Living In Frames – “Closer”

With a deep, dense, spacey, almost gritty aura to it, Brazilian electronic duo Living in Frames‘ song “Closer” certainly doesn’t slouch on delving into the darker side of what many folks may immediately lump into the category of EDM. There’s heavy, obvious elements of both dubstep and drum and bass, as well as a fair amount of spacey voice manipulation, atmospheric instruments and an overall sense of strategic musical uncertainty that seeps and drips throughout “Closer,” making for a listen that leans towards the neurotic. Yet the track still revels in and embraces its own scant but deeply-layered makeup. Heilo de Matos and Luis Antonio Muniz, though they’ve only been together for a year, seem to be getting closer to the specific sound they want to convey in their music, and “Closer,” though it could maybe have been a bit more defined, is still proof of that.

“Closer” appears on the twosome’s upcoming EP Outer. Listen to the track above and download it for free if you so please.¬†Happy listening!

- Ron Grant

IAYD – TBBR003

I Am Your Destruction is an Austin, TX-based electronic music project that’s just released its first full-length, which I think it self-titled. TBBR003 is just the catalog number from Thebasebit Recordings, I’m pretty sure. Title aside, this is a pretty fun album. It combines the blood-pumping drops and builds of modern EDM with the bright and glitchy grime of 8-bit music.

With the exception of a few artists, I typically find chiptune music to be a little limited. I mean, you have a multitude of artists here agreeing to center their music around 8-bit sounds, some working exclusively within that sound set. However, with IAYD, that is very much not the case. These tracks simultaneously worship at the chiptune altar, and look to bend the rules set by predecessors. Enjoy!

Ape Drums – “Overload” ft. Gappy Ranks

Mad Decent and Jeffree’s are teaming up once again this month for a compilation titled What Is A Jeffree?. They’re planning on dropping every track from this 12-song comp until its eventual release on October 30th. “Overload” is the second track to drop from this thing, and features from massive dancehall rhythms spliced with vocal samples that sound like they’re lifted straight from a Bollywood musical or something. Kudos to Ape Drums on the gargantuan production on this one, and Gappy Ranks on the great vocal feature, too.

Rustie – Green Language

From shrill synths to lackluster vocal guests, the new Rustie album does little to live up to its predecessor.

Porter Robinson – Worlds

Porter Robinson’s full-length debut molds the sounds of indie pop for an EDM palate.

Deadmau5 – While (1<2)

Deadmau5′ new, double album showcases much more finesse and maturity than his past releases. His usual house bangers are dark, textured. Meanwhile, much of the second disc feels like it was inspired by some in-depth listens to a film score or two.

Sadsic – Sells/Cells

Previously reviewed beatmusic producer Sadisc drops a new EP, which is essentially a few odds and ends surrounding a massive, 20-minute monster of a track. The song is titled “Cells,” and it’s really a test of Sadsic’s abilities as a composer, weaving a group of incredibly varied instrumentals and grooves together into one pretty cohesive piece.

Give the EP a stream above and enjoy!

Skrillex – Recess

Famed dubstep producer Skrillex finally drops a full-length record.

#$ – “Right Now”

New Jersey MC GDP and Philly electronic music producer Space Jesus have joined forces under the name #$ (Hash Money). The Smokers Cough signees already have new single and video out under their new handle, titled “Right Now.” Check out the bassy EDM-rap goodness above!

M.I.A. – Matangi

On M.I.A.’s latest record, the UK-based rapper, singer, and producer takes a small step away from the noisy production that made her last record so bombastic, but still manages to deliver a series of smart, infectious, and wild banger-style party tracks.