Burgeoning UK imprint Shifting Peaks is set to celebrate its second year of existence with the release of a new volume of the Nasty Rips and Shifting Peaks compilation series. The forthcoming five-track 12" (and 17-song digital sampler) features tunes from a number of up-and-coming artists in addition to this rework from Hyperdub affiliate Walton, which serves as the record's closing cut. Keeping in tact many of the Alicia Keys vocal samples and dark mood of the original, the Manchester-based remixer brings "Keep On" into deeper and denser territory, filling out the tune with a number of ethereal synth patterns and intricately assembled piles of percussion. After giving Walton's remix a spin, you can check out the full tracklist for the digital package, as well as preview the rest of Nasty Rips and Shifting Peaks Vol. 2, before its release on February 14, after the jump. Read more »
The Think and Change box set is still over a month from seeing its release via Boddika's Nonplus label, but more tunes from its enticing tracklist continue to bubble up online—namely, the latest production from match-made-in-heaven Boddika & Joy Orbison. Read more »
For those who happened to miss our review of Hardcourage, the new-full-length from FaltyDL (a.k.a. Drew Lustman), we happen to think the Brooklyn beatmaker's third LP is a rather fine effort. Over the past few years, Lustman has managed to significantly expand his musical palette without sacrificing the quality of his output, bringing him to a point where he could theoretically dip into almost any corner of the electronic spectrum. Of course, FaltyDL's ability to create such varied sounds partly stems from the fact that he's listened to a whole lot of music, which is why he's an ideal candidate for our High Five series. Curious about what inspired some of the sounds on Hardcourage, we asked Lustman to select five tracks that got his creative juices flowing. He responded with the following tunes, and this caveat: "I just thought about what turned me on musically in 2012—ironically, it was all old music." Read more »
On "Why Toto?," Brooklyn duo Pearl Necklace (a.k.a. Bryce Hackford and Frank Lyon) takes a more fractured, decomposing approach akin to the work of The Caretaker, or the pastoral ambience created by fellow Brooklyn artist Heathered Pearls. "Why Toto?" unfolds at a slow, relaxed pace, taking its time to build up its hushed guitar strokes amid bubbling samples, a displaced organ, and various layers of fuzz sliding over the top of it. Sonically, it's the opposite of the first track we heard from the band's Soft Opening LP, "Did You Feel It?," but reveals Pearl Necklace to be a versatile group whose playful, patient backdrops can survive with or without an obvious beat. Look for the rest of Soft Opening to drop on February 26 via Smalltown Supersound.
It's an oft-repeated fact that Hessle Audio co-captain Ben UFO (a.k.a. Ben Thomson)—unlike his label cohorts Pearson Sound and Pangaea—doesn't make music. In truth, the distinction has become a central component of his mythology and appeal, as it makes him seem "pure," an artist solely devoted to spinning and selecting. As such, his rise to prominence—more gradual than that of his Hessle accomplices and many of the label's alumni—has been based on his chops as a DJ, and his contribution to the Fabriclive series demonstrates some of his most appealing qualities in that arena. Its tracklist is demanding and challenging, but instead of alienating listeners with an eclectic compilation of radically weird tracks, Thomson manages to entice his audience with avant-garde and seemingly unapproachable sounds. Read more »
UK producer Lorenz System just sent over "Where Were U," a subdued production rife with airy effects and a slow, syncopated bassline. Pitch-shifting vocals bounce around octaves while tirelessly inquiring "Where were you?" until a set of sharp electronic keyboard stabs close out the tune. The Birmingham producer shared this new tracks along with word of his plans to drop a new EP in February via the newly formed Liquid Silver label.
Splitting his time between faceless film-score work and the distinct personality he's built around the Lusine name, Seattle's Jeff McIlwain has settled into a cozy production schedule, offering up a new album every few years. Taken from the forthcoming The Waiting Room, his first album since 2009's A Certain Distance, the Ghostly stalwart's "Another Tomorrow" follows in the footsteps of vocal tracks like his previous album's "Two Dots." To be sure, Lusine has good taste in vocalists and melodies, yet it's also clear that there's a thin line between well-considered IDM-pop and weedy fedora music à la Frou Frou. Lusine's production skills are largely responsible for keeping things grounded, paying equal amounts of attention to dance-music details and narrative arc. Read more »
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