While not putting in time as the guitarist for an array of well-respected bands (Trans Am, Jonas Reinhardt, and The Fucking Champs, to name a few) Phil Manley keeps busy with his own solo work, which includes a new album that will be released in the near future via Thrill Jockey. That record is called Life Coach, and this song, its title track, closes out the LP. The seemingly home-recorded sounds all bring to mind Manley's work with his other bands—the motorik pulse of Trans Am's sex jams, the lilting atmosphere of Jonas Reinhardt's cosmic neo-Krautrock sounds, and the cyclical guitar riffs of The Fucking Champs. The tune clocks in at nearly three minutes, but seems to float by much quicker, leaving us wondering what the rest of Manley's instrumental compositions might deliver before these fleeting and final moments.
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This vintage piece of sprawling electronic music comes from a forthcoming new version of German musician/composer/producer Harald Grosskopf's classic debut album, Synthesist. Originally released in 1980, the record is now being treated to a reissue from the RVNG label, complete with new artwork (pictured above) and remastered music—this title track is our first taste of that offering. Grosskopf's Italo-tinged song is warm with the glow of analog gear and tape, and is so melodically dense that sometimes it's hard to catch exactly how many synths are working at any given moment. Through the nearly eight-minute cosmic journey of "Synthesist," it's made readily apparent that a re-release of Synthesist wouldn't just be advantageous for the parties involved but also a much-needed reminder for music lovers who may have missed the record its first time around. Grosskopf's beautiful compositions are timeless in every sense of the word; the LP's centerpiece its most breathtaking example.
Atlanta's Mane Mane has a lot of music posted on his Bandcamp, but only one chunk of it is available to download free of charge. That digital release is the Skin Fox EP, an eight-track offering that features one original tune and seven remixes from noise-loving beatsmiths like Gobble Gobble, Dem Hunger, yuk., and Patten. Here, we have Mane Mane's original version of "Skin Fox." The song is a warbling and disjointed kind of soul-sampling hip-hop that sounds as equally indebted to retro-futurists like Dâm-Funk as it does more forward-thinking beatmakers like Prefuse 73. You can grab Mane Mane's whole EP here, and check out a strange little video by Miko Revereza for yuk.'s remix of "Skin Fox" after the jump. Read more »
Released on Monday, Hackman's (pictured above) new record for the PTN label is a 10" slab of vinyl featuring two solid cuts of funky and deep futuristic house music from the burgeoning producer. This remix by Bristol's Hodge could be described just the same; instead of transforming the bouncing groove that carries "Made Up My Mind," the remixer restructures its clattering percussion elements and 8-bit sound effects around the bulbous bassline—making for a roomier mix of the dancefloor burner. You can't get this version on Hackman's new record, but his original tunes certainly warrant a listen or two at the very least, which you can do here.
Flying Lotus once described LA beatmaker and Brainfeeder artist Teebs' lush compositions as sounding "the way Avatar looks." Now, if comparing that hyperreal 3-D movie with those glistening MPC experiments is accurate, then that would make the work of veteran chopper Prefuse 73 (pictured above) practically a virtual reality experience. And that goes for this remix of "Always" by the José González-led Junip band, too. In between his work on mixing the upcoming Games LP, Guillermo Scott Herren crafted this vibrant collage of nearly palpable sounds that jump out at you and swirl around your headspace. The beat of "Always (Prefuse 73 Remix)" is broken, distant, and cavernous, which appropriately leaves the focus of the track on the churning milieu of crunchy sonic bits and thick atmospheres that comprise most of the virtual world Herren created here. (via Pitchfork)
Scottish-born, Berlin-based producer Rudi Zygadlo had himself a stroke of generosity over the weekend, which resulted in his offering two eclectic and funky bass-centric tunes via Bandcamp. Don't Disturb the Beasts is two tracks of impeccably produced, forward-thinking dubstep from the tunesmith that he couldn't "justify" releasing physically because they are "essentially reworks," but for our money, "Kiss the Braille Mirror" and its lengthy counterpart "Filth, Hounds of Hades" are just as good as—if not much better than—many of the crates of CDs and records our office is inundated with on the daily. Zygadlo's "Mirror" tune is punchy, hyperactive, and catchy, like many of its club-ready dubstep contemporaries, but maintains a certain musicality and futuristic soul that isn't quite as common. You can check out more about Beasts on the artist's Tumblr.
If you're at all like us (you are reading this, so you're probably at least somewhat like us), you're a bit tired of the bands/producers/etc. tweaking the names of famous people for use as musical monikers—Joy Orbison, Ill Gates, Dananananaykroyd, and Wevie Stonder immediately come to mind. Easily the most unlikable of the bunch is the awkwardly re-imagined name Com Truise, a bedroom producer hailing from Princeton, New Jersey born Seth Haley and who recently signed to the lovely Ghostly label. This little slice of homegrown synth-pop, called "Slow Peels," is featured on a remastered version of Haley's Cyanide Sisters EP (pictured above), originally released by AMDISCS and soon to be reissued by his new label on January 25. The song is fuzzy and not exactly of the highest fidelity to be sure, but the many different analog synth sounds and super-compressed drum beats wouldn't really sound right any other way. Obviously, Com Truise knows his way around a melodic soundscape and a pop-friendly groove, so despite the laughable name, we'll be keeping a keen eye on whatever emanates from his home studio next.
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