Yesterday, Northern California wavegaze (yeah, you heard it here first) quartet Soft Crest premiered its latest EP, a two-song single paired with six remixes called Perfect Sound, offering the release for free download to any and all interested parties. The remixes are far more electronic-leaning than the original, but "Perfect Sound" is a wonderful song on its own. Warmed guitar tones put down the initial layer of undulating melody, which is quickly paired with a muffled live drum beat and reverb-soaked falsetto croon from frontman Paul Harper. It all eventually explodes into a flourish of delicately layered, slow-moving psychedelic pop ripe to be paired with any number of indie music's favorite genre titles. Download Soft Crest's Perfect Sound EP here.
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The siblings and production team of Tiefschwarz recently unveiled Chocolate, another record full of the club-friendly, melodic house music the duo is known for. (Want proof? Check out the streaming preview we posted a couple weeks ago.) "Home" is a surprise, though, if only because its pop sensibilities are laid so bare: Daniel Wilde's croons are placed front-and-center, intoning over sleek, mid-tempo synthetic house that recalls recent efforts from fellow countrymen Booka Shade. Though little squigglings and samples come in here and there, the track moves along in this way for its entirety, perhaps suggesting that the Schwarz brothers are moving towards a more rounded, 'pop' sound? Maybe we'll find out on More Chocolate, a follow-up record to be released later this month.
From German beat enthusiast Comfort Fit comes this track of intergalactic noise wizardry and rumbling bass timbres. "Cable Vamp" comes off a forthcoming single to be released by the cross-continental Error Broadcast label, which also features a remix from the much-talked-about Shlohmo on its limited vinyl release and one from Dibiase on the digital version. As far as the song itself, the track has a somewhat "old-school" vibe to it, like it could have soundtracked a chance scene in Pi—a style put forth by spacey sound effects and live drum sampling that both harken back to Warp's earlier days.
The video for this track—a cover of Daedelus' "Fair Weather Friends" by young East Coast punk trio The Death Set—just premiered on our site, over here. The song is a buzzing, distorted mess of proto-punk sensibilities made to fit contemporary electronics and dance beats; it's noisy, it's fun, it's catchy, and above all, it's utterly sincere. You may be fighting the urge to cringe at the onset of the songs first half, but by the end of the two-minute-plus track, you'll be singing along to its "woooooahs" and "ooooohs" like you were back in high school at your first show ever. The Death Set is currently hard at work on its second album with producer XXXchange, to be released later this fall.
The latest from Sinden's new Grizzly label comes from West London newcomer Wafa, and this remix from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs rounds out the release, toning down the original's wonky arpeggiations and electro throb. Instead, "Ewid Disco" becomes a bouncing tech-house monster appropriate for peak times, the original's stems coming through only at the most select moments. The "Ewid Disco" single comes out June 28, and also features a remix from Drop the Lime.
This über-wonky tune by UK producer Rekordah comes to us courtesy of the first release from his new label Astro:Dynamics. The forthcoming compilation shares its name with the record label, and features the likes of beatmakers Slugabed and LuckyMe's Mike Slott and The Blessings. Rekordah's contribution, "Candy Flossin'," as said before, is pretty crazy. Extremely warped samples somehow manage to push some semblance of a melody, while tumbling sound effects and subtle bass tones flesh out what could technically be described as a rhythm. Seems like Hudson Mohawke has some company in the sugar-high weirdo realm of beat music.
Flying Lotus produced this latest slice from Killer Mike, the ATL MC best known for his 2003 hit, "A.D.I.D.A.S." The woozy sonics of FlyLo certainly shine through on the track, which features rolling bass fuzz, spacey synth lines, and a strange peeping of a section of Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body." Killer Mike's sure, relaxed delivery mixes perfectly, and there's no doubt that he ain't lying when he spits that "we smoke Thai sticks 'til we look Chinese." A definite summer jam.
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