Released yesterday on Warsaw-based electronic music label Concrete Cut, the Jambah Bong Dub EP is a four-track offering from Polish DJ/producer Rhythm Baboon, who's been exploring the more ominous and esoteric side of bass music for some years now. The artist born Szymon Listewnik has been compared to the likes of Shackleton and Demdike Stare, neither of which are a stretch; his deft use of percussion and ominous low-end tones place him square in that camp of dubby experimentalists. "Hunting Bushman" puts these strong points at the forefront of Rhythm Baboon's production work, which—along with some ghostly sound effects and field recordings of cricket chirps—quite effectively create the suspenseful and mysterious mood of running through the jungle, whether you're hunting or being hunted. You can sample more of these sounds from Listewnik's new EP here.
When listening to the warbled, hiss-ridden tape music that comprises Matthewdavid's hazy debut LP for Brainfeeder, Outmind, certain words come to mind, like "journey" and "trip." Not only because you get the feeling that the music itself is taking you somewhere as it wafts into your ears, but also because maybe the Southern California sound artist is taking his hometown's beat music somewhere else, too. Similarly, this brand-new music video for Matthewdavid's album cut "Noche y Dia / San Raphael" is a trip all of its own. Read more »
Today, Berlin-based Dumb Unit rolled out the first installment of their collaborative DUMB UNIT DYNASTY series, from prolific Swedish producer Patrik Skoog (a.k.a. Agaric, pictured above) and techno stalwart Walker Barnard. Read more »
Steve Moore, the multitasking musician behind outfits like Zombi and Lovelock, has a fresh two-track single out now via NYC imprint L.I.E.S. Much like his other bands, Moore's solo output relies heavily on vintage synth tones, driving beat work, and dense, hypnotic grooves. The b-side to his Zero-Point Field EP, "Frigia," boasts those kinds of sounds in spades, as the producer thickly spreads out warm analog frequencies over the course of his 12-minute, Kraut-inspired epic—sounding as much like the pioneers of expansive electronic music as himself. And sure, we're offering you a free download of this track here, but this is the kind of music meant for a proper spin on your record player. You can make that happen for yourself, and grab a copy of Moore's 12" in the US or elsewhere, here and here respectively.
If you were lucky enough to catch a live Wighnomy Brothers set before their split in 2009, then you know that Monkey Maffia and Robag Wruhme were often deservedly called the best techno DJs in the world, spinning all-vinyl marathon sets on four turntables fueled by copious amounts of bass-heavy, soulful techno (and even more copious amounts of alcohol). On Thora Vukk, his second full-length, Robag Wruhme (a.k.a. Gabor Schablitzki) shows that while his techno chops are still intact, his penchant for atmospherics and found sounds has increased dramatically since his last album, 2004's Wuzzelbud "KK." Read more »
If this MP3 post has a familiar ring to it, that's probably because you may be experiencing some XLR8R déjà vu. Last week when we announced that summer-tinged electro-pop producer Chad Valley had plans to release a new EP this June, not only did we hip you to the details of the new release but we also posted a stream of this very track from the forthcoming EP (artwork above) too. Well, now we've got "Fast Challenges" here as a download, which we think you'll agree entirely overpowers any lingering feelings of déjà vu. Furthermore, this luscious slice of warm, gooey dance-pop has us wondering what summer nights are actually like for the Oxofrd-based artist and if they usually end in the kind of carefree dance frenzy one imagines "Fast Challenges" would inspire. For now our questions will just have to go unanswered as we savor this small but intriguing bite of what's to come when Equatorial Ultravox drops June 20.
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