Sound the conflict-of-interest alarm! Yes, our very own Managing Editor, Shawn Reynaldo, has crafted and delivered to us a brand-new mix of fresh, next-level club tunes. The recording was made not only to spread the word of the first anniversary celebration of the excellent Icee Hot party, which will feature the illustrious Kode9 as its headliner, but also to mark the death of Reynaldo's 11-plus year-old DJ alias, Disco Shawn. Read more »
This video was put together by some loving fans of producer Tim Hecker's particularly brutal aural assaults, but was apparently sanctioned by the artist and his people, since that's who alerted us to its existence. Fittingly, the people responsible for the post paired a number from Hecker's forthcoming Ravedeath 1972 album, "The Piano Drop," with vintage, black-and-white footage of "The First MIT Baker House Piano Drop (1972)." Read more »
UK-based avant-pop outfit Stateless (pictured above) is about to unveil its second album, Matilda, on March 1. As bands tend to do, a single is being circulated prior to the album release, and Stateless has settled on "Assassinations." The group claims that the song sounds like "Timbaland producing Pink Floyd" (is that a good thing?), and producers Om Unit and FaltyDL have been commissioned to remix the track. We've got our hands on the latter effort, which finds NYC beatsmith Drew Lustman chopping, slicing, and looping frontman Chris James' vocals and marrying those bits with swirling psychedelics, moody keys, and a melange of fractured beats. It's not exactly dancefloor material, but FaltyDL has never been one to shy away from sonic experimentation. The "Assassinations" single comes out on February 15.
Amsterdam production duo Juju & Jordash just dropped this video in our inbox the other day, a 12-minute clip of the house-loving pair working out a live jam session with German DJ/producer Move D. Read more »
Ben Frost, Demdike Stare, Lone, Emeralds, and More to Play Second Annual Unsound Festival New York in April
Poland's premiere forward-thinking electronic/experimental music festival Unsound will make the trip overseas again this year for its second installment of Unsound Festival New York. Along with support from the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York, the Unsound Festival planning team will unleash a barrage of live performances by excellent musicians, DJs, producers, and bands between April 1 and April 10. Read more »
The Montreal DJ/producer who calls himself Jacques Greene (yep, it’s an alias) has a knack for making house grooves that toy with emotions, often dancing between euphoria and melancholia in the same breath. "If you’re trying to make music with a feeling, it’s more interesting to show something nuanced, like something in real life, such as a relationship," he says about his yin-yang ethic. Read more »
It's easy to think of the whole post-dubstep scene as a UK-centric phenomenon, but new artists continue to pop up all over the globe. Just yesterday, we posted a tune from Lithuania's Brokenchord, and now New Zealand is getting into the act, courtesy of Johnny Sable. The young producer isn't reinventing the wheel, as "Made in Taiwan" relies on skittering garage beats, emotive pitch-shifted vocal snippets, and subdued rave synths. Yet despite the familiarity of the song's building blocks, Sable's construction work is the key here, as he effectively fills the track with negative space, which keeps things light and restrained, even as the tune picks up steam over the course of its five minutes. It's an impressive offering, and one that makes on wonder what else the Kiwis have been brewing up on the club front.
Chicago house icon and Classic label co-owner Derrick Carter is next in line to contribute to the illustrious Fabric mix series. On March 14, the veteran DJ/producer will drop Fabric 56: Derrick Carter, which will feature 17 tracks (though some sections boast multiple songs within their timeframes) of timeless house music, fresh originals, and some unheard club-ready goodness. Read more »
Remember when we, along with Scion, launched the City Guide mobile apps for iPhone and Android to bring you the best bars, restaurants, cafés, galleries, shops, record stores and unique spots in the country?? Well, the City Guide is still growing with even more cities, events, and hotspots!!! Check out all the new City Guide app details!!!!!! Read more »
We're just going to come out and say it: we're not exactly big fans of Tahiti 80 (pictured above). No offense to the French pop band—their tunes are perfectly fine, they're just not very XLR8R. That said, there's no denying that the group has impeccable taste when it comes to remixers. Back in November, we posted a stellar "Darlin" re-work by Barcelona's John Talabot, and now Tahiti 80 has extended their recruiting arm to our side of the Atlantic and enlisted Jimmy Edgar to have a go at the track. As those familiar with Edgar might expect, he's sexed up the proceedings with some throbbing electro beats, crunchy synths, and a seriously sleazy vibe. If Tahiti 80 keeps this up, perhaps we'll be more inclined to check out the Darlin EP when it drops next week, or the band's upcoming full-length, which is scheduled for later in the year.
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