Bay Area sound designer and tune maker Amon Tobin has been hard at work crafting his upcoming solo album and the next collaborative record from his Two Fingers project with Doubleclick, not to mention the "Fine Objects" single he just finished up with Eskmo and the short-film score he composed for The Gift. Read more »
Most people are aware of the famous Frank Zappa quote, "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." And while, obviously, we still give it our best shot, we like to keep the sentiment in mind when describing the various intangibles of our favorite tunes. However, upon discovering this article on the New York Times' Freakonomics blog, we'd like to add to Zappa's point "Histographing about DJing is like being a douche." Read more »
Chicago-based beat maker and wordsmith Jeremiah Jae just hooked up the world with a new mixtape available for free download. Eating Donuts & Other Refined Foods features jams made by Jae himself, along with a whole mess of productions from J. Dilla, Madlib, Projek, and Flying Lotus, and the guy's cool-tempered, raspy cadence. Read more »
Between the return of Underworld and now this announcement, it appears using the word "electronica" might not be so passé anymore. Iconic UK DJ/production duo Orbital has confirmed it will be releasing its first new material in six years. Via iTunes digital download and limited-edition 12", Orbital is set to unleash the double a-side single "Don't Stop Me" b/w "The Gun is Good" just in time for Father's Day, June 20. Read more »
It was only a few months ago that XLR8R was singing the praises of Brooklyn-based synth and drone wizard Oneohtrix Point Never (a.k.a. Daniel Lopatin), and, although we're anything but tired of his double-disc collection Rifts, we're ecstatic that next week he'll be dropping a proper new album on the Editions Mego label. Read more »
Between remixing Animal Collective's "Peacebone" and getting Panda Bear to lend vocals to his own "Stick to My Side," Pantha du Prince is shaping up to be the envy of AC fanboys and fangirls everywhere. After today, he might want to start watching his back, because some crazed neo-pysch fans are undoubtedly jealous that the German techno producer convinced Animal Collective to remix "Welt Am Draht," the original of which appeared on his Black Noise album. As one might expect, the AC boys crank the "tripped-the-fuck-out" knob on this one, add their own vocals to the mix, and transform the song into a floating journey that's half acid trip and half outer-space adventure.
When Tycho dropped the wonderfully ethereal "Coastal Brake" single last year, it definitely made us want to delve deeper into the San Francisco producer's back catalog. Apparently, we weren't alone, because Ghostly has announced that they will be reissuing his 2006 album Past Is Prologue. The new version of the record includes a number of remixes, including this offering from NY's Mux Mool, who injects the dreamy "From Home" with just a touch of hip-hop slap, creating a relaxed head-nodder that's perfect for chilling out in the warm summer sun. Past Is Prologue is out now.
Carlos y Gaby, the latest artist featured in All-City's ongoing LA-centric 10" series, hooked us up with this cut from their contribution to the Irish label. "In the Whirl Emote" is one of the duo's three jams on LA Series #5, and flexes a particularly stripped-down style of sample-based electronic music. Field recordings of children laughing and playing outdoors are covered by ominous, transient synths and a slow-moving percussion loop, which Carlos y Gaby occasionally play in reverse. It's a mellow and even-keeled piece that only seems to reach any sort of quasi-climax around the time a brief birdsong is made loud enough to overshadow "Whirl"'s other elements, just before it disappears equally as fast.
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