It has been a minute since we posted a proper track from West Coast beat-kid extraordinaire Shlohmo, but listening to "Places," it seems that the wait was well worth it. If this song is any indication, Shlohmo has been absorbing some smoother sounds lately, along the lines of say D'Angelo and others from the late-'90s neo-soul heyday, and flipped them seamlessly into his repertoire. The trademark stuttering clicks, pops, claps, and hiss that we've come to know and love are all still here, but thrown into the mix is a sultry guitar, gasps of falsetto vocals, and countless gorgeous melodies. One might even say that "Places," the title track from his forthcoming digital-only EP, is a step towards maturity as beat music goes, perhaps taking us a small step away from merely nodding our heads and taking a small step toward scratching our chins in contemplation as well. Places (artwork above) is set to drop March 15, followed by a "Places" b/w "Seriously" (a non-EP song) 7" that will be for sale at Shlohmo's upcoming performances during the Magical Properties 3 tour with Daedelus and Tokimonsta. You can check those tour dates after the jump. Read more »
Swiss DJ/producer duo Round Table Knights (pictured above) is releasing its first artist full-length today on Jesse Rose's Made To Play imprint and have passed along the LP's title track to give us a little taste of what we can expect. This particular cut actually comes with a little help from another duo, Vienna's Ogris Debris, who, among other things, contribute some tasty vocals that pop in and out of the track's funky, percolating rhythms. From its humble, side-chained beginnings, "Say What?!" is put together meticulously. Small details are constantly appearing, disappearing, and then appearing again in such a way that the track always feels like it's moving without overloading the listener with new, shiny elements meant to grab your attention. Rather, the track seems to draw you further and further into its web until you're caught up in a pleasant state of funky house hypnosis. Also, check the song's official video after the jump. Read more »
So-Cal beat head and Wedidit Collective member Groundislava steps a little bit outside his usual fare of crafting stony, bit-crushed head-nodders and takes Clive Tanaka Y Su Orquestra's bedroom funk for a spin. Stripping back and subduing the original track, Groundislava presents "I Want You (So Bad)" (from Tanaka's excellent Jet Set Siempre No. 1 LP, artwork above) as a sort of melancholy, contemporary piece of electro hip-hop where post-whatever soundscapes and Afrika Bambaattaa-esque breaks are enhanced with just the lightest touch of g-funk. Apparently the two producers have engaged in a remix swap of sorts, as we're told Clive Tanaka Y Su Orquestra has a remix of Groundislava that is due to appear on a forthcoming 7". If the remix talents go both ways in this exchange (which we're pretty sure they do), then the Clive Tanaka remix should be something to look forward to, but we're perfectly happy to stick with Groundislava's contribution to the swap for the time being.
Man of the moment Nicolas Jaar continues to exhibit his deft usage of space and noise on this heart-wrenching remix of "Fail Forever," the new single by Danish outfit When Saints Go Machine. (We've previously posted the original song and a remix by burgeoning techno outfit dOP, too.) The Brooklyn-based producer spends the first quarter or so of his track tweaking poignant harp plucks before gradually adding a few more sparse elements; steel drums, bass, violins, down-pitched vocals, and a soft, kick-clap rhythm make up just about the whole of it. Obviously, Jaar relies heavily on restraint and subtlety when composing his music, and here, he transforms what was more or less a navel-gazing dance-pop song into a sort of otherworldly lament, one sung by celestial beings who've since found themselves lost in a bleak, unfamiliar reality. (via FACT)
Minimal techno pioneer Moritz Von Oswald has been steadily continuing his adventurous outings with his electro-acoustic ensemble, the Moritz Von Oswald Trio, since its first LP, Vertical Ascent appeared in 2009. Despite adding two members to the group in the form of double bassist Marc Muellbauer (of ECM lineage) and guitarist Paul St. Hilaire (better known as Tikiman and a contributing member of Rhythm & Sound), the original trio of Oswald, Max Loderbauer, and Sasu Ripatti are not updating the name, preferring to still refer to the now five-piece ensemble as a trio on its latest full-length, Horizontal Structures. Read more »
Earlier this week, writer/producer Martin Clark profiled FaltyDL and his forthcoming LP, You Stand Uncertain, in his monthly Grime/Dubstep column for Pitchfork and has since posted the entire (and we mean entire, it's quite a lengthy endeavor) interview for the piece over at his blog, Blackdown. Read more »
This year, between May 28 and May 30, Detroit will once again host its annual electronic music festival, Movement, at Hart Plaza. Artists currently confirmed to perform include Sven Vath, Green Velvet (pictured above), Scuba, Goldie, Marcell Dettmann, Dâm-Funk & Master Blazter, Soul Clap, and Seth Troxler's Visionquest outfit, among many others. Read more »
One half of Brooklyn/Chicago duo Dark Party, producer Leo123 will soon release Ponies, a new EP on Eliot Lipp's Old Tacoma label (pictured above). We have the title track here, a sort of mission statement in the form of acid-y synth tones, smooth pad stabs, and angular electro (proper electro, mind you) rhythms that sets the tone for the remainder of the producer's five-song affair. "Ponies" is certainly a production informed by the whole array of dance music hubs—Chicago, Miami, NY, and London—and an early '80s aesthetic, but Leo123 still uses those touchstones to look forward, into a bright future where Afrika Bambaataa, Egyptian Lover, and Mantronix still rule the stereo in your neon-decaled Delorean. You can hear more of what that future could hold, and preview the Ponies EP, here, or score your own copy when it drops on March 1.
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