Jesu is one of the few outfits that can justifiably lay claim to both metal and shoegaze simultaneously, which certainly speaks volumes about the versatility put forth by bandleader Justin K. Broadrick. Prior to Jesu, the multi-faceted UK musician had been a part of the metal scene for years, and now, we find him working solo and busily producing under a new moniker, Pale Sketcher. Taken from the new project's forthcoming debut album, Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed, "Plans That Fade (Faded Dub)" is a tranquilly brooding composition focused on thick washes of filtered synths, subtle bass rumblings, and a slow-paced drum-machine beat. Broadrick's reverberated voice floats in, around, and throughout the ominous track, and showcases a falsetto croon most wouldn't initially expect from a veteran metalhead. Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed will be released August 24.
American techno maven Matthew Dear is getting ready to release his third full-length, Black City, and while the press materials make reference to the album's "imaginary metropolis peopled by desperate cases, lovelorn souls, and amoral motives," few people really know what the music actually sounds like. "Soil to Seed" is the first track to be unveiled, and it only offers a limited preview, as the song barely cracks the two-minute mark. Sure, it's ostensibly techno, but Dear seems to have continued his drift toward organic sounds—the drums and guitars certainly sound real, and his voice sounds like an actual human being. It's definitely not a rager, but Dear seems to reserve those tendencies for his Audion alias anyways. One might say that "Soil to Seed" is more of a tease than a proper taste, but it's got us interested enough to give Black City a thorough listen.
While lots of folks have only recently been turned on to cumbia and other Latin rhythms, guys like Will Holland (a.k.a. Quantic) have spent years digging through dusty crates of Central and South American vinyl, constantly in search of fresh beats and breaks. Yet Holland is more than just an old-school enthusiast, as he's fronted countless projects with different artists, musicians, and aims, including his most recent dub-minded effort, Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, and its Dog with a Rope album. Read more »
Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler), the Nottingham-based abstract beat crafter best known for his 2008 opus, Lemurian, has just announced the launch of his own label, Magic Wire Recordings, and the release of his new single, "Pineapple Crush" b/w "Angel Brain," which is expected to arrive August 16. Read more »
Now here's something that takes the whole played-out "face melting" thing to a new level. Low Limit, who doubles as one half of Lazer Sword, produced this track a while back before it was included on the inaugural Numbers release, The Golden Handshake EP, and now it's been given a fiery (literally speaking) music video courtesy of The No Problem. Read more »
The title track from South African DJ/producer/vocalist/graphic artist Spoek Mathambo's forthcoming debut album is a bubbling piece of club-friendly riddims, rubbery basslines, and sparse synth hooks pulled together around playful vocal work. Mathambo handles the bulk of the MC duties, but brings in a group of ladies to help fill out the chorus of "Mshini Wam" and its "Little Drummer Boy"-referencing refrain. Months before the album comes out September 13, the track's official single will be released July 27, along with "Gwababa (Don't Be Scared)" and remixes from the likes of Schlachthofbronx, Subtitle, Krazy Fiesta, Canblaster, and many more.
New artists have been rapidly emerging from the ether of the LA beat scene for quite some time, but recent times have also seen a uptick in the number of labels popping up to support the music with things like, you know, official releases. The Non Projects imprint is a member of this new class, and next week the label will unveil its second offering, the Silver Trees/Damiel EP. It's a split release from a pair of like-minded LA artists, the young and classically trained Asura (a.k.a. Ryan York) and Non Projects label head Anenon (a.k.a. Brian Simon). Read more »
Beat Happening: From the Seeds Planted by Flying Lotus and Low End Theory, LA's Abstract Instrumental Scene Branches Outward.
It's Wednesday night, and the scene at LA's Airliner Club is typical: A sea of nodding baseball caps; empty Pabst tallboys lining the bar; speaker stacks blasting out waves of wobbly, ribcage-rattling bass. This is Low End Theory, and thanks to the rise of Flying Lotus, it's arguably the hottest club in the US right now. Certainly the crowd seems to think so—the place is packed, and the atmosphere is celebratory. Read more »
This remix of Parson's "I Rep the Dirty South" from Austin's Dubbel Dutch (pictured above) first premiered in the podcast the DJ/producer put together for our XLR8R City Guide series, but was just released from its mix confines and shared over on FACT. Producer Marc Glasser treats his remix almost like an anthem for his home state, as he forms the body-shaking bass tones, shuffling future-house rhythms, and rave-inspired synth melodies around pitched-down vocal samples of "I rep the dirty south" and "Lone Star State," and makes the whole thing sound mighty big.
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