The German-born DJ/producer Christoph Caominh (a.k.a. Caltrop) may release his music on the practically un-Googleable Portland-based Nude Photo Music label, but he calls the Bay Area home. His latest track for the imprint, "Good to See You," sounds like Caltrop traveling between the three locations. The motorik churn of Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" is invoked while Caominh's brightly colored synths, calming melodies, and passing analog textures call to mind the beach cliffs and mountain tops seen on drives through the Pacific Northwest.
If you're into Roscoe Dash and Soulja Boy's "All the Way Turnt Up"—and who isn't, judging by the way it's been booming from cars for months now—you'll truly appreciate A-Trak's version, which is a veritable mash of the ATL duo's lyrics and Claude von Stroke's "Vocal Chords." Die-hard techno heads will frown upon this track, but clubbers who enjoy some fun, ridiculous four-to-the-floor will definitely be slamming to this track in the coming weeks. Taken from A-Trak's upcoming Dirty South Dance 2 mixtape. (via The Fader)
Veteran minimal techno producer Robert Hood has readied his first album to be released since 2009's reissue of his 1994 classic, Minimal Nation. Based on the 1971 film of The Omega Man, Hood's new record, entitled Omega, takes not only musical inspiration from the old sci-fi flick, but also its themes of a dystopian future. The techno icon explained his take on the film, saying, "It’s definitely metaphoric, and if we don't heed the signs, this is where we'll end up. We live in a society where we just consume. Read more »
If there was any doubt in your mind that motorik space-disco was alive and well, Parisian quartet Chateau Marmont will certainly assuage such notions. The title track from the group's forthcoming second EP, Nibiru, is a pure Italo number, complete with arpeggiating synths, a driving beat, thick spacial electronics, and an ominous choir lurking behind it all. "Nibiru"'s pace remains constant throughout its five-minute runtime, but big key changes, plenty of instrumentation, and epic movements in the song's trajectory keep things fresh and interesting the whole time.
Looks like another candidate for "chillwave" act of the moment has come into view. London-based duo Visions of Trees has harnessed the blissful, reverb-soaked sonics necessary to put themselves in the running, a new sample of which is available here on the group's remix of Memory Tapes' jam "Green Knight." Dense atmosphere and plinking electronics engulf the original's piano melody and high-register vocal performance, but the muffled house beat which eventually overtakes the track helps bolster "Green Knight" into a tune you'd expect to hear at a dance party in your dreams. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Apart from making music, Black Mother Super Rainbow member The Seven Fields of Aphelion takes photographs layering images of stark, abandoned commercial-industrial landscapes with more pastoral scenes of leaves and fields of wheat, a juxtaposition that provides a nice frame for listening to Periphery. This stellar debut album features ambient synth drones, hypnotically simple melodies, and an all-consuming echo that recalls empty spaces as much as wide-open nature. Read more »
Here, Munich's Filterwolf gets the remix treatment from Berlin's Bodycode (a.k.a. Portable), and while the original contains some interesting convergences of deep house and more electro sounds, the rework overtakes it. Slowing down the tempo and emphasizing the lush synth stems and vocal samples of the original, Bodycode's remix of "Nocturne" is what deep house should be, recalling slower Moodymann jams and even a bit of DJ Sprinkles. With the original up for free download on the Process Recordings site, though, listeners can make a decision for themselves, and even watch a sexy video while they're at it.
Earlier today the folks at Yours truly unveiled a new video starring some of our favorite Spaniards (and current cover boys), Delorean. Shot last fall in Barcelona, the video features a short interview and also captures the band playing a version of the song "Grow." Read more »
Although he only has two singles to his name, in the swiftly moving world of UK bass music, Southeast London DJ/producer Deadboy is practically a veteran. After the appearance of his sublime U Cheated EP, the Numbers squad snatched him up and released the even bigger "If U Want Me," which solidified his penchant for swinging garage beats and pitch-shifted vocal snippets. Read more »
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