All of the artists involved in the creation of this tune are relatively new to electronic music production. Bonnie Baxter (a.k.a. ShadowBox, pictured above) fronted a rock-oriented outfit before trading in her guitar for a drum machine, while Luke Welsby and Olly Howells (a.k.a. Bodhi) played in bands in their native Cardiff before diving into electronic production just six months ago. On the pair's remix of the budding solo artist, Bodhi brighten up the dark and dystopian synth-pop of the original with major chords and sunny summer vibes. Bodhi also pitches down the vocals and makes them rather prominent in the mix, turning a tune that was once rough and gothy into a drifting bit of vocal-based disco-pop. The original version of "AM" will appear on ShadowBox's forthcoming Haunted by Colors EP, which will drop on July 24 through Pictures Music. And for interested parties in and around NYC, you can catch a live performance from ShadowBox tonight, free of charge, at Tammany Hall in the Lower East Side.
LA bass-and-beats-centric label Friends of Friends is launching a new imprint called Young Adults, and has unveiled the details of its first release, a four-song compilation of house music. Read more »
Vlsonn has made a name for himself in his home city of Toronto as a DJ and a frequent remixer, putting his own spin on tracks by names such as Wiz Khalifa, Pharaohe Monch, and James Blake. He's recently been added to Vancouver-based label Aufect, which released his Black Sea Influence EP on June 4 exclusively through Beatport. On EP closer "Sing2049," Vlsonn crafts a throwback tune that delves into the recesses of deep, dark techno, featuring percussion that lumbers along laboriously as it grows dense and heavy with layers of cavernous atmospherics. Vlsonn's record, which you can stream after the jump, also features a remix of the title track by label boss Cure with HxdB and Sleepyhead, and will be released worldwide on June 19. Read more »
For a certain population of electronic-music listeners, Jimmy Tamborello's 2001 album as Dntel, Life Is Full of Possibilities, is a seminal record. In the over 10 years that have passed since its release, Tamborello has taken on a variety of forms, hitting on some unpredictably huge successes (mainly, as the production force behind the adored Postal Service), as well as delivering a few lukewarm releases under his Dntel and James Figurine monikers. Through it all though, the producer has never appeared insincere—for better or worse, each record has sounded like Tamborello, touched by his keen sense for melancholy and an ability to conjure up gorgeously emotive sounds. On Aimlessness, Tamborello continues in this vein, revealing a record that is nowhere near as monumental as Life Is Full of Possibilities, but nonetheless shows a producer who has gracefully matured, and is able to fit into the context of the ever-evolving electronic music scene without compromising his musical personality in the process. Read more »
Portugal-based electronic pop producer :papercutz (a.k.a. Bruno Miguel, pictured above with vocalist Melissa Veras) is sharing this remix of "Rivers," the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album The Blur Between Us. The dreamy bedroom pop of the original becomes more esoteric after going under the knife with London's Nowa Huta, who renders Veras' vocals unintelligible through further processing and elongating, while also ramping up the track's bass and adding skittering hi-hat percussion. (Interesting side note: The Blur Between Us was made with the help of acclaimed producer/engineer Chris Coady, who has worked with artists such as Massive Attack, Gang Gang Dance, Beach House, and current XLR8R podcast contributors Lemonade, among many others.) Look out for :papercutz's new album when it drops on July 10 through UK imprint Sound of a Playground.
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