Actress’ latest album is like a musical sketchbook filled with intimate, personal experiments with techno, house, and more.
Aleph has some pretty hard-hitting tech house highlights, but most of the subdued tracks just simply aren’t as engaging, and only seem like they exist to balance out the aggressive moments here–a lot of which sound very similar.
Electronic music producer Jon Hopkins drops some visuals for the song “Collider,” which is one of the many great tracks from his latest full-length, Immunity, which you can catch a review for below.
The story here seems to follow one girl reliving a nightmarish night at the club that involves some epileptic fits–I’m assuming they’re drug-related–and one of the most aggressive make out sessions I’ve seen in a while. The last third actually becomes slightly uncomfortable to watch as our female protagonist struggles against the grip of some fellow clubgoer who looks like he’s trying to help her–uh, I think.
Next week, Matthew Dear will be putting out his career-spanning Audion retrospective Audion X. He teased this sweet compilation of techno last month with the single “Motormouth” and now we have the 11-minute-long “Sky” to further pique our interest. Dear describes the piece perfectly as “a long burning wave of joy and exultation.” It’s certainly enough to leave any Matthew Dear/Audion fan giddy and excited for Audion X‘s December 10 release via Spectral Sound.
Daniel Avery assembles a diverse album of well-crafted tech house tracks that’s solid from start to finish.
While Four Tet’s latest records has some interesting tech house-flavored beats, the presentation of tracks here seems a little too loose, scattered to leave a lasting impact as an album. Some good tracks, though.
Next month, French techno musician Gesaffelstein will be dropping his long-awaited debut album, Aleph. In the meantime, check out his artsy and unsettling video for lead single “Pursuit,” a song that superbly showcases his decidedly aggressive brand of EDM.
Aleph is scheduled for release on October 28 via EMI.
Stream: The Field – “Cupid’s Head”
A simple, repetitive beat. An interesting, chopped up vocal loop. Snail-paced, subtle alterations. In other words, it’s a new track from The Field. Helmer of the project Axel Willner has been pumping out this kind of music with awesome finesse for a few years now, stemming from his still-great debut From Here We Go Sublime. This song, the title track from his new record, is a wonderful reminder of what makes his music so effective. It almost takes on a drone-like quality, but keeps your toe tapping the whole time.
Stream it above via SoundCloud, and look for his album Cupid’s Head on September 30, on Kompakt.
As we’ve already mentioned, electronic music producer Four Tet has a new album coming out titled Beautiful Rewind, and there’s a new track from it streaming above. While it maintains the particularly rigid assembly of electronic sequences that have been prevalent in Tet’s recent works, it does smooth things out a bit with some beautiful female vocal samples. Enjoy!