This Oneohtrix Point Never remix of Blondes' "Moondance" has been floating around the internet for a few months, but we never got around to posting it and, more importantly, we're once again in the grips of Blondes fever, as the Brooklyn duo has finally unveiled its official debut, the Touched EP, on the Merok label. While the original "Moondance" is a blissfully building piece of handmade techno powered by washy analog synths and a pulsing backbeat, OPN's take strips out all the dancefloor vibes and instead focuses on layering spaced-out synths on top of one another. The remix may not be suitable for peak time at the party, but when it's 5 a.m. and you're sleepily settling into a corner while waiting for your friends to reemerge from whatever shady holes they crawled into earlier in the evening, this song could serve as an awfully cozy sonic pillow.
This slow and steady groove comes from the collaborative efforts of Hyperdub tunestress Ikonika (pictured above) and fellow UK producer Optimum. The duo not only co-produced the dub-heavy "Space Rock," but also recently started up the new Hum & Buzz imprint together. While there's certainly nothing "rock" about the track (it's really not overtly "space"-y either), the tune does flex a strong presence of sub-bass melody, shuffling dubstep rhythms, and enough to aerial-sounding synth wizardry to at least warrant its residency within the stratosphere.
One of the more serene moments from this year's outstanding Flying Lotus album, Cosmogramma, "MmmHmm" is a number so vivid and specific sounding, most everyone who's heard the song has probably conjured their own ideas of visuals to pair with it. And most likely, they all have something to with floating in space, so thankfully the folks behind this video, Special Problems, didn't disappoint. Read more »
Trouble & Bass, Mad Decent, No Hats No Hoods, and Big Dada collaborator Mumdance pieced together a fresh new mixtape to whet the appetites of fans waiting patiently for the UK producer's forthcoming EP for Mad Decent, Mum Decent (available August 23). Different Circles is a potpourri of tastefully energetic dance tunes that ranges from tropically minded bass music to '80s-influenced synth-pop, with just about anything deemed club-appropriate thrown in between. Read more »
UK-based DJ/producer and Numbers associate SRC remixes this eclectic, electro-leaning tune from Spain's Crystal Fighters (pictured above). The original version of "In the Summer"—which is available for free download here and has a video you can peep here—is far less dancefloor oriented than this rework, which basically ditches everything but the song's nonsensical refrain and inherently hyperactive nature for a hard-hitting dance beat and massive helpings of thick low-end paired with bouncing, soulful synth melodies. SRC's track is taken from Crystal Fighters' "In the Summer" single, which is out now along with other remixes from Telepathe, dBridge, Shortstuff, Sepalcure, and Canblaster.
From his recent EP for Glasgow's LuckyMe label, Lucky 9Teen, NY producer Mike Slott's "Amanallah" track is given a black-and-white, text-heavy music video from director Stuart Langfield. Langfield's piece seems to reference—or at least snag some inspiration from—Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense live performance, as recognizable buzz words/phrases flash onto the screen throughout its two and a half minutes. Read more »
Earlier this year, UK bass icon Sinden launched his own record label, Grizzly. The label’s discography is only a few releases deep—the most recent being WAFA’s “Ewid Disco” 12”—but it’s quickly become clear that Sinden’s A&R acumen is as potent as his talent for crafting high-quality radio broadcasts, not to mention his top-notch DJ and production skills. Read more »
This warming bit of analog sonics comes to us from Dublin's latest Planet Mu signees, Solar Bears. The duo has crafted one of the more uplifting electronic tunes to be heard as of late on "Neon Colony," from the forthcoming She Was Colored In album. Amidst a backdrop of steady drum-machine beats and a handful of vintage synth tones, John Kowalski and Rian Trench introduce an unexpected bit of slide guitar riffage that effectively takes the composition to another level of inspiring melody. The instrument eventually fades away and allows twinkling synths to overtake the track—not unlike watching a slow sunset transition into a brightly lit night sky. (via 20JFG)
Only days away from kicking off its tour of the Northern Hemisphere, the ZZK label hooked up the internet with a full stream of Chancha via Circuito's second full-length album Rio Arriba, which follows closely after sharing the latest EP from label/tour mate El Remolón. Read more »
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