Former San Francisco art-punk outfit Mi Ami—the pair is now split between Brooklyn and SF—is preparing a new LP for 100% Silk, Decade (pictured above), which drops on March 20. The band's edgy brand of danceable punk is nowhere to be heard here, as the duo's sound has shifted towards drawn-out, dancefloor-ready house—a development that's not entirely surprising given the recent output of the two members' solo projects, Ital and Magic Touch. "Time of Love" is the second track from Decade, and it finds Mi Ami adopting an improvised and gear-bound approach, one that's not unlike that taken by bands like Blondes and Teengirl Fantasy. One can hear un-orchestrated knob-turns all throughout the song, expanding and compressing delay feedback while the eleven-minute track sizzles along with a 707 hi-hat, analog claps, delayed vocals, and a disco bassline.
Jersey club artist DJ Sliink (pictured above) is set to release a five-song EP for LA's Body High imprint. The record, titled Vibrate, features all original tunes and is set for a February 28 release. Read more »
Anticipation continues to run high for the debut full-length from London producer Jam City, which has been expected to drop via the Night Slugs label for some time. As it turns out, the waiting period is going to be extended just a bit longer, with the album's release currently slated for May. Nevertheless, Jam City isn't leaving his fans completely empty handed in the meantime, as he'll be dropping a new 12" on February 27. Read more »
Announced just yesterday, Kraftwerk - Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is a series of eight performances that will be held at the Museum of Modern Art by—you guessed it—German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. Read more »
NYC record label UNO is embarking a new venture called No Relation, an "edit imprint for hand-stamped white-label bootlegs." First up on the brand's docket is LOL Boys' "Moments in Heartbreak," which first appeared on Nguzunguzu's XLR8R podcast from July of last year, and can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
Recent London-by-way-of-Portugal transplant Trikk has been tapped by UK garage mastermind George FitzGerald to deliver the latest 12" on his fledgling ManMakeMusic imprint. "Envisages" does not make an appearance on the forthcoming single, but still stands as an excellent introduction to Trikk's production style, which is highlighted by infectious rhythms, dark synths, and running basslines—all coming together here for a slick piece of futursitc dancefloor heat. After giving "Envisages" a spin, you can peep the artwork and preview clips for the upcoming "Jointly" b/w "Fall Down" single, which drops on March 19, after the jump. Read more »
Let's get this out of the way: Redshape wears a mask. That said, while the seemingly endless parade of identity-cloaked producers has made the decision to wear a mask increasingly seem like a gimmick, in the case of this particular German producer, it actually feels appropriate. Listening to his music, one gets the impression that his choice to wear a mask isn't motivated by a desire to create some sort of mysterious artistic facade or make any kind of statement. In truth, Redshape rarely says much of anything at all and the mask seems more like a genuine attempt to remove his persona from the process of experiencing his art. It may sound cliché, but Redshape lets his music do the talking, and his latest record, "Throw in Dirt" b/w "The Land," set for release on Martyn's 3024 imprint, shows that the techno veteran's flair for crafting bold, muscular tunes hasn't diminished in the slightest. Read more »
We know Raffertie (pictured above) best for his restless and bassy remixes and productions, but the UK producer has taken an unexpected left turn with this subdued remix of Get People's "Macaw." Raffertie tones down the vocal-led deep-house track, transforming it into a extended ambient soundscape of synth pads and bells. At times, the remix hints at Raffertie's jittery output with a synth or hi-hat flutter, but the most agitated tones come from a subtle kick, which keeps the track pulsing under a wash of big, dramatic chords.
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