In the Nordic constellation of space-disco personalities, Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, and Prins Thomas represent a sort of Orion's Belt—three main players linked not only by proximity, but also by the interchangable nature with which they collaborate and disseminate their distinct brand of cosmic dance music. This co-mingling makes it easy to lump them together, but when each is considered on his own, differences do appear, even if they are subtle. This has become especially apparent as the trio grows up and out of the confining musical box into which they were initially corralled. While Todd Terje has maintained a relative consistency throughout his career, Lindstrøm has been almost schizophrenic in his attempts to break any molds forming around what he should or should not sound like. Thomas Moen Hermansen's latest full-length as Prins Thomas is similarly defiant, but in less dramatic fashion. While many of the intergalactic signifiers typically attributed to his music still apply, Hermansen's latest batch of quirky discoid techno is a far cry from his 2010 self-titled debut, his two albums with Lindstrøm, or any space-disco typecasting. Read more »
The fledging Lost Codes label is set to drop its second release tomorrow in the form of the six-track Hyper Lost EP (artwork above) from UK producer Filter Dread. To spread the word, the always inventive Visionist was brought in for remix duties, shoving some extra low-end strength into the tune and generally roughing things up a bit with some tough London flavor. As this rework doesn't come packaged along with the rest of the record, we've gone ahead and dropped a preview of Filter Dread's soon-to-be-released effort after the jump. Read more »
With a dominant 4/4 beat taking breaks for free-flow rhythm experimentations, "Hustle Me" by Bristol-based DJ/producer Adam Wickens (a.k.a. ∆dmin) offers quite a bit of interesting structural variance. The song certainly borders on hypnotic territory, yet weightless synth melodies, electronic embellishments (i.e. piano chords, laser sounds, and a pair of chopped vocal samples), and, of course, the ever-shifting beats manage to remain eclectically captivating through the end. Look for the rest of ∆dmin's Whatever You Want EP when it drops on December 15 via Glasgow Underground.
For all the debate over the merits of Scuba's stylistic shift over the past year or so, there's no denying one thing: the man isn't going about it in a half-assed fashion. More than a year removed from the release of Adrenalin, it's clear now that the record marked an important turning point for the UK-bred, Berlin-based artist. Where he was once known as a purveyor of dark, brooding beats—a reputation earned on the back of both his own output and that of his Hotflush imprint—Adrenalin found him heading toward lighter sonic pastures, and doing the seemingly unthinkable by toying with trance. The change was surprising at the time—and not appreciated by everyone (although we here at XLR8R quite liked the record and ultimately named it the third-best track of 2011)—but what's perhaps even more surprising is how Scuba has subsequently stayed the course. If anything, he's moved even further into pop territory, first with his Personality LP, and now, with a one-sided single, "Talk Torque." Read more »
So, we passed into the new millenium nearly 13 years ago, and we still don't have any hovercrafts. But this doesn't mean that today's music can't reminisce over our retro-futuristic daydreams. Brooklyn-based producer Morgan Z (a.k.a. Chrome Canyon) captures that forward-looking, vintage sound on his debut album for Stones Throw, the commendable Elemental Themes, a cut from which has just received the remix treatment courtesy of LA artist and Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid. "Memories of a Scientist (Matthewdavid Remix)" is a slower, sub-heavy take on the original production, boasting an array of cinematic pulsations, bright and swelling synths, pitched-down vocals, and plenty of bouncing beat work.
Well, this is a weird one, but what else should we expect from a casette label helmed by the elusive London producer Patten? In truth, the track which Vanilla Hammer has shared here isn't so strange—a crunchy piece of hardware techno full of clattering drum and percussion samples and floating layers of hiss—however, the concept behind it all is rather unique. The complete Retreat cassette from which this song stems marks the third release in Kaleidoscope's Limited Dubs series—in which artists perform songs live to tape, yielding five cassettes with unique performances and one "master version" available digitally. "The Big Fight Live" caps off that "master version" and will be available with six other similarly untamable pieces of audio for free from Kaleidoscope on November 5. For an idea of what else to expect from Vanilla Hammer's debut release, you can check a video for another track off Retreat after the jump. Read more »
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