As the description reads on this young San Francisco artist's SoundCloud page, "Avalon Emerson will not transcend genre (the job of Cage and Prince and avocado pho), but her no-brow style might transcend the meta tags of your brain’s dumbass heart." Emerson obviously isn't one to mince words when describing her work, and the sarcastic-yet-honest attitude fits her new production, "Horoscope," to a tee. A bounding kick drum and some very loose, pleasantly disorienting toms run rampant across this seven-and-a-half-minute behemoth, which also features Emerson playfully asking us to join in on the hedonism in a series of incomprehensible toasts. Add a twist of carnival-referencing organ melodies to the mix, and you're left with an intoxicating blend of festivities ripe for springtime sunshine.
While the man has been responsible more than a few dancefloor heaters, Untold (a.k.a. Jack Dunning) has never been known for crafting music that's particularly light or happy. The Hemlock boss specializes in dark textures, which are often supplemented by hard-hitting percussion and thick bass tones. That said, his sound, which initially proved rather uniform, has substantially evolved in recent years, and continues to do so. Change in a Dynamic Environment Part I, the first chapter of an announced trilogy, marks the London producer's return to Hemlock, Dunning's first release on his own label since 2009's Gonna Work Out Fine EP. In truth, the songs here sound almost nothing like that record's title track or "No One Likes a Smart-Arse," yet Untold continues to sail in ominously compelling waters. Read more »
The New York-based electronic archeaologists of Gatekeeper have unveiled two forthcoming projects, a new album for Hippos in Tanks (artwork above) and an accompanying "first-person gaming environment, in which one explores various worlds inspired by tracks on the album." Read more »
The name of Diskotopia co-founder Matt Lyne's solo project, A Taut Line, makes complete sense when listening to his new 2776 Digital Hi-Vision EP (out April 9). Featured here, "Drunk" really does put on an impressive balancing act as it walks the line between undulating platters of sub-bass, crooning vocals ripped from a Tokyo arcade around 1993 (both Lynne and the label are based in Japan), and early rave-referencing piano stabs culled from forgotten '90s house jams. It all seems to be tottering on the edge of a beam, precarious but assured. You can check out a preview of the rest of A Taut Line's EP, along with a promo video featuring the track "Sands," after the jump. Read more »
Brooklyn trio Lemonade is about to embark on a tour with Texan chillwaver Neon Indian, but have opted first to put out a batch of remixes of "Neptune," the lead single from the band's forthcoming second album for True Panther, Diver. Featured here, Montreal native Sinjin Hawke's version of the track is a shimmering, dense rework that begins with a swelling, church-like choir before descending into florid swirls of panned vocals and a free-flowing 808 hip-hop beat. The package's three other remixes come from some of Lemonade's friends—including Mike Simonetti, Jacques Renault, and the band's own drummer, Alex Pasternak. 500 white labels featuring these tunes will be available on the aforementioned tour, the details of which you can check out, along with a stream of the rest of the "Neptune" remixes, after the jump. Read more »
Deep, searching techno music can be a mixed bag at times, with many producers falling into the trap of cautious and restrained melodic conservatism. Six-minute introductions, slow-developing progressions, commonplace synth patches listlessly unspooling to only the most patient listener's delight... These issues plaguing the long-standing genre are fortunately not shared by Ceremony-signed producer Magnus Johansson. We've covered Johansson's work as Bam Spacey before, but with the forthcoming Land EP set for release via the aforementioned NYC imprint on May 22, we're welcomed to a new production. "Ström (Saturday Mix)," an alternate version of the b-side from his latest single, is a vision of Scandanavian pop filtered through a winding, lushly produced deep-techno framework.
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