Brooklyn duo Blondes spent much of the past year perking up ears with their lo-fi, hands-on approach to synth-driven dance music and techno, and now the boys are getting ready to step up their profile with an appearance at New York's Unsound Festival. The festival runs February 4th through the 14th and Blondes will be performing on the 11th as part of a special Brooklyn Electronic Music Showcase with Morgan Geist and Neurotic Drum Band. The pulsing keys of "You Mean So Much to Me (Acid Redux Cut)" can actually be found on a free compilation put together by Brooklyn record shop Halcyon, which also features cuts from fellow Unsound acts like Carl Craig, FaltyDL, Derek Plaslaiko, and Tomas Bednarczyk.
Food carts owned by rock stars, rollerskating, and a video arcade bar. It must be Portland.
For the most recent City Guide episode, we sent a camera to musician, DJ, and man-about-Portland Marius Libman (a.k.a. Copy). Copy shows us some one-of-a-kind Portland gems—a skating rink with the country's largest hanging Wurlitzer, a candy-covered breakfast spot, a video arcade bar, and food carts owned by rock n' rollers. Read more »
Ontario native Dan Snaith has gone through plenty of transformations over the years, including changing the name of his long-running project Manitoba to Caribou. Yet Snaith's ability to craft engaging pieces of electronic psychedelia has remained constant, and if "Odessa" is any indication, more of the same can be expected when his new album, Swim, is released on April 20. The song finds Snaith boiling his varied talents as a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter and producer into a relaxed-yet-snappy slice of dance-pop, and "Odessa" also scores major bonus points for effectively channeling a bit of Kings of Convenience and Arthur Russell.
Two producers take very different paths to aural bliss.
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Yeah, we know hyphy is dead and we're not exactly stoked on the song's message—for the record, we definitely DO give a fuck about hoes, erm... women—but damn if this new video for the remix of Oakland rapper D-Lo's street anthem "No Hoe," featuring jaw-dropping guest turns from E-40, Beeda Weeda, and The Jacka, doesn't make us want to pull out our white tees, start turfing, ride the yellow bus, and yell "BAY AREA" like it's 2006 all over again. Read more »
San Francisco expatriates and Brooklyn residents, the sun-loving trio Lemonade, are set to expand on their ecstasy-fueled, tropically rhythmic dance jams with the release of a new EP March 9 on True Panther. Read more »
Philadelphia's Golden Ages is another one of these bedroom producers whose actual identity is shrouded in mystery. Yet although we're not sure what his mom calls him, we do know that he's coaxing his undoubtedly lo-fi equipment into producing some of that obnoxiously named yet undeniably pleasant chillwave (no, we don't like the name either) à la Memory Tapes, Washed Out, Toro Y Moi, and the rest of the glo-fi gang. Comparisons and internet buzz words aside, "Everything Will Be All Right" is a soothing slice of spacey electronic pop powered by swirling synths, blown-out low-end, and Mr. Ages' ghostly vocals. His debut album, Tradition, comes out this spring.
Paul Rose, experimental dub producer known as Scuba, hangs tough with XLR8R in this week’s Inbox. Rose (also founder of Hotflush Recordings) remembers early rock aspirations, dishes up some killer bolognese, proclaims his creative isolation, and gives some love to his main squeeze and Andy Warhol. Read more »
If the steady stream of club heaters is any indication, the Top Billin collective appear to have Finland's party scene on lock. The latest offering comes from Helsinki 78-82, a new project from crew members Flipper and Koobra. The duo's self-titled EP marks a creative left turn of sorts for Top Billin, as the guys eschew heavy bass and B-more beats in favor of sunny synth disco. While most listeners will gobble up "So Lifelike," a vocal remake of Lifelike's choice 2007 electro tune "So Electric," we prefer "Cruising," as its warbling keys and relaxed vibe are the sonic equivalent of sucking on an Otter Pop in a July heat wave. It's just the thing to perk us up in the dead of winter.
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