Let us introduce you to Albert Swarm, the anonymous Finnish-born producer behind the next release for Brooklyn's fledgling Ceremony imprint. His Held EP is a five-song record scheduled to drop on August 23, from which this deeply emotive cut is taken. "Familialities" is full of airy atmospheres, crunchy rhythms, and loose melodies that all ebb and flow with a certain understated grace. At times it reminds us distinctly of the gorgeous new tracks we've heard from Balam Acab lately (like this one and this one), but Albert Swarm is definitely on his own level, working somewhere in between ambient music, beat music, and more classically inspired sounds.
The original MIDI Fighter was a boutique controller that enlisted a 4×4 grid of gloriously punchy arcade buttons to trigger effects, chop samples, and otherwise freak live beats. The MIDI Fighter Pro ($349) is a logical evolution of the idea, adding faders, knobs, and more to the mix. Read more »
The multi-faceted producer behind Harmonic 313, Africa Hitech, and many other monikers, Mark Pritchard, is set to drop a 12" with grime MC Trim, which will feature two original cuts and an instrumental version of each track. Read more »
Ramon Quezada (a.k.a. DJ QU) lives and breathes house music, even if he's not exactly sure what it is anymore. "House and techno used to be the one thing," he says. "Now, Derrick May is techno and Kerri Chandler is house, but I never saw the difference." As far as he's concerned, if the music can be traced in some way to the deep house that first began to emerge from Chicago in the late '80s, then it's suitable for his record bag. 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.
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 »
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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