Maybe it's misplaced '90s nostalgia, maybe it's the fact the so much new music these days centers around "chill" and "bliss," or maybe it's just because songs like Freak Nasty's "Da Dip" and 2 Live Crew's "Pop That Coochie" are still guaranteed party-starters more than a decade past their original release date, but the booty bass cooked up by 18-year-old Dominique Young Unique makes us want to get up and dance. More than that, the young Tampa MC makes us want to find the nearest rumpshaker contest and booty shake our way to first place. Dominique certainly isn't shy, as "Pussy Popping" is more or less an ode to the glory of lady parts. It's taken from Domination, her new mixtape which was recently made available for free download. Give it a listen and get low.
Here's another piece of patently atmospheric beat music from LA's Ryan York (a.k.a. Asura). "Silver Trees" is the first piece from a forthcoming split album comprised of five tracks from Asura, also dubbed Silver Trees, and three from Non Projects label head Brian Simon (a.k.a. Anenon), called Damiel. Here, York's production exists in an interesting middle place between club-ready, low-end-dedicated rhythms and ethereal synth and vocal melodies. It brings to mind the work from fellow SoCal producers Baths or Nosaj Thing, but with a larger element of aural texture and melodic fog blowing into the mix from unknown places. Silver Trees / Damiel will be available July 13.
Following the release of its third full-length, Ship of Light, Finnish electronic-leaning indie sextet Husky Rescue let go of the stems from its "They Are Coming" single, handing them over to remixers Warrior One, Halogen, Kinema, and, here, Dave Graham. The producer took the original song's hushed vocal performance and set it atop a slowly swirling mass of amorphous sonics, lilting string melodies, and almost inaudibly soft, hand-plucked guitar rhythms. It's a delicately made remix with the majority of Graham's attentions paid to controlling the subtle rise and fall of every fragile element he saw fit to include.
There's a bit of back-story here, so bear with us: Australian music-pushing nonprofit Heaps Decent has been working for over three years with its country's musically inclined youth, doing its best to provide resources and opportunities to help further the Down Under music scene. In September of last year, A-Trak was in the Aussies' hood with the Parklife tour, and Heaps Decent snagged the producer to contribute a little of his downtime to the Riverina Juvenile Justice Centre. Read more »
Austrian ambient soundscape producer Christian Fennesz joined forces with German drummer Tony Buck and Chicago-based experimental composer David Daniell (pictured above) for a collaborative performance at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, back in February '09. The material that was recorded from the live set is being released as an album August 24 on Thrill Jockey. Read more »
When we stop to think about it, there's not a whole lot separating the kids of the chillwave scene from those in beat music's many disparate hubs. Both genres are made up primarily of youngsters creating music inspired by electronic manipulations and the not-so-distant past, and, whether decidedly melodic or not, offer a great deal to the world's private and public dancefloors. Keeping that in mind, this new project from LA's Matthewdavid and Atlanta's Dog Bite, Veux, is less of a surprise. This first taste from the collaboration, "Late Key" (that's the cover for it up there), is a poignant number that matches loads of twinkling pop-friendly melodies, distant-but-hard-hitting dance beats, massive bass drops, and even a large amount of guitar and vocal work to great effect. We're not going to try to coin a new genre title for Veux's marriage of recent production styles. We'll just call it good.
Barcelona bliss-ravers Delorean are wrapping up another trek through North America this week—don't worry, they'll be back again in July—and we've been busy watching their every move. (Some might call it "stalking," but that's just semantics, right?) Anyways, a new video of the boys surfaced this week on Spanish site Playground and we wanted to share. Read more »
The first thing that gets your attention at MUTEK, even before you experience the music, is its clockwork efficiency. Drivers, merchandisers, sound and lighting technicians, curators, paid staff and volunteers are all wonderfully in sync. And all incredibly nice. Read more »
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