One of numerous remixes on the upcoming Weapons EP by classically trained singer/composer Ryan Lott (a.k.a. Son Lux), Polyphonic's version of "Weapons III" utilizes tumbling synth melodies and droning atmosphere to create a tense noise composition not unlike something from Matmos' Supreme Balloon album. The song helps round out a varied release that also features re-works from Nico Muhly and Alias alongside Son Lux's original tracks.
The first taste of Lali Puna's first album in over five years comes in the understated electronic pop of "Remember." Per usual, singer Valerie Trebeljahr's soft-spoken voice provides an ideal counterpart to the song's pulsing bass synths and clicking drum beats. "Remember" manages to be upbeat without being giddy, somber without being sullen, and altogether memorable. Our Inventions is out April 1 on Morr Music.
The re-release of LA/SF-based producer Shlohmo's mini-album, Shlomoshun Deluxe sounds fantastic if you're stoned. A clear-headed listen, however, reveals its production to be sub-par. Not that it sounds bad; the patron of beats and bass, known to friends as Henry Laufer, admits to using less-than-professional methods and second-rate gear, a not-uncommon practice in his peer group (see FlyLo's consistent vinyl crackle). Read more »
German microhouse producer and part-time collaborator on the Supermayer project with Michael Mayer, Aksel Schaufler (a.k.a. Superpitcher) is taking time off of his noteworthy side-projects to release the second full-length of his solo career. Entitled Kilimanjaro, the new record comes six years after its predecessor, Here Comes Love. Read more »
Food carts owned by rock stars, rollerskating, and a video arcade bar. It must be Portland.
For the most recent City Guide episode, we sent a camera to musician, DJ, and man-about-Portland Marius Libman (a.k.a. Copy). Copy shows us some one-of-a-kind Portland gems—a skating rink with the country's largest hanging Wurlitzer, a candy-covered breakfast spot, a video arcade bar, and food carts owned by rock n' rollers. Read more »
Brooklyn duo Blondes spent much of the past year perking up ears with their lo-fi, hands-on approach to synth-driven dance music and techno, and now the boys are getting ready to step up their profile with an appearance at New York's Unsound Festival. The festival runs February 4th through the 14th and Blondes will be performing on the 11th as part of a special Brooklyn Electronic Music Showcase with Morgan Geist and Neurotic Drum Band. The pulsing keys of "You Mean So Much to Me (Acid Redux Cut)" can actually be found on a free compilation put together by Brooklyn record shop Halcyon, which also features cuts from fellow Unsound acts like Carl Craig, FaltyDL, Derek Plaslaiko, and Tomas Bednarczyk.
Ontario native Dan Snaith has gone through plenty of transformations over the years, including changing the name of his long-running project Manitoba to Caribou. Yet Snaith's ability to craft engaging pieces of electronic psychedelia has remained constant, and if "Odessa" is any indication, more of the same can be expected when his new album, Swim, is released on April 20. The song finds Snaith boiling his varied talents as a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and producer into a relaxed-yet-snappy slice of dance-pop, and "Odessa" also scores major bonus points for effectively channeling a bit of Kings of Convenience and Arthur Russell.
Two producers take very different paths to aural bliss.
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Yeah, we know hyphy is dead and we're not exactly stoked on the song's message—for the record, we definitely DO give a fuck about hoes, erm... women—but damn if this new video for the remix of Oakland rapper D-Lo's street anthem "No Hoe," featuring jaw-dropping guest turns from E-40, Beeda Weeda, and The Jacka, doesn't make us want to pull out our white tees, start turfing, ride the yellow bus, and yell "BAY AREA" like it's 2006 all over again. Read more »
San Francisco expatriates and Brooklyn residents, the sun-loving trio Lemonade, are set to expand on their ecstasy-fueled, tropically rhythmic dance jams with the release of a new EP March 9 on True Panther. Read more »
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