Although the Facebook profile for Helsinki imprint Top Billin promises "energetic, loud, and nasty" beats, its latest release from Russian producer Moralez takes a welcomed left turn toward temperate moods and old-school sounds. Moralez's Motion Elements EP features a squelchy acid-house tune for its title track, along with remixes by the mysterious German duo the Snuff Crew and Portugal's Photonz. The Snuff Crew focuses on the low end of Moralez's original, molding the bassline into a flat-footed march and sprinkling in sunny chord stabs between bouts of stark drum breaks. You can check out the rest of the Russian tunesmith's new record here.
After the Ohio-reared Emeralds released its excellent Does it Look Like I'm Here? LP in 2010 (we chose it as our thirteenth favorite release of the year), the trio of synth explorers went on to release a handful of solo endeavors (including Steve Hauschildt's XLR8R Pick'd Tragedy & Geometry) and run the Spectrum Spools imprint, but only now has word of a follow-up album surfaced. Read more »
Hi, Doctor Nick! - Girls in the Music Game, Breakfast Burritos, and the Right Gear for Performing Live
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 »
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.
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 »
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