Setting aside all comparisons to a certain haze-hidden Scottish duo, the latest single from San Francisco's Tycho is probably one of the most melodic and subtly upbeat Balearic tracks in recent memory. Acoustic guitars, delayed synths, and atmospheric ocean sounds all meet atop a subdued house beat on producer Scott Hansen's ballad to the beach, "Coastal Brake." If the warm, inviting tones of Tycho's third single, taken from an as-yet-untitled debut album coming in 2010 on Ghostly, aren't reason enough to get your hands on the 12" release, maybe the detailed and beautiful packaging (done by Hansen himself, who also does design work under the name ISO50) will get you digging in those pockets. Coastal Brake is out on digital and vinyl formats December 8.
Largely conceived in the London bedroom studio of frontman Alex Shields, Mountain Debris is an impressive collection of distortion-bathed pop tunes that manages to stand out, even in an increasingly crowded lo-fi field. Combining a rough-around-the-edges pop pedigree with the warm fuzz of C86, the bleak soundscapes of vintage shoegaze, and just a hint of sweet psychedelic swirl, A Grave With No Name crafts impressively affecting songs that rarely crack the two-minute mark. Read more »
Until now, our City Guide podcast series has been focused on the West Coast, but we've also got plenty of love for our friends on the other side of the continent. This week we're sampling the sounds of New York, and who better to survey the Big Apple than our homegirl (and former editor) Vivian Host (a.k.a Star Eyes). Read more »
Hyper-sexual Barcelona electro imprint Tracy just dropped For Trash, the latest EP from Bitcode. This remix of the title track comes courtesy of Warp alumnus Jimmy Edgar, who smooths the original's obtuse edges with his patented sheen and brings the dark undertones of "For Trash" to the forefront—making for a tune that drunken dancefloor revelers could easily mistake for something from Mr. Oizo's catalog.
Technically, this is Jogger's first full-length, but there's enough music here to fill five albums. The duo (Amir Yaghmai on violin/guitar/vocals and Jonathan Larroquette on laptop/controllers/vocals) packs each of its 10 tracks here with sounds drawing on everything from ambient to folk to rock, utilizing a manic cut-and-paste-and-layer-and-distort-and-process aesthetic that's, well, crowded. Read more »
After hearing Aeroplane's take on the epic disco-funk of "Baby Can't Stop" by Norwegian-Belgian duo Lindstrøm & Christabelle (the latter of whom is also Aeroplane's singer), we didn't think the vintage synth-heavy dance jam could be further expanded upon. After this gem of a remix from Idjut Boys landed in our hands, our opinion quickly changed. The veteran London-based duo kept relatively true to the original, making their version more of an edit which highlights the bulbous basslines and warm brass section of Lindstrøm's production work with a few of their own sounds tossed in for extra flair.
Taken from The Shape of Things That Hum, the freshly-released second EP in a series of three by the shape-shifting DJ Food project (currently manned by Strictly Kev), Mr. P's remix of "All Covered in Darkness" sets out sounding like it's entering the Twilight Zone. However, as the chilly piano loop and booming, baritone voice fade away, an ominous organ melody (or maybe that's cello?) and cowbell-led breakbeat (though that could be a piano) overtake the song with the help of a somewhat indiscernible vocal loop—all before slowly bringing you back to the track's enigmatic opening sounds.
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