Space: not exactly the final frontier, but definitely something like it. Much like the island, the 20-year fixture of Ibiza nightlife has changed a lot over the years, but not entirely for the worse. Read more »
Growing San Francisco-based label Voltaire Records, which is responsible for releasing funky dance jams like this and this, just unleashed a mix of new and forthcoming tunes taken from its ever-growing catalog. Read more »
As a general rule, when thinking about radio stations, one doesn't immediate think about graphic identity. Bucking that notion is London-based once-pirate-now-legitimate radio station/label Rinse FM, which has, with the help of XLR8R photographer Shaun Bloodworth and London design firm Give Up Art, managed to create a distinct visual identity for itself across diverse media. Read more »
Floating on a bed of warm, buzzing tones this track comes from Coppertone's forthcoming 7", Kill and Release, for the NNA Tapes imprint. Built on a steady beat and delicate synth-pop core, "Clandestiny" is a simple, intimate song hidden behind piles of slow-moving sonics and harmless noise. The calm, angelic vocal delivery of Coppertone mastermind Sasha Wiseman is perhaps the most clandestine aspect of the tune, with its lyrics blurred into the murky swirl so that one has to really concentrate to gather even a glimpse of the words. Four other offerings of similarly serene and, we're told, at times even intimidating soundscapes can be found on Kill and Release (artwork above) when it sees its release on August 29.
Manchester up-and-comer xxxy takes a quick left turn for the second single to his name this year, and his first contribution to the quickly rising Orca imprint. Still very much entrenched in the UK garage/post-dubstep sound, xxxy's "Open Your Eyes" b/w "You Gotta Do You" mines retro-futuristic sounds for this pair of energetic tunes, but they lack a bit of the allure of his previous works. Read more »
On this calming rework of "Silly Thoughts" by Mathieu Santos (pictured above), Pittsburgh-based solo producer Alec Koone (a.k.a. Balam Acab) takes apart the sparse elements that make up the indie-pop tune, treating the sounds like he would the source material for any of his gorgeous original productions. Santos' voice is pitched every which way, the percussive sounds are chopped up into slow-grooving rhythms, the melodies become dreamy lullabies, and it's all soaked in a wash of delay and reverb. It's a quick little tune that will just have to help tide us over until Balam Acab's debut LP drops on September 6 via Tri Angle. (via Stereogum)
Claiming Moscow as his hometown and London as his current residence, Lokiboi's sounds are a little hard to place. For the first minute of "Summer Groove," it appears the young producer is preparing to take us into the kind of dark territory that would directly contradict the vibes evoked by the tune's title—then things begin to take a turn. Bringing in filtered piano samples, funky bass, and crisp percussion, Lokiboi's track completely moves away from the cold underground to the sun-drenched warmth of summertime house. By the time "Summer Groove" breaks down again, before pushing on to its final movement, we're pretty much hooked, left only to fall even deeper into Lokiboi's groove courtesy of the irresistible melodic glide that follows.
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