Normally, we're not the go-to spot on the internet for updates on whatever Animal Collective—or its various members—is up to lately, but this bit of news caught our attention. It seems one of the band's foremost solo-projects, Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox), has a new single coming out before the release of his next LP, Tomboy, and it will drop via house/techno mainstay Kompakt on March 14. Read more »
The talk has been brewing for some time: Ever since Tyondai Braxton announced he would be leaving Battles, and the remaining trio said it would soldier on without him, a follow-up record to 2007's monumental Mirrored has been imminent. And now, we're finally seeing the light at the end of that tunnel. Read more »
If you're just going to go ahead and call your band Drugg, you had better make damn sure that your music sounds at least remotely trippy. Thankfully, this London-based outfit doesn't disappoint, and delivers quite the array of pill-driven, psychedelic soundscapes on its debut EP, Shackled. The title track, which we have for download here, even goes one step further—coalescing some of our favorite musical styles as of late into one warbling explosion of textured atmosphere and hypnotic beat work. Drugg boasts the droney, effects-soaked vocal delivery of Panda Bear, the warm tape fuzz of Matthewdavid, the tweaked live instrumentation of Sun Araw, the swirling sample play of (enter name of any artist making contemporary electronic music here), and the downtrodden, lo-fi moods of Forest Swords. What that all adds up to is pretty great, and you can hear more examples of that satisfyingly trippy sound on Drugg's Bandcamp, too. And don't skip the equally mind-expanding video for "Shackled," which you can view after the jump. Read more »
Remember that weird compilation we told you about, like, a week ago? The one based around the story of a music-obsessed Czech millionaire and his failed artist community that existed for six weeks in a Polish forest during the early '70s? Well, we're revisiting that music again, but this time we have a more amorphous piece of "vintage" audio to share with you. Klaus Pinter's "Soul Flipper PART 2" sounds like a would-be touchstone for ambient/noise/synth-centric artists such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Stellar OM Source, and Emeralds, though with a noticeably darker and cinematic edge than we're used to hearing from those camps; the song could easily be mistaken for a demo version of any theme Angelo Badalamenti composed for David Lynch in the late '80s or early '90s. Also, unlike Pinter's successors, the song floats in and out of earshot relatively quickly, only allowing a brief glimpse into the bubbling sonics the auteur may or may not have crafted during his time at the Endless House.
This Friday in Brooklyn, the wonderful TURRBOTAX® party will go down at The Cove, as it does every month, with headliners Karizma and Blunted Robots' Martin Kemp dropping the music that'll move you. Getting you ready in a right way, here we have an exclusive mix from Kemp, downloadable to all those who are so inclined. Read more »
Germany's Siriusmo has been DJing and producing music for a long time—dropping singles and EPs on labels like Exploited and Boysnoize Records since the early '00s (remember this one?). Only now is producer Moritz Friedrich readying the release of his debut album, a 17-track record to be released via Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records on March 1. The lightheartedly ominous track "Einmal in der Woche Schreien" (which translates to "Once a Week, Shouting") is lifted off of that forthcoming LP, and finds Friedrich loading mass amounts of synth tones, chopped vocal bits, electronic sound bytes, and straightforward dance beats into four minutes of choice electro-pop. And if that makes you wish you knew what the rest of Mosaik sounds like, you can listen to a preview of the whole thing on Siriusmo's Soundcloud.
Thing one about Oslo in the winter: It’s cold. But really, that should sorta be thing two, because thing one in Oslo in the winter is the city’s By:larm Festival, which took place last weekend. (Actually, Oslo residents would tell you that the world skiing championship is thing one, but whatever…) Read more »
As you may have noticed, we've been covering just about every thing going on with San Francisco outfit Mi Ami, and that's mostly because the now-duo has recently taken on the task of making psyched-out, DIY dance tunes, which we're quite fond of. The band is only weeks away from releasing its first EP of such material, and will also be touring the US and Europe in support of Dolphins starting next month. Read more »
UK producers Throwing Snow (pictured above) and Greymatter seem to really enjoy remixing each other's material, and with good reason: It all turns out sounding quite excellent. The latest tune to come from that fruitful trade-off is this version of Throwing Snow's "Un Vingt" single, reworked by his counterpart for a forthcoming, two-volume remix record, which will also include the likes of George Fitzgerlad, Ital Tek, d'Eon, and others (listen to clips here and here). The resulting production is a thick, slow-brewing blend of shuffling club beats, spacey atmospheres, and soulful melodies that could just as easily fit into Hotflush's release schedule as it could your next late-night-comedown DJ set. Look for Greymatter's version of "Un Vingt," along with the original Throwing Snow tracks and other remixes, when it's all made available for digital download March 14.
Some of you may know him as the man behind the consistently on-point Hotflush label and others may simply know him has the producer making dub-heavy bass and techno music as Scuba, but Paul Rose has also made more house-influenced tracks under the name SCB since 2008, building a small discography of obscure remixes and singles. Now, Rose is about to slip another single under his side project's belt with the "Loss" b/w "FutureUnknown" 12" (pictured above), which is set for release via Will Saul's Aus imprint on March 21. Read more »
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