In the two years that have passed since Untold's Hemlock imprint debuted the work of the (then referred to as) "South London producer, keyboardist and live vocalist for Mount Kimbie" we've come to know as UK wunderkind James Blake, a lot has happened. With touchstone releases for Hessle Audio and R&S to his name, we've seen Blake go from burgeoning producer of R&B-tinged post-dubstep to bass music innovator, and, with the release of his polarizing debut LP earlier this year, to an indie darling of sorts, tapping a wide range of listeners well beyond the bass music spectrum. Now, we find Blake at an impasse of sorts, returning to the imprint that kicked off his solo career, and one can't help but see a certain narrative taking shape. Read more »
Stockholm tech-pop outfit The Touch recently dropped an EP via the party-centric French label Kitsune, which comes with this romantic remix from talented UK artist Chad Valley. While the original version of "Sermon" relies heavily on austere minimalism and somber delivery, producer Hugo Manuel injects his take on the song with the trademark summery haze, radio fuzz, and Balearic hooks we've thoroughly enjoyed coming from his own EPs for Cascine. Despite all the blissful dance-pop emanating from this remix, there still remains a shade of quiet sadness that lingers over it all, and somehow makes it that much sweeter.
Like many of you, we thoroughly enjoyed the audio headtrip that is Psychic Chasms, the debut LP by Texan lo-fi electro-pop producer Alan Palomo (a.k.a. Neon Indian). Now, almost two years after its release, we're alerted to the solo artist's impending follow-up, which will be called Era Extraña (pictured above). Read more »
Forthcoming on Matthewdavid's Leaving Records label, Swedish Fish is a cassette release that finds Anticon co-founder Odd Nosdam splitting tape with the aforementioned noise maker. While Odd Nosdam's material comes from a live performance the artist did at San Francisco's Swedish American Hall some time ago, Matthewdavid's pieces are bedroom-studio-born drifts of beautifully recycled audio. "Reunited" finishes out the whole release, and is a lush, though heavily compressed composition that flutters and churns with a radiant glow throughout its captivating seven minutes, which is perfectly illustrated in the Miko Revereza-directed video we included after the jump. We'll be able to hear the rest of Swedish Fish when it's made available on July 26. (via Altered Zones) Read more »
Canadian futuristic jazz ensemble Cobblestone Jazz has just announced the release of "Memories From Where You Are," the first in a series of 12" singles they will be releasing in collaboration with member and techno powerhouse Mathew Jonson's Wagon Repair label. Read more »
The ex-SF, now LA-based producer/vocalist/blogger Baron Von Luxxury (formerly known simply as Luxxury, pictured above) has a new LP for Manimal Vinyl still a few months away from seeing its release in September, but fellow West Coaster Loose Shus has already turned in this remix for the album's track "Terry Richardson." Believe it or not, this version of the tune considerably tones down the disco-pop obsession of Von Luxxury's original, smoothing things out with some deliciously retro synths and classic drum machine work. Sure, the vocals still have quite a bit of cheese to their credit, but Von Luxxury's whole MO is to find the "fine line dividing what is cool from what is deeply embarrassing," and Loose Shus seems content to continue this flirtatious experiment within the ever-changing "guilty pleasure" realm set off by his Los Angeles counterpart.
Burgeoning British bass producer Throwing Snow has a new record on the way, coming this time as the first release from the Brighton-based Sneaker Social Club imprint, which is run by the man behind the Hypercolour and Glass Table labels, Jamie Russell. Read more »
Get Physical: On his new album, Pictureplane contemplates mysticism, feeling, and the power of touch.
On his last album, 2009's stunning Dark Rifts, Travis Egedy (a.k.a. Pictureplane) proved he was a steady hand when it comes to blurring genres, creating a super-vibey dance record from some unexpected sources. (Fleetwood Mac samples, anyone?) But with his latest, Thee Physical, which comes out tomorrow on Lovepump United, he extends that pastiche to meld his deconstructions of hip-hop, diva house, and pop music with a sensibility that's as rooted in mysticism as it is in the "real." Read more »
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