You could rightly consider the five-year stretch between Deepchild's last album, Departure, and his upcoming offering, Neukölln Burning (dropping on October 9 via Thoughtless Music), as a period of metamorphosis. After all, the Australian producer born Rick Bull has since uprooted himself from the land down under and relocated to Berlin, where he's managed to make himself fit in quite nicely as a regular guest at both Tresor and Berghain. His musical output reflects that geographical change, too; "Noise Machine," a bonus cut sent over ahead of Neukölln Burning, pulses with the dark, techno-minded vibes you'd expect to hear coming out of Ostgut Ton's roster. Deepchild's gurgling bassline churns and bubbles beneath synth squalls as a heavy 4/4 beat marches forward. After you stream "Noise Machine," check out the artwork and tracklist for Neukölln Burning after the jump. Read more »
The fruits of a reported conversation between oddball pop star Beck and seminal composer Philip Glass, Rework: Philip Glass Remixed is a two-disc, 12-track collection of selected works from the artist reinterpreted by a host of contemporary music's finest minds. Read more »
This morning, Brooklyn-based duo Gatekeeper (a.k.a. Aaron David Ross and Matthew Arkell) revealed a "virtual gaming environment" for its recently released album, Exo. We were able to delve into the group's high-tech working conditions in our recent In the Studio feature, but the cyberworld that Gatekeeper created with artist Tabor Robak reveals an entirely different terrain. Read more »
Salva and his Frite Nite label have been on a roll recently, putting out releases like Dark Ages' First Born EP (a collaborative effort from Star Eyes and 5kinandbone5) and the label head's collaborative EP with Grenier, "Wake The Dead" b/w "Forest Floor." The latest release, called The Starship Connection EP, is coming on September 18 from Bay Area producers B. Bravo and Teeko. Taken from that record, "More Than Just a Dream" opens with a funky intro that boasts a punishing kick just as big and pronounced as the synth that squeals over the top of it. The tune's inherent funkiness becomes more and more apparent as two-part vocal harmonies are introduced over the same squealing melody and loud, slapping claps. Toward the end, starry synths, and moody piano chords take over for the vocals as they begin to fade, while the funky instrumental carries the groove across the track's remaining minutes.
It may not be the most astute way to describe him, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Otto Von Schirach is a weird guy. Over the past decade, the Miami producer has been turning out a volatile mix of what he describes as, "Earth Wave Surf Electro Bass Tropical calypso Dubstep Broken Noise Grind, IDM Folk Glitch, Breakcore orchestral Gabber." Putting it mildly, he's a complex artist, and one who's just released a new album, Supermeng, his first for the Monkeytown imprint. Granted, the Modeselektor-helmed label has always been guided by a thirst for diversity, but it's not a stretch to say that the addition of Von Schirach to the roster has taken that idea to another level completely, as exhibited by this absolutely bonkers mix he's put together for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
The founders of Helsinki bass music outpost Signal Life, Teeth and Desto (pictured above) have unveiled a bonus cut following the label's second release. The split EP features two tracks apiece from Bristol's Kowton and Finnish producer LAS (check those out after the jump), but the bonus cut comes from label boss Desto himself. Although the title, "Compton Roll," might suggest that the song is some kind of West Coast-inspired answer to "Harlem Shake," Desto's beat is much more dark and sparse than Baauer's squeaking banger. His bastardized hip-hop rhythm has more swerve than swagger, with booming 808s, pattering rhythms, and rapid-fire, gummy zaps all vying for your attention. Read more »
After dropping two free EPs through UNO, the largely anonymous producer known as Arca has let loose a twisted, genre-defying album for his first official release. Morphing hip-hop beats into mutant excursions in the blink of an eye, Stretch 2 forms an image of Arca as a craftsman, one who pieces together immensely detailed compositions while placing a higher value on the unexpected and otherworldly than the average beat producer. Read more »
A fortnight ahead of the release of his "mini-album," Knights, the São Paulo-based producer known as Babe, Terror has offered up a quiet, sprawling cut from his record. The five-track LP promises "34 minutes of primitive drum-machine beats," which the tunesmith delivers in full on "War." Babe, Terror's production opens with a simple, lo-fi rhythm that is eventually overtaken by the timid synths. Throughout the seven-minute fog, "War" passes through periods of unfocused calm and teeth-gritting paranoia generated from the slowly building synths and vague, stretched-out vocal samples.
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