If you'll remember back to another time—say, the mid-'90s—when contemporary electronic music was still growing legs and labels like Warp pushed a burgeoning sound (debatably) called IDM, there was another style of more pop-influenced electronic music growing in popularity thanks to groups like Stereolab, Portishead, and Seefeel. Read more »
Back in 2005, Def Jux label head and beat-making mastermind El-P paired his productions with the vocal talents of Camu Tao on a project called Central Services. The duo wrote an eight-song EP, entitled Forever Frozen in Television Time, but never got a chance to officially release the record. Read more »
Philadelphia bass fiend, Nightshifters associate, and Subdivision crew member Rx just slipped us this exclusive track, so we wanted to share it with the masses as soon as possible because a) it's rad and b) the horn blasts remind us of the badass score from Inception. And while the song doesn't have any brain-melting dream-within-a-dream scenarios or zero-gravity combat involving the kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun, it does have some nice plinky synths and shuffling, dubsteppy beats. Grab it now and if you're hungry for some more Rx-related tuneage, peep his Soundcloud and check out the new video for "Bronson," taken from the freshly released Kaleidoscope Island EP. The clip was put together by Greg Zifcak of Eats Tapes.
The Music of London-based duo Mount Kimbie, whose unique homespun style incorporates ambient, techno, dubstep, and found sounds, is so difficult to pin down, that when they sent out their first demo, "Paul [Rose, a.k.a. Scuba] was the only person who got back to us," Dom Maker, one half of the band, informs. Read more »
Norweigan electro-pop sweetheart Annie released Don't Stop late last year, and although the record didn't really, as the kids say, 'blow up,' it still had some serious jams that made us want to invent some kind of rollerskate-powered time machine that exclusively stopped in mid- to late-'80s dance clubs. "Songs Remind Me of You" was definitely one of our favorites, and now it's been revived on this remix by Australian outfit The Swiss. The guys have stretched out the song's sticky hooks over nearly six minutes, and steered things in a disco direction without slipping into cornball territory. If you like the results, you might want to check out The Swiss on their first US tour, as the band will be playing live in select cities later this month—check their MySpace page for all the details.
OK, maybe we're a little biased when it comes to Christopher Willits. The guy is from our town (SF pride, wooo!!!) and happens to be a studio wizard—check all those episodes of What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? on XLR8R TV for proof—but he also happens to make some downright sublime pop music. Maybe not pop in the Top 40 sense of the word, but certainly in the sense that "hey, I could definitely see myself humming this later." "Light Into Branches" comes from his just-released Tiger Flower Circle Sun album, and finds Willits blending his soft vocals and acoustic guitar notes with some warbling electronics and hazy melodies. It's a mellow track, the sort of thing that sounds perfect when the sun is going down and you're wrapping up a lazy summer afternoon.
In celebration of his recently released EP for Night Slugs, That Mystic, which we previewed last week and is on sale now, NY's soulful bass music patron Kingdom (pictured above) hooked us up with this unreleased refix of the '05 grime tune "Unorthodox Daughter," by London MC No Lay and producer Silkie. The burgeoning DJ/producer tweaks the track a bit, tossing in some new sounds to Silkie's rhythm, adding a few extra dollops of bass frequency, and trading out No Lay's rapid-fire vocal delivery for snippets of soulful crooning from an entirely different song. It's not that it's better than the original, but Kingdom certainly transformed the song into something slightly more club-friendly and managed to make a five-year-old production sound like it was made last week.
NYC duo Wolf + Lamb is best known for its long-running series of underground parties, but the pair's label continues to churn out a steady stream of quality music that walks the line between techno, house, and disco, and the boys—born Gadi Mizrahi and Zev Eisenberg—recently unveiled their debut full-length, Love Someone. Read more »
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