Heads up! Slo-mo R&B dance remixer Physical Therapy has recently teamed up with the excellent Hippos in Tanks label to put out some releases in the near future. First up is an excellent remix of Sleep ∞ Over's (pictured above) just released "Casual Diamond." Taking the original's breezy Mazzy Star-meets-Cocteau Twins aesthetic and throwing it in a screwed-up blender, Physical Therapy's remix turns the song into a psychedelically tinged rave anthem for codeine enthusiasts, as marching drums for a lazy militia compete with blurry pitch-bent synth stabs, conch horns, and what sounds like a sample from Holy Ghost Inc.'s "Walk On Air." Give the remix a shot below and look out for more music from Physical Therapy, who'll be dropping a record of his own via Hippos in Tanks this fall. (via FACT)
Helmed by some of the most in-demand artists on the techno scene (Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson among them), the DJ collective, production outfit, and label known as Visionquest has been on quite a roll lately. With the latest release on the label, Visionquest Spring Showcase, that spree is bound to continue with an EP that explores the limits of tech-house with occasional jaunts into the territories of celestial pop, melodic house, and deep techno. 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)
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 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 »
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