Sunshine Supermen: Kode9 and The Spaceape ponder the apocalypse, graphic novels, and a Ballardian world of black suns.
After a busy year of releases on his genre-defining Hyperdub label, and a critically acclaimed book entitled Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear, dubstep's godfather, Kode9 (a.k.a. Steve Goodman), is about to release his second full-length with longtime collaborator The Spaceape (a.k.a. Stephen Gordon), entitled Black Sun. Read more »
At the beginning of February, we told you about the forthcoming full-length album by the sci-fi-lovin' bedroom producer known as Com Truise, called Galactic Melt. Still a ways off from seeing that record, we're going to be treated to the three-song Fairlight EP on May 3, courtesy of releasing label Ghostly. None of those homegrown, electro-tinged tunes come from Truise's aforementioned debut LP, and yet they do trick of tiding us over until it arrives. Take the hyper-compressed "Polyhurt," where '80s-inspired sonic motifs are infused with fresh compositional ideas and a reinvigorated soul, one that emanates as much heartache as neon glow. It'll certainly be enough to satiate our nostalgic urges until Com Truise unveils Galactic Melt on July 5.
London blog-cum-label Transparent recently dropped its 27th release, a two-song, limited-edition 7" by Canadian outfit Purity Ring. That record's a-side is remixed here by Luxembourg producer Sun Glitters (who you may remember him from our post earlier this week, and is pictured above), who cuts up "Ungirthed" into manageable pieces of vocal hooks, synth melodies, and atmospheric textures, rearranging it all into a somber soundscape that swells and wavers underneath his slow, smashing beat. Even though everything is obviously chopped into oblivion on this production, the pop-leaning mood of Purity Ring's original song remains intact—giving Sun Glitter's remix the feel of a sort of 'alternate version' rather than the kinds of more drastic reimaginings we're used to.
Sometimes a remix just isn't enough. Sometimes a song is strong enough that it demands something more, like, say, a music video. And so it is for this club mix that Brooklyn's Cubic Zirconia trio made for its song with guest crooner Bilal, "Night or Day." Read more »
Once again, Danish distributor of delectable dance tunes Tartelet will drop a release from Copenhagen production duo Kenton Slash Demon, the third installment of its "Schwarzschild Solution" trilogy, called Daemon. The EP features one original production from the outfit and two remixes by Stockholm-based DJ/producer Axel Boman, a "Dub" version and a vinyl-exclusive "Epic" remix, the latter of which we have for you here. The Swedish artist elongates Kenton Slash Demon's original jam into a darker, more fidgety slow-burner that builds ever so gradually into a flourish of pulsing dance rhythms, hypnotic melodies, and repetitious vocoder hooks. It's certainly no stretch for Boman to call his remix epic. You can check out the video for the original "Daemon" after the jump. Read more »
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