Yesterday, Northern California wavegaze (yeah, you heard it here first) quartet Soft Crest premiered its latest EP, a two-song single paired with six remixes called Perfect Sound, offering the release for free download to any and all interested parties. The remixes are far more electronic-leaning than the original, but "Perfect Sound" is a wonderful song on its own. Warmed guitar tones put down the initial layer of undulating melody, which is quickly paired with a muffled live drum beat and reverb-soaked falsetto croon from frontman Paul Harper. It all eventually explodes into a flourish of delicately layered, slow-moving psychedelic pop ripe to be paired with any number of indie music's favorite genre titles. Download Soft Crest's Perfect Sound EP here.
For its fourth annual sea-faring shindig, NYC disco-minded music and clothing label Wurst will bring fellow city dwellers Neurotic Drum Band (pictured above), Robot Blair and David Bruno of People Don't Dance No More NYC, and its own My Cousin Roy on board to DJ, drink, and dance with partygoers upon the high seas. Read more »
Dubstep producer Benga has a new video out for his "Baltimore Clap" stomper, and it is best described as an animated-yet-dark romp through a clap factory, replete with machines that rip creatures' arms off to create ass-smacking whirligigs and observation jars full of dismembered hands. Read more »
From German beat enthusiast Comfort Fit comes this track of intergalactic noise wizardry and rumbling bass timbres. "Cable Vamp" comes off a forthcoming single to be released by the cross-continental Error Broadcast label, which also features a remix from the much-talked-about Shlohmo on its limited vinyl release and one from Dibiase on the digital version. As far as the song itself, the track has a somewhat "old-school" vibe to it, like it could have soundtracked a chance scene in Pi—a style put forth by spacey sound effects and live drum sampling that both harken back to Warp's earlier days.
A trio of German vets offers new long-players to the decidedly singles-oriented techno world.
Let's be honest: The album format has not been overly kind to techno. Tracks experienced in the happy haze of club life aren't usually listened to in pre-set chronological order in the comforts of home. The closest you come to recapturing the good times of the night before is to pop in a mix CD by one of your favorite DJs. Even then, it doesn't come close to matching the extra-sensory "wow!" factor of dancing in a room full of people, immersed in pulsating rhythm and sound. There are exceptions to the rule, but more artists need to figure out how to have it both ways, sustaining the 4/4 thrill on full-length recordings as they would in a club setting. Three veteran German producer/DJs—Ellen Allien, Marcel Dettmann, and Martin Buttrich—attempt to bridge this nagging live sound vs. studio sound gap on their new releases. Read more »
Belgium's 10 Days Off festival has announced the lineup of its 2010 edition, and with names like The Knife, Guy Gerber, Jesse Rose, and Kerri Chandler (pictured) making appearances, techno heads have yet another festival to attend. Even those more inclined towards UK funky and bass music will have Mount Kimbie, Benga, and Joy Orbison to bob their heads to. Check out the official site for more details and ticket info. Read more »
The latest from Sinden's new Grizzly label comes from West London newcomer Wafa, and this remix from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs rounds out the release, toning down the original's wonky arpeggiations and electro throb. Instead, "Ewid Disco" becomes a bouncing tech-house monster appropriate for peak times, the original's stems coming through only at the most select moments. The "Ewid Disco" single comes out June 28, and also features a remix from Drop the Lime.
After shutting down operations for a month, San Francisco computer-music-gear retailer, occasional live venue, and how-to hot-spot Robotspeak will be re-opening its doors with a new business model and new storefront hours on Friday, June 18. Read more »
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