Earlier this summer, recent DFA signees ndf released the warm night air that was "Since We Last Met," a "12 single graced by a Ricardo Villalobos remix on the flip. The track is a vivid portrait of summer love and such a strong single that a well-structured album is surely in sight. In the meantime London-based artist Banjo Or Freakout has offered a reminder of ndf's potential, covering "Since We Last Met" with more of an indie aesthetic than an electronic one. Banjo Or Freakout's piano version of the melody is particularly notable, bringing the subtleties of the original to the foreground. Synth and vocal layerings surround the rest of the song, keeping all the nostalgia of the original without being repetitive.
One half of UK experimental minimalists SND (pictured above), sound artist Mark Fell (on the right, above) has announced his forthcoming follow-up album to 2004's solo release Ten Types of Elsewhere, entitled Multistability. The 17-track full-length record will be released on December 7 through the austere Raster-Noton label, and covers some fairly heady ideas. Read more »
Brooklyn's Teleseen has been involved in a number of endeavors in recent years, including recordings for documentary films and a project called Majoni with South African dancehall vocalist Teba and UK producer Dorian Concept. After the release of two full-length albums in the last four years, Teleseen has readied a new EP, Mandrake, for release on November 19. The EP finds Teleseen builds on his love of reggae with dubwise explorations into house, dancehall, and Afrobeat. We have the track "By Many Names" here for download, a dubby piece of tropical synth humidity that bubbles and froths.
Out tomorrow on Hippos In Tanks is the latest offering from Games (a.k.a. Joel Ford of Tigercity and Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never. The EP, entitled That We Can Play, is available for you to stream in its entirety below, and will no doubt take you on a late-'70s/early-'80s trip through neon signs, tape decks, ski-doos, obscure yacht-rock samples, videogames, and lots and lots of synths. Read more »
A lot of phrases get thrown around haphazardly within the electronic music spectrum, collage artist being one of them, but in the case of LA-based Chad Valencia (a.k.a. yuk.), it fits perfectly. On "greenflash(ritual)," Chad shows his ability to create distorted ambient sound collages with a gritty sizzle that holds all the different elements together, utilizing no computers in the process. The track begins as a slowly bubbling mash of noise with sounds trickling up from beneath the dense layers until, a little past halfway through, a lazy and distorted rhythm begins and pushes methodically alongside a swirling vocal sample. yuk.'s newest release, a d w a, where you'll find "greenflash(ritual)" alongside 11 others, including one featuring XLR8R favorite Teebs, can be found digitally via LA's tape-music mecca Leaving Records. Looks like the original pressing of 100 cassettes from the My Hollow Drum imprint has already sold out, but luckily there's probably enough tape noise on all these tracks that we'll be able to get the same feeling from the mp3s. (via Altered Zones)
A defining characteristic of UK producer Deadboy's music is the melodic warmth he builds around his use of female vocal samples. Deadboy's tracks not only display affection, they can also sound afflicted. "U Cheated" is as forlorn as it is lovely, the song's bassline the accusation and the vocal snippets the sense of loss. Deadboy's skillful exploration of dark and light continues, albeit in a totally different way, on this special Halloween mix he posted to his Soundcloud earlier this week. Read more »
Pioneering industrial group Throbbing Gristle suprised a lot of people when they reformed to play live and record new material a few years back, and now comes the sad news that one of the members, Genesis P-Orridge, has decided to no longer perform with the group. Read more »
Having hopped the dubstep wagon earlier this year with songs like the Benga-produced single "Katy On A Mission," Katy B's new mission appears to be pop stardom. This new one, called "Lights On," made by Rinse FM boss Geeneus, also features a turn from UK urban princess Ms. Dynamite. Read more »
Over the past year, forums have rumored about the imminent death of the historic Technics 1200 turntable, but now Panasonic has officially driven the knife into the heart of the proverbial DJ coffin. Read more »
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