Some of Luciano's fans have been less than pleased with his upcoming album, Tribute to the Sun, but quite honestly, the haters have cloth in their ears. The record is a gorgeous, well-crafted artist statement, and while much of it might not have overt dancefloor efficacy, whining about it doesn't do Tribute to the Sun justice. "Sun, Day and Night," for example, is a soft-focus, polyrhythmic ride, featuring the warm intonations of Tricky collaborator Martina Topley-Bird over synthetic bells, squelches, and vocal clips. Sure, the track is more apropos of a sunny day lolling about the park than a dank night slamming in the clubs, but when the sounds are so pleasing, who cares?
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Not counting the space-traveling two-and-a-half-minute intro, Jens Moelle, one-half of Digitalism who produces solo under the name Palermo Disko Machine, has manufactured a piece of driving, robotic dance music on instrumental anthem "Theme From Palermo Disko Machine." The brooding track of dancefloor-ready disco, soon to be released on Alan Braxe's Vulture imprint, comes complete with catchy basslines, filtered synths, and a classic beat that resonates well with the music's vintage sounds. It's a fine b-side for lead single "Vesuvia," which hits stores and online retailers mid-October.
In preparation for his upcoming performance at the LuckyMexCitinite parties in London and Glasgow, Florida-based Gosub (a.k.a. Shad T. Scott) has shared with XLR8R "Black Nova in G," a new track from his forthcoming release for UK label Citinite. Gosub's production is a deceptively mellow affair with a solid groove comprised of bouncing antique electronics and smooth melodies—elements which coalesce to give "Black Nova in G" a retro-futuristic lounge sound all its own.
Montreal-based symphonic group Bell Orchestre are given the remix treatment from Tim Hecker, who manages to turn a rousing chamber-pop romp into a murky, washed-out, drowned piece of ambient music. High-pitched flute tones, soaring string repetitions, and snippets of bells are saturated by hiss reminiscent of Echospace or Burial, allowing for a melancholy, ineffable feeling that is quietly effective.
Brooklyn-via-Turkey artisan Deniz Kurtel has applied her classically trained music knowledge and years of experience working with sculpture to one of her first forays into electronic music production—a 10-minute epic of minimal techno set amongst a bubbling, ambient soundscape. Sounding something like The Field re-imagining Eno's Music for Airports, "Fall" is taken from her first solo release for the Wolf + Lamb camp, an EP entitled Whisper, and precedes a debut album to be seen next year on Crosstown Rebels.
For the next release on the up-and-coming LuckyMe imprint (whose upcoming parties with the UK's Citinite label we recently discovered), world traveler Mike Slott has crafted his first solo EP for the Glasgow label which follows his remix work for Flying Lotus, his collaboration with Hudson Mohawke, Heralds of Change, and many other notable projects. Taken from said EP, "23 Halfs" is a slow-moving number rife with space-noise, warbling bass, and a variety of influences from jazz to R&B. It's a short, tasty morsel of what's to come from a young producer with a seeming plethora of new ideas.
Denmark's Syntaks craft smoldering, shimmering ambient sounds that are akin to Aphex Twin, but a bit less self-consciously weird and more self-consciously gorgeous. "Sudden Dream" is from their Mistral Moon EP, which Ghostly has decided to give away for free to whet peoples' appetites for the duo's debut, Ylajali, which comes out on November 3. If the track's crystalline production and hypnotic loops are indicative of the upcoming album's sonic aesthetic, then we are certainly going to hear a lot more about Syntaks in the coming months.
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