So Ariel Pink unveiled a new song today, and it's currently locked in a battle to the death with the new Lady Gaga video for the crown of "which internet thing have we been forwarded the most today?" Looks like the Gag-ster is going to win that battle since even our moms are freaking out about it, but take heart, Ariel Pink fans—there's no shame in second place. "Round and Round" comes from a new 7" that will be released on April 26, and is also slated to make an appearance on the forthcoming, as-yet-untitled Ariel Pink and the Haunted Graffiti album. Oh yeah, in case you're wondering what it sounds like, Mr. Pink has turned up the production quality and busted out with a psychedelic '70s, multipart-harmony, Partridge-Family-pop vibe. Groovy.
Though "MIDI Drift" is said to be born of a video concept involving corporate offices, a KGB-involved vixen, and a pair of Camrys, the actual sounds on the track by production duo Games are far more heart-on-sleeve than erotic espionage. The team—made up of Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford of Tigercity—immediately presents us with a host of synths that seem to plead for us to shower them with love and attention. The flurry gives way to a standard dance beat and bouncing bass synth to set the track's groove before smoothly chopped vocal samples and another host of vintage synth tones come back to carry away the rest of our affections.
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Come with Daniel Lopatin to a time when this world's musical seers were mad proto-hackers splicing synthesizers together to create a sonic depiction of a strange, ineffable future, where ordinary man could plumb the depths of his own mind or the endless vistas of space, aided by little more than analog tone generators. As Oneohtrix Point Never, Lopatin stitches the barest essentials—synthetic drones and arpeggiators—into compositions both eerie and beautiful. Read more »
Fresh from her latest single released on her new Opit label, Subeena's given us an exclusive, unreleased track that eludes exact classification. Moving from a spacey dubstep to a more bumping house beat with a bit of funky thrown in for good measure, "Morphic Chaos" could fit right next to anything from the latest L-Vis 1990 slice to a slower Detroit number, particularly given its gut-rumbling bass.
The All City label has really been bringing the funk fire recently, what with its amazing 10" series devoted to LA artists and now this boogie number from Portland native Devonwho. Channeling the thick synths and stuttering beats of Dam-Funk, "Keepthefunkalive" is a short, sweet track with an infectious melodic hook. Its only flaw is that it doesn't stretch on for longer!
The sophomore solo LP from Danish producer Kasper Bjørke, Standing on Top of Utopia, is a collection of solid, if unremarkable, songs on the hfn label. Known for his award-winning group Filur with Tomas Barfod, Bjørke's occasionally forgettable productions benefit from collaboration, care of guest vocalists Louise Foo, Jacob Bellens, and WhoMadeWho's Tomas Hoffding. Read more »
It's doubtful you need a reminder from us, but it's about time you all got ready for the heated musical jump-off about to go down at SXSW 2010 in Austin. We know you've been busy booking hotels, lurking the local hotties' Facebook pages, and building up your party tolerance for the epic music festival, so we here at XLR8R decided to throw you a bone, or 10, and let you in on the event picks that will truly maximize your good vibes. Read more »
Back at the end of January, UK funky songstress Cooly G delivered to XLR8R a stellar podcast she crafted along with collaborator Dezy Da Bongo Man. It was a lengthy mix, so much so that Cooly actually chopped it into two separate parts—only giving us the first segment initially. Read more »
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