Seeing as how we've got this rad contest with the wonderful Cascine label running on XLR8R this week, we thought it'd be appropriate to remind you all of the reasons why we love the electronic pop sounds that the burgeoning imprint associates with. For your listening pleasure, we have this remix of "Wait in the Dark" from Memory Tapes' second album, Player Piano, by Cascine-inked, Nashville-based duo Jensen Sportag. The pair turns the already-upbeat number into a disco-tinged dancefloor jam, complete with funky basslines, deep synth chords, and a handful of slick guitar riffs that Chromeo would envy. But instead of cramming its remix full of '80s pastiche and snarky vocal hooks, Jensen Sportag gives this version of "Wait in the Dark" a bit of softly glowing neon soul that was previously absent from the indie-slanted original. You can grab a couple other remixes of new Memory Tapes tunes over here.
It's no secret that the music industry can be a difficult place to conduct business, as financial matters can easily get in the way of the best of artistic intentions. Jonathan Klote (a.k.a. Jon A.D.), the man behind Portland's LoDubs imprint, recently found himself in such a situation, and has turned to the internet for help. Read more »
Chances are, if you like electronic music and you use the internet, this one is going to be old news for you, but in case you just emerged from underneath a large rock located at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, we've got something to share with you: Flying Lotus dropped a brand-new, free mix, called Lovers Melt 2. Read more »
Here, we have the premiere of another cut of glistening synth-pop from Portland duo Soft Metals' forthcoming self-titled LP. "Eyes Closed" follows about a month after we first heard "Psychic Driving," and exhibits Patricia Hall and Ian Hicks crafting a more upbeat, dancefloor-friendly tune compared to their dreamy first single. But that's not to say this one doesn't have a romantic side; Hall's soft, spacey vocal melodies never fail to wrap Soft Metals' icy sounds with a much-needed layer of human emotion. We look forward to hearing more of the same when Soft Metals is released on July 19 via Brooklyn's Captured Tracks.
Last month, we tipped you to Tropics' upcoming Mouves EP on Planet Mu. Those of you left hungry by the release details and a stream of the title track will be happy to know that there is more where that came from, as Tropics has just revealed the official video for "Mouves" and it fits the track perfectly. Read more »
Shifting his focus away from constructing tight new-wave pop songs, Juan Maclean has just unveiled a new project in the form of Peach Melba. Working as a collaborative duo with New York-based vocalist Amy Douglas, Peach Melba promises to be an outlet for Maclean's house-music excursions. Read more »
As the final installment of musique concrète auteur Matthew Herbert's One Trilogy (which previously included the One One and One Club albums), the artist will release One Pig, a nine-song LP "made entirely from recordings of a modern pig's life cycle from birth to plate," via his own Accidental label. Read more »
There’s something quite beautiful in the simplicity of the mindset of Skudge, a Sweden-based duo that makes profoundly complex and challenging techno. “We sit in front of the computer and try out different sounds until we find something,” says Elias Landberg, humbly. Read more »
Brighton's Ital Tek just released a four-song EP on his own Atom River imprint, called Whip it Up. Though "Ulysses" won't be found on that record, it's still a solid account of the UK artist's style of "space bass" music—airy, smooth, sophisticated, and deep as can be. Ital Tek's synths twinkle in the distance while his skittering beats and bulbous basslines work out the various sections of the track's massive, undulating backbone. (via Nutriot)
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