A quick glance at Ghe20 Gothik resident Physical Therapy's Soundcloud and you'll notice that the East Coast producer has an affinity for flipping radio R&B jams into slow, percussive, bass-minded tracks. Take, for instance, his newly released mixtape, Therapy Sessions Vol. 1 (that you can download for free over on his new site), which comes sprinkled with refixes of past and present radio jams like this one of bubble-gum R&B singer Lloyd. Physical Therapy takes only small snippets from the original's intro strings along with a few choice vocal parts and skillfully rearranges them, crafting a slow, methodical, half-time head-nodder in which spacious 808-style kicks and skittering percussion supplement the smooth R&B source material. Whether Physical Therapy is just making sweet remix love to some guilty-pleasure tunes or actually commenting on some deeper post-modern consumer-as-creator-type thing is still unknown, and that’s fine by us as long as he keeps hitting us with tracks like this.
Continuing in the wonderful support the electronic music community is extending to Japan and its people, massive online music retailer Beatport has announced that it will donate all of its profits from Monday, March 21, towards the relief efforts taking place in Sendai. Read more »
It's no secret that we harbor a strong affinity for Los Angeles/Montreal combo LOL Boys, and the kinds of tropically informed dancefloor burners they make so well. They're even headlining the last night of our Texas Invasion this Saturday. So, you can imagine our excitement when this club-ready gem dropped in our laps: the duo's forthcoming self-titled EP for Swedish label-cum-blog Discobelle. Read more »
Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves. Read more »
Thanks to the efforts of one rather dedicated attendee of the UK's Bloc Weekend festivities earlier this month, about 15 minutes of good footage from Aphex Twin's headlining performance for the festival have found its way to the internet Read more »
With a new EP slated for release on Seattle's Car Crash Set imprint, Moscow's Pixelord has offered up this non-EP track to give us a taste of what we can expect from the forthcoming release. "Equis (Part 2)" is a jagged beat of sorts with an ever-so-slightly swung boom-bap rhythm chugging below a set of constantly building, dramatic pads and chopped and pitched Stevie Wonder vocal samples. If this track is any indication, then Pixelord's new EP, Puzzles, may find the Russian producer paring down the 8-bit elements often associated with his production, not removing them entirely but rather employing them more sparingly (as in the bubbling bleeps and bloops of this track) to give way to more serious-sounding elements. We'll have to see what the Russian producer has in store for us when Puzzles drops on April 29.
Late last month, we shared a song from Kosmiche experimentalists Mandelbrot & Skyy, one half of which is analog synth explorer Jeff Witscher (a.k.a. Rene Hell). The artist just recently dropped a brand-new LP, The Terminal Symphony, under his solo moniker, from which "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths" is taken. The song wafts about comfortably on the more lighthearted side of Witscher's compositional work; the myriad bubbling, arpeggiated electronic tones all evoke a feeling of wonder and majesty reminiscent of any number of fantasy cartoons we spent our childhoods obsessing over. There is a video for Rene Hell's song, but it's not quite what we imagine when we hear "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths." You can see it for yourself below. (Those prone to seizures: beware.) (via Altered Zones) Read more »
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