German trio Saroos (featuring members of Iso68, Lali Puna, and The Notwist) is offering up a song from its upcoming Odd Nosdam-produced album, See Me Not. "Yukoma" sounds like a mix of all its contributors, as a chopped breakbeat chugs beneath large, fuzzy chords the song carefully takes shape and becomes a tranquil accumulation of its melodic elements. A definite head-nodder for those who like their electronica slow and serene. See Me Not will be released on November 9 via Anticon in the US and Japan and on The Notwist's Alien Transistor everywhere else.
Midnight Mass: The bewitching Midwest trio Salem ponders Juggalos, cultural authenticity, and not giving a fuck.
Salem—the trio of John Holland, Heather Marlatt, and Jack Donoghue—is a gothy/witch-house/dream-crunk/"fucking hipster"/drag-step/worst.band.ever./genius/crack-core/amaaaazing/hiding-behind-fuzz/wigger/fake-black-metal/angelic/homo-thug/Michael Stipe-endorsed/post-juke band from no place in particular. Read more »
London low-end specialist Spatial will soon be releasing a new 10" on the UK's Infrasonics label, which hits retailers on October 4. This cut doesn't appear on the vinyl version, but it is a fine example of the dubby, techy, bassy, post-whatevery excursions put forth by the producer. "100505" sports some quasi-melodic metallic sound effects that remind us a bit of the glitchy minimalism on SND's Atavism record from last year, as does the impersonal song title, but with a more gluttonous appetite for gut-rattling frequencies and more fluid dance moves. If that's your bag, make sure to also catch this live mix Spatial just offered ahead of his appearance at next month's Unsound Festival.
New York's Hooray For Earth gets this remix of its song "Comfortable, Comparable" courtesy of the tropical rave trio from across The Bridge, Lemonade (pictured above). Probably because that three piece isn't much into guitar anthems or jams of that same ilk, this version of "Comfortable, Comparable" dismisses just about every sound from the original tune, except for its reverberated vocal work, which Lemonade then soaks in even more cavernous effects. They also adorn their song's whispy sounds with a bouncing future-house beat, all sorts of percussive elements, and a glistening coat of synth melodies that never stop reaching for the stars. If nothing else, we're just pleased to hear some fresh, club-ready productions from the Lemonade team to help tide us over until they finish work on their second full-length.
Just in case you were wondering, this new jam from German DJ/producer/label head Mathias Modica (a.k.a. Munk) isn't an Italian cover of Madonna's decade-starting return to the spotlight, "Music," though it certainly shares the same energetic dancefloor-ready vibes. We're not sure why songs simply about music are so often such upbeat dance tunes, but regardless, we're sold on Munk's addition to that list. "La Musica" starts with a dark piano and bass melody backed by a solid four-on-the-floor beat and a bit of vocal help before things elevate a bit in mood with the introduction of a luminous wash of rave synths. Eventually, all of the sounds coalesce into a busy club tune that we prefer over the aforementioned diva's single. You can hear what other music Munk has to offer when he drops his five-song Mondo Vagabondo EP on October 18 through his own Gomma label.
This Friday, September 24, London UK funky DJ/producer Hardhouse Banton will be running the soundsystem and dancefloor in Fabric's Room Three, alongside fellow party-starters Gemmy, R1 Ryders, Rossi B, and Luca. To get all would-be club-goers excited for his performance, Banton put together a special Fabriclive promo mix for us to listen to and download at our leisure. Read more »
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