London-based DJ/producer and co-owner (with tunestress Ikonika) of the Hum + Buzz label, the Bubblin'-featured Optimum will soon release his imprint's second record, a 12" featuring two hottly tipped productions. Read more »
The only track closely resembling a pop-friendly single (if only because it has a singer on it) from Salva's just-released Complex Housing LP (read our glowing review of it here), "40 Karats feat. Zackey Force Funk," is twerked into frenetic oblivion here by one half of multinational duo Lazer Sword, Lando Kal. Berlin-based producer Antaeus Roy turns the sultry slow-jam on its head for his remix—chopping vocal hooks into half-utterances, cranking drum patterns into double time, scrawling sinister bass tones onto every dark corner of the track, and dropping it all into a bubbling bath of textural audio. So, if it's a little too early in the night for the smooth-and-sleazy version of "40 Karats," now you've got a slick and spacey one to sweat it out to.
Though the particulars weren't exactly clear, the production duo of Joel Ford and Daniel Lopatin (whom we've had the pleasure of speaking with not long ago) recently came into some sort of legal battle over their band name, and have since decided to change it from Games to the even more practical moniker Ford & Lopatin. But that's not all the pair has been up to. Read more »
Gang Gang Dance, the internationally influenced psych-noise-pop quartet from Brooklyn, just announced it will be moving from its longtime label, The Social Registry, onto the illustrious roster of 4AD for the release of its next LP, entitled Eye Contact. Read more »
The Emerald Forest: With his third LP, Lone takes a 180 and ventures into the deep end of electronic music's past.
Lone has been the nom de tune of Matthew Cutler for about three years now, when he set off on an ambitious path that would see him release an album a year of R&B-kissed beat music. His first pair of critically acclaimed records, Lemurian and Ecstasy & Friends, bore song titles like "Sungrazer Cascade" and "Lens Flare Lagoon," and featured blunted hip-hop beats, smooth basslines, and voices of stoned slacker chicks intertwined with Boards of Canada-esque analog haze. Read more »
The Czech Republic's burgeoning Meanbucket imprint just let loose with its fourth release, four tracks of bubbling, forward-thinking club music by Berlin producer Naifian, called the Blue Snow EP (pictured above). Along with the German producer's own single, the record offers remixes by the likes of DJ Donna Summer, Quime, and featured here, Czech Republic's own DJ Tuco. Naifian's Meanbucket labelmate delivers a ghetto-house version of "Blue Snow" that twist, turns, slides, and grinds in all the right ways. While clicking, whirring, and shuffling sound effects start working out an angular dance rhythm, synths stabs color the soundscape with melody and the busy, acid-leaning bassline grooves with the next-level house beat in double time. It's certainly not a distant departure from the original tune, but Tuco's remix offers just enough recognizable tweaks to nearly outshine its sonic forefather.
Veteran crate digger, sample splicer, beatsmith, and all-around production guru Guillermo Scott Herren (a.k.a. Prefuse 73) has announced that he will release a new album under his longtime moniker, an 18-track record of collaborations with strictly female singers called The Only She Chapters. The LP will drop on April 26 via Warp, and will feature the vocal talents of the late Trish Keenan of Broadcast, Zola Jesus, Nico Turner of VOICEsVOICEs, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and more. Read more »
Next week brings the physical re-release of a beautiful and somewhat lost early electronic masterpiece, Harald Grosskopf's Synthesist. More than two decades after that music was first heard, the RVNG label has remastered and repackaged the album, whose title track we brought you last month. Now, we have a remix of that same song by Brooklyn knob twiddlers Blondes (pictured above), which is just one of 11 remixes included on the reissue's companion disc, Re-Synthesist, which comes with versions from the likes of Oneohtrix Point Never, CFCF, Arp, JD Twitch, and more. At first, Blondes' reinterpretation of "Synthesist" seems to froth and flow with the same smooth analog tones and restrained energy of the original, but as the pair's track progresses, the thumping four-on-the-floor beats, clattering percussion sounds, and translucent washes of sonic atmosphere grow in both intensity and density—only to recede once again before disappearing completely. (via Pitchfork)
One of last year's finest ambient/minimal techno albums, Black Noise by Pantha du Prince, is now being treated to a load of remixes and a subsequent release come April. XI Versions of Black Noise is precisely what it sounds like: 11 different takes on songs from the beautiful record by 11 different artists, including The Sight Below, Animal Collective, Moritz Von Oswald, Efdemin, Four Tet, Pantha du Prince himself, and more. Read more »
The low-end-obsessed party starters of Germany's Schlachthofbronx have a fresh EP coming down the pipeline next week via Diplo's Mad Decent label. Called Nasty Bass (where do they come up with this stuff?!), the four-song release will feature guest vocalists Spoek Mathambo, Timberlee, and Bigspace, and will drop the day after Valentine's Day (February 15). Read more »
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