Used to be you couldn't make a woozy, beat-driven track without garnering comparisons to Boards of Canada. Now, with a swagger in your step and some wonk in your bass, you just might take home the "reminiscent of FlyLo" prize. Each line drawn between those artists and Lone is sure to be valid, but the UK producer, born Matt Cutler, sidesteps a direct facsimile on his new album, Ecstasy & Friends, by adding a touch of old-fashioned R&B soul. Read more »
Texas has long been a hotbed for DJs and producers messing about with cumbia and other Latin rhythms, and DJ Orion has carved himself a niche right in the thick of it. The former Yo Majesty tour DJ and leader of the Austin-based Peligrosa blog/party just unveiled Carajo Colombia, a collection of his own remixes and edits of classic cumbias and other Latin jams. "Ritmo de Juventud" finds Orion slicing up accordion riffs and slapping them down over a fiesty B-more beat—Carajo Colombia is loaded with these kinds of heaters, and the whole thing is available for free download. New Yorkers should also take note that Orion has left the warm confines of Austin this week, as he'll be spinning at the always-banging Que Bajo?! party with Uproot Andy on Thursday night at Santos Party House.
Reflections on the Wall: Twenty Years After the Berlin Wall, AGF's New Project Straddles the Line Between East and West
Antye Greie has spent the past 20 years trying to make sense of the world she literally woke up to on November 9, 1989. Communist East German society raised her to believe that the Berlin Wall was justified for two decades—and on that fateful morning, both the Wall and her nation were gone. Read more »
While this isn't exactly shocking, Berlin's always-churning techno scene is cooking up some potentially pleasing listens for spring release. Two of the most exciting options include a new album from Hrdvsion on Wagon Repair, available May 15, and another from Pier Bucci, coming April 19 on his own label, Maruca. Read more »
Our favorite global-bass-loving Germans, Schlachthofbronx, have offered up this back-to-basics remix of the latest tune by DJ Mujava, whose contribution to the forthcoming Ayobaness: The Sound of South African House EP follows a strange hiatus since releasing 2008's massive Township Funk single. The remix retains many of the original's elements, namely the melodic dual vocals, but tightens up Mujava's sounds for a giddy club track that could put some pep into anyone's step.
Tobacco, the elusive, partially anonymous frontman for Pennsylvania's psych-pop outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow, is about to deliver his follow-up to the 2008 debut solo album, Fucked Up Friends. Read more »
Brooklyn's Light Asylum just might be one of the biggest secrets in electronic music right now, but that is going to change soon. With an unstoppable sound that is as post-punk as it is synth-wave and a fierce live show fronted by !!!-collaborator Shannon Funchess, the duo is set to take the world by storm. With its punk beat, confrontational yet somehow romantic vocals, and crackling synth flourishes, "Knights and Week-ends" sounds like Alan Vega and Martin Rev taking over Joy Division. Playing this slice at a party will definitely get everyone out on the floor, shimmying and stomping like the world is about to end.
For those reading the title of Xiu Xiu's latest record and wondering, "They're kidding, right?" the answer is: probably. Because despite packing the group's last six albums with some of the most serious heart-on-sleeve lyrics ever heard in indie rock, frontman Jamie Stewart actually has quite a sense of humor—and it seems like it's finally beginning to surface. At the very least, Dear God, I Hate Myself marks a new level of maturity and self-awareness for the band. Read more »
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