It happens quite often: An unknown chanteuse suddenly appears from the ether of 'underground' sounds and genres currently peaking in popularity and somehow rises into the public spotlight. They are usually either met with a resounding "meh" by tastemakers and left to the graces of the music-buying public, or critics jump at the chance to champion them as the latest 'It girl' and allot the requisite amount of verbiage and accolades that often come with such a title. And even though Montreal artist Claire Boucher has been releasing music under the name Grimes for a couple years now, she was only met with notable attention following her 2011 split EP with d'Eon, Darkbloom, attention which has since ballooned into widespread acclaim—like, say, a feature in Vogue—leading up to the release of her new LP, Visions. Suffice it to say, everyone has their critical eye on Boucher, and there's a lot riding on her new batch of homemade, experimental-pop tunes. Read more »
Oakland producer Shortcircles (a.k.a. Matt Tammariello) is the most recent signing to LA's Plug Research, and to celebrate entering the label's fold, he has dropped his first release for the imprint, a five-song, self-titled EP. Tammariello calls his musical stylings "bliss-hop," an adequate descriptor for his mellow beats and atmospheric productions. "Star Party" clocks in at a cool 80 beats per minute, with a simple hip-hop rhythm and a dreamy wash of synthesizers setting the tone until a noodling guitar solo takes over for the finale. The artwork for Shortcircles can be found above, while the EP can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Grime producers Rossi B and Luca originally crafted "Mind the Gap" back in the mid-'00s for their own A.R.M.Y. label, but the track never saw the light of day. That will change on February 20, when the track is released via Senseless Records with a host of remixes. This instrumental of Teeza's remix won't be on the EP, but it does offer a boisterous take on the tune. The UK producer (pictured above) teases out the most notable bassline from the original, delivering an over-the-top, mischievious club banger.
Experimental Los Angeles duo Lucky Dragons (pictured above) celebrated Valentine's Day this week by releasing a new 12", Existers, on the Swill Children imprint. On this remix, Leaving Records label boss Matthewdavid takes the record's quirky opening cut, ratchets up the bass several notches, and adds considerable static to create a condensed, glitchy jam. The record is limited to a vinyl run of 500, and was produced in cooperation with artist/designer Jesse Hlebo of Swill Children.
Jersey club artist DJ Sliink (pictured above) is set to release a five-song EP for LA's Body High imprint. The record, titled Vibrate, features all original tunes and is set for a February 28 release. Read more »
Former San Francisco art-punk outfit Mi Ami—the pair is now split between Brooklyn and SF—is preparing a new LP for 100% Silk, Decade (pictured above), which drops on March 20. The band's edgy brand of danceable punk is nowhere to be heard here, as the duo's sound has shifted towards drawn-out, dancefloor-ready house—a development that's not entirely surprising given the recent output of the two members' solo projects, Ital and Magic Touch. "Time of Love" is the second track from Decade, and it finds Mi Ami adopting an improvised and gear-bound approach, one that's not unlike that taken by bands like Blondes and Teengirl Fantasy. One can hear un-orchestrated knob-turns all throughout the song, expanding and compressing delay feedback while the eleven-minute track sizzles along with a 707 hi-hat, analog claps, delayed vocals, and a disco bassline.
Anticipation continues to run high for the debut full-length from London producer Jam City, which has been expected to drop via the Night Slugs label for some time. As it turns out, the waiting period is going to be extended just a bit longer, with the album's release currently slated for May. Nevertheless, Jam City isn't leaving his fans completely empty handed in the meantime, as he'll be dropping a new 12" on February 27. Read more »
Announced just yesterday, Kraftwerk - Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is a series of eight performances that will be held at the Museum of Modern Art by—you guessed it—German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. Read more »
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