Michigan native Zach Saginaw (a.k.a. Shigeto)—who now calls Brooklyn home—crashed onto our radar last year, dropping two EPs and his debut album, Full Circle, on Ghostly International. However, despite his childhood proximity to Detroit and current presence on Matthew Dear's label, his music has little to do with techno, instead lifting grooves from further back in Motown's history, namely the world of funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop. Read more »
Electro-acoustic auteur Laurent Girard (a.k.a. Melodium) has released his latest album, Coloribus, on the Portland-based Abandon Building label. Girard, known for his ability to traverse the sounds of melancholic pop, electronic lullabies, noise-driven breakcore, and neo-classical folk, finds a way to meld obtuse soundscapes into a cohesive sound. "Piano Factory" is a dark, pulsating track adorned with a reverb-drenched piano belting out a haunting, cinematic melody. Melodium has also put together a video for the song "Something You Lost," which you can watch below. Read more »
On May 10, Brooklyn's globally minded, psych-heavy indie outfit Gang Gang Dance will release Eye Contact (you can check out its first track, "Glass Jar," here), its fourth proper studio album, via 4AD. After a hometown show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 4, the veteran band will hit the road for a North America tour in July. Read more »
As long as artists can have names linked to celebrities without having to explain the association or reasoning (i.e. Com Truise, Hype Williams, etc.), then why not long-dead political and social figures as well? Enter Karlmarx, the New Zealand-based duo of brothers (with different last names) Isaaz Aesilli and Mark McNeill, who have shared with us this cut from their forthcoming debut LP for the Cologne-based Melting Pot imprint. "Futuro" finds the brothers exploring a symphonic take on electronic music, one in which string-like synths (or possibly heavily processed string samples) flutter joyously atop a subdued electronic soundscape. Sometime between the pair's constant manipulation of the track's underlying elements and the tune's flashes of gurgling arps, Karlmarx playfully twists and turns the song's initial melody, weaving it through a variety of sounds and one-off variations as the beat gradually skips to the end of its two-and-a-half-plus minute run. "Futuro" is only the first taste from this down-under duo, whose debut LP, The Karlmarx Project (artwork above), is slated for release June 3.
How rad would it be if up-and-coming, genre-defying beat makers like Clams Casino provided the soundtrack for some of live television's biggest moments? Wouldn't it be doubly mindblowing to hear the misty expanse of a track like "Gorilla" (posted for download here) while seeing a space shuttle launch or watching your country win Olympic gold? Read more »
DJ/producer Jason Burns comes from Cleveland, Ohio, a place best known for its sports teams and shrines to rock 'n' roll, so you could understand that we were slightly taken aback when the he dropped this heart-wrenchingly soulful, UK-centric bass tune in our inbox the other day. Called "Back 2 You," the unreleased production corrals all the hallmarks of a contemporary dancefloor heater—R&B vocal samples, deep sub-bass tones, sparkling synth hooks, and skittering club rhythms—slowing them down into a syrupy 2-stepper that'll make you want to slow dance with whoever is standing closest (maybe even grind on 'em a bit, depending). The more we listen to Burns' work, the more it reminds us of low-end- and R&B-lovers like Brenmar and Kingdom, albeit with a heavier dash of proper dubstep soundscapes. Look for more of these jams from the Midwestern tunesmith when his first record drops via Sam Supa's Brap Dem! label later this year.
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