Say what you will about Canadian health care, you crazy Republicans, but you can't argue (well, sure you can, but, well, you know...) that Canadian tax dollars flowing toward the country's national broadcaster aren't well spent when they facilitate mind-melting musical meetings like this one. Read more »
In the early '00s, Sydney's Paul Gough (a.k.a. Pimmon proudly broke the bones of pop tunes and left them as mangled paperclip sculptures that embodied the fearlessness and merciless self-indulgence of glitch-techno. He matures a bit on Smudges Another Yesterday. Read more »
The initial line-up of Canada's Mutek festival was announced barely over a week ago, and now we have news of the electronic music soiree taking to the open road for dates throughout the US and Canada in April. Read more »
Calgary, Alberta's Smalltown DJs contributed this track to the Do It To It compilation recently released by the Minneapolis-based design house Burlesque of North America. "Autograph" kicks off the 17-track affair with an immediate thumping beat before a pitched-down vocal loop and a plethora of percussive synths join the mix. The hyperactive elements eventually adhere together for an upbeat future-house number that's equal parts Miami club scene and dirty East Coast warehouse rave
Sweden's Alf Tumble transports fellow Stockholm resident Rigas' latest single from one side of the disco-house spectrum to the other. While the original version of "Helpless" relies more on flourishing pianos and live drum sounds, Tumble's rework is a tad more contemporary sounding with electro-leaning timbres and a more synthetic vibe overall. Regardless of style, both feature a plaintive vocal melody that's sure to hit home with just about everyone still on the dancefloor late into the night.
Even in their earliest form, Autechre tracks had a handmade feel, assembled from richly manipulated sounds rather than standardized electronic building blocks. Oversteps is the latest product of the duo's Max/MSP wizardry, and it recoups some of the coherence of their earlier, almost clubby songs with the more lateral processing and cryptic shapes of its predecessor, Quaristice. Read more »
We'd safely wager that the opening bassline—a distorted mouth-made melody—on Jamie Lidell's latest single is one of the strangest sounds you're likely to hear coming from a pop artist this year. By the same token, this music video for "The Ring" is likely to be one of the coolest videos you'll see all year. Read more »
The opening track of Subiza, the third full-length album from Barcelona's much-lauded synth-pop outfit Delorean, sounds like nothing other than pure, ecstatic joy. The sentiment mirrors those of fans awaiting the XLR8R cover stars' forthcoming record, and "Stay Close" provides the perfect taste of what to expect from the quartet. Bouncing sub-basslines, syncopated synth melodies, a host of angelic vocal samples, and intimate, heartfelt singing from frontman Ekhi Lopetegi float around a subtle UK funky-inspired beat—creating a sum far more rapturous than its parts. Subiza is out June 8 on True Panther, and available for pre-order now.
All month long, our City Guide podcast series has been crisscrossing the US and highlighting the sounds of some of our favorite cities. This week, we check in with the eclectic sounds of Portland, courtesy of Strategy, who we convinced to take a break from finishing up his forthcoming album on kranky to represent for the City of Roses. Read more »
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