Since Throbbing Gristle's 1981 break-up (later reunions notwithstanding), Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti have been working, recording, and performing together as a duo (first as Chris & Cosey, now as Carter Tutti), and, as such, have perhaps affected the electronic music landscape as much in the days of new wave and synth pop as they did with industrial music in TG. Read more »
Miami synth-pop duo ANR released its latest full-length, Stay Kids, last month via the local Ten Thousand Islands imprint, and now, we're treated to this nebulous remix from the Leaving Records acolytes and fellow Flordia residents in Sumsun (pictured above). Amidst a thick wash of wavy bass frequencies and overwhelming atmospheric haze, samples of the vocal hook from "Big Problem" resonate from afar, and are paired with simple drum-machine patterns and eerie synth tones. Sumsun's version maintains some of the ominous vibe of the original, but evens out the horror film-soundtrack kitsch of ANR's song with more esoteric sounds. You can get your fill of the original track, and watch the slasher flick of a music video for "Big Problem" below. Read more »
Los Angeles-based beatmaker and Flying Lotus collaborator Samiyam announced he will soon be releasing his second proper LP, a follow-up to 2008's Rap Beats Vol. 1, called Sam Baker's Album. Read more »
We found out just last week that Austin's Dubbel Dutch had a five-track white-label 12" coming out today (April 12) via Dutty Artz. Now that the official release date has arrived, the internet is treated to one of those hyped-up tunes courtesy of the Brooklyn-based label, the sparse "Fem Pressure." With only a kick, snare, and some subtle percussion sounds, Dubbel Dutch creates the buoyant riddim that carries his production—adding just a small number of understated melodic elements and brief sound effects to finish off his tasteful club jam. If you still need more free music from the Texan tunesmith, grab his remix of "Bullacake" by bassline producer Dexplicit here, and stream the rest of the Dutty Artz white-label record below. Read more »
At this point, Paul Rose doesn't need a whole lot of introduction. As head of the esteemed Hotflush imprint and an impressive producer in his own right, the UK-born, Berlin-based artist best known as Scuba has played an instrumental role in guiding dubstep towards brighter, more techno-influenced pastures. Read more »
Hype Williams, the enigmatic Berlin-London duo consisting of Russian-born Inga Copeland and London's Dean Blunt, is not your typical band. They're not in the game to promote themselves, create a brand, or end up on MTV Read more »
Nearly two months after we discovered that Amsterdam-based DJ/producer Tom Trago would release his first proper full-length album, Iris, on April 12 (you know, today), we finally get to hear one of that record's 15 highly anticipated, disco-indebted tunes. "Being With You" is the second track on Trago's debut LP, and shows the artist already knee deep in bouncing, uptempo beats, a whole lot of funky synth work, and some sultry, vocal-sample soul. During its three and a half minutes, the production effortlessly slides back and forth between deep moods driven by analog synth pads and understated string melodies, and tasteful dancefloor grooves highlighted with touches of sparkling ambiance. It's certainly a great first taste of an album that took over 10 years to arrive, to say the least.
Though at this point Southern California artist Ryan York is best known for his work as Asura on the Non Projects label, he branches out here under his given name for a new EP released on Matthewdavid's imprint from around the way, Leaving Records. One of the seven jams on the Zipperlegs EP, "All Our Favorite Colors" certainly retains many of the elements we enjoy from York's work as Asura (save his Unreleasables tracks): woozy melodics, etheral vocal flourishes, and subtle rhythmic work to name a few. It does seem like the producer dug a bit deeper into his love for fuzzy ambiance, tape compression, and live electronics for this project, resulting in a lovely stylistic shift across the board. You can grab the rest of York's Zipperlegs EP on limited-edition cassette or digital download today.
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