Like many of his peers in the Detroit metro area, Alex "Omar" Smith (a.k.a. Omar-S) has a strong working relationship with the auto industry. Reputedly working for the Ford Motor Company as a quality control inspector, Omar-S just might be a perfect fit to release tracks on the only dance music label owned by a car company. Read more »
Throughout the years, London's Hyperdub imprint has managed to maintain a distinct aesthetic across its releases that is clinical, hyper-serious, and wildly avant-garde. Yet while staying true to these principles, the label has managed to successfully adapt to the mercurial topography of a post-dubstep UK by extending itself into new territory. Case in point is the Walton EP (artwork above), the debut release from fresh-faced 20-year-old Mancunian producer Sam Walton (a.k.a. Walton). Read more »
Jennifer Cardini is the kind of person that remembers, and that's a good thing when you consider that her career spans from the mid-'90s to today. With productions that stretch from the glory days of acid house to the popular explosion of minimal techno, she's in a unique position to reference the totality of dance music in her work. "Thewayitusedtobe" is a perfect example, an exclusive track she sent our way in support of an upcoming tour with dates in Europe and North America (the first show is tonight, check below for the specifics). With a slinky, contemporary tech-house bassline, breathy spoken-word vocals, and an overall ambiance indebted to the poppy experimental minimalism of people like Ellen Allien, she creates a track that remembers the past while staying immediately present. Read more »
London MC Ghostpoet, the one-time Bubblin' subject who was recently nominated for a Mercury Music Prize for his debut full-length, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, has just announced the latest single to be released from that album. Read more »
Music blog Palms Out Sounds has had a pretty successful run as a record label, and with the release of Kansas-based house producer Norrit's Only Me And U EP (artwork above), the imprint has reached the impressive milestone of 30 releases. Continuing with the experimental yet club-friendly sound he's developed since we last covered him, Norrit's new tracks stand on the crossroads of the many forms of new-school underground house music. This is in full evidence on title track "Only Me and U," which combines epic atmospherics, LFO-ed pads, and garage vocal samples with a rhythm that jumps between four-on-the-floor and broken beat—a distinctly American take on the UK post-dubstep sound. The Only Me and U EP is out August 9, but the five-track release, which includes a remix from Hot City side-project Unknown to the Unknown, is already streamable in its entirety on Palms Out Sounds' Soundcloud.
Ever since we debuted the Julio Bashmore remix of "Into the Valley" back in May, it's been clear that the song was a soulful piano-house monster that far exceeded the Classixx original. Apparently, the folks at Green Label Sound agree, as they've commissioned this new video for the track. Read more »
Homespun electronic duo High Places will soon be releasing a new album, Original Colors, its third full-length. "Year Off" is the first offering from the record, and it finds the LA-based pair glossing up its sound a bit. While High Places could once be relied upon to turn out precious, found-sound-laden electronic pop gems, "Year Off" takes cues from Italo and electro and definitely seems more suited for the dancefloor than the group's previous efforts, although it's worth noting that the lo-fi drum sounds may not be quite ready for the club. Nevertheless, Mary Pearson's airy vocals are alluring as ever and "Year Off" is a pleasant little gem in its own right, even if it marks a new sonic path for the band. We won't know how far that path diverges from High Places' past until Original Colors drops on October 11, but in the meantime, everyone can gander at the artwork and complete tracklist, both of which are posted after the jump. Read more »
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