There's an overarching concept or a carefully prescribed set of parameters for just about everything Keith Fullerton Whitman releases. On Occlusions, the framework turns out to be quite loose—he is to play a digital-analog modular synthesizer for 10 to 30 minutes with no pre-written or pre-recorded parts. Working boisterously within this precarious framework, Occlusions presents a particularly temperamental permutation of Whitman's shifting, disorienting, and consistently fascinating mode of avant electronics. Read more »
After three years without a release, the elusive multi-continental trio Brim Liski is now set to drop its sophomore EP, The Repetitions (artwork above). The record is said to describe vast intergalactic travel, distant astronomical events, and the universal connection to the human spirit, or, put another way, the cinematic electro-pop sounds something akin to M83 after drinking too much cough syrup. In addition to five original songs, the EP also contains two remixes, including this version of "Supermassive" from Brim Liski's resident beat designer, CacheFlowe. The remix is club-ready, with a heavy-hitting bass and resonating synthesizer that smoothly glides between notes. The original vocals have been edited to great effect, providing harmonies and texture behind the leading synth tones. The Repetitions comes out on July 23 through Denver-based labels Plastic Sound Supply and Latenight Weeknight.
We're now just about halfway through 2012 and there is still no sign of Hackman's debut LP (a release we were told was "forthcoming" as early as September of last year). Fortunately, the UK tunesmith has not vanished, issuing his second collaborative work of the past three months with a single for the newly minted Deadplate imprint, an effort featuring production assistance from London newcomer Bluto. Read more »
Greco-Roman, Joe Goddard's underground dance imprint based out of Berlin and London, has been causing a stir recently with a new release from quickly rising duo Disclosure, as well as an EP last month from Vampire Weekend bass player and Bubblin' Up producer Chris Baio. "Sunburn Modern" is lifted off of Baio's first solo release, and the accompanying video—directed by Aramique—is a fascinatingly peculiar look at Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood as viewed through the eyes of a walking mannequin. Read more »
With only six releases to its name, Parisian imprint Overcooked is a relatively new label with a surprisingly large stable comprising at least 20 producers boasting a myriad of sounds and locations. Finnish brothers Mitja and Petja Virikko, who together form the duo Jack the Hustler, are part of the roster, and made a splash with their debut EP, Run Up, a foray into bright-sounding house music that seemed more tropical than Nordic. Now, the brothers Virikko are back with a new digital single called "Joints & Steroids." It's an interesting departure from the style presented on their previous record; here, we have a minimalistic, straightforward house stomper that featyres heavy bass and the occasional altered vocal sample. The constant rhythm of the drums makes up the bulk of the stripped-down track, perhaps as an homage to the brothers' years of experience behind drum kits prior to their entry into electronic music. And if that's not enough Jack the Hustler action for you, you can catch a DJ set from the duo—as well as the rest of the Overcooked crew, Loefah, and Switch—during the label's launch party at London's Cable club on July 14 (more info here).
The stomping, hazy house of Simian Mobile Disco's "Your Love Ain't Fair" receives the visual treatment from Laurence Stephens in this video—which illuminates the track's dusk-lit synthesizers and kick quite literally with a slideshow display of fluorescent bulbs, incandescent ceiling plans, and warehouses bathed in floodlights. Read more »
Since its inception in 2007, Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations podcast has consistently provided listeners with cutting-edge music from underground and emerging artists. Booth's taste and execution has resulted in widespread popularity and influence, demonstrated by the fact that his show now claims up to 80,000 listeners a week. With such a large listener base (not to mention a new website), Booth has noted that financing Electronic Explorations has become increasingly difficult. In order to raise funds to help keep his program afloat, Booth has solicited tracks from scores of producers from around the world to compile into an enormous 60-song collection that will cost buyers just ₤5. "On the Road 2010" is the entry from UK producer Djrum, and is a mellow and fuzzy bit of bass music working in the same beat-step realm as, say, Shlohmo or Shigeto. The song's melodies are provided by strings and chopped, pitched-up vocals, which give the tune a moody and somewhat dark feel. The forthcoming compilation, aptly titled Electronic Explorations, is set for a July 1 release, at which time you'll be able to hear exclusive tunes from the likes of Machinedrum, Ital Tek, Chrissy Murderbot, Al Tourettes, Kahn, Akkord, Distal, Trevino, and many, many more. Submissions from a handful of the artists—including Akkord, Ital Tek, Kowton, and others—have already emerged on Booth's SoundCloud, and you can pre-order the album now on Bandcamp, where you'll also find the complete tracklist and release details.
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