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.
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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
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.
Mark Nelson, otherwise known as producer Pan American, has been crafting his brooding, lurking music for well over a decade now, and he's not showing any signs of slowing down. February 24 will see the release of another full-length, entitled White Bird Music. Kranky is letting this track off the album circulate in the weeks prior to the album's release.
Why they choose to include an abbreviation for the state of Nebraska in their name is still a mystery, but in any case, Ladyfinger (ne) has a new album in the works, set for release on February 3. Dusk follows 2006's Heavy Hands, and finds frontman Chris Machmuller in an aggressive frame of mind, as evidenced by the no-nonsense guitar riffs and angry lyrics on this track. If your plans for the near future include breaking up with someone (and if you like electric guitars), this one's an essential song.
As its press release states, "Lion," ZZZ's debut release, is all about "pianos, pianos, pianos, pianos, and more pianos." This is true of not only the track's original version, but also of the three remixes the boyfriend/girlfriend duo unveiled when the single dropped in late December. Breakbot—who's reworked the likes of Metronomy and Sebastien Tellier—had a go at the song with this remix, adding his French electro touch to the track to make it the world's most danceable piano solo.
Recent Trouble & Bass signee Little Jinder has proven her melody-driven pop productions are highly suitable for remixing, what with her EP, Polyhedron, getting a 10-track remix album earlier in 2008, with contributions from the likes of Black Holes, The Boys and Girls Club, and Aumenaire. The latest crew to take on the Swedish electro-pop chanteuse is the rapping, DJing, Earl Grey drinking trio Old Money. The dynamic NY-based group included this remix of Polyhedron's title track on their free, digital-only EP, Scareapeutic, currently making its way around the blogosphere.
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