Kompakt's Total 12 hit the streets a few weeks back, and the venerable German imprint has elected to offer up this track from label co-founder Michael Mayer as a nice little reminder of its existence. It's not hard to hear how this brooding slice of techno fits into the twelve-year-old series, although it is a bit of a twist on the more melodically epic fare Mayer has shown himself to be more than competent at crafting throughout his career. Instead, "That's What I Told Sanchez" combs through a variety of found sounds, slightly off space-age noises, and an almost tribal vocal sample, pulling it all together to create a deep, borderline menacing techno excursion that sits neatly between cuts from Matias Aguayo, GusGus, Superpitcher, Gui Boratto, and the rest of the Total 12 roster.
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While we all wait patiently for our vinyl copies of How to Dress Well's Just Once EP to arrive, let's indulge in this gorgeously reworked version of lo-fi crooner Tom Krell's "Suicide Dream 2" by Tri Angle rostermate Holy Other. The producer's slow-burning remix builds ever so slowly from just a sole voice surrounded by ghostly shards of sound to one of his patently syrupy, brooding beatscapes—finally culminating in an understated climax that features what could be one of the most sublimely simple piano melodies we've heard in some time. Would you expect any less from a pair of the strongest artists of the past two years? (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
A track from AraabMuzik's excellent Electronic Dream LP finally sees a proper video treatment as part of Pitchfork's somewhat strange Surveillance series, which captures security-style footage of indie artists performing tunes while in ultra-modern hotel rooms. Read more »
Now, here's something that's, oh, maybe 100% different from anything we've ever heard released by the bass-hungry rave-fiends at Kid606's Tigerbeat6 label: a plinky, melodic electro-pop number from UK solo artist Magic Panda. The title track from his Days Are Numbered EP (which drops on September 12, and is pictured above) is both shimmering and dark, austere and emotive, organic and digitalized, and it's those kinds of sonic contradictions that make it so enjoyable to listen to. There's also a colorful little video for "Days Are Numbered," which you can check out after the jump. Read more »
Lapalux, the solo endeavor of Essex-based producer Stuart Howard, may only be a few years old now, but the 22-year-old artist has long been hard at work carving his own niche into the somewhat oversaturated world of beat-centric electronic music. As Howard puts it, "I used various aliases and genres, but none of it really stuck. Read more »
St. Petersburg-based producer Nocow has just announced the imminent release of Ruins Tape, his upcoming beat tape on Russia's G5 Music. This comes following a short (but impressive) string of releases that developed a sound reminiscent of the bass-leaning communities of London and Los Angeles. In advance of Ruins Tape, he's slipped us the intensely atmospheric "You Got Me" as a teaser. Continuing in the vein of "Moonlight Flit" (which we posted a few months back), "You Got Me" combines a complex and broken rhythm with deep washes of synthesized color and a wistful but unintelligible vocal hook. Ruins Tape comes out September 12 in two distinct versions: free on bandcamp and on cassette with a limited run of 100. In the meantime, grab "You Got Me" below and check out the song's dreamy video after the jump. Read more »
Midnight Magic to Release New Single with Remixes by Holy Ghost!, Steffi, Mano Le Tough, and Juan Maclean
Midnight Magic has just announced "Drop Me a Line," the follow-up single to last year's anthemic "Beam Me Up." Admittedly, this is a tall order, as "Beam Me Up" was one of the biggest tracks of the summer of 2010 and featured some incredibly strong remixes. Read more »
As is with most post-rock bands, the music of Chicago veterans Tortoise could quite often be described as cinematic, so it's more than fitting that the quintet will be providing the soundtrack for a brand-new film by the director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sánchez. Read more »
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