We haven't heard much from Denmark's Under Byen since their 2006 record Samme Stof Som Stof brought their adventurous brand of art-pop to our attention. Now Under Byen (Danish for "under the city") has a new record and with it a new remix of the title track "Alt Er Tabt" from fellow Danish producer Kasper Bjørke (pictured above). From the onset of the remix, it is clear that Bjørke is not trying to be subtle—this is a house track through and through. A driving bassline is shortly followed by a cowbell, and accompanying percussion carry Under Byen's sparse Danish lyrics. After sticking with the lyrics for about a minute and a half, Bjørke brings in a fat, meaty synth line, breaks the track down, and then gives you what you've been waiting for: some funky Danish instrumental house.
Next week, on November 9, James Murphy and the cast of his LCD Soundsystem band will release a "John Peel session style" album for digital download, called The London Sessions. The nine-song, live-in-the-studio record features renditions of a handful of hits and fan favorites taken from all three LCD Soundsystem albums, including "All My Friends," "Daft Punk is Playing at My House," "Us v. Them," "Drunk Girls," and more. Read more »
Stepping out from behind the shadow of producer Andy Butler and his Hercules & Love Affair ensemble, singer Kim Ann Foxman presents herself as a solo artist here on the video for her debut single, "Creature" (you can catch a stream of the tune here). And while her disco- and house-loving partner-in-crime Butler still holds the Executive Producer title and half of the writing/production credit, it's Foxman who remains the focus on this slick music video—well, Foxman and a handful of creatively dressed dancers. Read more »
It was just the beginning of this week when we first caught wind of a new album coming from Mark Fell (of SND) on December 7 via Raster-Noton, but now, we've discovered a second record bearing Fell's name ready to drop the following week through Editions Mego. Read more »
From the eclectic dance-pop sensibilities of Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, along with friend and collaborator Raf Daddy, comes a new musical endeavor, The 2 Bears. The duo's second record is the four-song Curious Nature EP (out now on Southern Fried Records), an exhibition of sounds ranging from electro-tinged house jams to gospel-leaning ballads. The EP's lead track, "Church," gets a dub treatment here by Goddard himself. Explaining how his tweaked version of 2 Bears' poignant tune came about, the producer says, "At the end of mixing 'Church,' we spent an hour just doing passes through the [mixing] desk with various outputs to outboard delays, echo boxes, and other magic boxes. From these takes I pieced together this dubbed-out version of 'Church.'" We're pretty happy he took the time to play with this one.
Nearly three years after the release of its breakthrough sophomore album, In Ghost Colours, Australian pop outfit Cut Copy has finished work on a follow-up full-length, entitled Zonoscope. The record is said to represent the band in its "purest form," which, according to frontman Dan Whitford, goes a little sumthin' like this: "All the way along we had this weird vision of a tropical, jungle, tribal sound. A place or an idea that we wanted to reach with some of the songwriting; to explore a looping, hypnotic trance and revise the whole palette of what Cut Copy was about." Read more »
While we continue waiting for the first full-length album from Eliot Lipp's and Leo123's collaborative production outfit, Dark Party, the duo was kind enough to give us another taste of Light Years' 12-track offering. The sanguine "Can't Stop" is a solid dance tune that sounds like it's built almost entirely on memories; analog synthesizers bubble up melodies in stereo, dusty vinyl samples account for a healthy portion of the beat work, and the vocal clips shouted from the center sound like a woman delivering a hook she can't quite recall. Dark Party's song is a substantial exercise in turning something old into something new, the likes of which we're likely to hear more of when Light Years drops on its new release date, December 7.
Soundtrack obsessives, record junkies, and unwitting "hauntologists" Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker (a.k.a. Manchester production outfit Demdike Stare) sat down with Hungarian web hub Kultblog for a great video interview. Read more »
Up-and-coming tunesmith Eliphino (a.k.a. "What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino?") is dropping the inaugural release for the brand-new magazine-cum-label somethinksounds on November 29, and here, we've got the premiere of the closing track on the four-song Undivided Whole EP. The production utilizes just a few standard elements (a couple thinly sliced synth melodies, a floating bass synth, some distant vocal clips, and a simple beat palette), the minimalism of which helps bolster the song's alien vibe. At its core, Eliphino's "I Just Can't" is darkly soulful, dismally buoyant, and woozily feverish; a whole set of contradictions that add to the tense mood.
House icon Dennis Ferrer recently dropped a brand-new EP on his own Objektivity label, a four-track record called The Red Room. Along with a radio edit of the original, the release features mixes of "The Red Room" from Detroit's Kyle Hall, a collaborative production by The Martinez Brothers and Jerome Sydenham, and a dub edit by Ferrer himself. Read more »
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