Leave it to electronic music auteur Markus Popp (a.k.a. Oval) to make watching the grass grow a beautiful, immersive experience. The video for "Kastell," which is taken from his recently released Oh EP (a precursor to the massive, double-disc O album), is a minute and a half of tall, green stalks of grass swaying slightly in the wind while a still camera slowly moves over the various depths of field (pun intended!). Read more »
It's been years since we've heard much from Rephlex's purveyor of cerebral dance tunes, gabber techno, and happy hardcore, Bogdan Raczynski. His last album, 2007's Alright!, played like a DJ set for hyperactive neon nymphs with permanently dilated pupils losing their minds at an underground rave on Mars, but this new mix from the Polish-born producer is a bit more varied in style and energy. Read more »
P.S.1's Warm Up Music Series to Feature Delorean, Gavin Russom, Air France, Kingdom, Holy Ghost!, DJ /rupture, Blondes, and More
Going on its 12th year at New York's MoMA P.S.1 space, the Warm Up music series continues to curate a long list of interesting and exciting artists from numerous regions and genres of the musical world—however it's notably bereft of its standard techno and house fare. Read more »
OK, maybe Baths' face (and music) has been plastered all over the interwebs during the past few months, but how can you not love this chubby-cheeked kid from the Valley? The guy takes all his youthful emo urges and runs them through a bedroom hip-hop filter. People are tripping over themselves to crown him the new prince of chillwave-hop (or some other similarly invented genre), but we just think it's some smile-inducing electronic pop. And somehow, when Baths (a.k.a. Will Wiesenfeld) hands the reigns of "Hall" over to fellow Southern Californian The One Am Radio (a.k.a. Hrishikesh Hirway), the song becomes even more delightful, as Hirway makes the whole thing a little more organic—think real drums—and swaps out Wiesenfeld's falsetto for the dulcet tones of the Los Feliz Ladies Choir. Baths' debut album, Cerulean, will be released on July 6. (via Streogum)
There must be something in the water down in Texas, because it seems to be the only place on Earth with a steady supply of cumbia crunk. Yes, cumbia crunk. It's exactly what it sounds like—low-slung, hard-hitting hip-hop beats with all kind of chopped-up accordion riffs, classic cumbia-isms, and rap acapellas layered over the top. And for whatever reason, all the best stuff comes from Texas. The latest participant to pop up is Corpus Christi's DJ Dus. He's part of the Peligrosa crew along with DJ Orion and has already digitally released one album this year, entitled Soy Yo!. "Noche de Estrellas" comes off his freshly released Enemigo Publico EP, and it's a zoned-out version of the vintage cumbia anthem that slowly thumps over some screwed hip-hop beats. More new music from Dus is expected later this summer on Ernest Gonzales' Exponential label.
Rapper/producer Oh No is Michael Jackson. Literally. He was born Michael Jackson, which isn't an easy burden to haul around when you're an aspiring musician and your older brother Madlib is being celebrated as a living legend. Yet he pressed on, carved out a small niche in the hip-hop underground for himself, and a few years back, tackled the whole MJ issue head on by remixing the Off the Wall album. Oh No called it Michael Jackson vs. Michael Jackson, and although obvious legal/sample issues prevented the record from ever seeing a proper release, today this small piece of project emerged on YouTube. Read more »
Here's a quick piece from Arp's forthcoming second album, The Soft Wave. The two-and-a-half-minute "White Light" is an experience of fuzzy static and other variously manipulated noises, all wrapped around a constant loop of soft guitar strums. Occasionally, a semblance of melody outside of the hypnotic guitar work bubbles to the surface, but those flute puffs and electronic hums are short blips in the timeline. "White Light" is a small, temporary place, most likely created by Arp as a doorway to a larger room. (via Pitchfork)
When you’re stuck at a shitty techno club at 4:00 a.m., 20 minutes outside of Barcelona, with no ride in sight and no money to pay for one either, one thing becomes abundantly clear: half the fun of Sónar is giving in to serendipity. Read more »
The translation of "Saanko Jäädä Yöksi?," the first single from Finnish electronic twee-pop trio Regina's new album, Puutarhatrilogia, into English is "Can I Stay the Night?". But if you're listening to Ghosts on Tape's (pictured above) remix of the song, it comes across much more like "I'm Not Going Anywhere, So Let's Fucking Dance." The drastic shift in vibe and genre (from lighthearted pop tune to late-night club heater) might lead one to wonder what—outside of the etheral vocal samples that waft in and out of earshot—exactly did producer Ryan Merry use from the original song to color in the thick rhythms of his version. Really though, it doesn't matter; the tune crafted by Ghosts on Tape is full of enough of his own style (crunchy tropical percussion, floating melodic elements, massive wallops of bass, and hypnotic rave tendencies) to allow his production to stand confidently with or without the "remix" tag.
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