Perpetually masked Italian electro-punkers The Bloody Beetroots have created an album that should be easier to hate, especially if you flip directly to vainglorious textbook electro track "I Love the Bloody Beetroots." Still, with cameos from the likes of indie electronic artist Beta Bow and British house songstress Lisa Kekaula, this anticipated debut offers enough variety to save it from slipping into a complete electro-sinkhole. Read more »
There's a harsh truth about label best-of compilations—there's no excuse for filler. Unfortunately, at least half of this two-disc set feels like just that. Shir Khan draws from the Exploited catalog, including unreleased cuts, focusing heavily on electro-house and baile funk. Read more »
Fuck Buttons: A pair of Bristol punks spin ambient electro and vintage synths into apocalyptic chaos.
While Bristol duo Fuck Buttons' latest record, Tarot Sport, might skew toward ambient electro, it's hardly surprising that the band's genesis came during Benjamin Power and Andrew Hung's involvement in the hardcore punk scene as teenagers. “It's informed who I've become as a person somehow,” Power says over the phone from the UK. “We tend to make music that we enjoy, and, in a way, it doesn't really matter what's going on around us. It's not like we wanted to make a record that would appeal to a wider audience. Read more »
With a slice of cut-up and tweaked electro in hand, French producer Golden Bug has joined the Bang Gang ranks with the release of his Assassin 12-inch. The title track, which brings to mind elements of fellow countrymen Justice and the bi-coastal Lazer Sword, uses chopped and pitched vocal loops, funky basslines, and swelling horns to compliment the song's terse beats—making for a head-nodding number that's sure to set off some dancefloors in the near future.
Swiss dancefloor stylist Headman teams up with Yello's Deiter Meier for a grooving, sample-filled post-disco number. Then, Brooklyn's In Flagranti bring up the melodic Italo synths, give the kicks some extra padding, and cut out much of Meier's vocal, creating a disco-house monster that could easily fit into a set with The Juan Maclean. A burner if there ever was one, this one will be playing loud at a lot of New Year's Eve celebrations.
Skweee is still strange to many ears, but that’s a shame given all the attention wonky and Flying Lotus are getting, given that the ideas are similar—only skwee turns the synthesizer knob up to 11. Dødpop is the newest label on the Scandinavian “Conflict R&B” scene, and its output is pure genius. Label stalwarts Beatbully and Sprutbass turn in an impressive myriad of jerky beats and crazy filtered synths, all bathed in a hip-hop feel. Read more »
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