Siblings hate being compared to one another, but it's impossible to listen to Josiah Wolf's debut effort without thinking of Yoni Wolf, WHY?'s master wordsmith and Josiah's brother/band mate. Perhaps if Josiah's work stood apart from Yoni's in any real, audible way, we could ignore the fact that the two are, in fact, related to one another. Read more »
The first offering to come from the recently relocated California native CHLLNGR (a.k.a. Steven Borth) is this remix of The xx's oft-reworked single, "Islands." The new Copenhagen resident stripped the original of its instrumentation and placed the boy/girl duet atop throbbing low-end and reverberated percussion, but the real treat comes towards the end, when CHLLGR tweaks the vocals into a high-pitched squeal and drops more spacey elements on us—making for a smooth dubstep treatment.
London's purveyors of buoyant, electronic-tinged old-timey pop, Tunng, are set to release their fourth album April 6 via Thrill Jockey, entitled ...And Then We Saw Land. Before said album hits digital and physical shelves, the eclectic six-piece wants you to join in on a little contest they've devised along with Drowned in Sound. Read more »
Even as his main project, noisy Brooklyn dance trio These Are Powers, is blowing up the scene, Brenmar is finding the time to fashion old-school ghetto house and garage into futuristic new-school jams. "Kicked Beneath Too" combines whooshing synths, sirens, acid tweaks, and a just-hype-enough beat to make one mighty fine club track. Is it just us, or is every hot new producer primarily inspired by the music from the Eric Nies era of MTV's The Grind? (Not that we're complaining.) Seriously though, if Brenmar keeps cranking out tunes like this one, maybe folks will start referring to These Are Powers as his other project.
The LA-based Friends of Friends label has already made a splash in 2010 with releases from Shlohmo and Ernest Gonzales, but the FoF crew is not going to simply rest on its laurels. This April, they'll be teaming up with fellow Angelenos Innovative Leisure to release a new EP from Mexican with Guns, Me Gustó. This bustling here.
Plenty of people have mentioned the supposed tropical influence on the new Bomb the Bass album. Granted, Tim Simenon worked with Brazilian Gui Boratto (and a host of other guests) on this follow-up to 2008's Future Chaos, and the resulting album is light and breezy. Read more »
Dan Snaith, known to the world as Caribou, returns in April with Swim and a massive world tour with live musicians. The electronic producer known for his dreamy, otherworldly sound will be playing in Europe and North America throughout the late spring, with stops at Berghain, Denmark's Pop Revo festival, and the most infamous venues in the US. Check out tour dates after the jump! Read more »
London's jack-of-all-trades Sinden has announced the creation of a new label, dubbed Grizzly, with two releases already slated for April and May. Aiming to reflect his "all-embracing, twisted-up" style of club music and beat-making, the first release on the label will be a collaboration between Sinden himself and SBTRKT, with the sophomore slot taken by Brodinski. Read more »
House producer Pezzner has been working for more than 16 years, but June will mark the release of The Tracks are Alive, his debut long-runner on Freerange. The Seattle-based DJ-producer brings his eclectic style to the disc, throwing everything from Reich-influenced minimal techno to lush, loopy disco into the mix. Two singles are already in the works as well, with remixes by Lusine and Stimming. Read more »
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