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 »
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
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.
Not wishing to diverge from the customary chillwave aesthetic, Victor Ferreira has chosen to use the moniker Sun Glitters to adorn the, well, glittering, sun-soaked productions he's been releasing lately. Here we've got a one-off track that the Luxembourg-based artist has thrown up on his Bandcamp for free download, "outside (reprise)." The track is a heavenly trot of sorts, one in which gorgeous melodic pads are accompanied by a broken march of a drumbeat. What sounds like solitary notes on a somehow sweetly distorted guitar and a drastically pitch-shifted vocal sample repeating "outside" provide the decorative high-end catchiness that one would expect from a post-everything-era chillwave beat. Although it's not our favorite outing from Ferreira, that honor goes to the excellent "too much to loose" from his recently released everything could be fine LP, it's still a worthwhile listen from a promising producer nonetheless.
If ever there was a list of techno veterans who have continued to push their crafts throughout the years despite whatever momentary ebbs and flows the electronic music community happened to be caught in at the time, Gregor Tresher's name would surely make the cut. With a host of records and remixes to his name spanning over two decades of production, Tresher seems nowhere near stopping, and has announced he will be releasing his third proper artist album this June via his own Break New Soil imprint. Read more »
As more and more music continues to pour in from Dramatic Records' Endless House archives, it seems the project is bent on completely embodying its title. We can't say we're mad about it, especially when the quality of sounds remains at the same caliber of previously featured tracks "Pavel" and "Soul Flipper PART 2", which is exactly what Felix Uran's "Masprojekt (To The Stars)" does. This "sister track" to Uran's similarly titled contribution to the Endless House LP, "Masprojekt 3," is another gorgeous collection of analog electronic sounds that ebb and flow, twist and turn throughout the sparkling composition. But that's not all the Dramatic Records camp has to offer: Coming this June is another companion to the Endless House compilation, a six-song split 12" that features three new tracks from both Rasmus Folk and Walter Schnaffs. Called Endless House Presents: Rasmus Folk vs. Walter Schnaffs, the forthcoming release is said to tell "the story of the rivalry between the House's most esteemed residents." With new side-plots now developing, it's quite possible that the musical tales of the Endless House Foundation will truly never end.
London label House Anxiety has a new EP coming down the pipeline from Miracle, a sort of art-rock supergroup whose members have spent time in Zombi and Sun O))), among other bands. "The Visitor" is one of the tracks on the outfit's forthcoming Fluid Window record, and is remixed here into something entirely different by Stockholm micro-techno auteur The Field (pictured above). The producer does away with original track's vocals altogether, focusing instead on turning the duo's dark synth-pop instrumentation into a lengthy bout of mesmerizing dance grooves and wispy soundscapes. As one would likely expect from The Field, he accomplishes his goal with taste and aplomb, and provides the music world with yet another ambient techno epic to lose ourselves in.
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