For several years, Diskjokke (a.k.a. Joachim Dyrdahl) was the sort of producer whose music could fairly easily be put into a neat little box. Granted, it was a really nice box; Diskjokke's lush, spaced-out productions expertly wove together Balearic strains of disco and house and were rightly lauded alongside those of Oslo contemporaries Lindstrom and Prins Thomas. However, things have changed with the release of his third album, Sagara, an ambient effort which takes its primary inspiration from Indonesian gamelan. Read more »
Henry Maldonado (a.k.a. Son of Sound) and recording artist Javi Silva are the men behind Brooklyn-based vocal electro duo Native Underground. Reared in New York's underground music scene, Maldonado first made a name for himself during the late '80s and early '90s by releasing cuts on various esteemed US house labels such as Strictly Rhythm, MAW, and King Street. It wasn't until 2009 that he would meet future partner Javi Silva while auditioning male vocalists for a new project. The collaboration came to fruition with the release of "Til it Hurts" in 2010 and now the pair has released a new single, "Night Vision," on Under the Shade. The new record features remix work from Ultracity, Iron Curtis, and Brennan Green. Here, the group has offered up a free download of the prodigious Jimmy Edgar's (pictured above) disco-house-inspired rework of "Night Vision." Known for his sultry beats, unrivaled production technique, and eclectic taste, Edgar manipulates Silva's vocals and turns them into a syncopated rhythm of syllables and phonemes. Take a listen to his handiwork and also check out the video for the original version of "Night Vision" after the jump. Read more »
On his recently self-released EP, 22-year-old Bay Area producer Luca Young (a.k.a Kouta) delivers four tracks of preciously handcrafted electronics that all lean heavily on slow-moving beats and fractured vocal hooks. Productions like the syrupy "Granola" maintain an essence of early-'00s electro-pop—think DNTEL's more pensive moments—while simultaneously recalling more contemporary artists, such as Baths and Gold Panda. It's not the most original thing you're likely to hear today, but Young's attention to texture and mood certainly make these tunes worthwhile. You can download the rest of Kouta's Orinda EP here.
No matter how much you like Blondes, it's pretty unlikely that you'll find yourself humming one of their tunes. At the risk of making a serious music journalism cliché, Blondes' music has always been about the journey, a trend that continues on the pair's latest single. Read more »
Bass culture stalwart Paul Geissinger (a.k.a. Starkey) has put together a video for his track "Lost in Space" featuring Charli XCX. The futuristic motif that ties together most of Starkey's releases is pushed even further, as Starkey himself is portrayed as a lost, lonely astronaut cast deep in outer space. The video also features Charli XCX belting out her vocals from inside the safety of a ship while Starkey floats aimlessly along a cosmic backdrop. Read more »
After years of operating as separate entities, sister labels Slit Jockey and Seclusiasis have teamed up to offer a series of free promo singles under the name Seclus Jockey. The idea behind the series is to showcase unique collaborations and remixes that seem to fall in between both labels spectrum of sound and to highlight the relationship between them. The first single released, "Lunge", is a collaborative effort from UK producer Sduk and Rotterdam beatmaker Halp (pictured above), the result of which is a hard-edged, arpeggio-laden, 8-bit number. "Lunge" opens with a saw-wave melody that gives way to the half-time drop. Heavily-overdriven bass and cleverly-distorted drums push the track forward underneath the shiny, arpeggiated square-wave lead. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Seclus Jockey releases and grab "Lunge" below.
UK electro-pop producer Chad Valley drops his new EP, Equatorial Ultravox, on Cascine on June 20. He has also teamed up with director Lucy Bridger to create a video for opening track "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)," a light-hearted black-and-white clip in which a playfully intertwined young woman and man are enraptured by a glass sphere. Read more »
This latest cut to leak from the prolific London-based tunesmith known as Slugabed comes from a brand-new EP that just dropped via the producer's new label home, Ninja Tune. "Heck Flex" is the second track on the Moonbeam Rider EP, and sounds quite a bit like that record's title; the production's opening synth has a kind of wavering glow reminiscent of a full moon, and once Slugabed's slow-grooving beat drops, you certainly get the feeling you're riding his futuristic G-funk vibes into space. We expect the other five tunes that make up Slugabed's EP will complete the soundtrack for that intergalactic journey in similar fashion.
Formerly residing in Paris and now based in Berlin, producer/DJ Rone has turned in this enthralling video for the title track of his recently released EP, So So So. Beautifully animated thanks to Studio Fünf, the video begins as a Harvey Pekar-esque story of desolation before turning into an astounding explosion of cartoon fireworks and swirling psychedelic shapes and colors. Only matched in its mesmerizing powers by Rone's heavenly, contemplative track, the pairing is awesome in the truest sense of the word. So So So and Rone's forthcoming sophomore full-length can be found on Paris' In Finé imprint. Read more »
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