It's a somewhat novel idea: Host an event that pits a wide array of hometown heroes from the music scene against each other, and have the audience vote for their favorites. Red Bull Music Academy is bringing such an event, called Culture Clash, stateside for its first jump-off in the US on December 2 at Exchange LA. Read more »
This new Chromeo video will appeal to fans of the following: old cop shows, reverse sexual harassment, synchronized swimming, the girls from Robert Palmer's classic "Addicted to Love" and "Simply Irresistible" videos, topless dudes, man boobs, and hairy shoulders. Read more »
Art-rock icons and Roxy Music founders Brian Eno and Bryan Ferry go head to head with new albums on the horizon.
They started together in Roxy Music, the legendary art-rock band that featured Bryan Ferry on vocals and Brian Eno on tape reels, keyboards, and effects. They've pursued solo careers across the years in parallel, and now they're dropping parallel solo records (Eno's Small Craft on a Milk Sea [Warp] and Ferry's Olympia [Astralwerks]) that are as vital as ever. Below we examine the Brian/Bryan parallels and divergences since their mid-'70s heyday. Read more »
Less than a month after the release of Manchester-based dubstep producer Dave Jones' Make a Change album, which dropped under his Maddslinky name (you can read our review of it here and stream it here), we get word of another LP coming from the prolific artist, to be released under Jones' equally seminal Zed Bias moniker. Read more »
On November 22, DJ/producer Leo Zero will release the first installment of a new mix series to be released on Strut, called Disconnect. The central theme for these mix albums is DJs exploring the "darker side" of their expansive libraries of music, and that's precisely what Zero does with his selections—tunes that range from Brian Eno & John Cale to Can to Basement 5. Here, we have another example of moody dance music from the forthcoming mix, an old-school Balearic jam circa 1990 from Italy's The Countach. "My Oasis" isn't exactly "dark," as the song pushes a high-flying female chorus and neon guitar licks next to its pulsing four-on-the-floor, but there are certainly some serious vibes mixed into the toned-down Miami Beach-disco motif. You can check out what other tracks make it onto Zero's Disconnect mix after the jump. Read more »
Riva Starr has been busy taking over the house music world lately, but not too busy to start his own label, Snatch! Records, and create a new alter ego, Starr Traxx, whose first single will be released later this month. Read more »
Canadian DJ/producer Milt Mortez has been wowing his fellow mixmasters—and the club-goers that love them—with this excitable dancefloor smasher since it first appeared on Discobelle's Turned On Vol. 1 compilation earlier this year. Late last month, Finnish party-tune hub Top Billin dropped the cut, alongside three other Mortez productions, on the Pluto EP, which you can stream the entirety of here. "Pluto" is massive and overwhelming on all fronts; the beats thump with a spritely bounce despite their low-end heaviness, the myriad synths swell and squeal in your ears from all directions, and the unexpected vocal drops are often cut short to make room for another jaunt of booming dance rhythms.
Just yesterday, we posted an in-depth feature on Oberlin duo Teengirl Fantasy. Apparently, the guys have hatched some sort of nefarious scheme to take over our website, because today they've unveiled a new video for "Dancing with Slow Motion." Read more »
Punch Drunk Records has been releasing music from Bristol's electronic scene for a while now, and has reached its 20th release in the form of a limited 12" vinyl from the newest signee Ekoplekz (pictured above). Read more »
Not that it would ever come down to it, but if we had to choose between them, we'd take this new Suicide-inspired tune from James Pants over M.I.A.'s Suicide re-appropriating "Born Free" any day. Unlike the neo-diva, eccentric producer Pants doesn't take the seminal duo's actual synth riffs and drum-machine beats for his brand-new "Darlin'" tune, but it's hard to think of him looking further than Suicide's upbeat minimalism for the thick and fuzzy soundscape that envelops the electro-poppy number. Even his hushed, distant croon sounds a bit like Alan Vega on (more) pills, but the ghostly "ohs" of his lady friend in the background and the distorted wash of synth/guitar melodies that accompany them certainly gives "Darlin'" a fresh slant. It's a new, interesting direction for the Stones Throw recording artist, and one we wouldn't mind hearing more of when his next album, Love Kraft, drops in April 2011.
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