Since we first heard the spectral, waterlogged beauty of "Oh, Why" from Balam Acab's forthcoming debut LP for Tri Angle Records, entitled Wander / Wonder (pictured above), we've waited just as patiently as we can for another taste of its eight tracks (not to mention the whole record itself). Thankfully, the powers that be are an understanding bunch, and have unleashed another cut from the album. Read more »
Who: Hissy Fit
Where: Montreal, Canada
Outside of a few notable exceptions (Egyptrixx and Jacques Greene spring immediately to mind), the Great White North hasn't been particularly well represented when it comes to the whole post-dubstep/garage scene. 32-year-old Newfoundland native Matthew Hiscock is doing his part to change that, turning out impressively polished, garage-inspired productions as Hissy Fit, not to mention more eclectic offerings under his own name and glacial house music as North Atlantic. Read more »
About two months ago, YACHT debuted the video for "Utopia/Dystopia (The Earth is On Fire)," the new single from the group's brand-new LP, Shangri-La, on DFA. With that album out now digitally and slated for vinyl release soon, YACHT has teamed up with fellow travellers White Rainbow, Jeffrey Jerusalem, and The Miracles Club to drop Utopia Remixes, a three-track remix EP. To whet our appetites, The Miracles Club's predictably housey remix is being offered up as a teaser. Taking the original's spunky Devo riffing and filtering it through an ethereal, bongo-heavy '90s tribal aesthetic, The Miracles Club succeeds in creating a laid-back, late-morning house track.
Over the course of one proper full-length and a slew of genre-testing singles, London producer Zomby has proven, above all else, that he's all about atmosphere. His 2008 self-titled EP for Hyperdub didn't concern itself with the label's strong suit at the time—dubstep, that is—nor did it revel too heavily in its cheap, 8-bit production ethos, instead drumming up a skittery vibe that was both dubwise and, maybe unwillingly, technologically didactic. Read more »
Dave Pezzner, the multi-talented house producer and Pacific Northwest regional laptop champion, has just announced that he will be releasing his next EP, One More, on RebelLion, Crosstown Rebels' brand-new underground offshoot. This will be the first vinyl release since The Tracks Are Alive, his debut LP on Freerange. Read more »
It's surprising that amidst all the effort in recent years to revive aspects of Chicago house and New York garage that there has not been as much of a focus on the sonics and ethos of classic Detroit techno. Granted, techno's alien sound palette, complex rhythmic structure, and inherent stance against nostalgia make it a tough candidate for revival. That being said, there are still people giving it a shot, such as German-based producer Elpierro. Taken from his newest EP, Traralgon, "Torquato" features a blend of first-wave techno sounds with early IDM ambient exploration. The track drives along a desolate moonscape developed by freezing pads and a bassline so deep, it's almost inaudible. Traralgon comes out August 3 on Parity.
Here, we have a patently woozy and disjointed remix by UK up-and-comer Lapalux (pictured above), this time of "Plage" by Spanish outfit Crystal Fighters. The Pictures Music cohort recently unloaded a whole mess of remixes via his SoundCloud account, and this one in particular caught our ear. Something about the way producer Stuart Howard throws everything into the mix at once to create perfectly haphazard rhythms and ambiguous melodies is enticing, even more so when they finally coalesce into a subtly infectious groove.
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