Pacific Northwest sound experimentalist Grouper just self-released a two-part album called A I A on her Yellowelectric label, one particularly excellent cut from which is the spectral "Alien Observer." Here, that relatively pop-leaning and hypnotic song by Liz Harris is paired with equally strange and beautiful visuals by director Hamish Parkinson. Read more »
The two fellas behind Scotland's The Blessings, Dominic Flannigan and Martyn Flyn, just sent over this fresh cut taken from a forthcoming EP scheduled for release via their home label, LuckyMe. "Real Guns" is a booming, high-energy track that finds the duo juggling a load of club-ready sonics of the grittier kind to work out a hyped-up groove. Swelling synth riffs, neck-snapping dance rhythms, and wriggling bass frequencies mash together with an array of vocal, brass, and percussion samples to give The Blessings' tune its unique ghetto-rave swagger. We suggest keeping an eye out for the rest of the EP when it drops later this year.
Next month, Australian house label Templar Sound will drop a new EP from Grown Folk (pictured above), a Montreal production duo making "house music for the new decade." Although this edit of the outfit's "Steady Moving" tune by half-Canadian brethren LOL Boys isn't on the six-track City Wind EP, it certainly fits well next to the kinds of futuristic dance music that record does feature, save the Damu and Dubbel Dutch remixes that we haven't even heard yet (though we're sure those will be great, too). LOL Boys' edit is also one of the pair's mellowest tunes to date, as the producers seem to have exchanged their fiery, tropically inclined club-tune palette for something a bit deeper that relies more on smooth synth pads, quietly delayed vocal samples, and hypnotic dancefloor rhythms that settle into you instead of smashing on top of you. You can compare "Steady Moving (LOL Boys VIP Re-Edit)" to the rest of Grown Folk's upcoming release here.
According to the press release for the new two-song release by Norwich producer Magic Panda, The Glass Mountains EP (pictured above), his dreamy electronic music has been seven years in the making, only crystalizing into its finished state around January 2010 when he decided to take it out of the studio and onto the stage. That being said, we can excuse 29-year-old Jamie Robson's 'Panda' moniker, and also the sonic similarities he shares with another UK-based Panda on the bubbly "Dream Theory." The bounty of slightly tweaked sounds that make up the melodic portion of Magic Panda's upbeat track float and flitter throughout the ambient soundscape he's crafted here, and are all driven by a quick-pulsing dance rhythm from start to finish. Like we said before, there are certainly elements reminiscent of Gold Panda on "Dream Theory," but Robson brings a somewhat more organic, almost playful approach to the ambient techno sound, which helps set him apart.
Boston's second installment of their electronic music/technology/art extravaganza, the Together festival, gets started with its week-long festivities today. Artists from around the world—including Pantha du Prince, Mary Anne Hobbs, Ramadanman (pictured above), Egyptrixx, Trentemøller, Zed Bias, Switch, and many others—will perform in a variety of different venues throughout the historic town between today, April 18, and Sunday, April 24. Read more »
The LA/Montreal duo of Jerome Potter and Markus Garcia (a.k.a LOL Boys) have dropped a self-titled EP on the always-fresh Discobelle imprint and Potter has spliced together a montage of strangely outlandish Second Life-esque clips for the track "Blockz." Similar in vibe to last summer's "123" clip, the "Blockz" video finds computer-generated animals running alongside trippy lo-res backdrops to while bubbling, pseudo-psychedelic beats percolate in the background. In short, we're into that. You can preview LOL Boys' recently released EP over on the pair's Soundcloud or simply purchase it here. Read more »
The long-standing duo of Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, collectively known as Mountains, has a new LP, Air Museum (artwork above), on its way and has passed along this track as a preview of the forthcoming full-length. "Thousand Square" finds the duo exploring the familiar territory of sparkling ambiance with a host of intricate synth tones and manipulated field recordings. Beginning simply with a pulsating note, the pair carefully introduces new elements that serve to expand the track's humble beginnings into ever-growing sonic depths. Where less-seasoned creators of meandering soundscapes might overload the listener, Anderegg and Holtkamp seem to be able to delicately pile sound source upon sound source without disturbing the calming balance a track like "Thousand Square" evokes in its listeners. Surely Mountains will have many more similarly enriched aural landscapes for us to explore when Air Museum is released May 10.
As we reported last month, the energetic UK wordsmith/producer/UStream enthusiast known as Wiley has a new album, 100% Publishing on its way this July via Big Dada. With anticipation already running high, the Eskiboy has gone ahead and dropped this hyperactive video with an alarming number of Wiley multiples running around to the accompaniment of the LP's lead single, "Numbers In Action." Read more »
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