Back in March of this year, Swedish duo The Knife released its incredible score for the opera Tomorrow In a Year, a musical collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. Now comes news that one of the standout tracks of the score, "Seeds," is set to be released as a 12" with remixes from Ghostly International's Portable (a.k.a. Bodycode) and Intacto label head Shinedoe. Read more »
The kind of injured electro-soul that Hot Chip's Joe Goddard seems to create while barely batting an eyelash is another ideal soundscape to pair with Ghostpoet's own lovelorn essence. On this remix for Dels' (picture above) new single, "Trumpalump," the well-matched pair have a go at recreating the bombastic number in their own images. While Ghostpoet switches out Dels' flow for his own take on the personal verbiage, Goddard works out a somber, head-nodding beat with some touching Rhodes flourishes, a lulling bass melody, and a few ethereal harmonies that rise and fall in either ear. He sings the chorus, too, and it sounds just as heartfelt as anything he's done with his main musical outlet. We certainly wouldn't mind hearing more from this great collaboration.
Brighton's ongoing skweee-loving club night Donky Pitch just established itself as a record label, too, with the release of its first 12", Slugabed's and Ghost Mutt's Donky Stomp EP. On that split release is this crunchy remix of the title track by Spanish producer Mwëslee. The hyped-up rework of the roaring tune by Slugabed (pictured above) is infused with a heaping share of incandescent synth melodies and ear-slapping crunk beats à la Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, and the rest of that young Scottish bunch—sounding like the theme song for a hip-hop DJ who doubles as a superhero by night.
Just the other day on Sinden's radio show for the Kiss station, the DJ/producer hosted the proud fathers of a brand-new debut album, Lando Kal and Low Limit (a.k.a. Lazer Sword, pictured above). Essentially, the broadcast is split into two halves; the first part has Sinden running things with some tracks from Bullion, LV, and Ikonika, among others, and the latter half features Lazer Sword behind the decks. Read more »
Mohawk General Store: The Founder of Generic Man and Generic Surplus Keeps it Vintage and Home-Friendly at his Silver Lake Shop
Urban planners will tell you there's a few ways to combat urban sprawl. For Kevin Carney and his wife, Bo, the owners of LA's Mohawk General Store, that means locating themselves next to other like-minded shops and getting people out of their cars and onto their feet. Read more »
The good people of Sacramento-based Lefse Records have made available a track from the second edition of their ongoing Way Slow series, a "cover" of Soul For Real's "Being With You" from St. Louis-based producer Phaseone. The track is more of an instrumental reinterpretation than a cover, taking the song's original chord progression and vocal melody to new and more interesting territory. "Being With You" seems to be in no rush, slowly building on its laid-back R&B vibe for almost three minutes before kicking in with an assault of thick, layered synth pads and smooth, gliding melodies. Expect vocal chops, shuffling percussion fills, and plenty of slow head-nodding from this one. Phaseone's contribution to the Way Slow series, which also features a "cover" of Keith Sweat's "Right & Wrong," will be available December 14.
We had no idea it was even around back then, but according to noise artist Tim Hecker, rave died sometime during 1972. Well, that's the title of his forthcoming new record, anyway. On Valentine's Day next year, the Canadian ambient producer will release Ravedeath, 1972 via Chicago's Kranky label. Read more »
In anticipation of his forthcoming EP from London's Aconito label, Tokyo-based techno producer Hironori Takahashi has released this stone-cold track just in time for the winter months to come upon us. From the beginning of "Kyres" (which will not appear on the EP), it feels like you've been shrunk and placed inside some sort of perfectly efficient techno machine, one driven by an intense kick and snare accompanied by clicky percussion and a deep bassline, all of which pulse consistently. The only glimpse we get of the outside world are the the muffled atmospheric field recordings that float atop the tune's dark, rhythmic core. Takahashi's EP, Gaia's Archetype, will be released on vinyl November 22 and features two new tracks along with an edit from Aconito label head nAX_Acid. Check the tracklist after the jump. Read more »
It's one of Mary Anne Hobbs' favorite tunes of the year. It's the next record dropping on Joy Orbison's Doldrums label. It's the first single to come from photographer-cum-producer Steve Braiden. It's called "The Alps," and before it's even released, it seems to have become as massive as the mountain range that provides its name. Here, the bounding, icy tune is given a dark video of vintage, black-and-white footage from some nuclear power plant of sorts. Read more »
It's good to hear a lot of Southern California's young music makers challenging the local scene that many of them are inextricably linked to, and doing so to a point where we music critics may have to ditch any comparisons to their hometown peers altogether. Laguna Beach-born Nicholas Morera (a.k.a. a. d. l. r.) eschews all 'beat scene' trademarks for a unique sound driven by atmosphere, experimentation, and, seemingly, randomness. His "Wisp" track, taken from the forthcoming Foam on the Waves of Space-Time... album (coming January 11 on Non Projects), sounds like Morera snagging a potpourri of disparate audio clips and letting them run wild through a gauntlet of effects and analog processing. The song is certainly ambient and gelatinous in its structure, but here and there, a. d. l. r. introduces a jarring smash of rhythmic sounds—effectively giving the composition something to anchor its weightless husk to.
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