What happens when you combine two classically-trained musicians with glitched-out beats in the vein of Lazer Sword and other bass-loving knob twiddlers? Virtual Boy is what happens. The duo of Preston Walker and Henry Allen is poised to release its newest EP, Symphony No. None, on February 1 and have made the EP's closing track available to give us a taste. "Mass" is not a tune for the light-hearted; it's a seven-plus minute epic that combines classical-style instrumentation and Phillip Glass-esque melodies with slow, head-nodding drum programming and an array of laser-synths. The track acts as a lesson in patience for some of those beat-hungry heads out there, as the dramatic, melodic intro builds for the first two minutes of the song before anything resembling a beat comes in, giving you plenty of time to grab your favorite hoodie, throw on a fitted hat of your choosing (tilted slightly to the side, of course), and embrace the heaviness that is "Mass."
Here, we get the first look at the brand-new video from Japan's electronically inclined singer/songwriter/producer Clive Tanaka. The tune, "Lonely for the Highscrapers," is taken from his recently released album for the Tall Corn label, Jet Set Siempre No. 1—which was once only available on cassette, but can now be found on digital and vinyl formats. Director Brandon Domer pairs Tanaka's homespun electronic pop with some equally precious and homemade VHS footage of children frolicking about in amusement parks, playgrounds, beaches, and other sunny, carefree locales, all delivered under the banner of 1987 Florida Vacation. Read more »
London photographer-turned-producer Steve Braiden (better known simply as Braiden) has been making waves in the future-house/post-dubstep scene in the UK with a host of impressive DJ sets, including his regular show on Rinse FM and, recently, a well-received and now sold-out single from Joy Orbison's Doldrums imprint. Online music publication The Quietus, in collaboration with Sonic Router, recently posted an extensive interview with Braiden in which the producer discusses a variety of topics including his start in the scene, his music's aesthetic philosophy, and the success of his newest single, "The Alps" (the video for which you can watch here). Read more »
Though the track didn't make it on Caribou's official album of remixes for what was easily one of 2010's top musical highlights, Swim, this version of "Bowls" by UK electronic duo Icarus (pictured above) received a sort of honorable mention yesterday when it was posted on Caribou's SoundCloud for free download. We're happy to hear more interpretations of Caribou's various forays into beat-centric music, especially a flip as intricate and surprising as this one. For its remix, Icarus strips "Bowls" of its propulsive thump, catchy synth hook, and sporadic string flourishes, instead placing the focus directly on the moody sub melodies, droning bowl sounds, and the pair's own glitched-out rhythms. Sounds twist and turn, swell and crash, and generally seem to have a life of their own on "Bowls (Icarus Remix)," as though Icarus' only job was to make sure no noise flew too far out of earshot whilst flitting about.
Berlin's party-oriented minimal techno outfit Mobilee has announced the release of the fifth edition in its Back to Back series, to be available February 28. The series has in the past served as an avenue for Mobilee-associated artists (such as Anja Schneider and And.Id) to explore their favorite cuts from the label's output, mixing and remixing to their hearts' desire. Read more »
Netherlands' Dave Huismans, better known as 2562, recently announced he will be launching his own label, When In Doubt, with its first release being a two-track 10" from the label-head himself. Read more »
As the post-rock legends in Mogwai continue to riddle their once pristine discography with album after album of bombastic mediocrity, a vacant slot has opened in the music world—one that begs to be filled by tasteful musicians as interested in subtlety and nuance as they are grit and distortion. Certainly a prime candidate to fill such a void is the Irish duo Solar Bears (pictured above), and the more we hear from the instrumental outfit, the more they seem to lead the pack. This remix of "Clears Throat," a tune originally by Denton, Texas-based FUR, speaks more to the Bears' soft side, as they layer pattering rhythms, warbling synth ambiance, moody bass tones, and preciously plucked guitar notes to craft a touching soundscape that'll likely entrance you while it tugs ever so softly at your heartstrings.
Hype Williams is not the electronic side-project of the well-known music video director of the same name but actually a mysteriously elusive "Anglo-Russian" duo that has been building a reputation with their brand of lo-fi dub/avant-pop/beat music over the last year. Now the duo has officially announced that a new LP, One Nation, will be released March 15 via the Hippos In Tanks imprint. Read more »
Leave it to Warp's flagship beatsmith Flying Lotus to not only help revolutionize the music we listen to, but also how we obtain the music we listen to. With a brand-new web app called Trigger, fans of FlyLo can download what are called the Cosmogramma Alt Takes, but there's a catch: You have to prove you actually purchased the Cosmogramma album. Read more »
Brooklyn-based avant hip-hopper Kotchy (pictured above) is getting set to release his latest album, Two, on February 1. Back in November, he gave us a sneak peek in the form of a trippy video for album opener "Sometimes I Get Down." Now the song has been remixed by Irish-born, NYC-based producer Mike Slott, who has basically extracted almost all of Kotchy's distinctive flow. Gone are the laid-back talk-raps and noodling acoustic guitar loop, as Slott has picked up the tempo and assembled a playful little number full of swirling keys, melodic whimsy, and bouncy, chopped-up beats. Think of it as the original's hyperactive younger brother.
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