For a 22-year-old, Briton Chris Ward, the lone soul behind Tropics, has absorbed his fair share of music made before he was even thought of. On Mouves, his second EP, a four-tracker for Planet Mu, Ward's brand of gauzy, post-rocky electronic pop looks clearly in the direction of vintage Factory Records—"Celebrate" lightly mimics Durutti Column's gorgeous guitar runs, while the title track harks back to The Wake's gentle, but synth-heavy post-punk vibes. Read more »
If we've learned one thing lately, it's that UK pop duo Alpines has great taste in remixers. First, we heard a shimmering version of "Cocoon" from London's xxxy, and now we have deep, pulsating remix of the same tune by Maya Jane Coles (pictured above), who produces this one under the moniker Nocturnal Sunshine. The UK tunesmith mixes a dash of dark techno vibes into her dubwise track for a slick production that skirts simple categorization at nearly every turn.
Right around the same time we got the surprising news that Zomby had signed with 4AD for the release of his excellent Dedication album, we were also informed that the prince of purple, Joker, had penned a deal with the imprint as well. Now, we get the first details of what will soon come from that exciting pairing. Read more »
Taken from his soon-to-be-released EP, One Hunned, "Guardian" finds Montreal beatsmith Lunice layering NES-era videogame melodies and the tiniest of vocal snippets over some laid-back, clap-heavy hip-hop beats. It's a bit of a slow burner, the kind of track that's less for the club and more for fondly remembering marathon childhood Nintendo sessions and the struggle to reach the next level while your mom was periodically yelling at you to put down the controller and finish your homework. Good times. The six-track One Hunned EP will drop on August 16. (via FADER)
Next Tuesday, Warp will release the first record to come from Glaswegian DJ/producer Hudson Mohawke since his debut LP, 2009's Butter, but before the Satin Panthers EP drops, you can hear the whole thing now. Read more »
It seems a resurgence of interest in the history of American dance music culture is currently underway, with news of a documentary chronicling San Francisco's '90s rave scene popping up last week and now a documentary capturing New York's blossoming house scene of the same era recently coming to our attention. Read more »
Washington, DC DJ/producer and 3024 label head Martyn gave us the details on a forthcoming single he'll soon be releasing via Brainfeeder, earlier this month, and now, we've got the rundown on his second full-length, which will drop on October 10 courtesy of that same imprint. Read more »
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