We're still a bit flabbergasted by the latest solo record from The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop. Instead of the veteran post-rocker's usual mellowed-out guitar and vocal pairings, Prekop's Old Punch Card is actually an instrumental foray into vintage modular synthesizers and the warm, bubbling sounds they can so beautifully make. Well, to one such track from that record, this lovely animation was added by Adult Swim/Nickelodeon animator Jordan Kim. Read more »
The day has finally come, and now we have the full details regarding the forthcoming debut full-length from producer-cum-singer/songwriter James Blake. Following a series of three well-received, critically lauded EPs, the artist (who's already made it into our top videos and tracks of 2010) will release his 11-song, self-titled record via Atlas/A&M on February 7, which includes previously unveiled tracks "I Never Learnt to Share" and Feist cover "Limit to Your Love." Read more »
Download a Free Brodinski-Compiled Collection Featuring Remixes From Nguzunguzu, Brenmar, Bok Bok, and More
Back in July, French DJ/producer Brodinski (pictured above) dropped Best of Everything, a two-part mix consisting of Brodinski's favorite hip-hop and techno tracks at the moment. Now we've gotten our hands on Best of Everything 2, a collection of Brodinski's favorite hip-hop and R&B remixes from a host of excellent producers. Read more »
This track comes courtesy of Eliot Lipp and Chicago rapper vyle., the product of a collaboration they're calling Auburn. vyle. manages the tricky task of spitting about both high-end street fashions and the simple joys of a city block's verandah. All of this is backdropped by the futuristic, blown-out synths of Lipp's production, bringing to mind the inimitable, El-P-produced Cannibal Ox. Lipp and vyle. have spent the last few years collaborating on various tracks together, but Auburn is now an official project, one that seems to draw on the tensions between a streamlined digital fantasy world and a sometimes unforgiving urban reality. Out January 11 as a maxi-single with the b-side “Arrivals/Departures (Pyramid Angle)," "Ultamodern Verandah" is available now for free.
Underworld, Salem, Flying Lotus, Kode9, Seefeel, Buraka Som Sistema, and More Confirmed for Sónar 2011 Events
Arguably one of the most highly regarded of electronic music festivals, Spain's Sónar festival has always served as a place to see cutting-edge music at its finest, and from the looks of it, the 2011 editions are going to continue that tradition. The festival has put together an incredible roster of artists for its four upcoming events in its traditional location, Barcelona, as well as A Coruña, Toyko, and London. Read more »
Nguzunguzu: An LA-by-way-of-Chicago duo wards off evil spirits with a worldly musical sensibility and a hard-to-pronounce name.
When collaborative music is based on more than just a web of common musical interests, it's likely that something special will spawn from the individuals involved. Maybe it's a shared love for cats, weird computer animations, or Nikola Tesla, but the studio isn't the only inspiration for Los Angeles-based Daniel Pineda (a.k.a. DJ Na) and Asma Maroof (a.k.a. DJ Fantasma), who create cosmic anthems for nightclubs and living rooms under the name Nguzunguzu.
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Moritz Friedrich (a.k.a. Siriusmo) has been making his adventurous mix of broken electro-pop and house for almost a decade now with a host of singles, EPs, and remixes to his name. That said, Mosaik, set for release on Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint, marks his first venture into LP territory. The album's title track is a jittery head nodder with an infectious groove, one that seems to effortlessly come together and fall apart, never completely allowing you to loose your rhythmic footing in the bubbles of vocal and synth snippets before dropping the beat back into its irresistible pulse. As expected, it's veteran work from a producer that has spent the better part of two years putting his LP together, also in that time releasing the excellent The Plasterer of Love EP and prepping a forthcoming single ("Fermonikon" b/w "Signal") to be released January 14. Basically, the German DJ/producer has been busy and we're glad to hear the results. Mosaik will be released March 1, check the tracklist (which varies slightly by format) after the jump. Read more »
Much like yourself, surely, we listened to a whole hell of a lot of songs this year. And it's never easy to even make a short list of favorites, let alone rank them all, too. But would you expect anything less from us? Eff, no. Right? So, here's the bottom 20 of our 40 favorites tracks from 2010. We'll finish off the list tomorrow. Oh, the anticipation! Read more »
Back in October, XLR8R offered up both halves of a remix swap between Montreal-based producer and LuckyMe affiliate Ango and San Francisco-based Salva. One of those efforts was Ango's remix of Salva's "Mag Clips," which has once again been made available as part of a new digital release series by SF imprint Frite Nite called Frite Nite Trax. The first volume was released last week, and includes Salva's original "Mag Clips" along with the Ango remix. Both are available free from Frite Nite's Bandcamp, and honestly, the original's intro drums alone are worth the price of an e-mail address.
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