Ireland's Defcon is all set to release his nine-track album, In Binary Shrines, via Reset next Monday, September 17. In the meantime, you can enjoy its title track, a disjointed tune that offers a myriad of bumping beats—seemingly inspired by dubstep and hip-hop—over the top of a punchy bassline. The spaces in between are filled with sci-fi sound effects, mangled vocal samples, and a dizzying, psychedelic harp gone wild.
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Last week, we debuted Hi, Doctor Nick!, our new weekly advice column piloted by NYC badman and life guru Nick Hook. As he'll be doing every Thursday, he's once again gathered up some wisdom and answered another batch of reader questions. This week, see what he has to say about girls in the music industry, the right gear to perform electronic music live, and breakfast burritos. Read more »
Unlike many full-length debuts, Transsektoral manages to reach across a wide spectrum of music while appropriately balancing the impulse for exploration with a binding consistency. The sophistication with which Sam Barker (a.k.a. Voltek) and Andreas Baumecker (a.k.a. nd_Baumecker)—together referred to simply as Barker & Baumecker—have put together this LP is perhaps a reflection of their curatorial experience as DJs and time spent behind separate labels and booking nights at Berlin's renowned Berghain club. Still, regardless of how exactly it happened, Barker & Baumecker's first collaborative full-length seems to have found a sweet spot between old-school techno energy and the modern underground aesthetic. Read more »
For many years, we've made it a point to attend Barcelona's Sonar Festival as often as possible, but we understand that not everyone can make it over to sunny Spain for the festivities. It seems like the event organizers understand this, too, as they've announced that Sonar will be heading to North America for an eight-date tour this fall. Read more »
Ghostly, in celebration of its four-day art show in NYC, Ghostly International: Of Art & Artifice, has released a free compilation on Soundcloud in conjuction with Incase. The offering includes tunes from Fort Romeau, Tensnake, Com Truise, Shigeto, Tycho (a remix we premiered last week), and featured here, Michna's rework of Matthew Dear's "Earthforms." The NYC remixer (pictured above) maintains the predominantly indie feel of the original, while adding a horn solo into the first half of the track, leaving the musky vocals and smooth synthlines untouched, and preserving the easygoing beat of the cut from Dear's new Beams LP. (via Pitchfork)
Chicago has a big purity streak going on right now. A close-knit circle of DJs and producers including Tevo Howard, Justin Long, Mazi (a.k.a. Audio Soul Project), Hakim Murphy, and labels like Fresh Meat Records and Argot Music are returning to earlier sounds in electronic music. Championing vinyl in their DJ sets, analog equipment in their studios, and a nostalgia for classic '90s house and techno that furthers the music through a retrofitted framework, it's a mantra that's in lockstep with the work of fellow Windy City underground highlight Amir Alexander. Read more »
With its inaugural release and label launch party both on the way, San Francisco club night/record hub Icee Hot is having a pretty busy month, but that didn't stop the crew—Ghosts on Tape (pictured above), Rollie Fingers, and XLR8R's own Shawn Reynaldo (sans Low Limit)—from putting together a fresh DJ set for LuckyMe's ongoing mix series. Read more »
Mmoths' ambient-leaning "Over You" is marked by brightly echoing vocal sounds, wood block percussion, and airy chimes, as well as a somewhat-muffled—albeit carefree—melody. The song's visual counterpart, which was directed by Brendan Canty of Irish film studio Feel Good Lost (who we profiled in a recent Vis-Ed feature) and premiered by UK DJ/tastemaker/radio personality Annie Mac, is equally ethereal. Read more »
Shadowy Swedish producer 1991 will be releasing a self-titled EP later this month via Astro:Dynamics, but in the meantime, the artist has offered up "Fabric of Space," a cut from that forthcoming record. Featuring primitive-sounding sine waves, gritty tape distortion, and murky synthscapes, the tune is something of a retro-minded experimentation with lo-fi electronics, albeit one with a refreshing beat and playful melody that help align it with more contemporary sounds. Despite the less-than-perfect production methods used in "Fabric of Space," 1991 achieves in delivering a mellow tune, which—along with the rest of his EP—was mastered by up-and-coming Tri Angle affiliate Vessel.
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