Back at the beginning of April, we announced that the second 12" to drop from Brighton's skweee-tastic Donky Pitch label would be from the Barcelonian producer known as Niño. Now, less than a week away from the release date of the Clase de 1984 EP, we get to share the first jam to leak from that record, the neon-colored "Buio Omega." This hyperactive tune skitters around in all directions with glittering synth tones, squelchy basslines, and rapid-fire percussion—occasionally landing on the same wavelength to work out a wonky groove. You can hear a bit more of Niño's EP before it's available to purchase on May 23, here.
With two buzz-worthy videos floating around YouTube for the past year or so, it's a little surprising that French dream-pop artist Matthieu Le Berre (a.k.a. Vezelay) hasn't been picked up by a label sooner. However, with the coming release of the Lyre EP on Planet Mu, that is set to change. Read more »
We'll admit it: When the UK's enigmatic Forest Swords project dropped its dystopic, lo-fi opus Dagger Paths last year, we weren't exactly first to embrace its jangly vibes, but we did manage to fall in love with those six melancholic tracks in time to add the record to our Honorable Mentions of 2010 list. Now, you can count us among the growing mass of listeners fiending for whatever comes next from Forest Swords, a small taste of which just arrived today. Read more »
Back around 2006, T-Mobile Germany made this rather comprehensive film on techno giant Richie Hawtin for its Electronic Beats marketing series. Thankfully, the doc is pretty bereft of cell-phone branding junk, and focuses solely on the DJ/producer's rise to fame, from his humble, Canada-by-way-of-Britain beginnings to his current status as the toast of Berlin's techno scene. Read more »
Network Awesome is just one of a few places on the internet where you can find a streamable version of the classic Jennie Livingston film Paris Is Burning (we've got our own right here ), which documents ball culture in New York. But since they're rolling theirs out bit by bit, the Queen of ballroom, DJ MikeQ, has prepared a mix to coincide with their campaign. Read more »
After re-emerging from the Chicago house ether last year with the Rush Hour reissue of its seminal self-titled album from 1989, the duo of Merwyn Sanders and Eric Lewis (a.k.a. Virgo Four) has seen its music and, perhaps more importantly, its influence, finally given its proper due. Read more »
Nabbed off of The Wire, this music video for Demdike Stare's unreleased "Violetta" was crafted by Jonny Redman, a man who runs a website dedicated to European cult films called LoveLockAndLoad. Quite frankly, we couldn't think of a better suited cinephile to splice together footage to pair with the crate-digging duo's intriguingly esoteric music, as Redman's piece ever so perfectly proves. Read more »
A few weeks ago, Jennifer Lee (a.k.a. Tokimonsta) sent along "Bright Shadows," the first sampling of her new EP on Brainfeeder. To supplment today's release of Creature Dreams, Tokimonsta has offered up another track from the seven-song record, "Moving Forward." Dizzying synths open up the song as swelling atmospheres fill the space behind the chugging percussion. Eventually, a bit-reduced voice enters the fray as the drum patterns take on a more Latin feel. It's clear that Tokimonsta is the kind of artist who's constantly refining and tinkering with her sound, and documenting the process is nearly as enjoyable as simply listening to the music itself.
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