Wilting Sun – Self-Titled

Some strange and relaxing drone and experimental music on this new Wilting Sun album here. While Wilting Sun is careful not to step into anything too accessible, there’s quite a bit of variety on the six tracks here. Some tracks, like the intro here, deliver a mind-numbing drone, but manage to maintain an unsettling atmosphere pregnant with tension. Other moments sound like they’re pulled straight out of the Tim Hecker or Boards of Canada playbook, combining beautifully haunting melodies with soul-crushing noise and fuzz . As the name implies, the music of Wilting Sun is apocalyptic, desolate, and an ideal soundtrack for the end times.

Co La – “BB Burn”

Baltimore-based electronic musician Matthew Papich (a.k.a. Co La) is back with a new album that delivers more of the complex beats and disorienting samples that have intrigued us in his past work. Hegemony of Delete‘s six tracks offer subtle, digressive, and glitchy compositions that revel in both the banal and the tangential. In Hegemony, there is no difference between work and play–Co La conflates the relative coldness of the workplace with the distractive element of leisure. The result is something at once mundane and captivating. See what I mean with track “BB Burn” above. Happy listening!

Hegemony of Delete is out now via Primary Information. Our review of Co La’s previous full-length:

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Thom Yorke’s latest solo endeavor has an interesting aesthetic, but the appeal of these tracks doesn’t extend too far beyond that.

Tiger Village – “Cascades”

With some synths that sound like they’re on their dying breaths and some absolutely batshit rhythms, this new track from Tiger Village has me looking forward to this project’s forthcoming tape via Hausu Mountain. The release date: October 21st. The title of this thing: V.

If you didn’t already know, Tiger Village is spearheaded by producer, multi-instrumentalist, and lone wolf Tim Thornton, and I’ve got to know what else this dude’s capable off after hearing this track. I love his use of distortion and a generally lo-fi aesthetic, but he manages to pack it with so much detail in this single track. And I’m not just talking about sonic detail, but compositional, too.

“Cascades” literally does what its title states as one strange musical passage psychedelically folds into another. The song’s quirky, glitch-heavy beginnings are a surprising contrast from some of the epic and tense synth sequences that occur in the middle of this track. The ending is quite cacophonous, but still quite different when eating up the minor details beyond the flurry of synths and percussion. A dizzying track, for sure!

i.o – Edit Architect

Get ready for a challenging listen on this one! This i.o album titled Edit Architect is a dense, tangled web of multi-tracked guitars, relentless drums, and whatever other glitches this Victoria-based bedroom recording project manages to throw into the works.

It’s like a fusion of free jazz, math rock, and the avant-garde. Give a listen and enjoy!

Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

The new Tobacco album is one of the most demented sonic adventures I’ve gone on this year.

Kid Smpl – “Ja”

The previously mentioned Kid Smpl drops another track from his forthcoming Silo Tear EP. The song “Ja” is far noisier than I would have expected given the last track I heard from this Seattle-based producer. “Ja” is just bursting at the seams with distorted, abrasive sounds, yes, still maintains a really dreary mood. The explosive heights this track reaches are epic as well.

Expect Silo Tear via Hush Hush Records on May 5th.

Skrillex – Recess

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

Flying Lotus – Ideas+drafts+loops

Download: Flying Lotus – Ideas+drafts+loops

Flying Lotus has announced that he’s entering the mixing stage of his fifth studio album, likely due out early next year. To tide his fans over, he’s shared a free compilation of unreleased material, and because this is FlyLo; the production on these tracks are just as stellar as that of some of the best electronica you’ve heard this year. The tape also has myriad guest artists – among them are Shabazz Palaces, The Underachievers, Until the Quiet Comes collaborator Niki Randa, alter ego Captain Murphy, and Thundercat even turns up on a remix of Kanye’s “Black Skinhead.” Grab it above and enjoy!

Hopefully we’ll be getting another project from Captain Murphy soon, as well. A reminder that his mixtape Duality was one of the most sensational trips of 2012:

Tim Hecker – Virgins

Canadian music producer Tim Hecker returns with a stunning collection of tracks that make for some of the most beautiful music I’ve heard this year.