Microfilm embraces contradictions quite heavily in their music, juxtaposing organic strings, piano, and choral samples with electro-house arrangements on The Slingshot Orchestra, the group's second full-length. Matt Keppel and Matthew Mercer encompass the newly formed PDX-based duo that delves deeply into minimalism coupled with lavish electronics, as seen on this track, “Teenage Symphonies” (yet another blatant contradiction, as we know most teenage experiences more resemble a poorly mixed mash-up than the do a symphony-like experience). Keppel’s effect-heavy vocals don an uplifting, yet withdrawn feel, while Mercer’s production work provides a wide spectrum of sound with great attention to detail, including beautifully layered synths, pulsating bass, and well-executed, syncopated breakdowns.
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Following releases from Alex Smoke and FOOL, the third offering from new Glasgow-based imprint Hum+Haw sees the label stepping into stranger territory. Mysterious duo Name & Relucto, who gathered initial praise for their reworking of aforementioned FOOL's "Drama," brings their own unique breed of infectious space-techno to the Hum+Haw roster. With sliced-up computer voices and unexpected noises alpenty, "Loopo" is something for both the weirdoes and the party people, and has us scratching our heads and rubbing our tummies on the dancefloor trying to determine exactly what’s going on.
No one's ever remixed Germany-based DJ and producer Housemeister until this very moment, but AYCB decided the release of his second album, this year's Who is That Noize, was a good time to start such a practice. Who is That Noize Remixes is set for release on October 31, and includes reworkings of Housemeister tracks from the likes of Boys Noize, CLP, and producer Moritz Friedrich, better known to his fans as Siriusmo, who remixed this track and leaked it to the blogosphere in anticipation of the upcoming release.
The original version of this track was a spacey amalgamation of disco rock that was released in 1976 by Italo-disco outfit Droids. Serge Santiago got his hands on it and fashioned up this remix, which maintains that extraterrestrial, outerspace-like feel, but adds contemporary electro undertones. Santiago's been on the rise as a U.K. producer since his days of releasing tracks via Brighton's Stompa Phunk imprint, and he's probably best known for his remix work alongside Matt Edwards, under the Radioslave guise. This track is one in a string of re-edits he's currently at work on.
Here comes another gem from L.A.'s infamous Smell scene. ANAVAN evolved amidst bands like HEALTH, Mika Miko, and Abe Vigoda, and the group is currently two full-lengths in, with its sophomore album, Cover Story, ready to drop in November. Music-wise, the trio of Bret Berg, Aaron Buckley, and Molly Williams paid special attention to the many capabilities of the synthesizer, and the album sees the band pushing hard, dancefloor-ready tracks, usually of the electro variety. Check "BOOM" for further proof of this. Photo by John Shardt.
The delightfully quirky members of The Chap just can't stop having fun. Their recently released Ghostly debut, Mega Breakfast, found the London, U.K.-based experimental pop outfit singing about girls, clubbing, and cycling over high-energy guitars and foot-stomping rhythms. Now, the band has gone and compiled a mini-album full of remixes, covers, and a few unreleased tracks entitled Builder's Brew. The release sees Tigersushi's Joakim turning "Ethnic Instrument" into a 4/4 electro banger, while anticon. band Thee More Shallows and Athens, Greece-based producer Electroware also stepped up took on remix duties Not to be missed, of course, is The Chap's hilariously deadpan version of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It." 2009 tour dates are in the pipeline. In the meantime, check this radio edit of the track "Proper Rock," which lives up to its names. Builder's Brew 01 Proper Rock (Radio Edit) 02 Young and Joyful Bandit 03 Un Deux Trois Boxen 04 Nice Face 05 Ethnic Instrument (Joakim Remix) 06 Auto Where To (Electroware Remix) 07 Caution Me (Thee More Shallows Remix) 08 What's Love Got to Do With It
From Middle to North is pop/dance producer Håkan Lidbo’s latest helping of house music in via a new 12". Lidbo, who has managed labels like MNW Dance, Deck Deli, and Left < > Right, also now has over 50 records to his name across genres, ranging from the deepest underground to the cheesiest pop. In this case, his first single off the new record, Sandviken By Night, features electronic gurgling, dark quirks, and hits of high bell tones rooted in a satisfying 4/4 pulse. Let Lidbo bring you to his floor with this compelling tech-house track. Lulu McAllister
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