"Deckchairs on the Moon" is the new single from Manchester vocalist Adio Marchant (a.k.a. Bipolar Sunshine, pictured above). The sky-high pop song has seen a release as a three-track package next week along with two house-minded remixes from Eli & Fur and Just Kiddin, whose sleek effort is featured here. On its rework, the Kettering-based outfit laces Marchant's easygoing vocals with a set of soul-drenched chords and a sharply skipping drums that keep this version of the tune completely focused on the dancefloor. Out now, the full "Deckchairs on the Moon" single package can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
Hotflush has always prided itself on being difficult to pigeonhole, but the label's recent releases have shown a preference for darker shades of techno, as seen in label head Scuba’s Phenix EP trilogy or South London Ordnance’s Contact 12". It’s no surprise, then, that its next release taps UK newcomer Auden, whose forthcoming debut spans four tracks of "unsullied atmospherics, large-scale techno, acid, dub, and two-step." Read more »
German artist Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka) is one of the foremost composers and musicians pushing the envelope of piano performance. His latest LP, Abandoned City (released via City Slang/Temporary Residence LTD.), saw the established talent explore his craft further, with his propensity for using prepared pianos resting at the center of the record's improvised offerings. Now, the former Artist Tips contributor has taken some time to further reveal his own prepared piano techniques in a new series of short films. Read more »
Today, the fledgling Modern Math label drops its first vinyl release, the four-track White Label Renegade EP from Vancouver producer Taal Mala. Featured here is the new effort's title track, a bass-loaded affair which fits classic vocal chops, thick breaks, and an array of space-age percussion and FX between its strong-armed kicks and snares. A true hybrid, "White Label Renegade" connects various points from drum & bass, juke, and rave to result in a heavy, club-minded concoction. Two other original productions from Taal Mala and a remix from LA producer Grenier are set to appear on the Canadian artist's White Label Renegade EP, out in vinyl form today with a digital release dropping July 25.
Earlier this year, Miami-based producer Helix released the first official EP under his DJ Vague alias, the Porsche Trax EP, a three-track effort which landed via Australia's Templar Sound label. Now, the Night Slugs affiliate has revealed plans to return to his techno-rooted alter-ego on a new EP for DJ Haus' Unknown to the Unknown imprint. Read more »
On his remix of "Orange Ocean"—a track taken from Brooklyn producer Kodomo's upcoming Patterns & Light LP (out on July 22)—Vancouver artist Loscil strips back the original track's rhythmic parts in order to focus on its poignant melodic content. Beginning with a playful bell melody and a set of light pads, Loscil's rework gradually opens up, its elements expanding the sonic field as reverb and delay are added to nearly every corner of the track's dense aural landscape. Eventually, Loscil takes a step back from his dreamy concoction, brining the focus again to the original melody only to lose it seconds later to a swell of crystalline drones.
The Los Angeles dance scene is at once effortlessly cosmopolitan, and confoundingly insular. Home to superstars like Daft Punk, certifiable legends like Todd Edwards, underground icons like Flying Lotus, and scores of anonymous ghost producers crafting EDM hits, Southern California hosts a rather diverse swath of the electronic landscape. Granted, this isn't exactly surprising, as LA's hills and quality of life (read: weather) regularly attract outsiders. LA's enormous size, not to mention the fact that it's literally home to the bulk of the entertainment industry, often means that local producers can garner international acclaim while remaining relatively unknown within city limits, and the abundance of cheap tacos, (effectively) legal weed, and pool and park parties provides ample respite from the hustle. On a more practical level, LA's sprawling warehouse districts—which lie mostly south and east of downtown—are a draw to rave promoters of all stripes. These venues—of varying legal status—regularly feature quality DJs from around the globe, yet they open and shut their doors in alarmingly short increments. (Recent months have seen the LAPD shutting down a number of underground events, and some of the city's more offbeat venues have also fallen victim to official rules and regulations.) With so many things happening and a status quo that's constantly in flux, taking the pulse of LA's dance scene can occasionally be as frustrating as driving from Santa Monica to downtown during rush hour. Read more »
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