Today, Berlin-based Dumb Unit rolled out the first installment of their collaborative DUMB UNIT DYNASTY series, from prolific Swedish producer Patrik Skoog (a.k.a. Agaric, pictured above) and techno stalwart Walker Barnard. Read more »
Steve Moore, the multitasking musician behind outfits like Zombi and Lovelock, has a fresh two-track single out now via NYC imprint L.I.E.S. Much like his other bands, Moore's solo output relies heavily on vintage synth tones, driving beat work, and dense, hypnotic grooves. The b-side to his Zero-Point Field EP, "Frigia," boasts those kinds of sounds in spades, as the producer thickly spreads out warm analog frequencies over the course of his 12-minute, Kraut-inspired epic—sounding as much like the pioneers of expansive electronic music as himself. And sure, we're offering you a free download of this track here, but this is the kind of music meant for a proper spin on your record player. You can make that happen for yourself, and grab a copy of Moore's 12" in the US or elsewhere, here and here respectively.
If you were lucky enough to catch a live Wighnomy Brothers set before their split in 2009, then you know that Monkey Maffia and Robag Wruhme were often deservedly called the best techno DJs in the world, spinning all-vinyl marathon sets on four turntables fueled by copious amounts of bass-heavy, soulful techno (and even more copious amounts of alcohol). On Thora Vukk, his second full-length, Robag Wruhme (a.k.a. Gabor Schablitzki) shows that while his techno chops are still intact, his penchant for atmospherics and found sounds has increased dramatically since his last album, 2004's Wuzzelbud "KK." Read more »
If this MP3 post has a familiar ring to it, that's probably because you may be experiencing some XLR8R déjà vu. Last week when we announced that summer-tinged electro-pop producer Chad Valley had plans to release a new EP this June, not only did we hip you to the details of the new release but we also posted a stream of this very track from the forthcoming EP (artwork above) too. Well, now we've got "Fast Challenges" here as a download, which we think you'll agree entirely overpowers any lingering feelings of déjà vu. Furthermore, this luscious slice of warm, gooey dance-pop has us wondering what summer nights are actually like for the Oxofrd-based artist and if they usually end in the kind of carefree dance frenzy one imagines "Fast Challenges" would inspire. For now our questions will just have to go unanswered as we savor this small but intriguing bite of what's to come when Equatorial Ultravox drops June 20.
Laurel Halo's second release for the prolific Hippos in Tanks imprint is another EP, this one being a six-song offering called Hour Logic. That record's opening track is the frenetic "Aquifer," which balances its churning, hot-footed rhythms with a densely swirling ambiance and other glossy sound effects that bring to mind the proto-CGI landscapes of the early '90s (much like this other jam from her forthcoming NNA Tapes cassette). Apparently, these sounds are "an ode to time leaping, designed to aid in moments of brain traffic and physical transit," but they'd probably be equally helpful during the time spent traversing the 3-D planes of your favorite vintage computer games, too. And even though Halo's lovely voice fails (yet again) to make an appearance on this particular production, we're nonetheless excited to hear what the rest of her new EP holds when it drops on June 21. You can check out the artwork and tracklist for the Hour Logic EP while you wait for that day, below. (via Altered Zones) Read more »
A couple weeks ago, we re-posted the live mix by Jamie xx and Oneman from FACT's epic party with Young Turks at the beginning of April, and now we have another DJ set from that shindig by Chicago juke/footwork don DJ Rashad. Read more »
Brooklyn pair Bikini has a new 12" of remixes coming out on June 7, which features the likes of Teen Daze, CFCF, and Win Win (you may have already heard that rework here). This alternate version of "R.I.P.," which will sadly not be on the release, comes to us courtesy of one very of-the-moment songstress, Montreal-based artist Grimes (pictured above). The singer/producer gives Bikini's track a rinse of ghostly R&B melodies, broken dance grooves, and hazy soundscapes—all crammed within about three minutes of poignant dream-pop. Grimes' production may not get an official pressing, but it's certainly another quality example of why she's been commandeering a lot of blog feeds as of late. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
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