In the middle of last month, relatively prolific UK bass producer Toby Ridler (a.k.a. Becoming Real, pictured above) dropped his fifth release in under a year, the three-track "Closer" b/w "Antarctic City" 12", on the brand-new Cold World Industries imprint. Along with Ridler's original tunes came a remix of "Closer" by Night Slugs acolyte Jam City, and here we have Pictureplane's own take on the production, which is equally enticing despite the fact that it doesn't appear on the official release. What's really interesting here is that the Denver-based artist doesn't quite sound like the gothy, trance- and rave-obsessed producer we've come to know and love; this remix sounds more like the kind of angular, leftfield 2-step made by Zomby, Untold, and the like. Maybe Pictureplane decided to just go with the original vibe of Becoming Real's skittering bass tune as a one-off experiment, or maybe he's turning a new leaf—either way, we're happy with what's he done here. If you're fiending for a bit of old-school Pictureplane, make sure to check out these mixes that he just dropped for DIS Magazine. The post features a sort of retrospective of his work—including rare and unreleased gems like the April Fools' Day track he did for us—and a live recording, and apparently precedes the release of a new LP coming soon. (via Pitchfork)
Though UK producer Mark E has been hard at work crafting and releasing an array of minimally minded techno/house singles since 2005, he won't have a proper full-length under his belt until Ghostly sister label Spectral drops it on May 17 (read more about the album here). Stone Breaker is a nine-track behemoth of a debut LP, and this extended version of "Deny This" is just a taste of what those lengthy dancefloor burners have to offer. While the kick drum's incessant pulse carries Mark E's composition across its nine-plus-minute runtime, clattering percussive sounds, bouyant basslines, simple synth melodies, and ominous vocal samples come and go seemingly at random. Things rarely pick up in intensity on "Deny This (Extended Version)," and even when they do, the sonic shift is subtle and short lived. We look forward to hearing what other aural nuances are in store when Stone Breaker is released next month.
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Marc Hellner's Pulseprogramming project has a new LP on the way next month, and "First They Fire" is the initial offering to surface from the forthcoming release. Starting off with about as carefree an electro drumbeat as one could imagine, the track moves steadily into wispy, shoegazey electro-pop territory with a host of washy guitars and low, steady bass providing the bed for Hellner's nonchalant synth lines and Chanel Pease's serenely delivered vocals. As the tune calmly drifts through the tranquil space of its own creation, one could easily miss the mumbled details of the unusual (although metaphorical we're sure) chorus lyrics, "I'm on fire/ I'm on fire." Not quite the subject material we were expecting, but we're not going to let that stop us from happily clapping along. Pulseprogramming's forthcoming album, Charade is Gold (artwork above), is set to be released on May 3.
Before departing for the complete opposite coast of the continental United States, the formerly San Francisco-based duo Matmos (pictured above) had joined forces with SF's resident blissful guitar manipulator Christopher Willits and local videographer/musician Nate Boyce for an "expectation-less" collaboration of sorts. Read more »
This heavenly slice of electro indie-pop comes to us from Vancouver-based producer Jonny Dylan Hughes (a.k.a. Branches). Throughout the instrumental affair, Hughes implements a bath of ethereal synths and arpeggios which is built upon using a seemingly endless supply of delicate melodies with interlocking rhythms that precisely play off each other. The first blown-out drum loop enters the procession just after the one minute marker, eventually disappearing only to pop up again in short spurts between a number of incredibly melody-washed breakdowns. In customary electro-pop fashion, the biggest burst of energy is saved for the track's climax, where giant, glitched kicks and snares fire at will as Hughes' melodies soar above, unscathed by the tumultuous sounds below. "Everything You've Ever Done Has Been Beautiful" can be found on Branches' new EP of the same name (artwork above), which is available for download from the project's Bandcamp.
Early last month we reported that the amazing team of future-music wunderkind, and XLR8R cover star, Ramadanman (pictured above) and UK bass veteran Zed Bias (a.k.a. Maddslinky) were putting together an extensive North American tour throughout the month of April. Now, word has come down the pipeline that all the dates have been finalized and, furthermore, Zed Bias has launched a four-part mix series to help spread the word. Read more »
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