After three years of releasing 12-inches for the likes of Four:Twenty, liebe*detail, and his own Diynamic imprint, Bosnia-born, Hamburg-based Mladen Solomun unleashes his debut long-player. Overlook the mildly tacky album title (and, indeed, track titles) and Dance Baby is a quality debut that deploys deep-house signifiers with relative subtlety and nuance. Read more »
There is an elegance to James Pants' compositions that rides beneath their funkiness. On "Thin Moon," the first single from his upcoming album, a spacey '80s synth loop is coupled with plucked strings, electric guitar strums, and ephemeral snippets of conversation. Coupled with Pants' high, melancholy croon, the piece maintains a graceful simplicity that is part Kelley Polar and part Dam-Funk. Lovely sounds for a lonely night.
What started as a home-grown collaborative project to document the new electronic-music underground between Sheffield-based photographer Shaun Bloodworth and the Give Up Art design studio has grown into something larger with the assistance of Bleep.com. Read more »
UK dubstep/future garage phenom Joy Orbison recently dropped on new mix on the Ministry of Sound's Greenmoney radio show. Armed with new-ish tunes from several like-minded producers and a few of his own unreleased productions, Mr. Orbison offers a nice purview of UK bass music's more refined side. Read more »
Parisian label head and Italo patron Cosmo Vitelli and Tekel's Julien Briffaz are the automobile-obsessed Bot'Ox, whose leftfield new-wave disco offers some of the coldest productions in recent memory. On their remix of the French duo's latest track, "Blue Steel," Toronto's Azari & III take the track's chilly sounds and puts them into an even deeper freeze—making for a haunting number with singer Anna Jean crooning sublime melodies from what sounds like a barren ice tunnel.
Our faithful friends at FACT have just posted a super-limited download of Sebastian Tellier's "L'Amour et La Violence (Floating Points Remix)," up for grabs for just one week. Snag it while you can.
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It's been 10 years since the last time artists from electronic labels Minus and Raster-Noton collaborated on the New Forms release and performance project in Leipzig, Germany. Now, the minimalist audio and visual masters are again combining their efforts for CONTAINER, a night of ideas and new takes on performance at WMF in Berlin. Contributing to the event are label heads Richie Hawtin, Olaf Bender, and Carsten Nicolai along with choice visual artists Matthew Hawtin and Ali Demirel and performers JPLS and nibo, who will be "introducing an experimental platform of performative interaction that promotes the labels' overlapping conceptual structures to form a unique laboratory of sound." Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the future of live music. Check out more info and the flier below. Read more »
The Bay Area's Roche was being as straightforward as possible when naming his new song "Space Blue Pt. 1." Released on Solos, the label he co-founded, Roche's cosmically soulful offering is equal parts Kraftwerk and Dilla with a sampled R&B bassline thrown in the mix for good measure. As the four-and-a-half minute journey begins to touch down, one can't help but speculate where the second part of "Space Blue" might take you—thankfully, it's the next track on the release.
Chillwave, glo-fi, haze-pop... You can tag whatever name you want onto the warped, fuzzy sounds of Toro Y Moi, but it doesn't change that the South Carolinan producer utilizes just as many genres for his songs as he does languages for his moniker. "Blessa" showcases many of those influences in style—ambient textures, faint guitar plucks, simple drum-machine beats, and plaintive vocal delivery à la Panda Bear—making the track a warm introduction to Moi's forthcoming debut album, Causers of This.
On this 18-track mix, KZA and Toshiya Kawasaki probe dance music’s more leisurely conceits. Theo Parrish’s dub of Kuniyuki’s “All These Things” sets the disc’s woozy, sensual tone, and Discosession’s remix of Naum Gabo’s “Black Lab” conjures a serious Italo-kosmische hybrid before Soft Rocks and John Daly inject some dramatic prog rock and Detroit-techno bump into the laid-back disco vibe. Read more »
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