It seems like a name change wasn't the only transformation that Daniel Lopatin's and Joel Ford's Games project underwent after it dropped last year's That We Can Play EP. Now simply called Ford & Lopatin, the duo has adopted a more clean-cut and less sample-centric approach to its '80s radio-pop aesthetic, which is surprisingly joined by an Auto-Tune/vocoder croon on the first cut to leak from the pair's forthcoming Channel Pressure LP (pictured above). The slick robo hook isn't the only unexpected sound on "Emergency Room"; there are synthetic slap-and-pop basslines, kitschy electronic bleeps and bloops, super-compressed drum-machine beats, and it all sounds like it was ready made to deliver straight to the radio—instead of ripped straight from it. It will certainly be interesting to hear what else has changed for Ford & Lopatin when their debut record drops on June 7 via their own Software imprint. Before then, you can check out the album's tracklist after the jump. (via Gorilla vs. Bear) Read more »
Buenos Aires cumbia futurist Chancha Vía Circuito may have dropped his sophomore LP, Río Arriba, in South America last year, but on March 29, the Argentinian producer will share that record with the rest of the world via the excellent ZZK label. Quickly following his album's international release, the artist born Pedro Canale will hit the road, touring the US throughout April. Read more »
May 9 will see the release of the latest collection of mind-bending, fast-paced dancefloor tunes crafted by Chicago juke/footwork/ghetto house scholar Chrissy Murderbot. The producer will drop his new Women's Studies LP—boasting such excellent/sexist song titles as "Heavy Butt" and "Jiggle"—via Planet Mu, which is preceded by this funny music video for "Bussin' Down." Read more »
It's the news that many (if not just about all) of us have been waiting for: Only two weeks after we heard his collaborative tunes with Four Tet and Thom Yorke, the elusive dubstep producer known as Burial will release his first solo productions in over four years. Read more »
Ryan York, the man behind the Non Projects-signed Asura moniker, recently shared a free collection of tracks he dubbed Unreleaseables (pictured above), as the tunes are made up of "a bunch of music [he's] never going to put out due to legal/artistic/motivation issues" (download it all for free here). Many of York's nine tracks sport an unusually heavy influence from juke/footwork music, including the hyperactive joint "Wink Wink." While 808 drum patterns establish the song's hot-footed tempo, loads of vocal snippets add both melodic and atonal layers to the jam, and the occasional percussion loop works out a head-twisting polyrhythm. It's a minimalistic whirlwind of a track, especially for a melodically focused artist such as Asura, but it's nonetheless enjoyable. So, we'll cherish it for now, since apparently, York says we "won't be hearing much else like this in the future... from these quarters."
Here's another slice of archived (though unreleased) "vintage" electronic music, courtesy of producer Rasmus Folk and the creative minds at the Dramatic label. Called "Dinner in Trieste (With Rasmus Folk)," the track starts with a recording (presumably from Folk) inviting you to dinner, and ends with another voice memo thanking you for the wonderful evening. In between the messages, we're treated to some understated analog synthscapes and subtle drum-machine rhythms, as a voice quietly sings from the bottom of the mix about this dinner in Trieste. It all sounds like a retro-futuristic idea of the kind of moody lounge music people might listen to while enjoying some fine cuisine about, say, 50 years after the song was supposedly written. It seems Rasmus Folk wasn't really too far off.
We've been keeping our ears homed in on UK producer Gold Panda since before he dropped the lovely Lucky Shiner LP via Ghostly last year, so we're pleased to see he's compiled some early material and rereleased it through the same label today. Read more »
Finnish duo Femme En Fourrure just dropped the brand-new Bronco EP on the club-loving Top Billin label, the title track of which we shared a music video of with you not too long ago. Included on that new, five-track release are remixes from of Teeth, Square Mode, and, feautured here, LA duo Nguzunguzu, who injects the brooding production with a bit of dark West Coast swagger. The combination of slow-bouncing drum machine patterns, ominous low-end melodies, and obscured vocal utterances make the duo's remix of "Bronco" sound something like a distant relative of witch house, one who prefers uppers to downers and would rather spend its late nights on the dancefloor than skulking about a graveyard.
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