It takes something special to make interesting electro-house in today's jam-packed, ever-evolving electronic music environment, but Berlin's Magnum 38 has managed to do so in a big way. His latest EP is comprised entirely of noise-influenced electro that takes its emotional feel—not to mention plenty of samples—from the almighty doyenne of nightlife, Grace Jones. "Slave" utilizes cut-up vocal samples from "Slave to the Rhythm" above a crunchy, hissy beat and some surprisingly ethereal backing synths. Though some of Jones' fans might not appreciate the reworking of her clarion voice, many more are sure to be blasting this beast into the winter.
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Emerging out of the hiss, a bright, four-note phrase repeated as lackadaisical percussion beats a lazy tattoo while low-frequency, almost bong-like gurgles simmer beneath it all. With secondary percussive elements, banjo, and cello incorporated into the piece as well, "Salvador" has the feeling of a Dirty Three track, only more stoned. Read more »
BD1982 brings it with a chopped-and-sliced dubstep tune powered by trancey synths, dusty-sounding beats, and samples of an equally old-school vintage. Philly's Starkey and Dev79 have been putting out excellent tunage on their Seclusiasis label, and this piece only continues the trend.
Wow! Australia's Toecutter incorporates a Kool And The Gang sample into a filter-house track par excellence, then Flight Facilities reverse the process, using the original source material and pumping it up into a beardo-disco number that actually improves on Kool & The Gang's "Tonight," a near-impossible feat. Be prepared to hear this throughout the fall—it is a total scorcher.
Mysterious trio Salem unveiled a new 7-inch today on Portland's Audraglint imprint, and while we're still a bit unsure about the group's self-proclaimed "goth juke" tag, "Frost" contains all the spooky synths and fuzzy pop undertones that made us fall in love with the band in the first place. A few months back we took a deeper look into the minds of these witchcraft-loving Midwesterners, and we're delighted to say that perhaps no other group is capable of scaring the bejeezus out of us in such a dreamily melodic fashion.
Boys Noize, a.k.a. Alex Ridha, is coming out with his second album, Power, on October 6. "Starter" continues to follow the sonic path that Ridha has paved for himself, uniting fans of electro-sledgehammer music all over the world.
A lovely piece of guitar-based experimentation here from two veterans of the scene. Sometimes evoking a more organic, raw version of Polwechsel & Fennesz's collaborations, "F# Song" is a meandering piece taken from their recent Sycamore album that comes to its apex with some melancholy Spanish-style licks that recall early evenings on cobblestone streets in foreign lands. With a drone emerging just at the track's end, David Daniell and Douglas McCombs have crafted a mysterious and pleasing piece of processed improvisational music.
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