During the 10 years that Markus Popp (a.k.a. Oval) has refrained from releasing any of his melodically experimental electronic tunes, it seems the producer has been quietly reformatting his approach. Ditching form for function, Popp used a $500 PC and some run-of-the-mill computer software to flesh out his weighty 15-track EP (!) and 70-track double-disc album (!!), scheduled for release in June and September, respectively. "Ah!" is the second track from the upcoming LP O, and it offers just the smallest taste of what to expect from Oval's over-sized project: plinking synths played by hand, impeccably programmed drum sounds, and lilting atmospherics rising and falling behind it all.
Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, known best as dubstep futurists Mount Kimbie, have put the finishing touches on their debut album, an 11-track release coming out July 19 on Hotflush. The forthcoming full-length is entitled Crooks & Lovers, and follows Kimbie's first two EPs for Hotflush, 2009's experimental endeavors Maybes and Sketch on Glass. Read more »
The man behind Hefty Records, and the aliases Bill Ding and Slicker, John Hughes III, returns after a lengthy break to the world of recorded music. Read more »
It ain't Madlib or Dilla, but Tortoise side-project Bumps provides Detroit MC Guilty Simpson with a tailor-made, dirty and distorted breakbeat that we wouldn't mind hearing on the rapper's next album. Chances are we won't get our wish, so we'll just let this three-and-a-half-minute beat suite play on repeat while we dream of what could be, and maybe mix in Koushik's remix every once in a while to change things up.
It seems like only yesterday that FaltyDL (a.k.a. Drew Lustman) was just another mild-mannered NYC beatmaker whose little album on Planet Mu had wormed its way into our hearts. Actually, it was only last summer. Regardless, the last 10 months have been a veritable FaltyDL whirlwind, as Lustman has followed up Love Is a Liability with top-flight releases on Ramp and Rush Hour, not to mention remixes for Mount Kimbie and The xx. Read more »
The Brooklyn hip-hop label responsible for pushing work from legendary artists the likes of J. Dilla, Wu-Tang, and Pete Rock, Nature Sounds has unleashed a new series of free podcasts which will feature close and extended members of the beat-and-verse hub's family. Read more »
After innovating the DJ game with its, um, pioneering CDJ turntables, Pioneer is set to change the way DJs organize the tunes on their harddrives with rekordbox™. The software is pretty much like iTunes for beat heads, as it provides DJ-specific info and capabilities like BPM, waveform analysis, cue points, beat grids, and looping, among other perks, in addition to organizing your music files by artist, track, and album name. Read more »
Maybe it's a function of getting older, maybe it's because This Is Happening was partially recorded in sunny Los Angeles, but it appears that James Murphy has lost some of his affinity for the dancefloor. That's not to say that the third—and supposedly final—LCD Soundsystem album doesn't have its uptempo moments or occasionally pilfer from disco's rich sound palette. Read more »
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