Everything surrounding this new single from Luxembourg's Sun Glitters, entitled "The Wind Caresses Her Hair," might mislead you into thinking its some kind of bucolic folk tune. The artwork is colorful and sun kissed, the song title is earthy and romantic, and, well, Victor Ferreira's production moniker doesn't invoke much other than all things bright and shimmery. So, you can imagine we were a bit surprised to find this tune is full of brooding bass tones, ephemeral vocal snippets, and thumping, textured beats—instead of, say, acoustic guitars and sing-a-long vocal hooks. It's a subtly powerful and entrancing song, and provides an enticing glimpse into Sun Glitters' full-length album, which is purportedly due in the months to come.
If the picture above wasn't enough of a tip, Vienna-based producer Brenk Sinatra (alternately referred to simply as Brenk) is a purveyor of stoney sounds—stoned-out, jazzy hip-hop beats to be more exact—and he's gone ahead and offered up "Predido," a track from his forthcoming full-length, Gumbo II. The LP, which drops September 2, not only marks the man's third album in three years, but comes with an astonishing 23 instrumentals to its name, and has even been gathering accolades from the likes of DJ Premier, who's been quoted as saying, "Brenk Sinatra, he's got the funk." We're certainly not ones to argue with a legend of his stature, and as "Predido" proves with its swirling, jazz-infused funk, there really is no need to.
French dream-pop producer Anthony Gonzalez (a.k.a. M83) has just announced a fall North American tour—his first in more than two years. The announcement comes on the heels of last week's San Francisco-centric "Echoes..." video, which contained hints of an upcoming sixth studio album. Read more »
If you're not familiar with 19-year-old, Ohio-based producer Blithe Field, we suggest you check out the two tracks of his we've posted for download in the past (here and here), as they may give you a bit of background on the auspicious musicmaker and his brand of tender electronic productions. Once you're all caught up, we suggest you dive right into his latest LP, Two Hearted (pictured above), which is out now on Waaga Records. Read more »
In this era of convergence devices, there are electronics that require volumes to be written on what they do versus what they do well. Then there are rare products that deserve the praise “performs as advertised.” High Resolution Technologies' Music Streamer II ($149) is one of those uncommon items worthy of recognition for doing one thing well: providing a USB-to-stereo-RCA digital-to-analog (D/A) converter. Read more »
At this point, the barrage of Japanese tsunami relief comps has become a bit overwhelming. That being said, we can't help but be excited by the release of Whatpeopleplay's Japanease compilation, which clocks in at 138 tracks and features original content from some of our favorite artists, including Nicolas Jaar, Aril Brikha, Tensnake, Wolf + Lamb, Tiefschwarz, and Steve Bug—who has offered up his contribution as a teaser for the whole project. A standout track of jackin' minimal vibes, Steve Bug's "Life in Circles" dances around a sparse beat of live instrumentation and LFO-ed out synth pads. Japanease is out now and currently available from Juno Download, zero", boomkat, and InnDigital, all of whom have offered to waive their usual profit margin for charity.
The past, it's a bitch. Successful artists of all stripes have always had a problem following previous achievements. Now, it seems as though Marco Niemerski (a.k.a. Tensnake) has found himself in just such a conundrum by having to live up to the success of his 2010 smash "Coma Cat"—a pretty tall order considering the popularity of that record. Nevertheless, his just-dropped "Something About You" strives to best that previous effort, albeit with varying results. Read more »
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