Los Angeles' preeminent psychedelic beatsmith is all set to follow up last month's excellent International EP with a new full-length, Outmind (artwork above), slated for release April 19 on FlyLo's Brainfeeder imprint. "Like You Mean It" is the latest audio taste from the forthcoming LP and one that finds the Leaving Records head exploring the familiar territories of heavily side-chained samples and fuzzy soundscapes...not that we're complaining. Out of the wave of murky beat-makers that have been popping up left and right, Matthewdavid clearly belongs at the top of the pack due to his undeniable knack for weaving together disparate textures with seamless detail, crafting tracks that thump you in the chest as much as they toss around your brain. Mr. David has also been tapped for this month's Altered Zones mix, which we've made available for stream/download after the jump. (via Pitchfork) Read more »
Brooklyn electronic music experimentalist Slava—who you may remember from this post a couple of months back—recently performed a sort of free-form ambient set at the Rodan space, which has since made its way onto the internet in a number of different forms. Read more »
Tomorrow, the Austin-based dark-pop solo project of one Stefanie Franciotti, Sleep ∞ Over, will release a two-song 7" (pictured above) via LA's Hippos in Tanks label in preparation for its full-length LP, which is scheduled to drop this summer. The record features her "Casual Diamond" song on one side, and on the flip, this remix of the tune by Brooklyn's own gothy chanteuse, Laurel Halo. Her version of the track eschews the original's brooding '80s-pop aesthetic—reformatting it into something closer resembling an early industrial or proto-techno jam you might have heard back then. But it's not all churning rhythms and cyclical basslines on Halo's remix; translucent synthscapes and heavenly vocal clips wash over the production, keeping with the kind of ghostly moods that help make Franciotti's music so enjoyable.
The Norwegian duo of Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland (collectively known as Deaf Center) impressed connoisseurs of deep, ambient instrumental music back in 2005 with its Pale Ravine LP, but the pair has scarcely been heard from since. Finally resurfacing with a new LP, Owl Splinters, earlier this year, Deaf Center has reinstated its reputation for crafting slow, melodic sonic landscapes, trading in the partially lo-fi aesthetic of previous works for a much richer, studio-quality sound. Credited as cellist and pianist, Skodvin and Totland do much more than simply play cello and piano on "Close Forever Watching," as both musicians emote dark textures from their respective instruments while utilizing electronics to conjure long drones that flow together into one massively epic movement. For those interested in seeing/hearing Deaf Center perform its majestic compositions live, the Norwegians will be making a rare US appearance this month on April 7 as part of the Beyond the Dark series for the New York edition of the Unsound Festival (full details here).
You might remember Danish duo Taragana Pyjarama from this vibrant micro-techno track we offered near the beginning of the month. That tune comes from the outfit's just-released self-titled EP, as does the buoyant dance production "Girls," which is paired with the colorful video piece above. Read more »
One of our favorite songs from last year, which also just so happened to be on one of our favorite albums of 2010, Teengirl Fantasy's wonderful "Cheaters" tune recently received the official remix treatment from John Talabot and Beautiful Swimmers, and will be released by Spain's Hivern Discs label next month. Read more »
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