Announced earlier this month, the Bicep pair will release a new four-track EP in October. Ahead of the record's release, "super fuzzy, Italo-inspired thumper" EP cut "Poly Pineapple" is now streaming in full. Read more »
"Maceonectar" is the first track to surface from SXD_EP, an upcoming record from budding Montreal production outfit and sonic experimenters Saxsyndrum. A wonky beat with a touch of pop flair, "Maceonectar" is said to be composed "exclusively of saxophone samples," which appear with generous layers of manipulation, of course. As such, the resulting four-plus minute track comes flushed with a variety of unconventional sounds: airy lead lines, low-rumbling squawks, and metallic squeaks and clicks all find their place in the upbeat production. "Maceonectar" will be joined by a handful of other original tracks from the pair when Saxsyndrum's SXD_EP lands on November 4 via the Art Not Love label.
One of three remixes set to appear on an upcoming remix EP for Belgian outfit Arsenal, UK producer Aashton's rework of "Temul (Lie Low)" reshapes the dark, cinematic pop tune into a driving club affair. Pulled from the group's Furu LP (released earlier this year), fragments of Arsenal's original track are refitted between a pumping four-on-the-floor and infectious hand-percussion patterns, on top of which Aashton places a few ethereal vocal phrases (in fact, those of Danish vocalist Lydmor, who features on the original track). Out this week, Arsenal's Temul (Lie Low) Remixes EP includes additional refixes from Belgian acts Faisal and Vuurwerk.
Seattle's Decibel Festival has literally grown tenfold over its 11-year run, with last year's edition boasting 25,000 attendees. (Our review of the 2013 edition can be found here.) The volunteer-driven event's ambition has been rewarded—though Seattle is not typically thought of as a dance music mecca, the festival now possesses an unlikely gravitational pull that trickles across the continent and literally improves line-ups throughout the US and Canada in September and October. This year's festivities have something of a "back to the roots" feel, as the EDM-crossover bookings have been ditched and the line-up is heavy with artists from Ostgut Ton, Modern Love, Hyperdub, and other heady imprints. That's not the only change; this time around, Decibel will no longer squeeze into every nook and cranny of Capitol Hill, instead opting to situate larger events in downtown Seattle's EMP Museum. Still, even with this more concentrated approach, there's a lot to sift through. Each day, the festival is presenting industry and tech-focused workshops in the afternoon, proper showcases at night, and, beginning on Thursday, afterhours events that will stretch into the early morning hours. With so much to potentially see—the complete program can be viewed here—we figured that some attendees might appreciate a bit of a helping hand, so we've to put together a list of artists that should not be missed over the course of the five-day festival. Read more »
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