Following last year's reissue of its classic and sole long-player, pioneering Chicago house duo Virgo (a.k.a. Virgo Four) will drop another record of its vintage recordings, although this new batch is all previously unheard and unreleased material. Rush Hour Recordings will release Resurrection—a 15-track CD or 30-track vinyl box set, featuring songs produced in various home studios in Chicago between 1984 and 1990—on March 1. Read more »
Nearly six years after the unlikely crossover success of his last for the Playhouse label, We Are Monster, Rajko Müller's third album as Isolée is coming out on DJ Koze's Pampa Records. "Paloma Triste" opens the album with layers of synths that would sound wistful if they weren't mixed to sound almost unrelated. So far, so good, but it takes an intrusive, out-of-tune bassline—so fumbly it might have been recorded directly from a teenager's practice amp—for the listener to be sure they're in the right place. Read more »
About six months ago, French techno legend Laurent Garnier decided to shelve his typical role as DJ, seeking a new audience relationship by performing live, improvised sets as L.B.S. (Laurent, Benjamin, Stephane) with keyboardist Ben Rippert and Stephane "Scan X" Dri on machines. Read more »
Brooklyn producer Slava (pictured above) put out a record last month on Washington, DC-based Future Times with the songs "Dreaming Tiger" and "World of Spirits," titles indicative of the halcyon soundscapes and sonic spiritual journeys Slava likes create. Recorded during a recent live performance of Slava's, this version of "Dreaming Tiger" adds a significant amount of color to the original's more subtle melodies, launching the track into an even more defined celestial space than the release version. Thankfully, the drums still sound as ancient as the original and the bass swells with analog delight despite an unfortunate bit-rate for the kbps-specific DJ community. If this doesn't inspire you to upgrade to 320, check out the video accompaniment to Slava's performance of "Dreaming Tiger" made by VJ Galina Shevchenco.
Detroit techno legend and Planet E label head Carl Craig has announced that the first release from his imprint in 2011 will be a compilation called 20 F@#&ING Years - We Ain't Dead Yet. The 25-song release commemorates the two decades Planet E has been releasing music with choice track selections from the likes of Carl Craig himself (also a tune from his Paperclip People moniker), Urban Tribe, Moodymann, 4th Wave, Recloose, and Tres Demented, and among many other producers both new and old. Read more »
NYC's premiere bastion of the art of classic house and disco, Andy Butler's Hercules & Love Affair outfit, is just about a week from releasing its second full-length offering, an 11-song record called Blue Songs. Before that record drops on January 31 via Moshi Moshi, fans can stream Hercules & Love Affair's new record over on The Guardian, now. Read more »
The Pacific Northwest seems to be ripe with a new crop of solo electronic producers lately. Take Portland's Tara Swenson, who makes music under the name Magic Pink, for example. She has a collection of free songs, entitled //TapeMix\\ (artwork above), that is freshly available on her Bandcamp, on which you'll find "New Black Spring." For this particular cut, Swenson shows a slightly aggressive edge to her lo-fi/ambient/electro, bedroom-born productions. A pounding kick-snare and distorted acid synth drive the track from the onset, ushering us into Magic Pink's murky, solemn world. In the background we hear layers of vocals that sit beneath the noisy, chaotic mess, which continues to fill with more heavy-hitting programmed drums and over-driven electronics, existing somewhere between witch house-esque beats and ethereal dream-pop. //TapeMix\\ is Swenson's first excursion under the Magic Pink moniker, and a promising one at that.
About nine years into its ongoing production career, Spanish duo Audiofly just dropped its fourth release of tech-y house music for Berlin's Get Physical imprint, a brand-new single entitled "Fela." Read more »
The third effort from San Francisco's Surefire Sound label comes from two of today's most engaging North American producers working in the nebulous realm of "bass music." Atlanta's self-proclaimed Boss of the South, Distal, collaborated with Vancouver, BC's HxdB (Hexadecibel) and fellow Atlanta producer Mayhem for an EP that further exemplifies why the other side of the Atlantic may have a greater voice in 2011. Out today, Distal & HxdB's "Typewriter VIP" and Distal & Mayhem's "Frozen Barnacles" make up the core of this release, while this original of "Typewriter Tune" will no doubt pique your interest in getting the full package. Here Distal and HxdB crafted some of the more intricate and lush percussion among the UK bass familiars with a dizzying array of claps, triangles, and cymbals on constant rotation and synths that slip and slide with natural ease. There is also something wonderfully playful about this track—typewriter clicks and all—that could be completely engaging and fun on the dancefloor with out being overly distracting; a noteworthy feat in its own right.
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