As spring begins to sweep across the contiguous United States, winter seems to be holding fast in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the place producer Milinal (a.k.a. Valentine Yakovlev, pictured above) calls home, and where this week's weather forecast includes snow, rain, and more snow. A silver lining to the harsh Russian winter is perhaps its limiting effect on distractions outside of the studio, which may have aided in the completion of Milinal's new 10-song record, Forest, released via Jumble earlier this month. The album is less experimental than his earlier post-rockish efforts, but retains the atmospheric iciness of previous material. Here, on Forest's finale, fellow Saint Petersburg resident Monokle gives the title track a laid-back, glitch-hop feel, swapping out chilling plucked strings for mellow piano chords and entirely removing the cold, lo-fi vocals. Take a look after the jump for a full streaming preview of the album, as well as its artwork and tracklisting. Read more »
We've been hearing a lot from the long-awaited new album by Portland's Chromatics over the past several months, so it's something of an understatement when we say that we're very pleased to finally report that Kill for Love has arrived. And you can listen to it all right now. Read more »
Last week, XLR8R posted its review of Pretty Ugly, the debut full-length from UK producer and Rinse FM veteran DVA. Although we had some definite issues with the album, one of its undeniable bright spots was "Why You Do," the sonically stripped-down, A.L.-voiced tale of a woman who discovers that her man is cheating with another man. Now, Hyperdub has unveiled a video for "Why You Do," and the clip proves to be as arresting as the music itself. Read more »
Youandewan's remix work has impressed us over the years, so we're happy to share another successful effort by the Leeds producer. He recently contributed to the Do the Same EP from UK duo Mak & Pasteman (pictured above), which is out now via UK label Shifting Peaks. Youandewan crafts a slightly off-kilter piece of deep house on this extended rework of "Lost"—it's an aerated, funky take on the original, itself a quality piece of melodious, atmospheric house.
Being a fan of an artist as versatile and restless as Chris Clark can be confounding. After discovering his music and getting to know the work that came before or after your entry point, you might find yourself unable to connect with all of Clark's winding career. Let's say your introduction was 2003's Empty the Bones of You; the gritty IDM and meticulously crafted sound worlds therein could be easily compared to its predecessor, Clarence Park, or possibly even heard as a fitting precursor to the producer's bafflingly ambitious masterwork, Body Riddle. But then there's the underappreciated Turning Dragon and the questionable Totems Flare, two relatively tangential albums that successfully and unsuccessfully melded bits of dystopian rave music and mangled electronic pop into the hyperreal production style Clark built his name on. It can be hard to keep up with all of his stylistic shifts, and now, three years removed from his last album, the Berlin-based changeling opens a whole new chapter of his discography's metamorphosis. So, you might be wondering, exactly how does Iradelphic fit in? Read more »
Last month, anonymous UK producer Touch shared his/her debut work, "Lost," an ambient and relatively subdued affair. Today, Touch returns with a far more upbeat production, "Scent." Unlike the last one, which took an underwater, inside-out approach to UK bass, "Scent" engages the genre's tropes head on. For five-and-a-half minutes, the track cruises as an 808 kit slides through sparse bass and string stabs, the song's smart production seemingly taken out of the book of an artist like Blawan. And then there's the vocal line, which at first appears to be obnoxious and crude, but after repeated listens reveals a more complex, captivating quality under its heavy layers of processing.
When UK funky first broke a few years back, London duo Ill Blu was one of the initial handful of acts that received some serious shine. Nevertheless, following a flood of remixes in 2009, the pair's output has subsequently slowed to a trickle, with only two singles seeing the light of day, 2010's "Bellion" b/w "Dragon Pop" on Hyperdub and last year's Meltdown EP on Numbers. Seeing as how the world hasn't heard much from Ill Blu in the past 12-plus months, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the duo will soon be releasing a new effort, once again via Hyperdub. Read more »
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