This warming bit of analog sonics comes to us from Dublin's latest Planet Mu signees, Solar Bears. The duo has crafted one of the more uplifting electronic tunes to be heard as of late on "Neon Colony," from the forthcoming She Was Colored In album. Amidst a backdrop of steady drum-machine beats and a handful of vintage synth tones, John Kowalski and Rian Trench introduce an unexpected bit of slide guitar riffage that effectively takes the composition to another level of inspiring melody. The instrument eventually fades away and allows twinkling synths to overtake the track—not unlike watching a slow sunset transition into a brightly lit night sky. (via 20JFG)
Earlier this year, UK bass icon Sinden launched his own record label, Grizzly. The label’s discography is only a few releases deep—the most recent being WAFA’s “Ewid Disco” 12”—but it’s quickly become clear that Sinden’s A&R acumen is as potent as his talent for crafting high-quality radio broadcasts, not to mention his top-notch DJ and production skills. Read more »
Only days away from kicking off its tour of the Northern Hemisphere, the ZZK label hooked up the internet with a full stream of Chancha via Circuito's second full-length album Rio Arriba, which follows closely after sharing the latest EP from label/tour mate El Remolón. Read more »
This cut from Oscar McClure's forthcoming album for matthewdavid's Leaving label, Compost (that's the artwork up top), may be a short piece, but it wastes no time getting to the point. After a quick moment of harsh scratching noise, "Weeds" settles on a thick rhythm that sounds like it emanates from the rumbling core of an industrial power plant. The beat's elements themselves seem like purely organic sounds deconstructed and reformed into a vignette of otherworldly beat music, much more of which will be available when McClure's full-length is released July 27 with an album of remixes from the likes of Teebs, Baths, Asura, and matthewdavid.
Treasure Island Music Festival Announces LCD Soundsystem, Holy Fuck, Four Tet, and More for 2010 Lineup
Off the coast of San Francisco, Treasure Island Music Festival is set to take over the naval base for a congregation of music performers and fans this October 16 and 17. Among the artists performing this year are Four Tet (pictured above), LCD Soundsystem, !!!, Die Antwoord, Holy Fuck, Kruder & Dorfmeister (performing live), Little Dragon, and many other well-known indie and electronic acts. Read more »
LuckyMe cohorts Dom Sum and Fine Art (a.k.a. The Blessings) are about a month from releasing their debut EP, Galaxy High, for Amsterdam-based label Nod Navigators. But before that six-track release officially drops, the duo shared this beat-heavy mix for the second installment of the label's podcast series. Read more »
One of the beat-making youngsters from the Shlohmo-led WEDIDIT collective, Juj, shared this short ditty on the crew's blog before this past weekend. Because of its brief length, "Memories" feels more like an interim tune than a fully developed track, but that doesn't mean it's not full of excellently sampled melodies, nod-worthy beat work, and enough atmosphere to lose yourself in, if only for two minutes. But Juj uses his time wisely, allowing each precious element its own moment to shine while constantly working them into a calming groove.
One album we haven't been able to pry loose from our office's various music-listening devices, Mount Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers, is still a week from seeing its proper release, but for the remainder of that time, you can stream the highly anticipated album in full, exclusively through FACT. Read more »
We shared the behind-the-scenes, making-of video for Skream's music video for new single "Listenin' to the Records on My Wall" last week, and now we have the finished product. The oddly Biblical piece uses the story of Adam & Eve as its focal point, showing both the creation of the two people and the world around them via well-produced and impressive-looking special effects. Read more »
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