We had no idea it was even around back then, but according to noise artist Tim Hecker, rave died sometime during 1972. Well, that's the title of his forthcoming new record, anyway. On Valentine's Day next year, the Canadian ambient producer will release Ravedeath, 1972 via Chicago's Kranky label. Read more »
The good people of Sacramento-based Lefse Records have made available a track from the second edition of their ongoing Way Slow series, a "cover" of Soul For Real's "Being With You" from St. Louis-based producer Phaseone. The track is more of an instrumental reinterpretation than a cover, taking the song's original chord progression and vocal melody to new and more interesting territory. "Being With You" seems to be in no rush, slowly building on its laid-back R&B vibe for almost three minutes before kicking in with an assault of thick, layered synth pads and smooth, gliding melodies. Expect vocal chops, shuffling percussion fills, and plenty of slow head-nodding from this one. Phaseone's contribution to the Way Slow series, which also features a "cover" of Keith Sweat's "Right & Wrong," will be available December 14.
In anticipation of his forthcoming EP from London's Aconito label, Tokyo-based techno producer Hironori Takahashi has released this stone-cold track just in time for the winter months to come upon us. From the beginning of "Kyres" (which will not appear on the EP), it feels like you've been shrunk and placed inside some sort of perfectly efficient techno machine, one driven by an intense kick and snare accompanied by clicky percussion and a deep bassline, all of which pulse consistently. The only glimpse we get of the outside world are the the muffled atmospheric field recordings that float atop the tune's dark, rhythmic core. Takahashi's EP, Gaia's Archetype, will be released on vinyl November 22 and features two new tracks along with an edit from Aconito label head nAX_Acid. Check the tracklist after the jump. Read more »
It's one of Mary Anne Hobbs' favorite tunes of the year. It's the next record dropping on Joy Orbison's Doldrums label. It's the first single to come from photographer-cum-producer Steve Braiden. It's called "The Alps," and before it's even released, it seems to have become as massive as the mountain range that provides its name. Here, the bounding, icy tune is given a dark video of vintage, black-and-white footage from some nuclear power plant of sorts. Read more »
It's good to hear a lot of Southern California's young music makers challenging the local scene that many of them are inextricably linked to, and doing so to a point where we music critics may have to ditch any comparisons to their hometown peers altogether. Laguna Beach-born Nicholas Morera (a.k.a. a. d. l. r.) eschews all 'beat scene' trademarks for a unique sound driven by atmosphere, experimentation, and, seemingly, randomness. His "Wisp" track, taken from the forthcoming Foam on the Waves of Space-Time... album (coming January 11 on Non Projects), sounds like Morera snagging a potpourri of disparate audio clips and letting them run wild through a gauntlet of effects and analog processing. The song is certainly ambient and gelatinous in its structure, but here and there, a. d. l. r. introduces a jarring smash of rhythmic sounds—effectively giving the composition something to anchor its weightless husk to.
oOoOO: Christopher Greenspan Joins the New Wave of Ethereal Electro-Pop Makers While Sidestepping the Name Game.
San Francisco producer Christopher Greenspan wants to make sure that people don't mistake his moniker (spelled oOoOO, but simply pronounced "oh") as an intentional act. "Actually, I hate the name," he says, cradling a cup of tea at a local cafe. "It got me grouped in with other obscure, unpronounceable names, which then got me grouped into the 'witch house' genre. In reality, the name came from when I was putting songs on MySpace, and I just put in a bunch of Os." Read more »
DJs the world over will be mourning the news that Panasonic has officially announced that production of Technics turntables ended this fall. Last month we posted that Panasonic had planned to discontinue the Technics SL-1200MK6 analog turntable, the SH-EX1200 analog audio mixer, the RP-DH1200, and RP-DJ1200 stereo headphones, and now comes the news that the entire line of Technics turntables has been shut down. Read more »
As we saw briefly in this recent video interview with FaltyDL (not to mention his set at this year's Decibel Festival), the DJ/producer holds his own quite well in a live setting, so we're certainly more than willing to catch his DJ sets in any capacity. FACT posted a live recording of DL's performance at the Heaven club in London, and it's certainly a doozy. Read more »
What's beautiful about Teengirl Fantasy's original "Dancing in Slow Motion" is that, for a song borne of a gritty, DIY, electronic dance music ethos, it packs a whole lot of emotional punch on both the lyrical and musical fronts, and keenly harks back to a time when dance producers gave a shit about telling a story through song (our hats tipped to Shannon's "Let the Music Play," and the whole of '80s Miami freestyle). Problem is, you can't actually dance to it. So in steps remixer extraordinaire Brenmar (a.k.a. Bill Salas, pictured above, who also provided us with this week's killer podcast) to change all that. Not only does Salas give Light Asylum front lady Shannon Funchess' harrowing, heartrending vocals the full-on diva treatment they deserve (worthy of that other dance queen Shannon) but he also kicks the beat up a notch and rearranges the tune with sizzling pads and an all-around warmth, shuffle, and bounce, which he's managed to bring to more than a few R&B tunes as of late.
The creator of one of this year's most rewarding and melodic beat-related albums , Will Wiesenfeld (a.k.a. Baths), follows up the release of his lovely Cerulean (not to mention his inclusion in our beat-scene feature) with a headlining tour across North America. Read more »
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