Claire Boucher has been on something of a winning streak over the past couple of years. Starting with a 15-song cassette debut in 2010, the Montreal-based artist known as Grimes has quickly developed from her beginnings as a nascent experimentalist into the darling of homemade pop music with the quiet release of a second LP and her more celebrated split EP with fellow Canadian d'Eon, Darkbloom, in 2011. Now, as Boucher sits merely weeks away from the release of her third album, Visions, via 4AD (along with her own Arbutus imprint), she already seems poised to ascend to a whole new level. Read more »
Detroit duo South South Million—a project that "centers around the collage of live instrumentation, samples, and found sounds"—has a new full-length scheduled to drop on March 6 via Brooklyn imprint Triple Down, and is sharing one of Wind Hand Caught in the Door's 16 handmade tunes ahead of its release. "Baff Speech" is a prime example of Trevor Naud's and Daniel Clark's production style: A vinyl-ripped jazz beat unfurls its chopped bits on a loop, as it's gradually surrounded by sitar riffs, guitar strums, the odd piano flourish, and buried vocal coos, most of which you can never be quite sure if they have been sampled or not. It pretty much sounds like a collaboration between Bibio, Flying Lotus, and Simon & Garfunkel. If that piques your interest, make sure to sign up for South South Million's mailing list on its website, so you can get your free digital copy of Wind Hand ahead of its release date.
After more than a decade of well-received writing and performing, four critically and commercially successful albums, and even a top-ten hit, Hot Chip has cemented itself as one of the UK's premier electronic acts. But with success comes elevated expectations, and given the run that Hot Chip is on, any new material from the group will surely be met with scientific scrutiny. Perhaps that's part of the reason why the group's songwriters, Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor, have been stepping outside of the Hot Chip brand to release more personal and less polished music under their given names. More recently, Goddard has gone further, teaming up with Greco-Roman Soundsystem DJ Raf Rundell to form The 2 Bears, which, after releasing a series of EPs, has now put out its self-titled debut full-length. Read more »
London-via-LA producer, DJ, and visual artist Kutmah—who was infamously deported from the US back in 2010—has curated a new compilation of idiosyncratic and provocative tracks for Brownswood, dubbed Kutmah Presents Worldwide Family Vol. 2. The compilation draws heavily from his roots in LA's beat scene, tapping Southland producers such as Flying Lotus, Dibia$e, and Samiyam, but also touches on UK bass with tunes from the likes of Slugabed and Hudson Mohawke. Read more »
After buying a MacBook and discovering Apple's GarageBand recording software, Cynthia Sley of famed NYC no wave outfit Bush Tetras has elected to make her return to music with a new group, Command V (take a look at your Mac keyboard if you don't get it). The original "Lost on Me" is sparse and strange, but also rather pretty, reflecting the noncomformist attitude of Sley and her bandmates. On the other hand, the Optimo remix marches with a severe and protracted four-on-the-floor, peppering the proceedings with pieces of Sley's vocals and dark synthesizer parts. Command V's self-titled debut album drops on March 14 via Mush, while "Lost on Me," the lead single (artwork above), gets a February 7 release with remixes by Jacques Renault, Nite Plane, and others.
We first came across Phildelphia's jack-of-all-trades Corey Regensburg (a.k.a. Moon Bounce) when he shared a track from his Darn Your Best Frock EP a short while back, which he is set to follow up with a "currently untitled LP scheduled for release this spring." The homemade video up top is for "Telephone," our first sneak peek of that upcoming album. Read more »
LA's up-and-coming Fade to Mind imprint has announced the start of an "official bootleg" series with this whimsical tune from Pacific Northwest bass aficionado Cedaa. Producer Simon Ho melds together oddball sound bytes, crushing bass frequencies, bubbly synth tones, and an array of percussive elements on "Patagonia," which collectively evoke some kind of alien marshland dance party. And if you're in Southern California this Friday, February 3, make sure to check out Fade to Mind's fourth blowout in Los Angeles with Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom, Kingdom, Prince William, The Claw, and Massacooramaan.
Brooklyn duo Blondes gradually amassed a collection of slow-building dancefloor epics throughout 2011, and will soon release them all together with a couple of extras and an additional disc of remixes. Until then, you can stream the eight tracks featured on Blondes. Read more »
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