The cover photo for Berlin producer Moritz Friedrich's album Mosaik depicts a scene that looks like a drug-addicted teenager's messy bedroom. Picture a pile of junk littered with toy figures, a Casio keyboard taped to a shotgun handle, white Mickey Mouse gloves, glue, balloons, candles, and cables. The image is an apt metaphor for Siriusmo's manic energy and playful ideas. Mosaik bursts with dramatic mood shifts and youthful sturm und drang manifest as clubby techno, glitchy hip-hop, and whomping dubstep tracks. Read more »
Berlin aural auteur Lucy is about to release his latest, a full-length concept album built on the sounds of deep techno grooves and thick layers of noise. Entitled Wordplay for Working Bees, the album is coming out on March 4 via Stroboscopic Artefacts, and this entrancing six minutes of ominous sound is one of its 11 tracks. "Gas" crawls out slowly from the primordial goop of producer Luca Mortellaro's creative psyche, into a chrome-lined incubation chamber warmed by distorted dissonance and thought-engulfing sub frequencies, before developing into a fully formed, dark minimal-techno track for the dystopic future. At only four cuts in, it's part of a decidedly strong start to Lucy's LP, the whole of which can be heard on his Soundcloud profile, here.
The UK club-tune specialists in DJ/production outfit Hot City have another hotly tipped EP on its way down the pipeline, an offering of four original tracks called Go Bang. The Moshi Moshi label will release the music, which has been described as an "epic mix up of UK funky with big basslines and deep grooves," on April 4. Read more »
Though we're not entirely sure of the exact details, it seems like Kieran Hebden (pictured above), the creative force behind last year's gorgeous Four Tet album, There Is Love in You, is readying a new single for his own Text label, called "Pinnacles." And apparently, it will be a split single, with Caribou's Dan Snaith sporting a new moniker, Daphni, on the flipside. Read more »
One could trace Rainbow Arabia's multifarious aesthetic to several origins, whether dancehall, '80s synth-pop, African highlife, Arabic disco, or any number of other realms, depending on the song snippet in question. In any case, the band's first full-length, Boys and Diamonds, renders discussions of genre pretty pointless—more than anything, it's a pop album, and a solid one at that.
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Late last month we told you about the first wave of artists announced to play the second Unsound Festival in the US, scheduled to take place between April 1 and April 10 in New York City. Now, along with the likes of Emeralds, Demdike Stare, Lone, Ben Frost, and Brian Eno (pictured above with Frost), ticketholders can look forward to performances from Kode9, Laurel Halo, Julianna Barwick, Appleblim, Raime, James Ferraro, Pink Skull, Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance, Harald Grosskopf, Sepalcure, Svarte Greiner, and many others. Read more »
In writing about contemporary music and the images occasionally paired with such sounds, words like hazy, foggy, and murky are often batted around—especially in regards to the fresh crop of artists popping up as of late. But rarely are those descriptors so apt as with this video for the closing track from Caribou's year-end-list-topping Swim LP. Read more »
It has been a minute since we posted a proper track from West Coast beat-kid extraordinaire Shlohmo, but listening to "Places," it seems that the wait was well worth it. If this song is any indication, Shlohmo has been absorbing some smoother sounds lately, along the lines of say D'Angelo and others from the late-'90s neo-soul heyday, and flipped them seamlessly into his repertoire. The trademark stuttering clicks, pops, claps, and hiss that we've come to know and love are all still here, but thrown into the mix is a sultry guitar, gasps of falsetto vocals, and countless gorgeous melodies. One might even say that "Places," the title track from his forthcoming digital-only EP, is a step towards maturity as beat music goes, perhaps taking us a small step away from merely nodding our heads and taking a small step toward scratching our chins in contemplation as well. Places (artwork above) is set to drop March 15, followed by a "Places" b/w "Seriously" (a non-EP song) 7" that will be for sale at Shlohmo's upcoming performances during the Magical Properties 3 tour with Daedelus and Tokimonsta. You can check those tour dates after the jump. Read more »
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