Dan Deacon's remix of "Lewis Takes Off His Shirt," the new single from Owen Pallett's latest album, Heartland, sounds fairly unusual compared to his usual neon-soaked hyperactive musical fare. Obviously, Pallett's falsetto and chamber-pop instrumentation are nothing like the heady synths found in Deacon's solo work, but the Baltimore-based producer introduces a large amount of percussion into his remix—bringing to mind the live drumming heard on his second album, last year's Bromst. It's an unexpected contribution to the forthcoming Lewis Takes His Shirt Off remix EP, which also features reworks from CFCF, Max Tundra, Simon Bookish, and Benoit Pioulard.
The latest installment of All City's split 10" series featuring the stars of the Los Angeles beat scene comes from Ras G and Samiyam, whose collaborative efforts with FlyLo have been lauded for their originality. Here, the Angeleno crafts a shuffling beat that rides below sub-sonic bass tones, accordion synth-drones, and little bits of secondary high-frequency flourish. Though it isn't the most danceable selection, "Fishsticks" uncannily invokes scenes of domesticity and service work—in other words, one can totally see a short-order cook jamming to this piece on the job, especially after its squelchy apex.
Baltimore's Future Islands are quickly emerging as the media darlings of a musical movement that some are calling post-wave and others are calling a return to the New Romantic sounds of 1980s Britain. (Hints of contemporary artists like Xiu Xiu and TV on the Radio also abound.) With its shimmering synth melody recalling Eno's "Spider & I," deep kicks, and male-female vocal contrasts, "In the Fall" is a near-perfect slice of melancholic electronic pop. Taken from their latest 12" and recorded just weeks after completing their first album, the single is sure to win the trio many fans who lament the end of spring and its inevitable goodbyes.
Even though it's a decade old, Kompakt's ambient franchise still manages to sound fresh, avoiding a tragic shift towards becoming hipster spa music or a Pure Moods for the techno set. While the template and talent has varied, the key is making sure that pop remains an important part of the equation. Read more »
One of the holy trinity of new wonky dubstep producers, Bristol's Guido is the first among the crew (which also includes Joker and Gemmy) who will see a full-length record released. Called Anidea, the album follows two trailblazing 12-inches—"Orchestral Lab" and "Beautiful Complication." With album snippets up on SoundCloud right now, fans can whet their appetites for what many are calling the most exciting release of 2010.
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Anyone who follows the XLR8R website knows that we've been digging the sounds of Schlachthofbronx for awhile now, but after hearing our editor Ken Taylor blast their 13-minute Belly Full of Pills mix approximately 400 times in our office, commissioning another mix from the bass-loving Bavarian outfit was a real no-brainer. Read more »
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