Air France is so good. However, they aren't exactly prolific, last releasing a single in 2009 and only a couple of EPs before that. Earlier this morning, the Swedish dream-pop duo arose from its lengthy slumber and offered up "It Feels Good to Be Around You" as a free download via the Sincerely Yours website. The song doesn't have any real surprises, as the pair fills the track with wispy, vaguely Balearic synths, steel drum samples, subtle dance beats, and pleasantly melancholy vocals. Unfortunately, the group didn't offer any clues as to whether more new music is on the way. That said, these guys are Swedish. Can't we start some kind of petition for the government over there to finance an Air France full-length? That's how those Scandinavian countries work, right? (We admittedly have no idea.)
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.
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