No joke, it takes seven minutes for this track to really take off. That's twice the length of most songs coming out these days, so we understand if your patience wears thin, but if you give "Hen's Bells" by It's a Fine Line a chance, it will reward you with its warped Italo sensibilities. The project is a collaboration between ex-Black Strobe member Ivan Smagghe and buddy Tim Paris, who will be digitally releasing a self-titled EP on June 4. Though not on the EP, "Hen's Bells" is a fair representation of the duo's style: motorik bass lines, wobbly synth melodies, and pounding dance beats all working to transport you to another time and, possibly, another place.
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Finnish disco-house producer Koobra's music aims straight for the dancefloor, not unlike his work with Helsinki 78-82. But while that project aims towards the DIY raves populated by todays' youth, his solo moniker is slanted more towards a futuristic 1980s night club. On "Thrills," filtered pad synths, spacey arpeggiated melodies, and bouncing bass lines all work in tandem over a simple dance beat to effectively harken to a realm where Blade Runner and The Running Man are more fact than fiction.
Well, here's another name to add to the already long and totally rad list of artists to remix Cold Cave's "Life Magazine" single. The boys in Delorean pooled their collective efforts to devise this take on the shadowy pop track. The results could be described with any number of indie music's favorite buzz words of the moment (summery, dreamy, poppy, hazy... take your pick), but we'd prefer to just say that we're not surprised Delorean have delivered, yet again, another brilliant, atmosphere-heavy Balearic dance tune that would surely lift our spirits if ever given the chance.
It's no secret that Four Tet is one of electronic music's more 'indie'-minded producers, or, at the very least, one of the electronic music producers most beloved by the 'indie' crowd, so remixing a song for Canadian quintet The Acorn should prove ideal for Mr. Kieran Hebden and his fans. Here we have Four Tet's version of "Restoration" from The Acorn's forthcoming third album, No Ghost. Hebden's rework twinkles with the same warm analog glow of his past productions and, at times, seems as if it could've been ripped straight from his last album, the wonderful There Is Love in You—it has the same slow-bubbling melodies, subtly tweaked vocal samples, and shuffling acoustic drum beat heard in many of Four Tet's greatest songs.
Next week, Brooklyn dancehall/grime/funky maestro and Dutty Artz co-founder Matt Shadetek is unveiling Flowers, an instrumental album that showcases his wizard-like mastery and unabashed affection for futuristic bass sounds. We've already premiered one track ("iHop"), but now another tune has slipped into the internet ether. The word uptempo doesn't do "Funny Cats" justice, as the track is brimming with energy, not to mention synth and bass melodies that sound like '80s synth-pop on a sugar high. The song teeters on the edge of silliness, but gets through its three and a half minutes without barreling over the cliff. Propelled by shuffling kicks and bustling low end, "Funny Cats" is one potent song. (via FADER)
If forced to compile 2010's best albums so far, it's a safe bet that Four Tet's There Is Love in You and Caribou's Swim would both make our short list. So when we saw that Caribou had remixed Four Tet's "Angel Echoes," it was enough to get us jumping up and down like excitable toddlers. Taken from the forthcoming "Angel Echoes" 12", which will be released in August, Dan Snaith's Caribou remix stretches out the, erm, angelic original, bumps up the percussion, and blends in some bouncing basslines. While some of the track's serene bliss gets lost in the process, the remix is certainly better equipped for the dancefloor. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Two of LA's more melodically minded beat craftsmen converge on this piece of piano-led electronic music. Newcomer Baths (above) relinquished the stems from his lovelorn number "♥"—from his forthcoming debut album Cerulean—to another beat romantic, Daedelus. Well, the remix is as painfully sad the original, especially within the realm of the oft testosterone-driven beat scene, but it's also strangely beautiful in the way one might fondly recall a fuzzy memory from years past. The muffled piano melody, the floating synth sounds, and the dragged-down vocal performance all feel warmed by a feeling of quiet solitude within which both versions were most likely born.
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