Maybe he named his latest record Peace Love Weed 3D, but given the energy and eclectic nature of the new tracks, it's hard to believe Eliot Lipp was smoking any mind-altering, brain-numbing substance when he was making the album. Armed once again with his vast collection of analog gear, the New York-based producer has crafted another collection of beat-heavy tracks, though this time around, his style is considerably more varied. This is the first time Lipp's used a studio guitarist (some dude named Guitar Ron who he reportedly met in the subway), and he deviates from his trademark instrumental hip-hop quite a bit here, venturing into electro, acid, and Italo-inspired sounds.
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Ryan Cavanagh (a.k.a. Addled) makes slow, sultry disco when working with parter-in-crime John Paul Jones as Worst Friends, but as a solo artist, he claims influences like Paul Kalkbrenner and James Holden, and crafts extra-lush tech-house tunes full of catchy hooks and dreamy synth arrangements. His Heartbreachno EP will drop February 17. "Where Am I?" is the second track off the release. Heartbreachno 01 She's My Lady Friend 02 Where Am I? 03 Heartbreachno 04 I'm Sorry I'm Sorry
The release of Lamb's Anger is just around the corner (January 26, to be exact). Quentin Depieux and his Ed Banger family have unleashed this remix of the album's track "Gay Dentists" in the meantime. Besides the absurd title, JFK's edit of the track features a musical progression that bounces from one computer-generated sound to another, beats that start and stop intermittently, and a rather overwhelming amount of energy. Maybe it's just me today, but I was exhausted by the end of this track. Jennifer Marston
There’s no doubt that Daly City Records head honcho and costumed maestro of pulsating soundscapes, Mochipet, had quite the prolific year in 2008, but from the sounds of this track (off his awesomely titled, impending release Master P On Atari), we're already looking forward to what's in store for us in 2009. Featuring Mochipet’s signature whomp of throbbing low-end and synthy clatter, this sizzling cut pits diced-up morsels of Atari bleep-age and choppy, 606 percussion against a mammoth-sized wall of grimy, electro goodness. With roof-blasting caliber written all over it, we feel sorry for whatever warehouse crosses paths with this track next. Photo by Alexander Warnow.
Would the real “Disturbia” please stand up? This remake, by East German singer/songwriter/producer/e-poet AGF (a.k.a Antye Greie) is truly disturbing—far from danceable, more appropriate for a séance or a night spent among friends in the local cemetery. This creepy, grimy track plods along through a haunted house of chopped-up echoes and distorted whispers, low frequency bass and well-timed silence. If The Ring III is looking for the perfect final addition to its soundtrack, I think we’ve found a good candidate. AFG’s new album Symptoms will be out in February on Bpitch Control. Lulu McAllister
It's been five long years since Telefon Tel Aviv gave us a full-length album. We're not sure what the New Orleans-based duo has been up to in the interim, but we were thrilled to hear the announcement about a follow-up to 2004's Map of What is Effortless, and even more elated upon hearing the new release. Immolate Yourself marks what would appear to be a growing disinterest in guitars and a newfound love of analog synthesizers for Charlie Cooper and Joshua Eustis. Which means you can expect a denser, more complex bundle of tracks come January 20, when the album drops. Tide yourselves over with this number off the new album in the meantime.
Not since 2006's Paper Tigers have we heard anything from Sasu Ripatti under his Luomo guise. The elven-like Finnish producer ended the silence this past November with the release of Convivial, and to all of those who found Paper Tigers a little less than par, the new album should restore any teetering faith in Ripatti's work as a maker of ethereal vocal house. "Love You All" is the second track off the album and features Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) doing his best falsetto chorus.
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