Berlin-based Canadian expat Scott Monteith (a.k.a. Deadbeat) has a couple of fresh endeavors in the works. The longstanding dub-techno producer has announced the formation of his own record label, BLKRTZ, which will drop its first release, a five-track album by Deadbeat called Drawn & Quartered, on June 20. Read more »
On June 14, Norwegian cosmic disco lover Diskjokke will release his third full-length record, the six-track Sagara. That album follows just under a year from his last, and is finished out by this lengthy cut of swirling live electronics. In fact, "Panutup" seems like a strange choice for the first tune to leak from Diskjokke's LP, as it's practically devoid of the driving dancefloor beats we've come to expect from the producer. The whole seven-and-a-half-minute song is instead rife with deep analog synths, calming aural textures, and heartwarming melodies—like some kind of mood music for people with good taste. It's only after we're halfway through "Panutup" that we get a quick jolt of upbeat rhythms, though they're quickly replaced by the gorgeous ambient sounds again. Let's hope we get more of these well-balanced sounds when the rest of Sagara is released via Smalltown Supersound.
Continuing with a string of exclusive mixes that has included the likes of Martyn, CFCF, Andrew Weatherall, Guido, and many others, online boutique and art/culture hub Oki-Ni has procured the talents of Los Angeles' future-funk maestro Dâm-Funk for its latest installment. Read more »
Pearson Sound, David Rodigan, Flying Lotus, and More to Play Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival in July
Over the past few summers, the bucolic seaside fishing village of Sète has served as the site of the Worldwide Festival. Converging on this town in the South of France, rave tourists from around the globe celebrate electronic sounds of all stripes, which are carefully curated by radio DJ, label head, and all-around dance music champion Gilles Peterson. This year’s festivities take place from July 6 to 10, and will feature a wide variety of tunes on four outdoor stages. Read more »
The latest in minimalist, ambient-minded house and techno on its way from the illustrious Minus label includes releases from New York's Ambivalent & Alexi Delano and Berlin producer Barem (pictured above). Read more »
SoCal beatsmith Groundislava has dropped this unsettling video for the track "Animal," from his recently released self-titled debut LP. The stoney, melancholy head-nodder (which we posted for download a few weeks back) comes with a harrowing visual accompaniment thanks to the direction and production efforts of The Great Nordic Sword Fights. In the video, we follow a mysterious creature as it scurries frantically through a dark night in a bizarre Blair Witch Project-meets-Michel Gondry-meets-an-overwhelming-combination-of-hallucinogens kind of montage. Groundislava's debut full-length is out now on Friends of Friends. Read more »
The state of Wisconsin may not be the first place you think of when you hear that Dre Skull's Mixpak label (responsible for releases from the likes of Warrior One, Lil' Scrappy, and Vybz Cartel) has a new signing with an EP on the way, but that is precisely the place which the imprint's newest signee, Andy Petr, calls home. The 19-year-old Milwaukee-based producer has offered up this track to help familiarize us with his productions, and if "Drinking Milk From His Hands" is any indication, they're chock-full of bubbling synths and heavy beats. He's even thrown in some frantically off-beat toms reminiscent of his Midwestern neighbors from Chicago's juke scene to fill out this promising slice of futuristic electro. Although Petr's got a forthcoming Mixpak EP, Rapper Turned Singer, in the works for a May 10 release, this particular track hails from the first volume of the young producer's ambitious free EP trilogy, APD004, which you can download here.
A long-time visual documenter of the electronic music scene, XLR8R photographer Shaun Bloodworth has announced he will be staging an exhibition of photos and film at Sheffield's Bank Street Arts Gallery from April 28 until May 16 as part of the UK's Sensoria Festival. Read more »
With a handle that brings to mind the tranquility of being amongst protruding snow-capped land masses, its no surprise that this tune from producer Peter James (a.k.a. White Mountains) is a serene jaunt of blissful techno. "Spectra," a cut from James' forthcoming Lightforms EP (artwork above), gathers the usual elements of heavenly electronic music, utilizing light vocal "ahhs," swelling pads, distant harp, and the sort of spiraling melodies one would expect—not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, despite employing some of the more common trademarks of the genre, "Spectra" still manages to have a unique place in the electro-bliss world, existing somewhere around The Field's more repetitive melodic outings during his early Kompakt days but with more of a knack for vivid sonic textures in the vein of artists like Gold Panda. The Lightforms EP is James' second offering under his White Mountains moniker, and will be released on June 7.
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