While this year's ADE festival had a lot to offer in the way of young, burgeoning talent—check out both parts of our festival wrap-up for proof—it also brought some absolute legends to Amsterdam for the five-day event, including the "Godfather of House," Frankie Knuckles. Amidst DJing two separate showcases on two different nights, and joining in a panel discussion with another electronic-music pioneer, Derrick May, Knuckles found a few minutes to sit down and talk us about where he's been and what he's been up to since reappearing on the scene, and also shared some passionate words on the current state of the US' electronic music scene. Read more »
Sacramento's Raleigh Moncrief doesn't exactly have the typical XLR8R resume. He's collaborated with drumming virtuoso Zach Hill, performs in Marnie Stern's touring band, and worked as an engineer and co-producer on Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca album. This week, Moncrief released his own debut full-length, Watered Lawn, via the Anticon label, and although "Cast Out for Days" does have some indie-ish leanings that recall the psychedelic stylings of groups like Animal Collective, its warbly low end and woozy synths unexpectedly caught our ear. Read more »
"Moments," the first track from San Francisco producer and multi-instrumentalist Giraffage's forthcoming full-length album, is a glitchy slice of bedroom dream-pop lushly constructed with layers of samples, sundry instrumentation, and tight percussion. Comfort, his first LP and the follow-up to this year's Pretty Things EP, will continue the hazy romp through looping guitars, 808 thuds and clacks, and diced-up vocals when Giraffage (a.k.a. Charlie Yin) self-releases it on November 17.
If you follow the sci-fi saga outlined in the press materials, Space Dimension Controller is Mr. 8040, an inadvertent time traveller from the 24th century whose reality includes interplanetary warfare, alien invasions, and near-extinction for the human race. Back here on Earth, Space Dimension Controller is also the handle adopted by young Belfast producer Jack Hamill. Regardless of what timeline you choose to follow, recent years have seen a steady stream of cosmic tunes from Space Dimension Controller, songs powered by vintage synths, analog sounds, and a noticeably '80s electro-funk vibe. His latest musical dispatch is The Pathway to Tiraquon 6, an extended EP meant to serve as a prequel to the forthcoming Welcome to Mikrosector-50 LP. Read more »
Portland-based group Chromatics has a new LP, entitled Kill For Love, due out in January via Italians Do It Better. A video for the album's title track recently saw the light of day, pairing hazy, retro-styled footage of the band performing with the plain, honest vocals of lead singer Ruth Radelet. Read more »
Parisian producer Manaré's extended hiatus is soon to come to a close, with a new EP due out on Halloween via French label Youngunz, which promises three new originals alongside remixes from Chaos in the CBD (newly recruited to the Youngunz roster) and Marble Players, the collaborative production trio-cum-label of Para One, Surkin and Bobmo. To whet appetites for the upcoming release, Youngunz have proffered Chaos in the CBD's remix of the title track. Beginning with the staccato chord progression of the original, the New Zealand-based duo flips the track into the kind of nebulous house music that seems to be so dominant these days—complete with sweeping chords, lilting R&B vocal samples, and a healthy portion of clattering percussion. That's not to say that this is some cheap attempt to cash in on current musical trends, however; though they may be working within an established sound, Chaos in the CBD's take on "Pearl" is certainly danceable, and the stuttering hits of not-quite-UK-funky drum sounds—bringing to mind the crisp rhythms of someone like Jacques Greene—provide excellent contrast to the round, open bass melody that populates the track's low end. To get a sense of what Manaré plans to bring to the table with this new release, be sure to check out the preview video for the Pearl EP, as well. (via Discobelle)
Multinational production duo Lazer Sword (a.k.a. Low Limit and Lando Kal) has announced it will soon release the first follow-up to its 2010 debut LP, Lazer Sword, with a two-song 10" set to drop via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Read more »
The LA-based, Not Not Fun-affiliated dance label 100% Silk is easily one of our favorite labels to emerge this year, and it would appear we're not alone in the sentiment: Little White Earbuds just unveiled a fresh podcast from label artist Magic Touch (a.k.a. Damon Palermo of Mi Ami, who we featured talking with band/label mate Ital here), which is coupled with a lengthy Q&A with label founder Amanda Brown. Read more »
As luck would have it, we're able to bring you the premiere of the atmospheric Machinedum (pictured above) remix of "M.A.R.S." by DJ/producer/Hotflush label head Scuba on the same day we review his awesome new mix album for the DJ-Kicks series. The original tune, which can be found only on that record, is described as a "deep, house-esque" highlight of the producer's mix, and while this remix does have a certain amount of deepness to it, the track as a whole is more in line with the skittering-but-airy juke-isms Machinedrum shared on his 2011 album, Room(s).
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