Newly minted San Francisco label Voltaire Records (run by producer Loose Shus and DJ Hotthobo of the Grow Up party) is prepping its first release from Sebastian Thomson (a.k.a. Publicist). Thomson also happens to be the drummer for synth-rock band Trans Am, but this is his first solo project. As Publicist, Thomson mixes live drums with retro-futuristic analog sounds that harken back to '70s-era Krautrock and Miami electro of the '80s, vocoders and all. Titled Keep It Off the Record, the release features five original productions and will be out November 16. Available for download is a song from the record called "Hand To Mouth," a funky space jam that is ready for take off alongside James Murphy, Kraftwerk, and Bootsy Collins. Publicist opens for Lindstrom at San Francisco's Mezzanine on November 12.
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The first minute and a half of Memory Tapes' newest track "Pretend the Devil Isn't Real" could easily soundtrack the quietly ominous suburbia of a Todd Field film; unnerving xylophones are set against the innocence of flutes. The song then commits to the emotions that Dayve Hawke conjures best—nostalgia and optimism—shifting away from its deceptively threatening start. Hawke posted the song over the weekend on his own blog, and "Pretend the Devil Isn't Real" is actually the second of two recent tracks that he's offered up. Since he's apparently back in a creative mood these days, hopefully a follow-up to last year's Seek Magic will be on the way soon.
Earlier this summer, recent DFA signees ndf released the warm night air that was "Since We Last Met," a "12 single graced by a Ricardo Villalobos remix on the flip. The track is a vivid portrait of summer love and such a strong single that a well-structured album is surely in sight. In the meantime London-based artist Banjo Or Freakout has offered a reminder of ndf's potential, covering "Since We Last Met" with more of an indie aesthetic than an electronic one. Banjo Or Freakout's piano version of the melody is particularly notable, bringing the subtleties of the original to the foreground. Synth and vocal layerings surround the rest of the song, keeping all the nostalgia of the original without being repetitive.
Brooklyn's Teleseen has been involved in a number of endeavors in recent years, including recordings for documentary films and a project called Majoni with South African dancehall vocalist Teba and UK producer Dorian Concept. After the release of two full-length albums in the last four years, Teleseen has readied a new EP, Mandrake, for release on November 19. The EP finds Teleseen builds on his love of reggae with dubwise explorations into house, dancehall, and Afrobeat. We have the track "By Many Names" here for download, a dubby piece of tropical synth humidity that bubbles and froths.
A lot of phrases get thrown around haphazardly within the electronic music spectrum, collage artist being one of them, but in the case of LA-based Chad Valencia (a.k.a. yuk.), it fits perfectly. On "greenflash(ritual)," Chad shows his ability to create distorted ambient sound collages with a gritty sizzle that holds all the different elements together, utilizing no computers in the process. The track begins as a slowly bubbling mash of noise with sounds trickling up from beneath the dense layers until, a little past halfway through, a lazy and distorted rhythm begins and pushes methodically alongside a swirling vocal sample. yuk.'s newest release, a d w a, where you'll find "greenflash(ritual)" alongside 11 others, including one featuring XLR8R favorite Teebs, can be found digitally via LA's tape-music mecca Leaving Records. Looks like the original pressing of 100 cassettes from the My Hollow Drum imprint has already sold out, but luckily there's probably enough tape noise on all these tracks that we'll be able to get the same feeling from the mp3s. (via Altered Zones)
Who doesn't love chicken? Well, maybe vegetarians, but make no mistake, the newest signee to Sinden's Grizzly label, Bassanovva, certainly does. Enough to include lines like "I love chicken," "Who likes chicken?" and "Where's the chicken?" into the title track of its upcoming release. Bassanovva, made up of Thunderheist's Grahmzilla and Brooklyn's Jubilee, get the remix treatment from the UK's Hackman who takes "Chicken Lover" to its full funky tropical house potential, while keeping the phrase "I Love Chicken" and the song's occasional pitch-shifted whistle blows intact.
The UK's Underworld (pictured above) has been making music for a long time now (since 1988 to be precise), and it is a testament to their talent that they have continued to sound current and innovative for so long, which makes it no easy job to remix one of their tracks. Not to worry, San Francisco's Christian Martin has not taken the task lightly. The Dirtybird affiliate takes the original from Underworld's newest LP, Barking, and turns the house knob up to 11, dubbing out the vocals, throwing in some tasty percussion, and featuring an infectiously gurgling bassline. For those in California who need more than a remix to satisfy their Underworld fix, the duo will be making its way around this weekend, check the dates after the jump. Read more »
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