With a handle that brings to mind the tranquility of being amongst protruding snow-capped land masses, its no surprise that this tune from producer Peter James (a.k.a. White Mountains) is a serene jaunt of blissful techno. "Spectra," a cut from James' forthcoming Lightforms EP (artwork above), gathers the usual elements of heavenly electronic music, utilizing light vocal "ahhs," swelling pads, distant harp, and the sort of spiraling melodies one would expect—not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, despite employing some of the more common trademarks of the genre, "Spectra" still manages to have a unique place in the electro-bliss world, existing somewhere around The Field's more repetitive melodic outings during his early Kompakt days but with more of a knack for vivid sonic textures in the vein of artists like Gold Panda. The Lightforms EP is James' second offering under his White Mountains moniker, and will be released on June 7.
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Today, we're unveiling the title track of the next 12" scheduled to drop via The Miracles Club's Ecstasy imprint, a Chicago house-indebted number called "Elevate." Finesse, the Portland-based duo behind this deep tune, showcases its love for cyclical basslines, simple 808 rhythms, chilly synth tones, and sporadic vocal flourishes, among other vintage sounds, throughout the production—never once breaking from the dance-music-revivalist character it plays so well. And if you're ready for this pair to take you a little higher, check out more info on their record—which includes remixes from San Francisco producers Jason Kendig and C.L.A.W.S., along with b-side "Believe"—here, and the spooky interpretive-dance music video for Finesse's "Elevate" after the jump. Read more »
DFA's long-standing craftsman of classic-tinged dance tracks Shit Robot has dropped this video for the track "Losing My Patience" from the producer's 2010 full-length, From the Cradle to the Rave. The slickly produced quasi-techno tune that this spinning stop-motion-esque video accompanies features the vocals of Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, and has just seen a new release in the form of a single, complete with remixes from Hot Chip and Manchester-based duo Unabombers. Read more »
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After a busy year of releases on his genre-defining Hyperdub label, and a critically acclaimed book entitled Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear, dubstep's godfather, Kode9 (a.k.a. Steve Goodman), is about to release his second full-length with longtime collaborator The Spaceape (a.k.a. Stephen Gordon), entitled Black Sun. Read more »
At the beginning of February, we told you about the forthcoming full-length album by the sci-fi-lovin' bedroom producer known as Com Truise, called Galactic Melt. Still a ways off from seeing that record, we're going to be treated to the three-song Fairlight EP on May 3, courtesy of releasing label Ghostly. None of those homegrown, electro-tinged tunes come from Truise's aforementioned debut LP, and yet they do trick of tiding us over until it arrives. Take the hyper-compressed "Polyhurt," where '80s-inspired sonic motifs are infused with fresh compositional ideas and a reinvigorated soul, one that emanates as much heartache as neon glow. It'll certainly be enough to satiate our nostalgic urges until Com Truise unveils Galactic Melt on July 5.
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