In 2011, it's a safe bet that much of what was trendy in 2010 will become solidified pieces of the musical landscape. Chicago juke ranks high on this list, as it's already being overtly referenced by Leeds producer Jamie Grind, whose second EP, Footwork, is out this week on Fortified Audio. Due to its pointed reference to the Windy City-birthed dance style and sound, the EP's name alone is enough to garner some additional interest, but the producer's interpretation of the genre is refreshingly oblique nonetheless. "Remember Those Days," a bonus cut that isn't on the EP, is actually more closely related to house than footwork, but that doesn't stop us from enjoying its unstable, inebriated synths, rave-friendly keyboard stabs, and innocuous female chirps.
Remember tracking Italo-disco producers across cryptic initials on LP jackets? Or trying to figure out which Skam Records releases were by Autechre or Boards of Canada? The pre-Wikipedia era shrouded many new records in a gentle fog of mystery, and Japan's Clive Tanaka is bringing a bit of that mystery back with Jet Set Siempre No. 1. Read more »
Taken from a forthcoming mystical sonic headtrip (a.k.a. Roberto Carlos Lange's new full-length album, Sealess See), "Jellyfish" is a droney-yet-upbeat number by the Brooklyn-based audio experimentalist and Prefuse 73 collaborator, operating here under his Epstein moniker. The likes of Panda Bear and the rest of the Animal Collective brethren are brought to mind throughout the jangly psych-pop song, but with a stronger slant towards the kind of tunes favored by the vinyl-sampling, MPC-twiddling beatmakers who speckle Southern California. Asthmatic Kitty will release "Jellyfish," along with Epstein's 16 other productions that make up the aquatically themed Sealess See LP, on January 25. You can check out that album's artwork and full tracklist below. Read more »
French electro-pop chanteuse Yelle is set to follow up her eponymous band's 2007 debut album, Pop-Up, with a fresh batch of club-ready singalongs to be released as its sophomore record, Safari Disco Club. On March 29, Downtown Music will drop the trio's new LP, which features title track and lead single "Safari Disco Club" and is said to be Pop-Up's "sharper, wiser sibling." Read more »
Riding the momentum of Matthew Dear's 2010 full-length, Black City, he and his live band continue to tour the United States (see below) and will be setting off for greater Europe come March as they open for Interpol. Read more »
On paper, a remix by chillwave wunderkind Blackbird Blackbird (pictured above) of indie-pop darlings Beach House doesn't seem exactly like XLR8R-friendly material, but this beat-heavy tune sees the San Francisco music maker exploring fresh territories in contrast to his usual hazy electro sound. Using bits of Beach House's latest blog-dominating song, a holiday offering called "I Do Not Care For the Winter Sun" (check the original out here), producer Mikey S. surrounds a disjointed, hip-hop-leaning rhythm with samples of Victoria Legrand's injured coo, angelic atmosphere, and tweaked glimpses of the chilly instrumentation that drives the original song. We don't even want to start thinking of the kinds of cringe-inducing genre titles this particular style pairing could elicit, so we'll just allow Blackbird Blackbird's new remix to sit comfortably next to the type of indie-bred hip-hop we've been hearing lately from folks like Star Slinger and Teams.
The UK music maker behind the massive "Woo Riddim," S-X, just recently broke 3,000 followers on his Twitter account, and is celebrating by giving away a digital EP of equally hyped-up instrumentals. Read more »
A well-respected heavy-hitter taking care of business in the digital sales of forward-thinking music across the board, Bleep is often the go-to source for some of the best contemporary music on the planet. Now, as the dust settles from the end of 2010, the electronic music hub has penned its list of the 100 best tracks from last year and made them available in the form of a reasonably priced download package. Read more »
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