Now onto its sixth release, Nicolas Jaar's (pictured above) personal imprint, Clown and Sunset, has established itself as a respected disseminator of quirky downtempo house music (much like the sounds heard on the podcast Jaar did for XLR8R earlier this year). With Anytime Will Do, the debut EP from Valentin Stip, the label adds a fresh new face to its roster that slots in nicely with the label's intimate aesthetic. Read more »
It's been nearly two years (about a lifetime and a half in internet years) since Denver's resident dark-pop patron and dimensional tamperer Pictureplane released his most recent LP, Dark Rift. But fear not, readers, the wait for its successor is almost over. July 19 marks the release of a new Pictureplane full-length, an 11-song "celebration of human touch in a digital world" called Thee Physical. This homemade rave jam is the world's first taste of that album, and exhibits Travis Egedy's continually evolving take on classic dance music, as well as his new penchant for hushed vocal hooks. (There's a pretty awesome video of a live performance of the tune here, too.) The emotive "Real Is a Feeling" is simultaneously familiar and fresh territory for Pictureplane, and excites us even more for the impending release of his long-awaited new effort. (via Pitchfork)
It wasn't that long ago when we told you about multifaceted New York producer Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) planning a 12" release for the UK's prolific Planet Mu label, and now, we've just got word that the artist will also drop a full-length record on that imprint, called Room(s). Read more »
Two hotly tipped artists working on the forefront of dark electronic music, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper (pictured above) and London's Nowa Huta, have teamed up for a remix exchange, which has produced a couple of lovely tunes. Here, we've got the latter of those two artists refixing Gatekeeper's "Serpent" from last year (remember this funny little video?) into a frenzied mix of fractured beat work, ominous bass melodies, and haunting atmospheres tinged with just a touch of otherworldly soul; these ethereal touches provide an excellent balance to the original version's overwhelming industrial sounds. And make sure you check out the other track to emerge from this trade-off, "Gang Waves (Gatekeeper Remix)," here.
Pacific Northwestern ambient artist Rafael Anton Irisarri is a busy man. In addition to his excellent work as The Sight Below, his other eponymous solo project, and his collaborative work with an array of like-minded composers and musicians, Irisarri has also curated his own music festival. Read more »
Where: Los Angeles, Ca
Twenty-nine-year-old Paul Salva has spent most of his life bouncing around the US, as he grew up in Chicago worshipping house (both classic and ghetto) and later moved to Miami, where he dug into bass and electro and fell in love with the 808. After more than a decade of DJing, producing, and throwing parties, he eventually settled in San Francisco, where he founded the Frite Nite label and rubbed elbows with like-minded artists such as Lazer Sword. Read more »
For decades, veteran German producer Justus Köhncke has continued to build an extensive discography of original material, which he's every so often supplemented with remixes for artists from across the board. Now, the UK's Nang label has decided to bring together 11 of those tracks, along with one original production from Köhncke, to create what will be New Masters Series Vol. 3: Justus Köhncke - Fussmaschine. Read more »
Just over a week before 13 & God's sophomore album, Own Your Ghost, (the first since its 2005 self-titled debut) hits the streets, labelmate Antonionian (a.k.a. long time Anticon-associated producer and collaborator Jordan Dalrymple, pictured above) has remixed a track from the forthcoming record. Dalrymple chooses to push the original vocals far to the background, even going so far as to entirely remove the verses from "Its Own Sun" and instead focusing on a tiny, hyperactive beat that jumps and skids as if it's completely ignoring the giant soothing cords that float just behind it. As one can imagine, melody reigns in this version of the tune, bouncing between arpeggiated guitar chords, glistening synths, and a muffled piano before being enveloped by a choir of voices that softly exhale the song's simple, luring progression. Own Your Ghost is set to be released May 17.
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