As the full-band project of Leeds-based DJ Ralph Lawson, 2020Soundsystem prides itself primarily on its live performances, but their M.O. as a studio outfit is unclear. Their second full-length album, Falling—not a mix, but 12 discrete tracks—forgoes guest vocalists, putting bassist Fernando Pulichino’s voice up front throughout, but even with a consistent frontman, Falling still feels faceless as a band project. When they try to “rock,” as on opener “We Get Down” and the overlong, goth-aping “Closure,” it rings rather hollow. Read more »
Kid606's latest EP is a medley of sorts, featuring odds and ends from the Kid himself as well as remixes from Tigerbeat6 cohorts Eats Tapes and Baltimore weirdo Cex, among others. But perhaps the most proper techno track on the laughably titled Dance With The Chorizo EP comes from San Francisco's C.L.A.W.S.. Just imagine dub-techno minus the warmth, with some jackin' percussive bits propping up synth stabs and a retro, minimally inclined bass line. With some similarities to recent output from Chris Fortier's Fade label, this remix is the highlight of the EP, which comes out today.
Internet, you asked for it and we have delivered: Behold, the absolute best, most definitive guide to str8 jackin' tracks for the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Ought Nine. Will you find other year-ending lists of great music on the web? Sure. Will they be as completely comprehensive, amazing, and indisputable as this one? We certainly don't think so. Also, will they be called "Jackin' 2K9"? Doubt it. So save the "we give this disc a 9.439859" drama for yo nerdy brother and get on the bumpin' techno, house, and disco releases that made us jack all night in '09. Read more »
San Francisco's Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is hosting thee techno party for the New Year's Eve holiday, featuring local favorites Alland Byallo, Nikola Baytala, and Jonah Sharp, along with the San Francisco premiere of dub-techno champion Brendon Moeller. Read more »
After shedding some members and adding a new drummer, Montreal's Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra will be releasing their sixth full-length album at the beginning of 2010. Titled Kollaps Tradixionales, the new record continues along the path the group has forged for itself, spanning blues, folk, punk rock, and orchestral music. With a tour in the works and one single already available to stream on the group's rehabbed new site, the new year holds much for a reconfigured ASMZ.
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The first single from Alex Smoke's upcoming third album sounds a bit like Thom Yorke doing gloomy microhouse—ultra-processed cyborg vocals, dry percussion, and some foreboding orchestral strains ride over a loping house beat. Mysterious UK producer Automaton destroys the piece in the best way possible, transforming it into a sputtering, grinding trek through the wasteland of a post-apocalyptic landscape where androids manage to dance to experimental dubstep. Though human dancefloors might not be ready for the remix of "Lux+," it's certain that somewhere, robots are getting down to this business.
Seven Fields of Aphelion might be a member of psychedelic freak-pop outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow, but on "Mountain Mary," she channels a more gentle soundscape filled with tiny bells, grainy piano lines, and soaring synth harmonies. This is music for running through fields of tall, golden grass in the fading afternoon sun. Sentimental as it is, the piece also contains a layered, dusty elegance that is quite breathtaking. Look forward to February, when Seven Fields' Periphery comes out just in time for lazy spring days.
Opening with a flurry of toms and sparse, echoing guitars, Lymbyc Systym's second album, Shutter Release, is another instrumental electronic pop effort from brothers Jared and Michael Bell. The album's increased sonic depth (care of Explosions in the Sky producer John Congleton) helps open up their Mice Parade-esque hypnotic electro-pop with an increased sonic palette and spacious mixes while showcasing the duo's musical growth with its ethereal songwriting and hushed melodies. Read more »
The eclectic sounds of Toro Y Moi will bring the heat to some select eastern cities, starting tonight in Philadelphia. Perhaps the most highly anticipated dates, though, are back-to-back nights at New York's Mercury Lounge with XLR8R favorites Neon Indian. Check out both of these solo magicians while they're in your town! Read more »
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