Detroit techno kingpin Juan Atkins' Model 500 project has been dormant for about 11 years now, but has recently reformed along with Underground Resistance's "Mad" Mike Banks, DJ Skurge, and Mark Taylor as a sort of super-group. The outfit has come together for some live shows, and is now set to release its first material since 1999's Mind and Body, a three-track EP to be released in September on R&S. Read more »
One of the female members of LA's beat scene, Tokimonsta paired up with Montreal's Lunice, and German producer Swede:art to present us with a fresh tune off of the Various Assets compilation, coming soon via Red Bull Music Academy. Their collaborative song, "Alpenglow," matches Lunice's crunchy beat with Swede:art's soulful key tickling and Toki's squelchy bass synth explorations—creating a shuffling, spacey R&B-flavored tune wholly unique from each producer's separate styles. It's something you can expect more of from the likes of James Pants, Katy B, Space Dimension Controller, Dâm-Funk, Hudson Mohawke, and many of the other producers involved with this year's RBMA in London when Various Assets is released July 19.
Production duo LOL Boys (pictured above) snagged the pieces of fellow two-piece Korallreven's hazy Balearic pop number "Loved-Up" and reformatted them into something a bit less subtle, rhythmically speaking, though as equally filled with delicate atmosphere. The bouncing beat and swirling melodies are plenty enjoyable, but it's the way LOL Boys toy with the dainty vocal track that really catches our attention. At first, the thin falsetto is chopped up and warped as a more percussive melody, which is matched equally by the beautifully sung lyrics, "I'm so loved up/I'm so scared," themselves soaked in dreamy reverb.
For the forthcoming new Body Language mix album from the Get Physical label, venerable techno fiend DJ Hell took the mixing helm to bring you a lengthy taste of his varied influences, classic favorites, fresh remixes, and original productions. Body Language Vol. 9 features 23 songs from the likes of Daniel Wang, Christian Prommer, DJ Assassin, Josh One, and Die Vögel, and will be released August 23. Read more »
If you asked someone to describe what is needed to create a song, or asked them what elements music in general should consist of, you're likely to get a handful of long-winded responses that could be boiled down to two parts: rhythm and melody. Aside from, say, certain noise and experimental acts, it's a fair enough breakdown, but it makes us wonder where Chicago's juke/footwork scene fits in. Like with this track from DJ Nate's upcoming Hatas Our Motivation EP for Planet Mu, much of the genre isn't the least bit interested in discernible melodies (save for quickly pitch-shifted, atonal vocal samples), and much of the bass-centric rhythms involved are so all over the place that a groove can be difficult to find. Still, there's obviously no denying that this is music pure and simple; it just happens to be unlike anything else we've had the pleasure of putting our ears to. (via 20JFG)
Not saying that you have to, but if you watch this video stoned, you might end up thinking it's the best thing ever. Amsterdam-based DJ/production duo Homework recently released its Fissa Tune EP, and the video for the title track is totally weird, warmly colorful, oddly funny, and chock full of DIY special effects. Read more »
While London's Night Slugs imprint has undoubtedly been one of the most exciting labels of 2010, its discography to date has only featured a few bits and pieces from joint bossmen Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990. As of next week, that situation will be remedied, as the latter will be dropping the Forever You EP, a five-track release featuring the bubbling future-house sounds that L-Vis 1990 is known for. Read more »
Brooklyn producer Brad Loving (a.k.a. Lobisomem) is one of those guys who is anything but married to a single style or sound. Lazy journalists might just slap the IDM tag on him and call it a day, but that glosses over Loving's extreme attention to detail and ability to fold together minute slabs of audio from varied genres, influences, and even continents. On September 14 he'll be releasing Onze Pedras, his full-length follow-up to the Brightest Solids EP that came out earlier this year. "Concussus" is the only snippet we've heard so far, but it appears that Loving's desire to elegantly combine sounds from across the musical spectrum remains unabated. Utilizing a sparse casio beat that could have been borrowed from the Morr Music catalog, Loving brings in a warbling trumpet, crackling bits of static, finely chopped vocal snippets, and slowly boiling synth swells before the track's four minutes come to an end. Let's hope that the rest of Onze Pedras contains similarly unique recipes.
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