Wow! Australia's Toecutter incorporates a Kool And The Gang sample into a filter-house track par excellence, then Flight Facilities reverse the process, using the original source material and pumping it up into a beardo-disco number that actually improves on Kool & The Gang's "Tonight," a near-impossible feat. Be prepared to hear this throughout the fall—it is a total scorcher.
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On their sixth studio album, GusGus' love of swelling euphoria remains intact, even if they have tempered their sound a bit to match the subtle climaxes of their new-found Kompakt labelmates. Each track on the six-song album hints at Balearic release, only to pull back just before climaxing and instead settle into a minimal groove—it's a tough trick, yet GusGus pulls it off with aplomb. Read more »
While keeping their forthcoming new album in pocket, Birmingham-based duo Broadcast have let their love for library music and psychedelic cinema flourish with old friend and new musical collaborator The Focus Group on their new mini-LP Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age. Read more »
While touring the U.S. this month, BBC Radio One's Mary Anne Hobbs will be supplying us with a fully detailed rundown of her trip. Check back every few days for more updates and videocasts, and see her in action in your town soon (if you haven't already). Read more »
Mysterious trio Salem unveiled a new 7-inch today on Portland's Audraglint imprint, and while we're still a bit unsure about the group's self-proclaimed "goth juke" tag, "Frost" contains all the spooky synths and fuzzy pop undertones that made us fall in love with the band in the first place. A few months back we took a deeper look into the minds of these witchcraft-loving Midwesterners, and we're delighted to say that perhaps no other group is capable of scaring the bejeezus out of us in such a dreamily melodic fashion.
Boys Noize, a.k.a. Alex Ridha, is coming out with his second album, Power, on October 6. "Starter" continues to follow the sonic path that Ridha has paved for himself, uniting fans of electro-sledgehammer music all over the world.
Recorded at the same time as their last album, the boys of WHY? aren't exactly reinventing the wheel here. Luckily for the band (and its fans), Alopecia was a fine record and the WHY? formula doesn't really require a whole lot of tinkering. Yoni Wolf's distinctive speak-singing and penchant for introspective lyrics remains intact, as does the band's talent for ramshackle pop melodies. Read more »
As anyone up on their European knowledge can attest to, Poland is quickly becoming a hotbed of digital culture, not only because it is a cheap and beautiful country, but also because of arts organizations like the Plateaux Foundation. For the second year, the group is putting on a festival curated to present the world's leading multimedia artists, audiovisual and VJ art, and experimental films, as well as live electronic and electro-acoustic music. Read more »
A lovely piece of guitar-based experimentation here from two veterans of the scene. Sometimes evoking a more organic, raw version of Polwechsel & Fennesz's collaborations, "F# Song" is a meandering piece taken from their recent Sycamore album that comes to its apex with some melancholy Spanish-style licks that recall early evenings on cobblestone streets in foreign lands. With a drone emerging just at the track's end, David Daniell and Douglas McCombs have crafted a mysterious and pleasing piece of processed improvisational music.
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