Adam Forkner (a.k.a. White Rainbow) continues to astound on his second full-length for Kranky. The Portland resident's loop-based jams have always had a truly organic, 'free' feeling, but New Clouds emphasizes these tonal elements while simultaneously being the best-sounding record he has ever created. Read more »
Denmark's Syntaks craft smoldering, shimmering ambient sounds that are akin to Aphex Twin, but a bit less self-consciously weird and more self-consciously gorgeous. "Sudden Dream" is from their Mistral Moon EP, which Ghostly has decided to give away for free to whet peoples' appetites for the duo's debut, Ylajali, which comes out on November 3. If the track's crystalline production and hypnotic loops are indicative of the upcoming album's sonic aesthetic, then we are certainly going to hear a lot more about Syntaks in the coming months.
Legendary London nightclub Fabric opened its doors for the first time on October 21, 1999, so to celebrate 10 years at the top of the London nightlife scene, the club is hosting a weekend-long bash that features some of the biggest names in electronic music. Friday sees Rusko, Craze, and more FabricLive stars bringing their unique DJing styles to three rooms. Read more »
House and techno alchemists Pezzner and Lusine turn found Seattle sounds into an eerie ambient track in the course of five hours. 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 here as they talk to birds, use secret microphones, and ponder bpms, and then download the track!
Under the Covers: A new Soul Jazz cover-art retrospective traces the visual roots of '60s free-jazz radicalism.
Freedom, Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art 1965-83 (SJR Publishing; hardcover; $39.99), a stunning retrospective of jazz cover art, is about much more than cool-ass graphics, though, that is undeniably a vast part of its appeal. Read more »
Hot on the heels of Friends of Friends Vol. 2 (if you need a refresher, we posted a couple of mp3s from the release), the LA-based label is coming back with the Self Awakening EP from Texan Ernest Gonzales. Featuring remixes by Faunts, Yppah, and Mexicans with Guns, the EP should also whet appetites for Gonzales' upcoming full-length, slated for release on FoF early next year. In the meantime, they've offered up the EP's title track for download—its melancholy guitar work recalls bands like Tristeza, but Gonzales' music is also backed by peppy laptop beats and glazed with a warm Nintendo fuzz.
As a former member of the genre-bending Black Strobe, Ivan Smagghe's contribution to the popular Robert Johnson mix series suitably features an eclectic selection of different dance music styles, from the hypnotic minimal sexiness of the Wighnomy Brothers to the campy disco revival of In Flagranti. While employing this sort of catholic selecting technique is laudable, the individual tracks here have such personality that the overall feel is one of scattered incohesiveness. Read more »
When it comes to dubstep and the outer fringes of UK garage, few names ring out quite like Kode9. Next week, the Hyperdub label head will release 5, a two-disc compilation that both looks back at the influential label's history and lays the groundwork for its future. To help commemorate the release, we asked Kode9 to submit something for the XLR8R podcast. Read more »
Los Angeles beatsmith and FlyLo compatriot Samiyam is yet another foot soldier in Southern California's army of electro-crunk futurists. Taken from the Cinnaman- and Jay Scarlett-compiled compilation Beat Dimensions 2, "Swamp Tarts" glides on a stuttering beat while speaker-rattling synth stabs and woozy melodies creep into your earlobes. Blunted beats for 2010 and beyond.
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