Steve Hauschildt, one third of Ohio's Emeralds (who we spoke to just this week about its brand-new Just to Feel Anything album), is readying the release of his Sequitur LP, and has decided to let "Constant Reminders" go as a free download before it drops on November 12. On the relaxed synth-pop cut, what could be a computer-generated voice or Hauschildt's own voice passed through a vocoder (or both) sings a melancholy melody alongside a playful and poignant synthline, all of which is bolstered by the proudcer's softly bouncing drum-machine patterns.
"Fairy Floss," a new track by multifaceted Austrian artist Abby Lee Tee, follows the free download of "Techno Hearts" we posted back in February, and is significantly less abstract, although still open to interpretation. The video for the tune—which is part of a three-song EP currently available as a "name your price" download on Bandcamp—features a girl dressed in green garb who silently engages with the viewer throughout a series of dream sequences that supposedly reflect her childhood. Read more »
After serving for years as the drummer for Danish outfit WhoMadeWho, 2012 saw Tomas Barfod step out on his own with a solo full-length, Salton Sea (and an impressive XLR8R podcast too). Now, the LP's standout track, "November Skies," will see a release as part of a special EP alongside a stacked lot of remixes, including one from Sepalcure. Read more »
Having recently returned from a US tour, the classic-house-obsessed Hive Five featurees of Bicep have decided to give away one of their most widely requested tracks, "Feel It," as a way to celebrate the London-based duo's Feel My Bicep blog running four years strong. "Feel It"—which the pair describes as having a "NY/UK garage crossover feel"—boasts soulful vocal snippets riding out a wave of iron-pumping, four-to-the-floor beats and quick synth stabs, and recently appeared in their Beats in Space mix of unreleased exclusives Bicep dropped while in New York last month. You can download a WAV version of the tune via Mediafire, and if you're still in the mood for more dancefloor sounds à la Bicep, check out the pair's recent Night Trax mix after the jump. Read more »
Listening to Andy Stott's distinctive brand of dark and sludgey dub-techno, one might imagine that the Manchester producer crafts his work in a lightless bunker or some dank, cobweb-strewn studio full of esoteric keyboards with giant dials—basically, a place with a proper mad-scientist vibe. As it turns out, the truth is far less ominous. Until recently, Stott could be found piecing together his dense tracks in the dining room of his apartment, but just a few weeks ago, he set up shop in the corner of a friend's photography studio. Considering the sounds found on the Manchester producer's breathtaking pair of 2011 EPs, We Stay Together and Passed Me By, and now the ambitous Luxury Problems full-length, we were understandably curious to find out more about Stott's process and jumped at the chance to take a look around his new space. Read more »
German composer Nils Frahm (pictured above) broke his thumb, a tradegy for anyone, but particularly for a pianist. In response, Frahm composed a nine-track "mini album" with his remaining functional nine fingers, and called it Screws after the four screws he now has in his thumb. Despite the horror story, Screws, which is available for free download, is about as mellow as it comes, with simple piano melodies slowly and quietly floating in the air like clouds. Argentina-based artist Plasma Rüby offered us his take on "Si," where he added a bit of electronics into the mix while maintaining the serenity of Frahm's original. This track will be offered as a part of a package of remixes inspired by Screws, which will also be available for free download via Frahm's website on December 3, the same day Frahm's mini-album will be officially released via Erased Tapes.
- 20 Questions: Jackmaster Talks Fast Food, Rubadub, and Coping with the Endless Party Loop
- Get Familiar: Dark Entries
- Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted: Wolfgang Voigt, Lawrence English, and Others Ponder the State of Ambient Music
- 20 Questions: DJ Harvey Talks Surfing, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Meaning of Life
XLR8R Downloads Player