Berlin's Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) has announced the impending release of Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre), an album based on the music he composed for Sebastian Hartmann's theatre production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Read more »
In the age of promising young talent, one 19-year-old named Ben Swanwick (a.k.a. Dosage) comes to us from Leeds with "Bring it Back," a house number which gets into deep space as it continues bouncing into weirder and weirder territory and makes use of angry, pitched-down vocals and oddball clicks. It's a definite plus that this production comes across as both aggressive and heady, as the vibes perfectly complement its immediately danceable arrangement.
Longstanding Dutch technoist Legowelt will soon release the three-track Star Gazing EP via DJ Haus' unceasingly prolific Unknown to the Unknown imprint, and has shared the brand-new "Visions in My Mind" tune to whet our appetites ahead of its release. Read more »
Blawan, a producer at the cutting edge of techno's current evolution (pictured above), and Surgeon, a stalwart from the genre's salad days, have announced plans to release a collaborative four-track record under the name Trade. Read more »
Brooklyn-via-St. Louis producer Phaseone is returning to Lefse with a split 7" with fellow St. Louisan artist Parisian. Today, we have the a-side of said release, a loop-based song that once again shows Phaseone's penchant for sampling. The tune errs on the more simplistic side of electronic music, revolving around a single phrase, "It's not forever." Click-clack beats heavily sink into a deep sea of bass that washes over the song about midway through while brassy horns, warm vocals, and fuzzy distortion glisten on the surface. "It's Not Forever" and Parisian's "Sean" will drop on January 29 via Lefse.
Though the enigmatic DJ/producer hasn't exactly been quiet since the release of his 2009 debut LP Unidentified Flying Oscillator, Space Dimension Controller has certainly taken his time releasing its proper follow up, as the sci-fi-obsessed artist only just announced that his sophomore album will arrive later this year via R&S. Read more »
There is something about the moniker of 22-year-old producer Joey Butler (a.k.a. Kid Smpl) that's a bit misleading. Had it been 10 years ago perhaps, it would not have been so surprising to run into a "Kid Simple" spitting bars in a freestyle cypher. More recently, one wouldn't be surprised to find a vowelless "Kdsmpl" making the rounds of the chillwave and bliss-hop blogosphere. But Kid Simpl, the budding Seattle-based producer, has only the scarcest relation to those genres, having quietly built a following over the past two years with a sound that marries lonely post-dubstep, lethargic R&B, and glacial new age into an aesthetic hybrid that has begun to be referred to—in certain circles—as "night bus," a reference to the mixture of contemplation, solitude, and exhaustion one is likely to feel on lengthy late-night bus rides. The tag may seem silly, but for Kid Smpl's music, the feeling definitely fits. Read more »
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