With a giant primate emblazoned across just about everything Modeselektor does these days, the duo's well-known mischievousness seems perpetually not far behind. Like two kids who can never quite sit still, Berliners Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary are at their best when channeling that short attention span into music, be it their own, or as label owners, into an artist roster. In this latter role, the duo is having no trouble spotting, commissioning, and releasing tracks from a spectrum of producers representing a broad range of electronic music. With the second volume of what seems set to become an ongoing series from the duo's flagship label, the Modeselektor boys have compiled 18 exclusive tracks that go from bass music to techno to glitch to juke to what are essentially experimental electronic works, and they've managed to do so without the typically schizo, jarring qualities that often plague label compilations. Read more »
Milwaukee's Andy Petr is poised to drop his debut EP, Obsession, via Mixpak, and has offered up one of the tracks as a free download. "Yesterday" deals in distinctly mechanical sounds, from laser-like zaps to the heavily modified vocal sample, which sometimes sounds nearly indistinguishable from the sighing synth breaths. Petr, a "young producer not yet of legal drinking age," will officially release the seven cuts that make up the Obsession EP on July 10.
Manchester's shoegaze band-turned-production duo Ghosting Season (a.k.a. Gavin Miller and Thomas Ragsdale) has offered up this alternate version of "A Muffled Sound of Voices," one of the cuts from its recent debut album, The Very Last of The Saints. According to Miller, this incarnation of the song is the version he and Ragsdale play live, which we imagine is quite an expereince. The production is as ominous and haunting as the group's name, layering endless reverb over thinly stretched vocals, gliding synths, heartbeat-like kicks, and a restless rhythm to make a powerful companion to Ghosting Season's original production.
There is likely no better current interpreter of that power sonic-groove thang shared by Detroit and Berlin than Mike Huckaby. The operative word above being "power." Huckaby's skillful, jazz-inflected house productions and remixes are equally stellar, true enough. But on the three-track Tresor EP, we get treated only to the hard, freaky stuff that, 20 years on from when the transcontinental cultural relationship between the two cities was first forged in sound, still sounds essential.
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Matthewdavid's Leaving Records has introduced California artist Brogan Bentley with the release of "Ask When I'm Night," the lead single from his upcoming debut EP. The tune, which the label referrs to as an "after-hours, summertime dance jam for the fam," also comes with a video (embedded after the jump) that tinkers with the sort of easygoing psychedelia Matthewdavid and his LA-based imprint specialize in. Unfocused lenses, abstract light patterns and fleeting cuts of a chandelier accompany Bentley's cooing samples and hooting synths for a soothing effect, much like the laid-back energy of a warm summer night. The Brogan Bentley EP will feature three original productions from the new producer, and will be released July 10 on both cassette and digital formats. Read more »
Vancouver is a hotbed for electronic music, and one of its practitioners, HxdB (pictured above), has provided a remix for the new record from Max Ulis & Self Evident, Eastsiders. Out soon via Tenpin, HxdB's remix of the record's title track is a bewildering trap door of a dance tune that seems to take advantage of not only the stereo field, but a vertical aural axis that drops frequencies in and out with startlingly smooth precision. One can almost picture an endless hallway out of a Lewis Carroll novel guiding the tune's progression, sounds flying by the listener's peripheral vision as the eternal-yet-blissful chase for meaning continues. This is indeed a DJ track, but a refreshingly off-kilter and zoned-in one at that. Be sure to check out the other remixes accompanying the Eastsiders EP, including jams from LuckyMe's Prison Garde and Fade to Mind's Cedaa, after the jump. Read more »
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