It is certainly too soon for folks to be making any definitive lists for the year in music, but Flavorwire, the entertainment news and critique website by events hub Flavorpill, just shared its list of 25 albums from the first half of the year that they believe should not be overlooked. Read more »
Admittedly, if we keep posting material from Teen Daze we'll probably run out of poorly Photoshopped images from the anonymous Canadian producer's MySpace page to run with each story. But still, the more we hear, the clearer it becomes that this guy's forte is melody above anything else. His beats are appropriate, though safe, and the production is relatively amateur, but damn, if Teen Daze doesn't know how to tug at your heart strings with a host of memorably poignant melodies. For this remix of "Wide Eyes," originally by new indie-rock favorites Local Natives, the music maker transforms the song's guitar work into a thick bed of wafting, reverb-heavy synths, romantic melodies, and twinkling textures—creating a perfect mix between beautiful swirling ambience and ecstatic dancefloor rhythms.
We're sure many of you—most certainly ourselves—remember the day, a few years ago, when 77 drummers from around the world amassed in Brooklyn's Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park at the behest of Japanese noise experimentalists Boredoms. July 7, 2007 at 7:07 p.m., the hive of percussionists let loose with a piece of rhythm-centric music written by the veteran Japanese group, and thankfully, Jun Kawaguchi and his various talented crew memebers were there to capture the experience. Read more »
German drone icon Thomas Köner has been pioneering new, strange sounds within the realm of noise and drone music since the early '90s. In those days, the experimental musician and composer wrote and recorded three albums that set the bar for any like-minded music to come. The three records, Nunatak, Teimo, and Permafrost, have long been out of print, but now, thanks to the Type label, they will soon be available as one three-disc collection. Read more »
This new taste from Mount Kimbie's forthcoming debut album, Crooks & Lovers (released July 19 via Hotflush), is a particularly interesting piece of electronic music—mostly so because it's at least half based around a couple of frantically strummed guitars. The production duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos have long been touted as artists constantly pushing the boundaries of dubstep, but on "Field" they've broken completely through to another side. Pattering electronic sounds and finger snaps barely tap out a percussive rhythm amidst the distorted acoustic sounds, and put the track into a whole other realm completely outside of anything remotely related to Kimbie's post-dubstep peers.
It's been years since we've heard much from Rephlex's purveyor of cerebral dance tunes, gabber techno, and happy hardcore, Bogdan Raczynski. His last album, 2007's Alright!, played like a DJ set for hyperactive neon nymphs with permanently dilated pupils losing their minds at an underground rave on Mars, but this new mix from the Polish-born producer is a bit more varied in style and energy. Read more »
Leave it to electronic music auteur Markus Popp (a.k.a. Oval) to make watching the grass grow a beautiful, immersive experience. The video for "Kastell," which is taken from his recently released Oh EP (a precursor to the massive, double-disc O album), is a minute and a half of tall, green stalks of grass swaying slightly in the wind while a still camera slowly moves over the various depths of field (pun intended!). Read more »
P.S.1's Warm Up Music Series to Feature Delorean, Gavin Russom, Air France, Kingdom, Holy Ghost!, DJ /rupture, Blondes, and More
Going on its 12th year at New York's MoMA P.S.1 space, the Warm Up music series continues to curate a long list of interesting and exciting artists from numerous regions and genres of the musical world—however it's notably bereft of its standard techno and house fare. Read more »
OK, maybe Baths' face (and music) has been plastered all over the interwebs during the past few months, but how can you not love this chubby-cheeked kid from the Valley? The guy takes all his youthful emo urges and runs them through a bedroom hip-hop filter. People are tripping over themselves to crown him the new prince of chillwave-hop (or some other similarly invented genre), but we just think it's some smile-inducing electronic pop. And somehow, when Baths (a.k.a. Will Wiesenfeld) hands the reigns of "Hall" over to fellow Southern Californian The One Am Radio (a.k.a. Hrishikesh Hirway), the song becomes even more delightful, as Hirway makes the whole thing a little more organic—think real drums—and swaps out Wiesenfeld's falsetto for the dulcet tones of the Los Feliz Ladies Choir. Baths' debut album, Cerulean, will be released on July 6. (via Streogum)
There must be something in the water down in Texas, because it seems to be the only place on Earth with a steady supply of cumbia crunk. Yes, cumbia crunk. It's exactly what it sounds like—low-slung, hard-hitting hip-hop beats with all kind of chopped-up accordion riffs, classic cumbia-isms, and rap acapellas layered over the top. And for whatever reason, all the best stuff comes from Texas. The latest participant to pop up is Corpus Christi's DJ Dus. He's part of the Peligrosa crew along with DJ Orion and has already digitally released one album this year, entitled Soy Yo!. "Noche de Estrellas" comes off his freshly released Enemigo Publico EP, and it's a zoned-out version of the vintage cumbia anthem that slowly thumps over some screwed hip-hop beats. More new music from Dus is expected later this summer on Ernest Gonzales' Exponential label.
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