As his productions often do, Prins Thomas' remix of "En Vill Hest" by Norwegian indie-pop quintet Casiokids takes its sweet, sweet time to really get cooking. After spending nearly half of the song's run time layering percussion upon bass licks upon low-register chants upon guitar strums upon synth flourishes upon more drum sounds, a smooth falsetto vocal is introduced to the mix, and moves the track from slow-burning Balearic disco to upbeat beachfront pop. In the hands of someone other than Prins Thomas, a nine-minute exploration of hypnotic live instrument grooves could be a drab listen, but somehow Thomas manages to make his remix coast by without us having to glance at our watch.
Brian McBride of Belgian ambient group Stars of the Lid and [a]pendics.shuffle (a.k.a. Ken Gibson) have finally come together to form a new supergroup, Bell Gardens. With a first EP, Hangups Need Company, and several live performances as a 10-piece band under their belts, Bell Gardens' sound is sure to please fans of swelling ambience and dreamy pop structures. Look for a full-length later in the year, and check out the EP tracklisting below! Read more »
Our friends at Self-Titled copped a great mix from XLR8R fave Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) for their Needle Exchange mix series. This one features the likes of everyone from Demdike Stare to Andreas Vollenweider. Check the Self-Titled link for a detailed tracklist, or listen below.
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Following the 2007 release of their debut full-length Dystopia, Australian synth-rock trio Midnight Juggernauts are set to return with their sophomore release, The Crystal Axis. The follow-up record is said to follow a path previously untraveled by the band: one littered with elements of psychedelia, Italo, prog, Krautrock, and free-form jams all re-focused to fit a solid pop format. Read more »
It's been five years since fun-loving German house/techno duo Tiefschwarz released a proper artist album, so it's fair to say that there's some palatable anticipation surrounding the release of Chocolate, the third full-length from brothers Ali and Basti Schwarz. Read more »
People like to throw around the "'80s" tag all willy-nilly when talking or writing about more electronically based pop acts (M83 and The Juan MacLean come immediately to mind), but here's one that truly sounds as if it had been born of and imported from that neon era. Brooklyn's Light Asylum is the duo of singer Shannon Funchess and producer Bruno Coviello, who together write desolate pop songs that simultaneously evoke Kate Bush, Grace Jones, and the early days of New Order. This demo of the song "A Certain Person" showcases Funchess' low-register voice subdued beneath an array of vintage synth tones, classic drum-machine sounds, and an oddly fitting sample of a braying horse—making the moments when she breaks through the mix especially ear-catching. (via FADER)
Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin, Matthew Dear, and More Talk Detroit Electronic Music Festival History on Resident Advisor
For 10 years, Detroit, the birthplace and home of countless amounts of electronic music, has hosted an annual festival every Memorial Day weekend, which has showcased some of the best in the all-encompassing genre's wide array of producers and DJs. Read more »
One may think that making spatially amorphous, rhythmless washes of soupy synth tones and blurry aural textures would be relatively easy, and they'd be right. However, making those same sounds interesting proves a task few are capable of. Alongside the likes of Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, and Mike Oldfield stands Oneohtrix Point Never: Brooklyn's Daniel Lopatin manning the station of formless electronic music (whom XLR8R featured in its pages not long ago). This slice of interstellar sonics is taken from his latest release, Returnal, and is as equally indescribable as the Lopatin's confounding moniker. "Pelham Island Road" starts off with what sounds like the tail end of another instrumental suite heavy with Juno-60 patches, and cuts off abruptly on its way to another floating point somewhere further into Lopatin's psyche. (via FADER)
Dutch music and arts festival TodaysArt is set to overtake The Hague's city center with its sixth edition of audio/visual installments and live musical performances the weekend of September 24 and 25. Today, the forward-thinking curators of TodaysArt 2010 shared some finer details on the upcoming festival's performers and artists. Read more »
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