Brett Johnson might be from Dallas, Texas, but his latest EP, Things That Go Bump In the Night (Part 1) shows that he isn't your typical southern gentleman. Nimble beats, wonky bass, and a lot of attitude are evident on the record's four tracks, and with endorsements from Mark Henning, Ernesto Ferreyra, and Lauhaus rolling in, Johnson's sounds will be brought to many more ears in the coming months.
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Mix a bit of Jamie Principle with some Shalamar-style '80s synth-funk and you might have the first single from Jimmy Edgar's upcoming album, XXX. "Hot, Raw, Sex" features a nice main melodic loop, cutting synth stabs, and a bass that's funky and deep enough to really get asses shaking. The vocoded vocal line is somewhat cheesy, but in the way that makes the listener smile, and with a killer synth break in the middle of the track, this small sin is easily forgiven. XXX will be released digitally on July 27, with physical copies due to appear on September 14.
If you happen to be in Europe, it would probably be a smart idea to head to Barcelona next weekend for the Primavera Sound festival. Along with big names like The Pixies and Lee "Scratch" Perry, the festival is also hosting some XLR8R favorites like Beach House, Moderat, Major Lazer, Tortoise, The Field, Delorean, Boy 8-Bit, Ganglians, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Liquid Liquid, and many others. Read more »
Parisian synth-pop newcomers Chateau Marmont will see their second EP, Nibiru, come out on Institubes at the end of May. After a busy year remixing everyone from Ladyhawke to La Roux, the quartet toughened their sound to create a slightly darker, more dancefloor-friendly record. And with remixes from Gavin Russom and Oneohtrix Point Never on the way, it's certain that the group will be heard in the club this summer. Check the tracklisting and the first single after the jump! Read more »
The killer combo of Gudrun Gut and AGF, known together as Greie Gut Fraktion, do a fascinating rework of Palais Schaumberg's 1981 classic, replacing angular bass and guitars with dubbed-out synths and high-frequency meanders. What's most interesting about the duo's work, though, is that they keep the original's death-disco beat almost intact, and the vocal phrasings are equally similar to those of the original. There is only one major departure from Thomas Fehlmann and Holger Hiller's masterwork, and that is the inclusion of bizarre and menacing English lyrics towards the piece's end. It is safe to say, though, that this alteration does not taint the end product, which is a lovely updating of what should be a better-known song.
Canadian music maker Teen Daze took a stab at this song by fellow hazy pop outfit Twin Sister, from the NY band's recently released Color Your Life EP. The young producer has been lumped in with the rest of that whole "chillwave" scene, and it's easy to see why; his remix of "All Around and Away We Go" smothers singer Andrea's nuanced vocal performance with blankets of squishy synth sounds, but not before he soaks it in a pool of reverb and places it atop of a muffled dance beat. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
London-via-Chula Vista rocker Jeremy Jay will see the release of his latest album, Splash, next week on K, to be followed by a massive tour spanning Europe and North America. With another album coming out in the fall, the young crooner is certainly keeping busy! Check out the tour dates post-jump. Read more »
It's not often that XLR8R gets behind a moody, melodic pop band like Beach House, but songs like "Zebra" are just plain undeniable. The song's new video offers up a brief psychedelic journey where everything is viewed through some sort of washed-out kaleidoscope. Read more »
Brian McBride of Belgian ambient group Stars of the Lid and [a]pendics.shuffle (a.k.a. Ken Gibson) have finally come together to form a new supergroup, Bell Gardens. With a first EP, Hangups Need Company, and several live performances as a 10-piece band under their belts, Bell Gardens' sound is sure to please fans of swelling ambience and dreamy pop structures. Look for a full-length later in the year, and check out the EP tracklisting below! Read more »
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