Alright, guys, we didn't want it to come to this, but you've forced our hand—we've got a few rules to put into action. First off, if we can't type out your band name (never mind song and record titles) with only a general knowledge of how to use a keyboard, you get a strike. And if we can name more than three bands that your music sounds identical to, who have released their debuts less than a year before yours comes out, you get a strike. If you use upside-down or rightside-up crosses, triangles, pentagrams, or hazy imagery anywhere in your artwork or promotional materials (as seen above) = another strike. Lastly, if you deem it necessary to render your nonsensical band name in ALL CAPS (or even all lowercase characters, for that matter), you get a strike. Now that we've covered those bases, it looks like NYC's BL§§D ØU† (formerly Blissed Out, a version only slightly less offensive) strikes out on all fronts. But really, c'mon, guys. We love crunk samples and spooky shit just as much as the next guy, but maybe it'd be in your best interest to try just a tad bit harder to distance yourselves from the obvious comparisons your "§PNNR§" track garners within seconds of pressing the play button. (Incidentally, what's everyone's problem with vowels these days?!)
Next week, on November 9, James Murphy and the cast of his LCD Soundsystem band will release a "John Peel session style" album for digital download, called The London Sessions. The nine-song, live-in-the-studio record features renditions of a handful of hits and fan favorites taken from all three LCD Soundsystem albums, including "All My Friends," "Daft Punk is Playing at My House," "Us v. Them," "Drunk Girls," and more. Read more »
We haven't heard much from Denmark's Under Byen since their 2006 record Samme Stof Som Stof brought their adventurous brand of art-pop to our attention. Now Under Byen (Danish for "under the city") has a new record and with it a new remix of the title track "Alt Er Tabt" from fellow Danish producer Kasper Bjørke (pictured above). From the onset of the remix, it is clear that Bjørke is not trying to be subtle—this is a house track through and through. A driving bassline is shortly followed by a cowbell, and accompanying percussion carry Under Byen's sparse Danish lyrics. After sticking with the lyrics for about a minute and a half, Bjørke brings in a fat, meaty synth line, breaks the track down, and then gives you what you've been waiting for: some funky Danish instrumental house.
Stepping out from behind the shadow of producer Andy Butler and his Hercules & Love Affair ensemble, singer Kim Ann Foxman presents herself as a solo artist here on the video for her debut single, "Creature" (you can catch a stream of the tune here). And while her disco- and house-loving partner-in-crime Butler still holds the Executive Producer title and half of the writing/production credit, it's Foxman who remains the focus on this slick music video—well, Foxman and a handful of creatively dressed dancers. Read more »
It was just the beginning of this week when we first caught wind of a new album coming from Mark Fell (of SND) on December 7 via Raster-Noton, but now, we've discovered a second record bearing Fell's name ready to drop the following week through Editions Mego. Read more »
From the eclectic dance-pop sensibilities of Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, along with friend and collaborator Raf Daddy, comes a new musical endeavor, The 2 Bears. The duo's second record is the four-song Curious Nature EP (out now on Southern Fried Records), an exhibition of sounds ranging from electro-tinged house jams to gospel-leaning ballads. The EP's lead track, "Church," gets a dub treatment here by Goddard himself. Explaining how his tweaked version of 2 Bears' poignant tune came about, the producer says, "At the end of mixing 'Church,' we spent an hour just doing passes through the [mixing] desk with various outputs to outboard delays, echo boxes, and other magic boxes. From these takes I pieced together this dubbed-out version of 'Church.'" We're pretty happy he took the time to play with this one.
Nearly three years after the release of its breakthrough sophomore album, In Ghost Colours, Australian pop outfit Cut Copy has finished work on a follow-up full-length, entitled Zonoscope. The record is said to represent the band in its "purest form," which, according to frontman Dan Whitford, goes a little sumthin' like this: "All the way along we had this weird vision of a tropical, jungle, tribal sound. A place or an idea that we wanted to reach with some of the songwriting; to explore a looping, hypnotic trance and revise the whole palette of what Cut Copy was about." Read more »
While we continue waiting for the first full-length album from Eliot Lipp's and Leo123's collaborative production outfit, Dark Party, the duo was kind enough to give us another taste of Light Years' 12-track offering. The sanguine "Can't Stop" is a solid dance tune that sounds like it's built almost entirely on memories; analog synthesizers bubble up melodies in stereo, dusty vinyl samples account for a healthy portion of the beat work, and the vocal clips shouted from the center sound like a woman delivering a hook she can't quite recall. Dark Party's song is a substantial exercise in turning something old into something new, the likes of which we're likely to hear more of when Light Years drops on its new release date, December 7.
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