Venerable German techno imprint Kompakt is now 12 years into its career of releasing, distributing, and selling some of the best in house and techno, and now, along with many its choice DJ and producer affiliates, the label has planned out its 11th edition of the annual Total event. Read more »
Black Milk set the bar somewhat high for himself when he decided to title his upcoming full-length Album of the Year, from which this track is taken. On "Welcome (Gotta Go)," the Detroit MC/producer delivers a synth-heavy piece of shuffling hip-hop beats full of his infectious flow and a small choir helping out in the background. We couldn't say it's necessarily 'best of' material, but if the rest of Black Milk's album follows suit, he may not disappoint on his claim after all. (via Pitchfork)
For its third installment of the ongoing split-release series, the Friends of Friends label has paired up Texas' masked music maker, Mexicans with Guns, and German beatsmith Robot Koch (pictured above). Each producer contributed three original tracks to Friends of Friends Vol. Read more »
Following multiple critically acclaimed albums, Atlanta's Deerhunter finished up the work on its fourth full-length, entitled Halcyon Digest. The new record is available September 28 from 4AD, with a brand-new website sharing bits from the album up now. Preceding the release date as well, Deerhunter is holding a competition of sorts. Read more »
The thing that makes chillwave such an easy genre to poke fun at (aside from the deplorable title, of course) is the ease and frequency with which these youngsters write, record, and share their music. But maybe that's its strong point, too; the songs you're hearing are born of a youthful exuberance that stems from the immediacy of their creation and unveiling. One such producer, San Francisco's Blackbird Blackbird is a high-school student named Mikey S, who's making electronic bedroom-pop that leans heavily on twinkling synth tones, patently reverb-laden coos, and simple, thumping dance beats. "Hawaii" is a fine example of the music maker's knack for catchy melodies and vocal hooks that speak directly to your uncynical, lighthearted inner teen. You can snag a whole lot more of Blackbird Blackbird's material here on his Tumblr page, and buy his new album Summer Heart here. (via Get Off the Coast)
Remixes of "Swoon," the Chemical Brothers' latest single and first from their recently released album, Further have begun to worm their way onto the web. Boys Noize's take on the psychedelic original landed in our inbox today, and while his name often conjures images of punishing electro squall, this remix shows incredible restraint, as the German producer punches up the track a bit with some cutting synths and just enough low-end bump. Read more »
One of the female members of LA's beat scene, Tokimonsta paired up with Montreal's Lunice, and German producer Swede:art to present us with a fresh tune off of the Various Assets compilation, coming soon via Red Bull Music Academy. Their collaborative song, "Alpenglow," matches Lunice's crunchy beat with Swede:art's soulful key tickling and Toki's squelchy bass synth explorations—creating a shuffling, spacey R&B-flavored tune wholly unique from each producer's separate styles. It's something you can expect more of from the likes of James Pants, Katy B, Space Dimension Controller, Dâm-Funk, Hudson Mohawke, and many of the other producers involved with this year's RBMA in London when Various Assets is released July 19.
Detroit techno kingpin Juan Atkins' Model 500 project has been dormant for about 11 years now, but has recently reformed along with Underground Resistance's "Mad" Mike Banks, DJ Skurge, and Mark Taylor as a sort of super-group. The outfit has come together for some live shows, and is now set to release its first material since 1999's Mind and Body, a three-track EP to be released in September on R&S. Read more »
Production duo LOL Boys (pictured above) snagged the pieces of fellow two-piece Korallreven's hazy Balearic pop number "Loved-Up" and reformatted them into something a bit less subtle, rhythmically speaking, though as equally filled with delicate atmosphere. The bouncing beat and swirling melodies are plenty enjoyable, but it's the way LOL Boys toy with the dainty vocal track that really catches our attention. At first, the thin falsetto is chopped up and warped as a more percussive melody, which is matched equally by the beautifully sung lyrics, "I'm so loved up/I'm so scared," themselves soaked in dreamy reverb.
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