According to the press release for the new two-song release by Norwich producer Magic Panda, The Glass Mountains EP (pictured above), his dreamy electronic music has been seven years in the making, only crystalizing into its finished state around January 2010 when he decided to take it out of the studio and onto the stage. That being said, we can excuse 29-year-old Jamie Robson's 'Panda' moniker, and also the sonic similarities he shares with another UK-based Panda on the bubbly "Dream Theory." The bounty of slightly tweaked sounds that make up the melodic portion of Magic Panda's upbeat track float and flitter throughout the ambient soundscape he's crafted here, and are all driven by a quick-pulsing dance rhythm from start to finish. Like we said before, there are certainly elements reminiscent of Gold Panda on "Dream Theory," but Robson brings a somewhat more organic, almost playful approach to the ambient techno sound, which helps set him apart.
Boston's second installment of their electronic music/technology/art extravaganza, the Together festival, gets started with its week-long festivities today. Artists from around the world—including Pantha du Prince, Mary Anne Hobbs, Ramadanman (pictured above), Egyptrixx, Trentemøller, Zed Bias, Switch, and many others—will perform in a variety of different venues throughout the historic town between today, April 18, and Sunday, April 24. Read more »
The LA/Montreal duo of Jerome Potter and Markus Garcia (a.k.a LOL Boys) have dropped a self-titled EP on the always-fresh Discobelle imprint and Potter has spliced together a montage of strangely outlandish Second Life-esque clips for the track "Blockz." Similar in vibe to last summer's "123" clip, the "Blockz" video finds computer-generated animals running alongside trippy lo-res backdrops to while bubbling, pseudo-psychedelic beats percolate in the background. In short, we're into that. You can preview LOL Boys' recently released EP over on the pair's Soundcloud or simply purchase it here. Read more »
The long-standing duo of Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, collectively known as Mountains, has a new LP, Air Museum (artwork above), on its way and has passed along this track as a preview of the forthcoming full-length. "Thousand Square" finds the duo exploring the familiar territory of sparkling ambiance with a host of intricate synth tones and manipulated field recordings. Beginning simply with a pulsating note, the pair carefully introduces new elements that serve to expand the track's humble beginnings into ever-growing sonic depths. Where less-seasoned creators of meandering soundscapes might overload the listener, Anderegg and Holtkamp seem to be able to delicately pile sound source upon sound source without disturbing the calming balance a track like "Thousand Square" evokes in its listeners. Surely Mountains will have many more similarly enriched aural landscapes for us to explore when Air Museum is released May 10.
As we reported last month, the energetic UK wordsmith/producer/UStream enthusiast known as Wiley has a new album, 100% Publishing on its way this July via Big Dada. With anticipation already running high, the Eskiboy has gone ahead and dropped this hyperactive video with an alarming number of Wiley multiples running around to the accompaniment of the LP's lead single, "Numbers In Action." Read more »
Mutek, Montreal's preeminent forward-thinking electronic music festival, has announced that the illustrious techno figure Richie Hawtin will be returning to his former country (as most people know, the now Berlin-based producer/DJ spent his formative years in Canada) for a live performance as his darker Plastikman project (pictured above). Read more »
Who: Banjo or Freakout
Where: London, UK
Italian-born Alessio Natalizia has been playing music since his youth, but it was only after moving to London—not to mention countless days spent on his girlfriend's laptop while waiting for her to get home from work—that he truly found his voice. Read more »
San Francisco's Ghosts On Tape propels this track from Venezuelan-born, Barcelona-based producer Cardopusher (pictured above) to the far reaches of its dark and futuristic house limits. Whereas the original could be described as a slice of forward-thinking, tropical-tinged house, Ghosts on Tape presents "Coppertoned Punch" as an intense hybrid, combining the pitch-shifted vocal snippets and skittering percussion of UK funky with the pounding rhythms and pulsating stabs of aggressively sleek underground techno. Systematically manipulating almost every element present, the remixer keeps things moving with some tasty breakdowns and the occasional tuned bass-drum hits, ensuring that even the meekest listeners will be unable to resist the urge to move. This remix and the original "Coppertoned Punch" are available along with another Cardopusher original and two remixes on the forthcoming Coppertoned Punch EP, which will serve as a preview of sorts to Cardopusher's forthcoming full-length, Yr Fifteen Minutes Are Up, out May 17.
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