Apparently the people over at Ninja Tune aren't just going to sit back on their laurels while celebrating 20 years as a pioneering UK label. They also have a slew of new releases coming out this month including one from legendary producer The Bug. The Infected EP will be released as a double 12" vinyl with two new tracks (well, one is a re-working of "Poison Dart") and two remixes from Autechre and Scratcha DVA. Read more »
Holland-based producer Applescal has been known for his precocious talents in the production studio, churning out his first full-length A Slave's Commitment at just 20 years old. Now rapidly approaching his mid-20s, Pascal Terstappen continues to release mature electronic music, this time around putting together a proper techno release for Germany's Traum Schallplatten that will also include an EP of remixes. Titled Welcome to the Woods, the record will showcase three new productions from Applescal, all of which will see remix treatment from the likes of Spada, Alec Troniq, and Leeks. Both EPs are out December 13, and after being given the opportunity to share any of the tracks from the release, we're happy to report this Dopamine remix of Applescal's "Your English Song" was hand-picked for its infectious, club-ready synth stabs and drops.
From his forthcoming full-length album for Philly's low-end-obsessed Seclusiasis label, San Francisco tunesmith DNAE Beats gives us "Reptilian MIDI Jazz." The wobbly future-funk production is found smack dab in the middle of the 13-track Secrets Worth Dying For record, and exhibits an atypically heartfelt and melodic atmosphere from a producer so often transfixed with all things distorted and blap-friendly. While a sample of a man spewing randomness about "reptilian shape shifters" soaks in a pool of spacey effects, DNAE exorcises his inner Dâm-Funk on the buttery synths and squishy basslines, but remains true to himself with his head-knocking beat work and disjointed pace. "Reptilian MIDI Jazz" ends with the man at the controls sending his sample into atonal oblivion, a good sign that the tunes to follow will likely be of the banger variety—basically, business as usual for DNAE Beats. You can find out for sure what comes next when Secrets Worth Dying For drops on November 29.
London's Intruders.tv got a chance to sit down and talk with post-dubstep poster boys Mount Kimbie shortly after their US tour. The duo discusses its recent touring experiences, including the difference between playing more traditional "band venues" and clubs. They also share some insight into how they adapt their songs to achieve their live show and some thoughts regarding the upcoming release, the Blind Night Errand EP. Read more »
Last month, Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint released an album that has seemed to strike a chord with lovers of experimental, innovative beat music, not unlike the way Lotus himself splashed onto the electronic music scene years ago. But while producer Steven Ellison (and the string of wannabes that soon followed him) relied heavily on blown-out bass tones, cosmic soundscapes, and off-kilter rhythms, burgeoning producer Mtendere Mandowa (a.k.a. Teebs) offers music that's more down to earth and organic, though still enchanting and quite beautiful. We were able to take some time out of Mandowa's schedule at this year's Decibel Festival to touch on a few subjects surrounding his brand-new Ardour album. You can read our conversation, which delves into his work as a painter, the creation of his debut record, and how living with Flying Lotus inspired him in many ways, after the jump. Read more »
If you ever needed any more reassurance that the future is already here, we present to you Ruckazoid's new track, "Crush." The track begins with a loop that sounds like the warning tone on a spaceship notifying the crew it's time to "man their battle stations," an apt intro to the spacey pads and lazer-arps that get transformed throughout "Crush." The fuzzy bass and boom-bap drums give the track an aggressive edge, making it the ideal soundtrack to the future gang wars and lazer-gun drive-bys that will surely become a reality when we start colonizing other planets and such. "Crush" is one side of the "Crush" b/w "All City" 12" available November 8 from Ireland's All City Records. And for those who need more Ruckazoid than one track can offer, check out his site/digital music club Listen + Compute where members get full digital access to over 200 songs along with instrumentals, accapellas, stems, and remixes. Told you the future was here.
Alright, guys, we didn't want it to come to this, but you've forced our hand—we've got a few rules to put into action. First off, if we can't type out your band name (never mind song and record titles) with only a general knowledge of how to use a keyboard, you get a strike. And if we can name more than three bands that your music sounds identical to, who have released their debuts less than a year before yours comes out, you get a strike. If you use upside-down or rightside-up crosses, triangles, pentagrams, or hazy imagery anywhere in your artwork or promotional materials (as seen above) = another strike. Lastly, if you deem it necessary to render your nonsensical band name in ALL CAPS (or even all lowercase characters, for that matter), you get a strike. Now that we've covered those bases, it looks like NYC's BL§§D ØU† (formerly Blissed Out, a version only slightly less offensive) strikes out on all fronts. But really, c'mon, guys. We love crunk samples and spooky shit just as much as the next guy, but maybe it'd be in your best interest to try just a tad bit harder to distance yourselves from the obvious comparisons your "§PNNR§" track garners within seconds of pressing the play button. (Incidentally, what's everyone's problem with vowels these days?!)
Next week, on November 9, James Murphy and the cast of his LCD Soundsystem band will release a "John Peel session style" album for digital download, called The London Sessions. The nine-song, live-in-the-studio record features renditions of a handful of hits and fan favorites taken from all three LCD Soundsystem albums, including "All My Friends," "Daft Punk is Playing at My House," "Us v. Them," "Drunk Girls," and more. Read more »
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