Japanese native Goth-Trad has been preparing for the release of his New Epoch LP for a little while now, sharing a music video for the record's lead single and doing plenty of interviews. Now, before the album drops on February 7, we're treated to this exclusive non-album banger, "Alone Warrior." The production is certainly informed heavily by dubstep, as it swells and heaves with an ominous bass tone and a half-time rhythm, but keeps things smart with the tasteful application of rolling percussion, dubby piano, and dark sound effects. If this tune didn't make it on Goth-Trad's new album, we can only imagine the caliber of the ones that did.
It's not often that XLR8R posts up a mix from an artist that the vast majority of our readers have never heard of, but Visions, an all-dubs, 40-plus-minute excursion from Los Angeles producer Floyd Campbell, isn't just another anonymous DJ session. Read more »
Matthew Dear has been an electronic-music icon for some time now, releasing myriad techno offerings under various monikers and serving as the flagship artist for influential record label Ghostly International. Since 2007's Asa Breed, his focus for work under his given name has moved away from techno and toward vocal-oriented avant-pop, culminating in the wonderfully dark and eccentric Black City in 2010. His Headcage EP, released yesterday via Ghostly, continues on that trajectory, moving toward music for a wider audience while maintaining much of the oddness that makes him popular in the world beyond the mainstream. That said, the Headcage EP isn't nearly as engaging as Black City, and aside from "In the Middle (I Met You There)," does not offer anything especially praiseworthy. The goal of the EP is easily accomplished, however, as it is certainly good enough to pique interest in Beams, Dear's full-length album due out later this year. Read more »
It seems no matter what time of the year it is, the music of Luxembourg producer/designer Victor Ferreira (a.k.a. Sun Glitters) sounds like its got summer on the mind. With the announcement of a new EP, High (artwork above), we can be almost certain that Ferreira has a healthy dose of warmth and sunshine to inject into the middle of our winter lull at the end of this month. In order to help spread the word about his latest effort, Sun Glitters has passed along this remix from like-minded producer Sumsun, who reworks the heavy, off-kilter tune into a more dancefloor ready outing—complete with a four-on-the-floor beat and plenty of Balearic trimmings. After giving the remix a listen below, you can stream the title track of the release from which it's taken, as well as find the full tracklist, after the jump. Read more »
Following a strong 2011, Belgian electronic-music mainstay R&S appears determined to also dominate 2012. Last week, it announced a fresh Bullion single, and now, two more exciting releases are on the way from Juan Atkins' Model 500 project and Brooklyn-via-Ohio house duo Teengirl Fantasy (pictured above). Read more »
Acclaimed musician and producer Matthew Dear's new EP, Headcage, out today via Ghostly, sees the artist entering the previously unexplored terrain of collaboration. "In The Middle (I Met You There)," from the EP, features Jonny Pierce of New York indie-pop group The Drums on lead vocals, and is available for free download using the widget found after the jump. Read more »
We first introduced you to Berlin-based M.E.S.H. when we shared his brooding "On My Body" cut from last year's Share the Blame EP. This new freebie was lifted from his SoundCloud profile, and finds the artist still working within the realm of spacious, bass-driven club music, albeit with a slyly tropical edge. The unlikely combination of sounds works surprisingly well on "Dusk Balm," and renders us anxious for whatever comes next from the fresh producer.
The physical brick-and-mortar record store has become an almost endangered species in the modern music landscape, but fortunately for all of us, shops like Sounds of the Universe (pictured above) are still alive and well. Now, the Soul Jazz-associated record store has decided to take the next logical step in its path of connecting music lovers to new sounds, and created its very own label. Read more »
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