Jay Haze's Fuckpony moniker has always put out more Chicago-style jams than Berlin rave-ups, and "A Pills Medley" doesn't stray far from this pattern, which is a very good thing. Replete with an excellent organ synth line, some lovely piano work, and truly frenetic percussion, this track sounds like what Rheji Burrell might be doing if he was still making tracks, or if Jamal Moss quit making acid hypnotics and went deep house. Taken from the upcoming Fuckpony album, Let The Love Flow, this is sure to whet fans' appetites for the record, which drops in late October.
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Cologne's Coma are relative newcomers to the techno scene, but are bringing the goods in a major way. Here, the duo delivers a melancholic, slower slice, with a sound that carries Lawrence's emotional weight while maintaining a somewhat cold, shimmering exterior. While the track's harmonic content shows that these young bucks have obviously studied their Superpitcher records, their sound also has a weirdly feminine quality, sometimes reminding one of Ellen Allien or Fever Ray. Finally, a new gem emerges from Cologne!
Okay, so you're kind of sick of the neon-laser-step-house that has become the most popular electronic "genre" since trance music started hitting the Billboard charts with drunken abandon many moons ago. But hear us out on the Bay Area's Bassnectar—this leading single from his upcoming album is actually pretty damn good, combining the best of electro and dubstep with some chopped and screwed lyrics spat by Seasunz. Even if you think you're sick of this style, it is almost certain that you'll be pumping this track in your jeep on those late-night drives.
Taken from their upcoming Love Affair in 3 Parts album, Swedish dream-pop outfit Air France gives us a infectiously danceable tribute to their hometown. Cold weather scares us, but if Swedish dancefloors sound like this, we might just start packing our bags.
When German baile funk magnate Daniel Haaksman can tap Finnish Top Billin crew member Sharkslayer to transform the goofy bounce of his original version into a menacing electro monster, we think it's fair to say that the heavy bass movement has gone international. The Gostoso Remix EP also features contributions from Brazil's Edu K and João Brasil, Germany's Schlachthofbronx, London's Zombie Disco Squad, and Chicago's DJ Rob 3. Pretty soon we're going to need a United Nations of Bass to sort out these kinds of transactions.
As subtle as their name implies, the jazz-influenced, moody tunes from Los Angeles' Nudge play like textured soundscapes matching what a Buddy Rich and Brian Eno collaboration might produce. Valet's Honey Owens provides the forlorn vocal melodies that float only slightly higher than the sparse instrumentation, like a helium balloon over a low fog before it slowly descends back to earth. Nudge's latest album, As Good As Gone, is available now.
About halfway through CFCF's latest track "Monolith," taken from his forthcoming longplayer Continent, you accept that the soft percussion you've heard since the get-go is the only beat you're gonna get. Then, about 30 seconds after you've come to terms with it, the Montreal-based, cinema-inspired Italo and house producer throws you a curveball, bringing in the high-hats that lead into the synthetic drum beat which drives the high point of his piece. The experience is short lived, but framed by a jazzy piano suite and bouncing bass synth, it's definitely worth the wait.
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
- October 20: MUTEK.MX with Andy Stott, The Bug, Roman Flügel, Objekt, Laurel Halo, Oneohtrix Point Never, and More
- November 5: Club to Club with Caribou, SBTRKT, Recondite, Marcel Dettmann, Clark, Vessel, Luke Vibert, Jacques Greene, and More
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