Redshape (a.k.a. Sebastian Kramer) is a difficult artist to pin down. On the one hand, he wears that creepy red mask. Then again, the German techno auteur comes across in interviews as a relatively normal, even thoughtful artist, as he did in our recent in-depth conversation about his new album, Square. Regardless of what exactly makes the man tick, it's clear that he has a very particular artistic perspective, along with a clear vision of how to achieve it. We've been clamoring for a Redshape podcast for some time, so when Kramer sent along this exclusive mix, which he cheekily entitled 6 Min Too Long for One Side of a Tape, we were excited to explore its depths. That said, as soon as we saw the tracklist, we knew that the mix wasn't exactly what we had anticipated, but when it comes to Redshape, perhaps it's better to simply expect the unexpected. Read more »
When putting together Labels We Love, we quickly realized that it would be almost impossible to exclude Rush Hour from the proceedings. The Amsterdam-based operation began as a record shop back in 1997, stocking its shelves with the best local and imported electronic music it could get its hands on before eventually launching a full-on imprint of its own two years later. Since then, Rush Hour has built a stellar reputation, both as a dependable source for emerging and forward-thinking talents (think Cosmin TRG, BNJMN, Tom Trago, Braille, etc.) and a home for comprehensive and invaluable resissues and collections (think Virgo Four, Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Dream 2 Science, etc.). In truth, we only have one complaint: with the steady flow of output Rush Hour has maintained over the years, and the label's largely under-the-radar promotional presence, it can be a little hard to keep up with it all. To help rectify that situation, we tapped Christiaan MacDonald—one of the original minds behind the entire Rush Hour legacy—to tip us off to the five most overlooked tracks in the imprint's storied history. Read more »
After releasing his well-received A Little More Than Everything LP, Toronto-based DJ/producer Arthur Oskan (pictured above) is set to follow it up with a new record for Thoughtless Music later this month. Enlisted for remix duty are techno producers Marc Houle and Shane Berry, who has apparently done two mixes of Oskan's "Exit Strategy." This bonus mix is a heavy techno number tinged with dark, wobbly synths, sweeping minor chords, and a bright lead to occasionally lift the groove out of the shadows.
Like so many producers of his generation, US-born Berliner Antaeus Roy (a.k.a. Lando Kal) has steadily edged his sound from idiosyncratic beat experiments toward the clean, linear lines of house and techno. In the late '00s, Roy began releasing music as half of duo Lazer Sword, and alongside Bryant Rutledge (a.k.a. Low Limit), put his name to glitchy, lighthearted takes on hip-hop production. The duo has since grown a bit more serious, as this year's Memory LP formed a sleek adjunct to Jimmy Edgar's brand of stylized electro. Roy's solo work, meanwhile, has consistently honed in on a slightly wonky tech-house template. He further explores that sensibility on "Let You in the Sky" b/w "Help Myself," his first release for the fledgling Icee Hot label. (Full disclosure: Icee Hot is run in part by XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo). Read more »
The Nottingham-based collective known as Origamibiro has turned its "Quad Time" tune over to the computer musician and songwriter Leafcutter John for a remix in anticipation of its upcoming audio-visual performance at the Village Underground in London. "Quad Time (Leafcutter John Remix)" renders the original production in sound collage form, resulting in a track entirely reminiscent of The Books circa Lost and Safe. There's little linear progression or repetitive structure to the song—moments of stuttering synths are cut with ambient sounds, like children cheering and a crowd clapping.
Conceptually, Movement is more or less as straightforward as the double meaning in its title—this is a good thing for an LP whose press-release hook is something about straddling the frequently convoluted worlds of academia and techno. Instead of offering a fixed position, the album is more about moving back and forth across a gradient with accessibility on one end and sonic R&D on the other. Marking those extremes are tracks number two and three—"Fade" and "Breathe"—respectively. The remaining five selections are situated at distinct points in between. Read more »
Earlier this year, the Hot Coins guise of Daniel Berman (better known as Red Rack'em, pictured above) resurfaced with a 12" of remixes for the track "Geek Emotions" (oddly enough, a song whose original version hadn't yet seen a release). Now, we've gotten our hands on that record's wonky, acid-tinged rework from London producer Gerry Read (who has an LP of his own on the way), a track that was previously only available on vinyl. Furthermore, this free slice of audio comes with the announcement that Berman's Hot Coins project will be releasing its debut album through Sonar Kollektiv on January 28 of next year. After checking out Read's remix, you can peep the artwork and tracklist for Hot Coins' The Damage is Done LP, as well as stream the original version of "Geek Emotions," after the jump. Read more »
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