The buzzing, ticking terrain plotted by the Austrian experimental duo of Florian Kmet and Stefan Németh has assumed a more fleshed-out shape with Transition, their second LP following 2005’s 7 Million. In the four-year interim, they’ve made their warm, minimal aesthetic feel slightly more threatening. Subtle rhythmic touches—shaker, snare, bells—blow an ominous gust behind tracks alternately desolate (“Bruit”) and oddly unsettling (what sounds like a creaky wood galleon on “Roads”). Read more »
A rad little piece of cheeky fun from Man Recordings label boss Daniel Haaksman. Great electro drums and handclaps fuse together with a ridiculous Spanish guitar and some whistling. High-energy stuff from the original Gostoso EP that recently received superb remixes from Sharkslayer on the remix EP.
Domino's Ben Jacobs will be bringing his Max Tundra persona to America this week to smear some of that electro-pop nectar across dancefloors in Chicago and on both coasts. Catch him while you can starting tonight in San Francisco.
08/18 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
08/19 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland / Club NME
08/20 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
08/23 Brooklyn, NY East River State Park w/ Girl Talk Read more »
It's been four years since the amplified tribe of Lightning Bolt has launched an offensive from the jagged peaks of Hypermagic Mountain, but noiseniks of all strains should be on the lookout because a crushing wave of attacks is heading your way just in time for the Halloween season. Read more »
Hot on the heels of their Pussy EP with the U.K's 12"-loving Dubsided label, Nadastrom, separately known as Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom, have come to rescue our dancefloors once again with their forthcoming release, The Saved EP. The Washington, DC duo's latest productions are rife with cheeky horn loops, thick dollops of synth melodies, and plenty of breakbeats collectively working toward the liberation of your hindquarters. Read more »
A guru in in the Balearic Disco department, Denmark's Peter Visti gets his hands dirty with this single from the Pollyn tribe by sprucing it up with a fine mist of new wave veneer and pop sheen. Dark synth progressions and disco vibes clash with the neon pinks and blues and flashing lights from some seedy discotheque from the early '80s. If the Italians Do It Better banner ever have a sequel planned for the After Dark comp, this track would fit nicely between Glass Candy and Chromatics.
Sheffield, U.K.-based XLR8R contributor Shaun Bloodworth recently visited Los Angeles to document the scene's many beatmakers with his camera. The project, a self-funded collaboration between Bloodworth and Art Director Stuart Hammersley of GiveUpArt, entitled L.A Dope, "is the first part of what is hoped to be a wider document of electronic artists," says Bloodworth.
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