If you're not familiar with 19-year-old, Ohio-based producer Blithe Field, we suggest you check out the two tracks of his we've posted for download in the past (here and here), as they may give you a bit of background on the auspicious musicmaker and his brand of tender electronic productions. Once you're all caught up, we suggest you dive right into his latest LP, Two Hearted (pictured above), which is out now on Waaga Records. Read more »
French dream-pop producer Anthony Gonzalez (a.k.a. M83) has just announced a fall North American tour—his first in more than two years. The announcement comes on the heels of last week's San Francisco-centric "Echoes..." video, which contained hints of an upcoming sixth studio album. Read more »
In this era of convergence devices, there are electronics that require volumes to be written on what they do versus what they do well. Then there are rare products that deserve the praise “performs as advertised.” High Resolution Technologies' Music Streamer II ($149) is one of those uncommon items worthy of recognition for doing one thing well: providing a USB-to-stereo-RCA digital-to-analog (D/A) converter. Read more »
At this point, the barrage of Japanese tsunami relief comps has become a bit overwhelming. That being said, we can't help but be excited by the release of Whatpeopleplay's Japanease compilation, which clocks in at 138 tracks and features original content from some of our favorite artists, including Nicolas Jaar, Aril Brikha, Tensnake, Wolf + Lamb, Tiefschwarz, and Steve Bug—who has offered up his contribution as a teaser for the whole project. A standout track of jackin' minimal vibes, Steve Bug's "Life in Circles" dances around a sparse beat of live instrumentation and LFO-ed out synth pads. Japanease is out now and currently available from Juno Download, zero", boomkat, and InnDigital, all of whom have offered to waive their usual profit margin for charity.
The past, it's a bitch. Successful artists of all stripes have always had a problem following previous achievements. Now, it seems as though Marco Niemerski (a.k.a. Tensnake) has found himself in just such a conundrum by having to live up to the success of his 2010 smash "Coma Cat"—a pretty tall order considering the popularity of that record. Nevertheless, his just-dropped "Something About You" strives to best that previous effort, albeit with varying results. Read more »
It's no secret that the music industry can be a difficult place to conduct business, as financial matters can easily get in the way of the best of artistic intentions. Jonathan Klote (a.k.a. Jon A.D.), the man behind Portland's LoDubs imprint, recently found himself in such a situation, and has turned to the internet for help. Read more »
Seeing as how we've got this rad contest with the wonderful Cascine label running on XLR8R this week, we thought it'd be appropriate to remind you all of the reasons why we love the electronic pop sounds that the burgeoning imprint associates with. For your listening pleasure, we have this remix of "Wait in the Dark" from Memory Tapes' second album, Player Piano, by Cascine-inked, Nashville-based duo Jensen Sportag. The pair turns the already-upbeat number into a disco-tinged dancefloor jam, complete with funky basslines, deep synth chords, and a handful of slick guitar riffs that Chromeo would envy. But instead of cramming its remix full of '80s pastiche and snarky vocal hooks, Jensen Sportag gives this version of "Wait in the Dark" a bit of softly glowing neon soul that was previously absent from the indie-slanted original. You can grab a couple other remixes of new Memory Tapes tunes over here.
Chances are, if you like electronic music and you use the internet, this one is going to be old news for you, but in case you just emerged from underneath a large rock located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, we've got something to share with you: Flying Lotus dropped a brand-new, free mix, called Lovers Melt 2. Read more »
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