Last summer, we posted "Linstigator," the first salvo from the UK's Disclosure, a pair of teenage brothers named Guy and Howard Lawrence. After following up that slice of melancholy 2-step with a proper single on Moshi Moshi, the boys delved back into the studio and are now ready to drop a follow-up in June. "Carnival" is taken from that new single, and while it's not a completely radical reinvention—the music is still thoroughly grounded in UK bass music—the South London duo has certainly switched it up in terms of mood, leaving behind the depressed garage vibes and experimenting with bouncing bass, playful melodies, polished synths, and sassy R&B swagger. This feelgood spirit—not to mention the uptick in production quality—suits Disclosure well, so we're excited to see how things progress in the months ahead.
These days, if you just so much as create original visuals for a music video (no matter what they are actually depicting), you'll easily grab our attention. But if you go ahead and create a miniature world based on video games, archaic clip art, VHS tapes, and cute animations, well, we'll make sure to share your work with as many people as we can. Read more »
Ever found yourself scratching your head, dumbfounded and in awe of Soul Clap's production chops? Well, friend, we're right there with you. But at least we can all take comfort in the knowledge that on May 9, a part of the magic behind the madness will be revealed. Read more »
White Horse is LA-based artist Ben Chisholm, a producer specifically interested in the power of shadowy electronic sounds who also makes music as part of Wild Eyes and as a member of dark-folk songstress Chelsea Wolfe's band. Under his solo moniker, Chisholm has spent time crafting a series of EPs called The Revenant Gospels, the third of which he's just finished. While all of the music is completely original, the ghostly, pitch-shifted voices are samples taken from people who are no longer alive (i.e. Freddie Mercury, Nico, unknown singers from the '20s, etc.). "Sewn Shut" comes from the most recent installment of those Gospels, and exhibits a particularly light and shimmering side to the White Horse sound. Well, at first anyway. The track's initial plinking synth tones quickly give way to ominous bass frequencies, howling vocal melodies, and slow-grooving beats that fight to bust through the dense miasma of sound—a far more common soundscape heard in Chisholm's productions. You can download the rest of the EP for free, here, and check out the two prior Gospels here.
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Hot on the heels of last month's rework of Bibio's "Jealous of Roses," the mysterious, Philadelphia-based CSLSX (who we previously covered here) has just dropped a nice and breezy tune that straddles the line between chillwave and Balearic. Go ahead and mark this one as track three on the soundtrack to your summer. Sounding like the aural equivalent of a fourth-grade finger painting, "Keep On Shining" floats along while still hitting hard for a song intended for a "it's-6am-in-1989" Ibiza dancefloor. Filter-smeared toms glide like yachts driven by the breeze of an interlocked melody made from Nile Rogers guitars and Aeroplane synths, while the melody from "Strawberry Letter 23" fills out the top end along with a chopped female vocal hook that ties it all together with the feelgood refrain, "so good, so right." Download the mp3 here and be sure to check out the video after the break. Read more »
Nostalgia—will it ever go out of fashion? It seems as though we've been caught in a simulacrum of one decade or another since the '90s ended. Yet, within the process of simulating is the power for restructuring the past into something fresh. Eclectically influenced Bristol-based producer Hyetal, for instance, takes more than a handful of nostalgic sources and blends them together to paradoxically invoke a past that never was. Read more »
Well, today is just a day of long-awaited singles, isn't it? Adding his own work into the mix is the elusive Zomby, who makes good on his recent signing to 4AD with a track from the forthcoming Dedication LP (which is apparently "a dedication to someone much loved and missed") that features indie/electronic music mainstay Panda Bear handling the vocal duties. Truthfully, if you know what new Zomby tracks sound like, and you know what Panda Bear's voice sounds like, you'll know exactly what "Things Fall Apart" sounds like: Skittering garage rhythms, bleepy-bloopy synth sounds, over-sized bass tones, and cavernous croons abound. We'll hear what else Zomby's new full-length has to offer when it drops on July 11. (via FACT)
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