The Red Bull Music Academy just wrapped up the first term of this year's session in Madrid, and before the cool goings-on of the second term get underway, the folks at RBMA have gone ahead made videos of many of this year's lectures available to the public. These in-depth sessions on the couch include talks with a variety of musical figures, including pioneering hip-hop MC DOOM (above), techno boundary-pusher Matías Aguayo, UK veteran Andrew Weatherall, footwork torchbearers DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn, and others. Read more »
In a recent interview with Altered Zones co-editor Emilie Friedlander, Brooklyn-based musician Daniel Lopatin elaborated on the mindset he was in when selecting the source materials for his latest LP as Oneohtrix Point Never, saying, "[It reveals] that we're not in a perfect system though we want to be. We want to believe that we're efficient and perfect, but things are totally out of control and chaotic, like the way we speak and the way we think." He's referring to the audio recordings of decades-old commercials that he hacked into fragmented gulps, hiccups, exhalations, and various sonic ephemera to weave into his usual glacial drifts of Juno 60 synth tones. These kinds of dismantled phrases do help illuminate elements of the underbelly of collective consciousness, in a sense, but they do something even more important and direct, too. When warped and sequenced into disjointed juxtapositions, they make up a large portion of Oneohtrix Point Never's newest asset and Replica's strongest element: rhythm. Read more »
British producer Beacon released a free EP via his Facebook page just the other day. The quasi-anonymous musician has been prolific in recent months, the free EP serving as the latest precursor to Beacon's proper debut offering, "Storm Dub." The single, which is set to drop via Sei A and Logan's Seinan Music label, will feature one original track along with remixes from Sei A and Rooflight, and is slated for a December 5 release. Beacon has also shared "Zatelite," a previously unreleased track, as a free download. From the track's crisp percussion and woozy lead melody, it would seem that Beacon is the latest in a growing line of producers toying with shades of UK funky and garage to create music that is both noteworthy and somewhat difficult to classify.
Norwegian space-disco don Lindstrøm has been laying low for awhile now, as his last major release was Real Life Is No Cool, his collaborative 2009 LP with Christabelle. But early next year, he'll be coming out of hiding with a brand-new album, Six Cups of Rebel (artwork above), which is scheduled for release on February 6 via Smalltown Supersound. "De Javu" is the first offering to shake loose from the record, and it's an especially funky selection, one that combines a thick disco groove with a decidedly '80s funk-pop feel. Give it a listen and check the complete tracklist for Six Cups of Rebel after the jump. (via Pitchfork) Read more »
One of the more confounding new producers to surface as of late, the anonymous Patten is also responsible for one of the more intriguing electronic albums to come out this year, GLAQJO XAACSSO. Since that LP dropped in September via No Pain in Pop, we've seen one free remix EP emerge online, and now, a second has arrived. Read more »
San Francisco-based DJ Wool has a new single, "SF 94," due out soon via Top Billin. Described as "house music for the mature audiences," the release brings a smoother, more subdued approach to the table than much of Top Billin's party-oriented catalog. The single will feature "SF 94" along with alternate "Dirty 90's" and "Slo Mo" mixes from Wool, plus a remix from Dominique. Channeling classic piano house with its insistent chords and a buttery vocal sample, "SF 94" finds DJ Wool framing the past (in this case, his memories of a summer spent in San Francisco) through a modern lens. You can download the track below, and hear the single in its entirety on Soundcloud.
Although he's been self-releasing music for years, the posterboy for New York's and New Jersey's re-emerging vogue-house/ballroom scene, DJ/producer MikeQ (who gave us this excellent podcast at the beginning of the year), will soon drop his first "official" single via Kingdom's still-fresh Fade to Mind imprint. Read more »
Atlanta-based producer Time Wharp recently dropped a brief beat tape/EP, called GRN (artwork above), which consists of four tracks that collectively clock in at just above five minutes. Here, we have the effort's opening (and longest) cut, a swirling mix of buzzed-out synths, gliding melodies, and looping jazz guitar samples entitled "ja$$2." It's the kind of tune that delivers a rewarding off-kilter beat to nod along to, coupled with just the right touch of pleasant reminiscence shining through its warm chords. The whole GRN EP is available to stream/download (for the nominal price of $4) over at Time Wharp's Bandcamp, or you can grab it for free via Fresh Selects.
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