Phillin' It: For years, Philadelphia has been shrugged off as New York's little brother—a place where displaced Brooklynites went in search of cheaper rents, bigger spaces, and a touch less 'tude. But what's emerged over the years is far more than simply a sixth borough. So for this year's special City Issue, we dug around the Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Chinatown, and every other little enclave we could find to bring you the best that Brotherly Love has to offer. Check back every few days for a new feature from the east coast's newest hotbed. Read more »
Mixed by Carl Craig, French producer Etienne Jaumet's first solo album delivers. 20-minute opener "For Falling Asleep" utilizes looped, occasionally acidy arpeggiations, with a processed saxophone providing the piece's main melody. Weird whisperings and ululations provide the piece with some foreboding undertones that wouldn't make for pleasant dreams, but the pastoral final minutes are dreamy enough for an afternoon nap. Read more »
Forming a futuristic force of club-ready hip-hop, Bay Area producer Amp Live of Zion-I fame has joined up with East Bay MC Trackademicks for his new track, "Gary is a Robot," taken from Amp Live's forthcoming solo album Murder at the Discotek. The video for the jam, which XLR8R has grabbed premiering rights for, seems like a simultaneous bash at and celebration of contemporary club culture. We'll let you be the judge. Read more »
Building upon the constant psychedelic drone and claustrophobic tribal-disco assault of past releases Preyers and Hoarse Lords, Oakland's Clipd Beaks have finished work on their follow-up album, To Realize. Read more »
Edan, the iconoclastic DJ and producer, has a new concept record coming out soon. Echo Party was created using samples from the extensive back catalog of the Traffic Entertainment Group as a structure to create new sonic textures. Armed with synths, drum machines, guitars, kazoos, and even glockenspiels, Edan has crafted a seamless, experimental artist mix, complete with extensive notes, insane artwork (see above), and more sample sources than most DJs would know what to do with.
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Processing drums and guitar using Ableton Live's audio effects racks.
In this episode, Christopher shows us some accessible ways to do make weird sounds using stock plug-ins in Ableton Live. He shows how to use them along with automation clips to sequence processing—specifically drum and guitar tracks.
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Post-punk psychedelic warriors OOIOO have just released a new album, so they've offered this extraordinary piece as a little taste. Featuring a minimal vocal repetition, sex-funk bass, cock-rock guitar solos, and distorted exclamatory lead vocals, "OOIOO-OOIAH" is totally weird and addictive. Little synth bits come in here and there, while the track's live percussion keeps an organic feel that is most unexpected. Much like frontwoman Yoshimi's work with Eye and the other freakonauts of Boredoms, OOIOO sonically questions the boundaries between minimal/maximal, acoustic/electronic, and organic/synthetic.
Brooklyn's Mux Mool makes some truly idiosyncratic music, layering synth sounds that belong in off-kilter Italo tracks with beats that come straight from hip-hop. On "Ballad of Gloria Featherbottom," cosmic arpeggiations are placed atop weird harpsichord-like synths to truly epic effect, and the percussion seems culled from drum-line samples augmented by deep kicks. Set course for the moon with this one, which is out now on the Ghostly Presents Moodgadget: The Nocturnal Suite compilation.
Here you have it, over two hours' worth of only a fraction of the product released by Steve Goodman's (a.k.a. Kode9) London-based Hyperdub franchise. It's more than a beginner's guide, however. Re-mastered Burial tracks "Distant Lights" and "South London Boroughs" are joined by Kode9's own "9 Samurai" and steady contributions from Kevin Martin projects The Bug and King Midas Sound. Hyperdub's new 8-bit 'n' bass and wonky directions are also represented via songs from Ikonika, Quarta 300, and Darkstar, not to mention a choice cut from legit UK funky goddess Cooly G. Read more »
December will see the release of Nottingham producer Lone's third full-length, his first for Werk Discs, entitled Ecstasy & Friends. The record moves gracefully from leftfield hip-hop beats to boogie tracks reminiscent of Dam-Funk, stuttering hip-house to silky R&B. With a penchant for sunny, spacy synths, Lone's latest effort brings him further into the ranks of contemporary beat exploders who are changing what soulful music can sound like.
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