The formula makes sense; Tobacco is weird, Beck is (relatively) weird, and the song they wrote together, "Grape Aerosmith," is kinda weird too, so yes, the video should also be weird. But what director Allen Cordell delivers is unprecedentedly strange and nonsensical. Read more »
Neon Indian to Release Deluxe Edition of 'Psychic Chasms' with Remixes From Toro Y Moi, Dntel, Javelin, and More
Highly touted electronic-pop (or 'chillwave,' if you must) darling Alan Palomo unleashed a warbling, fuzzy, psychedelic beast of a debut album back in 2009 under the name Neon Indian. Lots of people, including us, got into that album pretty hard, so it's not too surprising that nearly a year later, Psychic Chasms is getting revamped and re-released as a deluxe edition complete with an entirely new disc of remixes from indie and electronic music's elite. Read more »
Mix one part new wave, one part krautrock, one part post-punk, and one part Lower East Side psychedelia and you'll get Swedish septet Ikons. Mix one part Balearic disco, one part analog-synth wizardry, and one part epic space journey and you'll get this remix of Ikons' track "Honey," by UK production duo Coyote. Timm Sure and Amp, the fellas behind the Is it Balearic? imprint and mixes for Cool in the Pool, seem to ditch almost everything but Ikons' vocal track, which is merely a baritone utterance of the song's title. The focus of the original "Honey"—its bouncing drum beat, its monotonous bassline, and its driving guitar riff—is nowhere to be heard, and Coyote takes the opportunity to push the song's meandering synth tones up to the front alongside a pulsing disco-house rhythm and bass melody.
We've been keeping tabs on MC/producers The Alchemist and Oh No for quite some time now (even some of their unconventional endeavors), so getting word that the two hip-hop mainstays were gearing up to work on an album together was—literally—music to our ears. Furthermore, it's no surprise that the first taste from the duo, calling itself Gangrene, and its forthcoming debut album, Gutter Water, is an excellently produced piece of gritty, head-knocking beat work and smoothly executed dual-vocal attacks. If the old-school essence of "Chain Swinging" isn't enough to pique your interest in the new project, maybe the album's guest appearances from Raekwon, MED, Guilty Simpson, and Planet Asia will do the trick.
Parisian DJ, producer, performer, and world-record holder Chilly Gonzales has embarked on a brand-new creative outlet, writing, producing, and starring in a full-length feature film. The movie is called Ivory Tower, and, along with Gonzo himself, stars Tiga and Peaches in roles you might not expect from the sexed-up dance music icons. Tiga and Gonzales are two chess champions who also happen to be brothers and are both in love with the same woman, Peaches' character Marsha (pictured above). Read more »
Is there some kind of remix album in the works for The xx that we haven't heard about? Between the new Jamie Jones remix we posted a few days ago, the news we caught of Hercules & Love Affair covering one of the UK trio's tunes, and now, Barcelona producer John Talabot (pictured above) hooking up the internet with this remix of The xx's "Shelter," something's got to be brewing. Read more »
Canadian tunesmith Dan Snaith has released what still stands as one of our favorite longplayers to be heard from this year, Caribou's Swim. Many months after that record hit shelves, we're treated to a new video for the hypnotically psychedelic "Sun." Read more »
Back in 2005, Def Jux label head and beat-making mastermind El-P paired his productions with the vocal talents of Camu Tao on a project called Central Services. The duo wrote an eight-song EP, entitled Forever Frozen in Television Time, but never got a chance to officially release the record. Read more »
If you'll remember back to another time—say, the mid-'90s—when contemporary electronic music was still growing legs and labels like Warp pushed a burgeoning sound (debatably) called IDM, there was another style of more pop-influenced electronic music growing in popularity thanks to groups like Stereolab, Portishead, and Seefeel. Read more »
Philadelphia bass fiend, Nightshifters associate, and Subdivision crew member Rx just slipped us this exclusive track, so we wanted to share it with the masses as soon as possible because a) it's rad and b) the horn blasts remind us of the badass score from Inception. And while the song doesn't have any brain-melting dream-within-a-dream scenarios or zero-gravity combat involving the kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun, it does have some nice plinky synths and shuffling, dubsteppy beats. Grab it now and if you're hungry for some more Rx-related tuneage, peep his Soundcloud and check out the new video for "Bronson," taken from the freshly released Kaleidoscope Island EP. The clip was put together by Greg Zifcak of Eats Tapes.
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