Riding the line between nostalgia and innovation must be an incredibly difficult task for today's electronic dance music producer. The present is a unique situation in which the forward-looking but esoteric sounds of post-dubstep/electro Europe are counterbalanced by the intense nostalgia of chillwave, nu-disco, and the classic house revival. Maybe it's due to this polarity that tracks with balance tend to stand out. One such release is Totem, the latest three-track single from French producer Cédric Steffens (a.k.a. Canblaster) on France's innovative Marble imprint. Read more »
What's with the South America-Germany connection? Unfortunate historical connections aside, it seems as though many young South American producers have managed to link up with the scene in Germany. Case in point is recent Düsseldorf transplant Guti Podliszewski. Yet, there's something about Guti's story that makes him more intriguing than some of his compatriots, as in his native Argentina, he's known less as a producer of house music and more as the front man for swaggering rock band Jovenes Pordioseros. Since then, Guti has made quite a splash on the house scene with his jazzy and improvisatory take on the genre. With a grip of releases under his belt since 2007, Guti's just dropped Patio de Juegos (album art featured above), his first solo album since assuming the role of dance music producer. As a teaser, he sent over "Lucio El Anarquista (feat. Daniel Melingo)," a tight house track with Latin percussion, a funky Rhodes line, and raspy vocals provided by Argentine tango singer Daniel Melingo. Patio de Juegos is out now on Desolat.
Not lucky enough to be hanging around San Francisco in the ravey glory days of the early '90s? If not, don't worry: The Gathering's Martin O'Brien and Wicked Soundsystem's DJ Jenö have got you covered with a brand new, as-yet-unnamed documentary exploring the rave culture San Francisco once played host to. Read more »
Bubblin' Manchester tunesmith Damu just dropped his first ever record, the four-track Mermaid EP, via UK music hub Local Action, and has some big plans to celebrate it. First of all, he'll be partying with fellow DJ/producers Mosca, T.Williams, and xxxy, among others, at the Local Action & Orca Recordings party in London (details here). Secondly, he's unleashed this hyperactive tune for you eager listeners as an exclusive download. "She's Liquid" exists over on the noisier end of the juke spectrum; Damu's breakneck 808 rhythms jump and skitter underneath a heavy barrage of arpeggiating synths and spacey sound effects. If you want to hear more from the producer, you can stream the title track of his debut EP after the jump. Read more »
It's been a long and fruitful journey for M83's Anthony Gonzalez. Started in the early '00s, the once-duo-but-now-solo project has been pumping out albums of top-tier electronic shoegaze for the better part of a decade. That said, M83's been kind of quiet since the release of 2008's excellent Saturdays=Youth, but it seems that the time off was a necessary evil: Gonzalez recently announced the imminent arrival of Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, an epic double LP due out October 18. With that release date slowly approaching, Gonzalez has been dropping some teasers to keep us interested, the latest of which is "Midnight City," the album opener. It's a great start and marks a logical progression for his sound, complete with chords pulled from '80s pop music, atmospheric production worthy of Kevin Shields, and a structure that resembles the euphoric ebb-and-flow of trance.
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A few months back, when we first got wind of Ravedeath, 1972, the latest LP from XLR8R-featured artist Tim Hecker, we thought: What a brilliant idea it would be to have the Canadian noisemaker share with us a mix of even more glacial and angelic soundscapes—maybe a nice collection of his unreleased or back-catalogued material along with a handful of tracks that resonate within him as an artist. Well, in hindsight, maybe we were a bit naive to think Hecker would turn in the customary assemblage of tracks one figures to hear, as he has instead delivered an extremely long (not exaggerating at all here) mix, which is as unexpected as it is intriguing. Read more »
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