No joke, it takes seven minutes for this track to really take off. That's twice the length of most songs coming out these days, so we understand if your patience wears thin, but if you give "Hen's Bells" by It's a Fine Line a chance, it will reward you with its warped Italo sensibilities. The project is a collaboration between ex-Black Strobe member Ivan Smagghe and buddy Tim Paris, who will be digitally releasing a self-titled EP on June 4. Though not on the EP, "Hen's Bells" is a fair representation of the duo's style: motorik bass lines, wobbly synth melodies, and pounding dance beats all working to transport you to another time and, possibly, another place.
Well, here's another name to add to the already long and totally rad list of artists to remix Cold Cave's "Life Magazine" single. The boys in Delorean pooled their collective efforts to devise this take on the shadowy pop track. The results could be described with any number of indie music's favorite buzz words of the moment (summery, dreamy, poppy, hazy... take your pick), but we'd prefer to just say that we're not surprised Delorean have delivered, yet again, another brilliant, atmosphere-heavy Balearic dance tune that would surely lift our spirits if ever given the chance.
Over on his WEDIDIT Collective blog, beat-making youngster Shlohmo shared a fresh DJ set he threw together for SoCal online radio station BTS Radio back at the end of May. Shlohmo BTS Radio Mix features an impressive list of beat heads throughout its 37 minutes of wonky goodness. Read more »
It's no secret that Four Tet is one of electronic music's more 'indie'-minded producers, or, at the very least, one of the electronic music producers most beloved by the 'indie' crowd, so remixing a song for Canadian quintet The Acorn should prove ideal for Mr. Kieran Hebden and his fans. Here we have Four Tet's version of "Restoration" from The Acorn's forthcoming third album, No Ghost. Hebden's rework twinkles with the same warm analog glow of his past productions and, at times, seems as if it could've been ripped straight from his last album, the wonderful There Is Love in You—it has the same slow-bubbling melodies, subtly tweaked vocal samples, and shuffling acoustic drum beat heard in many of Four Tet's greatest songs.
The metal-faced man now known only as DOOM is set to drop his second live album in his double-decade career as a consistently interesting MC. The forthcoming release is called Expektoration, and features recordings taken from an as-yet-undisclosed NY performance, including renditions of classic DOOM tracks "Kon Karne," "Accordion," and "Change the Beat." Along with DOOM's inimitable flows, his alter-ego King Geedorah and cohort Big Benn Klingon also make appearances. Read more »
As a tribute to the hallowed past-time of the world, football (a.k.a. soccer, for you Yanks), our pals over at The FADER have teamed up with that sporting goods/lifestyle company called, like, Nike, or something, to bring you a series of mixtapes curated by DJ/producers from six of the world's continents. Read more »
Next week, Brooklyn dancehall/grime/funky maestro and Dutty Artz co-founder Matt Shadetek is unveiling Flowers, an instrumental album that showcases his wizard-like mastery and unabashed affection for futuristic bass sounds. We've already premiered one track ("iHop"), but now another tune has slipped into the internet ether. The word uptempo doesn't do "Funny Cats" justice, as the track is brimming with energy, not to mention synth and bass melodies that sound like '80s synth-pop on a sugar high. The song teeters on the edge of silliness, but gets through its three and a half minutes without barreling over the cliff. Propelled by shuffling kicks and bustling low end, "Funny Cats" is one potent song. (via FADER)
Three years after his last full-length album, the genre-defying Asa Breed, veteran producer Matthew Dear has finished work on his follow-up album, his fourth full-length, Black City. The new record will be released August 17 on Dear's longtime label, Ghostly, and features 10 tracks of the artist's subtly funky style of twisted pop music—among whatever other random styles he sees fit to sprinkle throughout. Read more »
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