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 »
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)
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 »
Legendary musician, performer, filmmaker, and queer-core queen Vaginal Davis will be hosting Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart (among many) as part of her upcoming performance piece at PS 122, "Speaking from the Diaphragm". Read more »
One of Ninja Tune's original star producers, Funki Porcini (a.k.a. James Braddell), returns with his fifth album for the label, and with a first single like "This Aint the Way to Live," there's no doubt that Braddell has stuck to his downtempo/chillout roots. Here, sub-sonic bass, foreboding synth harmonies, and bits of squelch ride over dusty percussion that occasionally explodes in wet, synthetic fury. In some ways, "This Aint the Way to Live" is almost too dark for a club's side room, but it is certainly perfect for rainy day walks or drives through a metropolis, its gray sonic pallette and plodding tones reflecting slick streets and soaked faces.
Natalie Storm, who we recently profiled and also voiced last year's XLR8R podcast from The Heatwave, is the most scorching new diva in funky and dancehall, and here she warms up this vocal refix of FootSteps' "Worker." The original stands alone as an incredibly syncopated bashment anthem, but The Heatwave's addition of Storm's up-front voicings transforms the track into even more of a club burner. (Via Dutty Artz)
On his second album under his own name, Richard Skelton creates a mournful music that is directly informed by the landscape, specifically the moorlands of Anglezarke (in Lancashire, UK), but which is also elegiac to his late wife, Louise. Though site-specific pieces (in the ruins of old farmhouses and so on) were later abandoned in favor of recordings inspired by the location, Landings is still partially derived from Anglezarke. Read more »
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