The new single lifted off LP4, the forthcoming fourth album from NY guitar/beat heads Ratatat, doesn't quite sound like the kind of celebration its title implies. Sure, there's a party going on, but it's less with children than with copious amounts of stringed instruments playing an anthemic melody over one of the band's coolest beats since "Seventeen Years." "Party With Children" is an upbeat number filled with that trademark guitar sound Ratatat loves so much, along with other familiar sonics from its eclectic repertoire, and headlines the band's batch of new tracks set for release on June 8.
Wolf + Lamb's Lee Curtiss leads us through dark, narrow sonic passageways on "Life Lessons," his contribution to Spectral's Document Pt. 1 mix, compiled by label head Ryan Elliott. Deep kicks and a frothy bass form the minimal track's backbone, contrasting nicely with mid-range, bell-like synths that still manage to create an ominous atmosphere. Perfect for late, late sets.
Vancouver's Stephen Hummel (a.k.a. SubtractiveLAD) crafts dreamlike ambient pieces that often come dangerously close to sentimentality. Thankfully, Life at the End of the World wisely seasons in tension and just the right amount of desolation to lock the ear. "Ne Plus Ultra" and "Nautilus" slowly exhale clouds of hymnal drones and delicate guitarwork into pristine music for heartbroken reflection. Likewise, "Once the Stars Have Been Washed from the Sky" weaves a rich, sprawling mass of guitar distortion. Read more »
Fuzzy shoegaze popsters The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a new single on the way. Entitled "Say No to Love," the records will be pressed on sea-foam green vinyl (some vinyl fetishist out there just got aroused) and will also feature the b-side "Lost Saint." Go here to listen to a stream of "Say No to Love," courtesy of Pitchfork. Read more »
Though he grew up in rural Switzerland, Dimlite has more in common with the tastemakers of LA's contemporary beat scene than many of his more techno-inclined countrymen. "Can't Get Use to Those" is a short little gem of a track, featuring an infectious flute loop, some bossa-style percussion, and a faded vocal that just melts into the piece's sonic texture. With a new album out on Stones Throw now, Dimlite's sound is comparable in scope and eclecticism to XLR8R favorites Baths and FlyLo, making him one of the beat genre's most interesting practitioners.
Matías Aguayo isn't the average Kompakt artist. Back in March, the South American artist and former XLR8R coverboy toured the US and also made a stop at SXSW, where he filmed this amusing little interview with MTV. (And yes, we're just as confused as you are as to exactly why MTV wanted to speak with Matías. His tunes are certainly fun, but don't really seem to jive with the whole Real World Road Rules Challenge and Teen Mom vibe they've got going on over there.) Read more »
San Francisco's Alland Byallo, finally riding a wave of international acclaim following releases on Liebe*Detail, Pokerflat Digital, and Missive, will see his latest EP drop just in time for summer on Berlin's Dirt Crew label. Featuring four new tracks of Byallo's dark, atmospheric tech-house, the Eyes Closed, Looking In EP is certain to raise Byallo's status as a master of the dancefloor. Read more »
A few weeks ago, UK funky don Roska toured North America and then "enjoyed" an extended stay on our continent courtesy of that pesky volcano in Iceland. While in New York, he sat down with the folks from FADER TV and gave some insights into his music, the UK funky scene, and the importance of long-running pirate outpost Rinse.FM. Read more »
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