It's been a long and fruitful journey for M83's Anthony Gonzalez. Started in the early '00s, the once-duo-but-now-solo project has been pumping out albums of top-tier electronic shoegaze for the better part of a decade. That said, M83's been kind of quiet since the release of 2008's excellent Saturdays=Youth, but it seems that the time off was a necessary evil: Gonzalez recently announced the imminent arrival of Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, an epic double LP due out October 18. With that release date slowly approaching, Gonzalez has been dropping some teasers to keep us interested, the latest of which is "Midnight City," the album opener. It's a great start and marks a logical progression for his sound, complete with chords pulled from '80s pop music, atmospheric production worthy of Kevin Shields, and a structure that resembles the euphoric ebb-and-flow of trance.
Bubblin' Manchester tunesmith Damu just dropped his first ever record, the four-track Mermaid EP, via UK music hub Local Action, and has some big plans to celebrate it. First of all, he'll be partying with fellow DJ/producers Mosca, T.Williams, and xxxy, among others, at the Local Action & Orca Recordings party in London (details here). Secondly, he's unleashed this hyperactive tune for you eager listeners as an exclusive download. "She's Liquid" exists over on the noisier end of the juke spectrum; Damu's breakneck 808 rhythms jump and skitter underneath a heavy barrage of arpeggiating synths and spacey sound effects. If you want to hear more from the producer, you can stream the title track of his debut EP after the jump. Read more »
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A few months back, when we first got wind of Ravedeath, 1972, the latest LP from XLR8R-featured artist Tim Hecker, we thought: What a brilliant idea it would be to have the Canadian noisemaker share with us a mix of even more glacial and angelic soundscapes—maybe a nice collection of his unreleased or back-catalogued material along with a handful of tracks that resonate within him as an artist. Well, in hindsight, maybe we were a bit naive to think Hecker would turn in the customary assemblage of tracks one figures to hear, as he has instead delivered an extremely long (not exaggerating at all here) mix, which is as unexpected as it is intriguing. 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.
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 »
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