Sarah Assbring (a.k.a. El Perro Del Mar) takes a break from the baroque Spectorian pop of her first two LPs on Love Is Not Pop, which was produced with assistance from Rasmus Hägg, one half of balearic duo Studio. Puffs of Ibiza air don't do much to remedy Assbring's permanently inconsolable mood, though the scenarios are less coded than in the past—"Gotta Get Smart" opens the album with Assbring setting up a lover for a dumping apparently long in the making. Read more »
In preparation for his upcoming performance at the LuckyMexCitinite parties in London and Glasgow, Florida-based Gosub (a.k.a. Shad T. Scott) has shared with XLR8R "Black Nova in G," a new track from his forthcoming release for UK label Citinite. Gosub's production is a deceptively mellow affair with a solid groove comprised of bouncing antique electronics and smooth melodies—elements which coalesce to give "Black Nova in G" a retro-futuristic lounge sound all its own.
The boys of Lazer Sword are bringing that grime-ridden electro-bass noise to Europe in the next few weeks, with nights at some of the best clubs on the continent. Along with playing some wild sets with the likes of Rustie and The Gaslamp Killer, the duo also has a new 12" out on Innovative Leisure. Tour dates and flyer after the jump. Read more »
Berlin has minimal techno, Oslo trades in space disco, and Paris patented the French Touch house sound. But what can the Dutch lay claim to in electronic music, now that the pounding thumps of gabber techno have quieted? Read more »
For our third installment of our occasional Tune in an Afternoon series, we challenged Seattle producers Dave Pezzner (a.k.a. Pezzner) and Jeff McIlwain (a.k.a. Lusine) to record a track using mainly sounds collected on a light-rail trip to the waterfront. Watch as they talk to birds, use secret microphones, and ponder bpms, and then download the track here! Read more »
One of the more high-profile European electronic festivals, Poland's Unsound Festival will premiere a New York edition in February. Though the Kraków edition begins tomorrow, it is worth looking forward to the New York installment: it will mark the US debut of the Moritz von Oswald Trio, as well as bring a host of other European and North American artists into the fold. Read more »
Montreal-based symphonic group Bell Orchestre are given the remix treatment from Tim Hecker, who manages to turn a rousing chamber-pop romp into a murky, washed-out, drowned piece of ambient music. High-pitched flute tones, soaring string repetitions, and snippets of bells are saturated by hiss reminiscent of Echospace or Burial, allowing for a melancholy, ineffable feeling that is quietly effective.
Brooklyn-via-Turkey artisan Deniz Kurtel has applied her classically trained music knowledge and years of experience working with sculpture to one of her first forays into electronic music production—a 10-minute epic of minimal techno set amongst a bubbling, ambient soundscape. Sounding something like The Field re-imagining Eno's Music for Airports, "Fall" is taken from her first solo release for the Wolf + Lamb camp, an EP entitled Whisper, and precedes a debut album to be seen next year on Crosstown Rebels.
A decade after two young Oakland transplants came together as Themselves, the now-seasoned artists, MC Doseone and producer Jel, have returned from their many projects to reinvigorate the seminal collaboration. The resulting album is a digestibly eclectic piece of psychedelic hip-hop that easily rivals their past work. Read more »
The ever-shifting quintet of Do Make Say Think is about to unleash a sixth studio album on the world, and with its four long-playing tracks, Other Truths is a return to the group's roots. The Toronto-based group has been crafting orchestral, lush avant-pop and post-rock for more than 12 years, all the while maintaining a touring schedule that would make other bands balk at the crew's longevity. On the new record, tracks featuring vocal help from Lullabye Arkestra and indie favorites Akron/Family are stand-outs, and with extensive European and North American tours on the heels of the record's release, DMST is poised to give its fans a new treat of its eclectic sound palette. Read more »
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