Following multiple critically acclaimed albums, Atlanta's Deerhunter finished up the work on its fourth full-length, entitled Halcyon Digest. The new record is available September 28 from 4AD, with a brand-new website sharing bits from the album up now. Preceding the release date as well, Deerhunter is holding a competition of sorts. Read more »
The thing that makes chillwave such an easy genre to poke fun at (aside from the deplorable title, of course) is the ease and frequency with which these youngsters write, record, and share their music. But maybe that's its strong point, too; the songs you're hearing are born of a youthful exuberance that stems from the immediacy of their creation and unveiling. One such producer, San Francisco's Blackbird Blackbird is a high-school student named Mikey S, who's making electronic bedroom-pop that leans heavily on twinkling synth tones, patently reverb-laden coos, and simple, thumping dance beats. "Hawaii" is a fine example of the music maker's knack for catchy melodies and vocal hooks that speak directly to your uncynical, lighthearted inner teen. You can snag a whole lot more of Blackbird Blackbird's material here on his Tumblr page, and buy his new album Summer Heart here. (via Get Off the Coast)
Remixes of "Swoon," the Chemical Brothers' latest single and first from their recently released album, Further have begun to worm their way onto the web. Boys Noize's take on the psychedelic original landed in our inbox today, and while his name often conjures images of punishing electro squall, this remix shows incredible restraint, as the German producer punches up the track a bit with some cutting synths and just enough low-end bump. Read more »
One of the female members of LA's beat scene, Tokimonsta paired up with Montreal's Lunice, and German producer Swede:art to present us with a fresh tune off of the Various Assets compilation, coming soon via Red Bull Music Academy. Their collaborative song, "Alpenglow," matches Lunice's crunchy beat with Swede:art's soulful key tickling and Toki's squelchy bass synth explorations—creating a shuffling, spacey R&B-flavored tune wholly unique from each producer's separate styles. It's something you can expect more of from the likes of James Pants, Katy B, Space Dimension Controller, Dâm-Funk, Hudson Mohawke, and many of the other producers involved with this year's RBMA in London when Various Assets is released July 19.
Detroit techno kingpin Juan Atkins' Model 500 project has been dormant for about 11 years now, but has recently reformed along with Underground Resistance's "Mad" Mike Banks, DJ Skurge, and Mark Taylor as a sort of super-group. The outfit has come together for some live shows, and is now set to release its first material since 1999's Mind and Body, a three-track EP to be released in September on R&S. Read more »
Production duo LOL Boys (pictured above) snagged the pieces of fellow two-piece Korallreven's hazy Balearic pop number "Loved-Up" and reformatted them into something a bit less subtle, rhythmically speaking, though as equally filled with delicate atmosphere. The bouncing beat and swirling melodies are plenty enjoyable, but it's the way LOL Boys toy with the dainty vocal track that really catches our attention. At first, the thin falsetto is chopped up and warped as a more percussive melody, which is matched equally by the beautifully sung lyrics, "I'm so loved up/I'm so scared," themselves soaked in dreamy reverb.
For the forthcoming new Body Language mix album from the Get Physical label, venerable techno fiend DJ Hell took the mixing helm to bring you a lengthy taste of his varied influences, classic favorites, fresh remixes, and original productions. Body Language Vol. 9 features 23 songs from the likes of Daniel Wang, Christian Prommer, DJ Assassin, Josh One, and Die Vögel, and will be released August 23. Read more »
If you asked someone to describe what is needed to create a song, or asked them what elements music in general should consist of, you're likely to get a handful of long-winded responses that could be boiled down to two parts: rhythm and melody. Aside from, say, certain noise and experimental acts, it's a fair enough breakdown, but it makes us wonder where Chicago's juke/footwork scene fits in. Like with this track from DJ Nate's upcoming Hatas Our Motivation EP for Planet Mu, much of the genre isn't the least bit interested in discernible melodies (save for quickly pitch-shifted, atonal vocal samples), and much of the bass-centric rhythms involved are so all over the place that a groove can be difficult to find. Still, there's obviously no denying that this is music pure and simple; it just happens to be unlike anything else we've had the pleasure of putting our ears to. (via 20JFG)
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