For the most part, subtlety isn't exactly among the top 10 things to love about hip-hop. Productions are often patently bombastic, if not downright outrageous, and even at their most creative, many MCs aim straight for your lower regions before considering your more contemplative parts. And that's all well and good for hip-hop lovers around the world, but the lack of emotional diversity in the genre has left a noticeable void, one which appears to have been effortlessly filled by New Jersey-based producer Michael Volpe (a.k.a. Clams Casino). Read more »
One of the original indie hip-hoppers from the early days of Anticon, Alias, has announced the release of a new LP entitled Fever Dream, his first album since 2008's Resurgam. It sure sounds like Alias has spent the time since soaking up some new musical influences, as "Wanna Let It Go" seems to signify a stylistic shift of sorts from his already established catalog. There are traces of LA's beat scene nestled in the wobbly synths and side-chained pads, and even echoes of the current UK bass style in the chopped and pitched vocals, but this is no direct derivative of any particular artist or scene, just a seasoned producer evolving with the times—and tastefully at that. The artwork and tracklist for Fever Dream, which sees its release August 30, can be found after the jump. Read more »
It was late last year when the then-new Voltaire imprint dropped its inaugural release Keep It Off the Record—a bubbling analog-electronics-meets-Krautrock 12" from Trans Am drummer Sebastian Thomson's solo project Publicist. Now the SF label has returned with its second release, a 12" compilation entitled Affairs Online (artwork above). Amongst the five futuristic pieces of analog funk is this cut from a young Swede operating under the somewhat brash pseudonym Le Pimp. Undeniably indebted to the legacy of Detroit, "BTTB" seems to look back on the early heyday of Midwestern house and techno with a knowledgeable hindsight, even incorporating memories of some of its contemporaries, such as the Revolution-era Prince synth riffs placed at the edges of the song's space-aged, Motor City-electro core.
As bass music has risen to prominence in dance-music circles over the past couple of years, the focus of the scene has undoubtedly been centered on London, largely thanks to pioneering labels such as Night Slugs, Hyperdub, Hessle Audio, and others too numerous to list. While the sound is also being explored on the American side of the Atlantic, a prominent US imprint has yet to emerge. That might all be about to change, as Kingdom has officially announced the birth of his own Fade to Mind label. 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 »
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 »
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.
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