If you weren't already thinking up a ton of reasons why you should ditch your day job and trek out to the pristine beaches and beautifully moderate climate of Spain, well, chances are you will be soon. The country's premiere electronic music festival, Sónar, has just announced its full line-up for their upcoming events in Barcelona and A Coruña. Read more »
Been Meaning to Tell You is an album whose actual music is only half the story. Released by the innovative LA label Friends of Friends, the latest record from Ernest Gonzales is accompanied by a book of art pieces for each track, a viral website, and a covers version of the album, as well as the preceding EP with extra non-album tracks. Read more »
Neither Benjamin Boguet nor Julien Briffaz owns a car. But it hasn't stopped them—the duo herein known as Bot'Ox—from creating moody electronic soundscapes perfect for moonlit drives down dark stretches of highway. Read more »
The last time UK trip-hop forefathers Massive Attack made it to the US, the tour followed on the heels of a contractually obliged compilation of greatest hits and unreleased materials put out in 2006. Now, with the release of Heligoland, their first studio album in seven years, Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall are making it back to North America in May for a brief stint of live performances. Read more »
The wacky digi-punk sounds found on the original track "Bastard Kids," by Belgian outfit The Brown Acid, are just about completely removed on this remix by Ikonika. Her incongruous version of the song turns up the dubstep and garage levels to the max with the sheen of glossed-over percussion, wavering synth tones, and a head-slamming beat that'll move just about any room in her native UK. Once the sparkling melodies rise to the top of the whole jam, Ikonika will have won over anyone within earshot of the track.
Roberto Carlos Lange (a.k.a. Epstein) certainly knows how to keep busy, as evidenced by a string of releases under his other alias, Helado Negro, and collaborations with Prefuse 73, amongst other things. Now, Asthmatic Kitty is reissuing the entirety of his back catalog under as Epstein. To whet fans' appetites for the sounds of the back catalog, the label has also prepared a sampler of Epstein's best cuts, which is available for download here. The reissues will all be available on February 28, and the new Epstein album, When Man Gets Full He Falls Asleep, comes out on March 10. Read more »
LA's Free the Robots has slowly been crafting one of the more unique sounds to come out of the West Coast beat scene, pairing futuristic basslines that could fit into a dubstep set with chunky, dusty beats that sound straight out of the mid-'80s. On "Orion's Belt Buckle," bass throbs in front of wet, slowed industrial percussion while spacey synth lines and arpeggiations round out the track's melodic end. With his debut album, Ctrl Alt Delete, coming out March 30, this slice is exemplary of what this young beatmaker can do.
Portuguese electro-kuduro outfit Buraka Som Sistema has been busy. After releasing their Black Diamond album, the group embarked on extensive tours across Europe and the US, which included a jaw-dropping set at last year's Coachella Festival. Their Fabric disc continues the band's skyrocketing pace, packing in guest appearances from friends like Major Lazer, DJ Znobia, and Zomby, and channeling the energy of the group's bombastic live sets. Read more »
Boulder, Colorado, might not be known as a hotbed of electronic music, but the lovely mountain city is hosting what promises to be one of spring's best US festivals in mid-April. With a list of performers—many making their Rocky Mountain State debuts—that includes Akufen, Dave Aju, Lucky Dragons, Luke Hess, and White Rainbow, a host of sounds and scenes will be rubbing elbows at the third edition of this annual festival, which also boasts the usual exhibitions, workshops, and so on. Read more »
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