In Norwegian, Bjørn Torske's name translates to "Bear Cod." The title for his forthcoming fourth album, the follow up to 2007's Feil Knapp, Kokning, refers to a particular process of preparing dinner in northern Norway: set the potatoes to boil, go catch a fish in the sea, bring it back to make the meal. Read more »
For the latest installment of its ongoing podcast series, Glaswegian label Numbers posted a live mix by UK DJ/producer Deadboy from a performance in Barcelona this past June. The excellent DJ set finds the mixmaster working his crowd with a tasteful bunch of garage, bass, and house tunes, though an actual list of the tracks isn't available. Read more »
A decade has passed since !!!'s debut album took a snapshot of the sweat, noise, and antsy groove those guys hashed out in overcrowded parties and basements across the sleepy state capital of Sacramento. Fortunately, Strange Weather, Isn't It? proves they won't be doomed as quaint hipster schlock from the "dance punk" movement of yore.
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Diaz-Reixa, the soft-spoken fellow behind El Guincho, needed to start his interview about one and a half hours later than was originally planned. "I had the chance to ride a black horse!" he tells me over the phone, having driven to a small town outside of his current hometown, Barcelona, to ride the steed in question. "It was like a dream. I had to take that chance." Read more »
Did you hear the podcast Boston's Soul Clap did for Resident Advisor this week? If you haven't, you really should. We'll wait... Okay, now that you're up to speed, here's a fresh cut from the duo that serves up more of the same kind of bubbly, disco-flavored filter-house. "Fallin' From the Sky" comes from a free EP of exclusive productions by the likes of No Regular Play, NavBox, and Death on the Balcony, which was curated by DJ/producers Charles Levine and Eli Goldstein, called The Clap & Friends FreE.P.. The free download was put together in light of the duo's impending take over of Fabric's Room Three this Saturday, September 18. Of their complimentary offering, Soul Clap says, "It's basically a compilation of some of our [and our friend's] favorite edits we played all summer that we want to share with you." On this track, they reworked Camp Lo's classic hip-hop jam "Luchini (a.k.a. This Is It)" into a slow-burning, deep tune barely recognizable from its original form. The rest of the FreE.P. closely follows suit, and you can download them all here.
If one were to make a list of debut albums that have truly been a long time coming, they would have to include this one from "The Godfather of DFA," Shit Robot. Irish DJ/producer Marcus Lambkin has been in the NY label's stable of artists for four years, releasing only a handful of singles before finally putting the finishing touches on his full-length record, From the Cradle to the Rave. Read more »
Hot on the heels of dropping its debut LP, 7AM, which we've got streaming here, Oberlin's Teengirl Fantasy (pictured above) deliver this unique take on a tune by London/Berlin outfit The Chap. The duo's version of "Even Your Friend" is strikingly different from the fidgety pop of the genre-jumping original—it's all thick pads, synth filters, drum-machine percussion, floating melodies, and blurred-out vocal samples. There are a few blips of a recognizable baritone utterance from The Chap's song in the beginning, but that's the extent of an obvious connection, save for the title. But what else would you really expect from Teengirl Fantasy? Those fellas have been building their small-but-solid discography out of re-orienting pop tunes into their own hazy house format.
One of electronic and dance music's more anticipated releases of 2010—phrases like "year-end contender" have already been floating about—is the debut full-length by Oberlin production duo Teengirl Fantasy. Read more »
Carl Craig is going on tour. What else can we say? The iconic DJ/producer is taking his classic tunes and fresh productions around the world throughout fall, kicking off tomorrow in LA with a free show (with RSVP) alongside hotly tipped newcomer Kyle Hall. Read more »
LA's femme-filled lo-fi-pop quartet Warpaint is gearing up to release its debut album, The Fool, on October 26 via Rough Trade, and this dreamy number is that record's first single. "Undertow" evokes many feelings and sounds in its four minutes. The song starts with a subdued drum beat, reverberated bass strums, and softly cooed vocals, bringing to mind the likes of early tunes from indie vets Mirah or Julie Doiron, but eventually turns into something more grandiose and cathartic like Warpaint's contemporaries Glasser or even Beach House. (Incidentally, that "What's a matter? / You hurt yourself?" lyric reminds us of Nirvana's "Polly" every time we hear it.) The comparisons may be simple and straightforward, but so is the music—and it should be. Warpaint exercises its right to employ a small number of instruments, play a handful of simple chords, and craft a song with four basic movements because it can do so and still fill "Undertow" to the brim with an emotion and immediacy that surpasses most acts attempting the same feat. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
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