Artistically speaking, LA-based producer and Brainfeeder acolyte Tokimonsta couldn't have less in common with sultry crooner Andreya Triana—the former makes obtusely experimental hip-hop-leaning tunes and the latter seems to have a serious penchant for the second coming of jazz music. Nonetheless, the two work well together on this remix of Triana's "Far Closer" tune, which drops with on a single featuring other versions of the song on February 15 via Ninja Tune (artwork above). While Tokimonsta works out a bulbous, alien-G-funk bassline, a slick boom-boom-crunch rhythm, and some spacey atmospheres, the singer delivers syrupy line after sweet, syrupy line of classic jazz inflections. The complete odd couple quite easily became a winning pair.
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One of the eerier numbers by the recently tragedy-stricken Broadcast band (pictured above), "Until Then," is covered here by ambient artists Benoit Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri in remembrance of singer Trish Keenan, who died last week. The haunting song is given a whole new meaning in reflection of the recent events: lyrics like "There's a place I have never explored/Another world we have yet to conquer" feel even heavier delivered by Pioulard's low-register voice. And while the simple piano and guitar notes are struck, a thick wave of white noise and bass rumbles builds slowly from beneath the music until it overtakes the gorgeously sullen composition. Irisarri's and Pioulard's song is an ideal tribute to the memory of Keenan and to the legacy of beautiful, innovative music she left behind.
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.
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.
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)
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