint, Eglo. Though we still have to wait until July 18 for that 12", we're now treated to a music video for the pulsating "Roland's Jam." Read more »
At this rate, we might as well offer the entire five-song Feeling Today EP by Texan producer Botany before it actually drops in physical formats this coming August. We've already let loose with "Waterparker" and record closer "Agave", and now, we've got another slice of lush, beat-centric soundscapes to share with you. "Benefactress" owes its calming mood mostly to lilting bell melodies, warbling birdsong, subtle electronics, and distant vocal coos that altogether sound more like a perfectly haphazard collection of sounds you happened to hear all at once from a distance. If that appeals to your tastes, we think you should give Botany's Feeling Today EP a full listen through.
The Genoa-born, London-based producer Antwerp has a fresh EP coming down the pipeline via UK label Make Mine on July 27. This housey piece of electronic pop is one of that release's four bubbly tunes, and exhibits the burgeoning artist's love for upbeat tempos, catchy basslines, and smooth, synth-heavy soundscapes; think Four Tet remixing some of the latest material from Hercules & Love Affair. It's a versatile sound, to be sure, one that will likely bode well in club soundsystems and home stereos alike.
When we hit Toronto's 17th annual NXNE Festival last week (yeah, it's sort of the north's answer to SXSW), we discovered that there's plenty to love about the city, to be sure. Super food, tons of walkable neighborhoods (provided it's summer, natch), patio bars, and all sorts of wonderful things make Toronto a pretty solid option for summer chillin'. Read more »
Well, it seems that German artist Sascha Ring has a brand-new Apparat album called The Devil's Walk coming on September 26 via the Mute label, but you already knew that, didn't you? Here's something you may not have known: The second track to drop from that LP is called "Black Water," and you can download it for free right here. Obviously, the song is a bit more 'indie' than XLR8R normally covers, but something about Ring's combination of electronic subtleties, soothing vocal melodies, and driving rhythms just speaks to our inner softies. We think you'll agree.
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