Even though I’m not completely in love with the new James Holden album, I am impressed by the simultaneously primeval and futuristic vibe he’s been able to evoke on most of the tracks here.
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New from Hotflush Recordings, this latest single from Dense & Pika carries a dark tone with it’s hypnotic grooves and atmospheric synthesizers. Though the vocal sample played throughout this thing is an obvious call to action, the song itself feels too shadowy for a carefree dance session. But, hey, whatever floats your boat. Enjoy!
On Immunity, electronic music producer Jon Hopkins focuses in on the worlds of house and techno, fusing the characteristics of these genres with some pretty atmospheric and grandiose keyboards.
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Ceephax takes a break from his typical acid techno-tinged song production style to create a collection of electronic pieces that sound a bit more epic, cinematic. Numerous cuts of Cro Magnox sound as if they could serve as the perfect soundtrack to a b-movie produced in the 80s–preferably some kind of action, sci-fi hybrid.
Even funkier tracks like “Natural Specturm” have a beautifully eerie quality to them. It’s nice to know that this guy can produce danceable tracks as well as stuff that’s a little more cerebral. Enjoy!
On the Knife’s latest full-length, the Swedish electronic music duo goes absolutely insane with a 98 minute album that features a ton of long, linear art pop tracks that overload the senses and challenge expectations.
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KH – “The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room”
Despite the fact that his latest full-length album, There is Love in You, was released in 2010, Four Tet has hardly had an uninteresting past couple of years. Last year brought us Pink, a stellar compilation of 12″ singles that he had released separately prior, and just a few weeks ago, the producer dropped 0181, a collection of material recorded between 1997 and 2001. The producer’s latest offering is a new single under the moniker KH, which is short for his birth name, Kieran Hebden. Stream the comically titled “The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room” above.
Four Tet has become known for his marrying of sounds from the organic and electronic worlds, and this single is no exception. It starts strongly, letting a stimulating house beat and rhythmically idiosyncratic instrumentation make a bold introduction. The real hook of the song, however, is the erratic African chants which arrive about one minute into the track, lending it a certain primal sense of urgency. Given its quality, it’s no surprise that “people keep asking about” this song.
I first heard of Pete Swanson a few years ago when he blended the worlds of techno, noise, and drone together on the album Man With Potential. While the end product didn’t really move me, I did find the dude’s concept to be pretty interesting.
Swanson is now back with a new release on the way via Mexican Summer / Software, and he’s back at the same ol’ grind; distorting dance beats until they become an eye-widening and mind-numbing wall of hip-shaking pain. That’s a lotta hypens, eh?
The track streaming above comes from the soon-to-be-released Punk Authority. Look for it in March.