Ben Westbeech Announces New Album Featuring Productions from Motor City Drum Ensemble, Midland, and More
Just when you thought we couldn't come up with any more downloads from Montreal's preeminent purveyor of icy dream-pop, this little gem surfaced just before it was too late. In our defense, this take on Grimes's "Crystal Ball" from Babe Rainbow—another Canadian producer of somehow simultaneously dark-yet-sparkling tunes—is really good, we promise. Mellowing the tune out quite a bit, it almost sounds like Babe Rainbow (pictured above) shoved the entire original track into a Casio keyboard before chopping up Grimes' pixie-ish (not the band, the mythical creature) vocals and piling layers of glorious noise atop the delicately percolating toms and claps. Just as enchanting as the original, but in an entirely new fashion—what more could you ask for? (via FADER)
Even for a respected artist and pioneer of electronic music, mixing original productions with spoken-word poetry can prove problematic. Such is the case with Drums Between the Bells, Brian Eno’s collaborative album with poet Rick Holland and his second release for the Warp imprint. Read more »
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.
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.
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 »
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