Up-and-coming tunesmith Eliphino (a.k.a. "What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino?") is dropping the inaugural release for the brand-new magazine-cum-label somethinksounds on November 29, and here, we've got the premiere of the closing track on the four-song Undivided Whole EP. The production utilizes just a few standard elements (a couple thinly sliced synth melodies, a floating bass synth, some distant vocal clips, and a simple beat palette), the minimalism of which helps bolster the song's alien vibe. At its core, Eliphino's "I Just Can't" is darkly soulful, dismally buoyant, and woozily feverish; a whole set of contradictions that add to the tense mood.
Soundtrack obsessives, record junkies, and unwitting "hauntologists" Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker (a.k.a. Manchester production outfit Demdike Stare) sat down with Hungarian web hub Kultblog for a great video interview. Read more »
House icon Dennis Ferrer recently dropped a brand-new EP on his own Objektivity label, a four-track record called The Red Room. Along with a radio edit of the original, the release features mixes of "The Red Room" from Detroit's Kyle Hall, a collaborative production by The Martinez Brothers and Jerome Sydenham, and a dub edit by Ferrer himself. Read more »
When you're of the ilk of legend Brian Eno, you can do whatever you like. Thankfully for us, the producer likes making brilliant, inventive music out of a wide array of disparate sounds and genres, like those on his brand-new Small Craft on a Milk Sea album, which is out now via Warp. And apparently, Eno also likes to be funny, like in this interview he did with "Dick Flash" of "Pork Magazine." Read more »
To be released later this month via Amsterdam's Rush Hour imprint, Frictionalism 1994-2009 Remixes Pt. 1/2 is the first part of a 12" series featuring tunes from Anthony "Shake" Shakir's monumental Frictionalism compilation album remixed by hotly tipped contemporary producers. Read more »
And now for another taste of blown-out, cavernous, and beautifully dislocated pop music from Pittsburgh's Wise Blood, courtesy of London label-cum-blog Transparent. This cut premieres today before the 7" it's featured on, which also includes lead single "Solo (4 Claire)," is released on November 22. "Rot My Brain Away" is a brief but immediately infectious jam that launches directly into a booming rhythm, a host of soulfully droning melodies, and music maker Chris Laufman's smiling vocal delivery. It's easy to become lost in the tightly packed layers of Wise Blood's number, trying to catch every buried sample and distorted sound that bellows from its core. So, don't be surprised if you let it play seamlessly over and over before you realize—or even care—that you've listened to "Rot My Brain Away" about 10 times in succession. You can nab your copy of the limited edition 7" (only 300 pressed) here.
Now seven months after the release of her debut long-player for Hyperdub, UK dubsteptress Ikonika has readied the final single to be taken from Contact, Love, Want, Have for release at the end of the year. The Ikonoklast EP will drop on December 6, also via Hyperdub. Read more »
Props to Altered Zones for uncovering this one: London-based producer Drop/Dead and his stirring "Always Love You" tune. The track seems to come from the same realm as production outfits like Svpreme Fiend, Dark Sky, Sepalcure, and other bass lovers that can't help but inject some vocal-sample soul into their soundsystem crushers, though it maintains a rougher edge than most of those glossed-over sounds. Maybe it's the blaring synth pads, the in-the-red bass rumbles, or just the fervor that each sound is fired off with, but Drop/Dead's production feels a tad more homespun, a touch more personal for its subtle idiosyncrasies.
It's been almost 20 years since Arthur Russell's untimely death and his musical presence continues to be felt. In fact, last year we profiled Brooklyn-based producer/engineer Brennan Green whose own disco-house productions are in part the outgrowth of his long-time love for Arthur Russell's music. Read more »
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