After finding a prized Moog Modular in the Philadelphia school where he taught music technology, Michael Johnson began making the music that would eventually become that of his Ape School guise. His self-titled debut album is an experimental pop offering of riffing guitars, fuzzy feedback, carefully tweaked electronics, and, of course, a few good old-fashioned Moog synth sounds. Ape School is out now.
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Toronto-based ambient/shoegaze outfit Nadja's new album, When I See the Sun Always Shines on TV is out today, and the duo has leaked this track in support/celebration of the release. When asked why the duo chose to perform a My Bloody Valentine song on the album, vocalist Aidan Baker merely says, "Everyone compares us to My Bloody Valentine, so we had to cover them."
Miss Kittin and frequent sidekick The Hacker are back with a new full-length, TWO, and have leaked this track in anticipation of the album's release. The title says it all. "Electronic City" is a solid offering of minimal, rather robotic techno with just a hint of melody to offset the post-apocalyptic synthesizers.
TWO is out May 19.
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DJ Zinc released his Killa Sound EP via his own Bingo Beats imprint just a few weeks ago, but he's also giving the entire thing away for free. A mashup of house, drum and bass, dubstep, and breaks, the new release should satiate our weekly appetite for snare drums and sub-bass. (Via Resident Advisor). Killa Sound is out now.
"I wake up and I'm just determined to write a better song than I did yesterday," says Randolph Chabot. For the time being though, a new album under his Deastro guise will have to suffice. Moondagger is an album that darts between controlled electronics and wailing guitar riffs, grand vocal choruses, and frenzied vocal hooks, as seen on this track. Moondagger is out June 23.
MC Baje—one half of Brooklyn-based hip-hop duo Junk Science—has explained "Running Shoes" as "an Obama song that has nothing to do with politics." The lyrics, laid over Baje's partner-in-crime DJ Snafu's lo-fi beats, celebrates the election of the current U.S. president and looks towards the possibility of change. "Running Shoes" is the first track being released as a free download in preparation of the duo's third studio album, A Miraculous Kind of Change, due out later this year.
Axel Willner (a.k.a. The Field) has never been one to leave us hanging, and this track—off his latest for Kompakt, titled Yesterday & Today, is the proof in the pudding. During its eight-and-a half minute run, Willner whips together a dancefloor anthem comprised of upbeat house, looped female vocals, and disco percussion. We’re still hungry for more, so we await the new album's release with anticipation. Yesterday & Today is out May 25.
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