Following the birth of his first son, experimental German musician Hauschka found a "burst of creative energy" which led him to compose and record the entirety of his upcoming Abandoned City LP, with the exception of lead single "Elizabeth Bay", in a mere 10 days. But before it drops via City Slang on March 17, the album is now available to stream in full. Read more »
Leon Vynehall has been busy as of late, appearing as a remixer on a number of impressive releases already this year and dropping a new mix on FACT halfway through last week. More importantly, though, Vynehall's seven-track mini-LP Music for the Uninvited is just around the corner, but before it sees an official release via Martyn's 3024 imprint next week, the record is now available to stream in full. Read more »
Peruvian duo Dengue Dengue Dengue! pride themselves on crafting a unique brand of "psychedelic cumbia" which incorporates streaks of zouk bass, dub, and the likes into its productions. Having appeared as part of the Enchufada label's ongoing Upper Cuts series last year, Dengue Dengue Dengue! will release its first proper effort for the label next week (March 17, to be exact). Pulled from the outfit's upcoming Serpiente Dorada EP, "Banana" finds Dengue Dengue Dengue! cutting up its rhythms with space-age FX and bits of quirky melodies. The tune takes a turn for more psychedelic territory around the two-minute mark, when a ghostly bell melody joins the proceedings and rides out the bouncing production until it reaches its stripped-down conclusion.
Late last week, Jacques Greene announced his plan to drop a new EP via LuckyMe in April, sharing his extensive spring tour dates in the process. Now, the first single from Jacques Greene's upcoming Phantom Vibrate EP is available to hear. Read more »
The Netherlands-based Dekmantel Festival—which we loved during its inaugural outing last summer—will return for a second go-round at Amsterdam Bos between August 1 and 3, boasting a lineup of nearly 100 international artists and a newly introduced campsite. Read more »
Said to have been over a year in the making, the next compilation to arrive from New York label Throne of Blood, Moon Rock Volume 1, will feature "unreleased drones, beatless versions, and arpeggiated chillout tackle" from an array of quality producers. Read more »
With the recent commercial success of acts like Disclosure and Duke Dumont, the lines between "underground" and "mainstream" dance music have continued to blur at an accelerated rate. At the same time, the critical tones emanating from those who wish to keep the two camps as separate as possible have only become more rash and dismissive. Glow, the debut LP from Tensnake, is bound to elicit some "gone commercial" flack, as the veteran German producer has tapped guest vocalists for more than half of the record's cuts and moved his output to Astralwerks, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Still, those familiar with Tensnake's discography are likely aware that he's not someone who's been afraid to dabble in the more carefree ends of house and disco, which helps Glow feel less like a blatant stab at mainstream appeal and more like a natural evolution of his sound. However, that doesn't prevent the LP from coming off as a misfire, one where its creator's ambition seems to have outstripped his abilities. Read more »
Gear: Artist Tips - Max Cooper Details Five Ways to Focus Your Artistic Vision and Tighten Up Your Productions
Max Cooper is a quiet artist. While some producers garner acclaim that's based as much on their personas as their tunes, Cooper has been content to hone his craft and steadily build a following by issuing a stream of cinematic, glitch-infused creations. In recent years, his output has occasionally been lumped in with that of the "bass music" crowd, but the UK producer's reach extends much further than that, and his freshly released debut LP, Human, is even prompting comparisons to the likes of Jon Hopkins and Pantha du Prince. Of course, some of these similarities can be traced to the fact that, much like those revered artists, Cooper is someone who more or less lives in the studio. His productions are precise, mutilayered, and full of nuance, which makes him an excellent candidate for our Artist Tips series. When asked to share a bit of his knowledge, he chose to focus on maintaining clarity, both of artistic vision and sound itself. Read more »
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