Matthewdavid just gave word that he'll be releasing his first proper solo effort, the International EP (pictured above), this March via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, and all we have to say is: It's about damn time! Well, that's obviously not all we have to say, especially after listening to that record's title track, a warbling and dense beat composition with a perfectly understated vocal performance from Atlanta's Dog Bite. As we suspected from the artist's long foray into tape-driven noise and ambient music, Matthewdavid has inundated his scattershot beat patterns with the hiss and glow of his beloved cassettes—also tossing in bits of bucolic field recordings and underwater ambiance to fill whatever sparse blank spaces are left in "International"'s soundscape. And while the instrumental of the song lurches along with each muddled boom and bap, Dog Bite's low-slung vocal melodies give Matthewdavid's music a distinctly human element never before heard in his work. Like we said, it's about damn time. (via Altered Zones)
James Blake, Pantha du Prince, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Field, Tim Exile, and More to Play 10th Annual Ether Festival
This Spring, London's Southbank Center will embark on its 10th year of hosting the always-innovative Ether festival, cramming loads of audio, visual, and other culturally relevant experiences into over a month-long stretch of concerts, exhibitions, and workshops. Artists such as Tim Exile (pictured above), James Blake, Micachu and The Shapes, Pantha du Prince, Wolfgang Voigt, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Field, oOoOO, and Apparat, among many others, will perform between March 24 and April 28 in the midst of flim screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Passion of Joan Arc (complete with live performances of the film scores), discussions with drummer Steve Reich, and the return of Killing Joke. But that's all just the tip of the iceberg. Read more »
We've been following the sad-sack vocal talents and understated beat work of UK artist Ghostpoet for a while now, so we're particularly pleased to see the talented musicmaker finally drop his first full-length album via Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label. And what's more, we're happy to see it available for free streaming over on Spinner. Read more »
Canadian house producer Jacques Greene may not be too keen on sharing his given name or a clear image of his visage, as he displayed in our recent piece about him, but he will apparently let you watch him make tracks live. In preparation for the Destination Tokyo! Tour, a trek across Canada that features producers like Ango, Lunice, Greene, and others, the folks over at Red Bull Music Academy and Exclaim have put together this cool video of the Montreal-based artist doing his thing live and on the fly. Read more »
The only track closely resembling a pop-friendly single (if only because it has a singer on it) from Salva's just-released Complex Housing LP (read our glowing review of it here), "40 Karats feat. Zackey Force Funk," is twerked into frenetic oblivion here by one half of multinational duo Lazer Sword, Lando Kal. Berlin-based producer Antaeus Roy turns the sultry slow-jam on its head for his remix—chopping vocal hooks into half-utterances, cranking drum patterns into double time, scrawling sinister bass tones onto every dark corner of the track, and dropping it all into a bubbling bath of textural audio. So, if it's a little too early in the night for the smooth-and-sleazy version of "40 Karats," now you've got a slick and spacey one to sweat it out to.
London-based DJ/producer and co-owner (with tunestress Ikonika) of the Hum + Buzz label, the Bubblin'-featured Optimum will soon release his imprint's second record, a 12" featuring two hottly tipped productions. Read more »
Though the particulars weren't exactly clear, the production duo of Joel Ford and Daniel Lopatin (whom we've had the pleasure of speaking with not long ago) recently came into some sort of legal battle over their band name, and have since decided to change it from Games to the even more practical moniker Ford & Lopatin. But that's not all the pair has been up to. Read more »
Gang Gang Dance, the internationally influenced psych-noise-pop quartet from Brooklyn, just announced it will be moving from its longtime label, The Social Registry, onto the illustrious roster of 4AD for the release of its next LP, entitled Eye Contact. Read more »
The Emerald Forest: With his third LP, Lone takes a 180 and ventures into the deep end of electronic music's past.
Lone has been the nom de tune of Matthew Cutler for about three years now, when he set off on an ambitious path that would see him release an album a year of R&B-kissed beat music. His first pair of critically acclaimed records, Lemurian and Ecstasy & Friends, bore song titles like "Sungrazer Cascade" and "Lens Flare Lagoon," and featured blunted hip-hop beats, smooth basslines, and voices of stoned slacker chicks intertwined with Boards of Canada-esque analog haze. Read more »
The Czech Republic's burgeoning Meanbucket imprint just let loose with its fourth release, four tracks of bubbling, forward-thinking club music by Berlin producer Naifian, called the Blue Snow EP (pictured above). Along with the German producer's own single, the record offers remixes by the likes of DJ Donna Summer, Quime, and featured here, Czech Republic's own DJ Tuco. Naifian's Meanbucket labelmate delivers a ghetto-house version of "Blue Snow" that twist, turns, slides, and grinds in all the right ways. While clicking, whirring, and shuffling sound effects start working out an angular dance rhythm, synths stabs color the soundscape with melody and the busy, acid-leaning bassline grooves with the next-level house beat in double time. It's certainly not a distant departure from the original tune, but Tuco's remix offers just enough recognizable tweaks to nearly outshine its sonic forefather.
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