For the second year in a row, the city of Asheville, North Carolina celebrated the legacy of former resident and innovator of the synthesizer Robert Moog with a festival featuring the eclectic, electric sounds that he was integral in making possible. This year's Moogfest fell once again on Halloween weekend, which lent the festivities a bit of a rave-ish vibe. Colored wigs, reflective jumpsuits, and various accessories of the glowing variety were a common sight when glancing across the throngs of festival-goers spread throughout the small college town that is still home to the Moog factory (pictured above). I had to wonder if Mr. Moog would be entirely pleased with being honored in this way, as the festival largely feels like a suburban Burning Man. Regardless, all performing artists in attendance were there to pay tribute to the visionary with some of the best music that can be seen and heard today, and did so in spades. Read more »
Manchester outfit Stay+, which smartly changed its name from the cringe-worthy Christian AIDS earlier this year, is set to release a one-sided 12" via RAMP early next month. The song is called "Fever," and the group has also put together a video to accompany the track. Read more »
While much of the electronic-music world is anxiously awaiting new solo material from Nicolas Jaar, the young producer apparently has other things on his mind, including a new collaborative project called DARKSIDE. Read more »
South Londoner James Fox is another name that can be added to the growing list of up-and-coming UK producers offering their take on the warmer side of house music. And although it may be just a few weeks late, "Close Your Eyes" comes loaded with enough summertime vibes—thanks to its sun-kissed pads, soulful organ blips, playful percussion, and sultry vocal refrain—to make us fondly remember the not-so-distant nights where a cold beer and a deep, rolling tune like this would have made just the right combination. It's a shame this track didn't see a proper release, as was planned before Fox reportedly ran into some "sample clearance issues," but if this tune is any indication, Fox will have plenty more pieces of glowing house in the days ahead
Not only is UK funky don Roska a busy DJ, consistent producer, and head honcho of his own Kicks and Snares imprint, he's also a generous guy. How do we know? Well, because the man has gone ahead and offered up a small collection of unreleased remixes of tracks released through his label for the agreeable price of absolutely free. Read more »
It wouldn't be the least bit of a stretch to call Scott Hansen a multidisciplinary artist. A masterful graphic designer and a rapidly rising musician and producer, he's spent much of his life constructing his own unique audio/visual paradise where sepia-soaked skylines, bucolic landscapes, and Endless Summer motifs intersect with Balearic sound worlds, warbling synth flourishes, and inherent vibes of dreamy nostalgia. The combinations sound familiar, sure, but Tycho is no cliché (neither is Hansen's design firm-cum-blog ISO50, for that matter). As his latest LP for Ghostly, Dive, and the lengthy story behind its creation indicate, Hansen's work is the culmination of the better part of a decade spent obsessively honing his craft into the vibrant, expansive vision it is today. Read more »
Sound Pellegrino has cooked up quite the concoction of producers for the first edition of its collaborative release series, Crossover, tapping UK badman Bok Bok and Amsterdam's soulful Tom Trago to deliver a six-track EP, Night Voyage Tool Kit (artwork above). The label has kindly offered up "Time Master" from the EP, which officially sees a release today, and it's a song that seems to find the perfect balance between Bok Bok's heavy-handed bass leanings and Trago's knack for potent synth tones. Taking a generous sample from a Teki Latex and Para One remix of Canblaster's "Clockworks," the pair work through an intoxicating rhythm (complete with giant, pitched toms) for the first two minutes or so before the track's real treat reveals itself in the first breakdown, as a gliding Death Row-reminiscent synth line pops out of nowhere and propels this one into some seldom-reached galaxy where space-disco anthems and house-infused bass music live in perfect harmony.
From the looks of Club Cheval affiliate Sam Tiba's new EP (artwork above), it might be fair to say the Frenchman has a taste for some of that "wacky tobaccy." Not only is the recently released three-track affair titled Black Eyed Weed, which is available for purchase here, but there are also some telling song titles to be found, such as "420" and the track he's offered up here, "ZigZag." But these signs can be a bit misleading, as Tiba has never been one to craft anything that could even come close to being described as "stoney," but has rather focused his efforts on creating bombastic club jams, all of which are infused with any number of more immediate ghetto-music subgenres. His new EP appears to continue these efforts, as "ZigZag" showcases the producer's knack for combining stuttering pieces of vocals, percussion, drums, FX, and bass (with absolutely no melody in sight) to yield a potent dancefloor weapon.
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