Atlanta-based Drew Briggs (a.k.a. Divine Interface) is getting set to release his first EP, Color Ways, on June 13. "Folklore" is one of the EP's five offerings, and it's a slow, bouncy, house tune driven by a haunting, reverberated vocal. The song twists and turns as the beat drops into half-time while the vocal delays pan and swirl, making room for the found-sound percussion to pull the song through. We're hoping that the rest of this bass-fueled EP similarly showcases Briggs ability to manipulate samples, noise, and space.
The sunny, outdoor, Montreal-based weekly event known to techno revelers as Piknic Electronik has just announced its 2011 schedule. Visitors to the annual MUTEK festival will know the Piknic as one of MUTEK's most highly anticipated events of the week, as crowds gather in Parc Jean-Drapeau, on an island in the St. Lawrence River, to catch the likes of Wighnomy Brothers, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, and tons of others over the last eight years. Read more »
They spent years watching Aliens, Akira, Blade Runner, and Tron movies in the video shop, and hundreds of nights out exploring hardcore and jungle warehouse raves. Then there were countless days surviving England's bitterly cold weather and absorbing sunny '80s synth pop. Maybe it was buying their first studio gear or meeting drum & bass innovator Darren "dBridge" White at London club The End that fueled their dreams. These moments and a million others forged Alex Green and Damon Kirkham's friendship, and led the duo to form Instra:mental and define a new path for UK bass music. Read more »
London-based Opit Records recently released a self-titled, five-track EP from London-based duo Jack Wyllie and Duncan Bellamy (a.k.a. Circle Traps). Included in the EP is a remix from label owner and one-time Bubblin' artist Subeena (pictured above), who has cooked up her own version of the track "Bo! Symbol." It's a cavernous, techy rework laced with droning, metallic, washed-out percussion and fluttery horns that build into a soothing Rhodes-esque melody before dropping back into the dark atmosphere from which they began. Grab the remix below and check out the full release here.
Charlton Heston and techno: Two words that, until recently, would not have been associated with one another. Yet, nevertheless, minimal techno originator Robert Hood (who was featured on XLR8R's cover last year) managed to make the connection with last year's stunning Omega—a musical transliteration of the post-apocalyptic 1971 thriller, The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston. Read more »
Our burgeoning love affair with Montreal's Grimes continues to grow exponentially with this freshly unveiled, previously unheard track from the talented singer/producer. The shape-shifting dream-pop number premiered just yesterday as the opener of her mix for Altered Zones, which appropriately kicks things off with an ethereally ominous tone. Massive bass frequencies throb underneath airy harp plucks, shimmering piano melodies, and translucent vocal hooks on Grimes' "Fragments of the Future"—creating an unlikely palette of sound that's oddly infectious. Look for more of that kind of music on the artist's split release with fellow Canadian pop experimentalist d'Eon, Darkbloom, which you can check out here.
How can you get from Milli Vanilli to Drexciya? This is a question that techno producer Tobias Freund may be set to answer with the release of Leaning Over Backwards on Ostgut Ton, the debut LP from his new moniker, Tobias. Read more »
Following in the footsteps of electronic music composers primarily interested in the effects of precious, emotive sounds (i.e. Four Tet, Gold Panda, Styrofoam, et al) is 19-year-old tunesmith Spencer Radcliffe from Athens, Ohio, who's been crafting that sort of music for some time under the name Blithe Field. His latest offering is an LP called Two Hearted (pictured above), the first track of which we have for you here. "Crushing" starts off with the sounds of barking puppies—running the risk of sounding entirely too cute, even for adolescent school girls—before quickly segueing into a tasteful groove of live drumming, tweaked acoustic guitar samples, bass melodies, and subtle electronics. More cutesy samples and poignant soundscapes appear before Blithe Field's album opener is finished—leaving us oddly intrigued as to what other heart-on-sleeve tracks we'll hear when Two Hearted is made available on June 28 via Lefse sister label Waaga.
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