Our first introduction to Brooklyn leftfield chanteuse Laurel Halo was likely similar to your own: either her '80s pop-referencing King Felix EP for Hippos in Tanks, or Games' similar-sounding "Strawberry Skies" song that she lends her voice to. However, the singer/producer is also well versed in the ways of techno, ambient, and IDM sounds, which a forthcoming cassette-tape release for NNA Tapes will exhibit in full. "Zoo Hypothesis" is one such track from the seven-song Antenna, and finds Halo slowly building a spatial soundscape out of churning low frequencies, free-floating sound effects, and extremely subtle melodic atmospheres—an effort not unlike that of her former collaborator Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never). You can cop the whole Antenna cassette when it drops on May 10.
Less than a week before the Brooklyn duo of Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma (a.k.a. Sepalcure) perform at this XLR8R-sponsored party on April 29 in San Francisco, the latter of those two multi-faceted producers has dropped a brand-new single via Amsterdam dance music hub Rush Hour, under the moniker Braille. Read more »
When was the last time you had the chance to drop a remix of a song written over a century ago in your DJ set? We're guessing never, but that's about to change. To commemorate the upcoming royal wedding, international outfitter Bench asked UK producer Doorly to remix his motherland's unofficial national anthem, "Land of Hope and Glory," which was originally composed in 1902 by Edward Elgar, and will release the track on a limited-edition dubplate this week. What the artist cooked up for this project lands somewhere between a hyperactive booty bass tune, an obscure C & C Music Factory jam, and, well, an orchestral piece written a very long time ago. Chopped pieces of the original string section stab out the melody to Doorly's production, while 808 rhythms bounce and skitter below it and booming, percussive sound effects fill in the gaps. Is this the kind of thing British patriots will go apeshit for during peak hours at the club? We're not sure, but now we can find out.
Eighteen-year-old Dutch producer Kenrick Connor (a.k.a. Kentje Onbekend, a.k.a. Anti-G) is at the head of the current Dutch bubbling house movement, and is set to release his first full-length, Anti-G Presents Kentje'sz Beatsz, June 6 on Planet Mu. Read more »
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 »
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