Archive | January 2014

Rioux | Trails

Brooklyn electronic producer, Rioux agiley compels our mind to float into contrasting silhouettes of experimentalism. Varied movements of “Trails” include dynamic twinkling jazz, atomic house, disco-pop guitar lines, and deep chorus-like vocals that mold decorously throughout the entire track. We highly recommend digging into all of his formerly solid releases such as Supersymmetry. 

Truly leaving his own trail, Rioux will be releasing a string of monthly singles, until the summer.

Stream and download below through Bad Panda Records.


High Places | Dry Lake

Dry Lake (Download link)

High Places began as an experiment in collaboration: two people with diverse artistic backgrounds coming together to merge their skills, aesthetic tastes, and music-making approaches. Robert Barber grew up listening to punk and hardcore, and Mary Pearson studied bassoon performance, but both gravitated toward a DIY compositional style and a love of layers. It is the affinity for layering that has thus far defined the duo, both in ideas and instrumentation.High Places’ songs contain a fascinating range of aural layers: bells and bird calls over a wash of ocean waves; mallets hitting mixing bowls over treated guitar and glockenspiel; Mary’s reflective vocals over Rob’s homemade beats. The result is an imaginative and spacious amalgamation of sounds with a unique, almost Caribbean undertone that is as immediate as it is refreshing.

Memory Cassette | Last One Awake (Friend Version)

Memory Cassette is a bedroom outfit with scant public information at the moment. But they do have a friend in Friend, aka Londoner Jesse Kanda, the guy behind this track. Pretty much the only source of info on the project is its blog, where this new Friend remix of “Last One Awake” was posted, the original version of which will appear on the same forthcoming Acephale/Sincerely Yours EP as “Asleep at a Party”. In case you’re wondering, their bedtime-themed track titles suit the music’s dreamy qualities quite perfectly.


Elite Gymnastics | Here, In Heaven 4&5 (CFCF Remix)

James Brooks and Josh Clancy of Elite Gymnastics once assembled a mix for the U.K. fashion line Forty Ounce Clothes titled All We F*****g Care About Is K-Pop, Whitehouse and Our Cats, and while that’s surely an exaggeration, the Minneapolis-based electronic duo clearly does have a fondness for Korean pop and provocative noise, and its sample-heavy soundscapes are by turns languid, deep, thoughtful, and thought-provoking

Chromatics | Lady

Chromatics are an American electronic band from Portland, Oregon, United States, whose lineup features vocalist and guitarist Ruth Radelet, guitarist Adam Miller, drummer Nat Walker, and producer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel



Ancient Astronauts | Funk Tuff Gong feat. Martin Perna

The Ancient Astronauts are Kabanjak and Dogu, a bulletproof production and DJ duo hailing from Cologne, Germany. The phenomenon of “ancient astronauts, “a belief that extraterrestrial beings visited Earth in ancient times to mingle and trade ideas with early human civilizations”, isn’t an alien concept to these Ancient Astronauts. The cross-pollination and mash-up of ideas, sounds, styles, and a collaborative spirit are their modus operandi.
Although, the long-time friends are quick to admit that they are not followers of the German music scene, Kabanjak notes, “for us music is and will always be an international phenomena”, and Ancient Astronauts are certainly not afraid to draw on influences from international artists and styles.

Lusine | First Call

Jeff McIlwain has been producing his visceral, melodic strain of abstract electronic music as Lusine for over 10 years now. Originally a Texas native, McIlwain met Shad Scott while living in LA and put out his self titled debut on Scott’s imprint, Isophlux. He relocated to Seattle in late 2002 and began steadily releasing his music on Ghostly International. McIlwain has also contributed tracks to various compilations and remix releases on Mute, !K7, Kompakt, Asthmatic Kitty, and Shitkatapult. In 2009, he released the album, “A Certain Distance”, which featured the single, “Two Dots.” His newest, critically acclaimed album, “The Waiting Room”, was just recently released in 2013.


Konstantin Sibold | Leif | Caramelo 001 A

Konstantin Sibold is a Stuttgart-based DJ, producer, mastering engineer and cofounder of the COMMON SENSE PEOPLE event series.

Back in 2009 he became the youngest resident DJ of the club Rocker 33 in Stuttgart, where he was asked to play with people like Ellen Allien, Adam Beyer, Marco Carola, Josh Wink, Michael Mayer and many more.

Flakơ | Honey Drips

There’s a sense of the freedom, intimacy and depth to the sound of London-based producer Flako’s latest EP Eclosure. That’s not in the way that an overload of ideas could become overwhelming but in that a tapestry of acoustic and electronic sounds can weave a cocoon of wellbeing around its listener. Released on fledgling East London label Five Easy Pieces just last month, four tracks offer space and escapism through the subtle textures you mightn’t expect to find from a resident of a city best known for its gloomy winters and dreary weather. Yet, in a world where natural and synthetic binaries are becoming increasingly more integrated into our everyday lives, these are the truly beautiful recordings of the dub-doused, post-genre type, recalling Arcadian escape. An exciting feeling of flux breezes through the effervescence of ‘Honey Drips’ and the cyclic respiration, trundling over the occasional animal sample, in ‘Lion’s Mane’.

Eyedress | Nature Trips

Eyedress is the solo project of Idris Vicuña, lead guitarist of lo-fi, garage pop outfit, Bee Eyes. A mix of slow beats, sauntering synths, and washed out vocals, Eyedress’s songs are inspired by new wave, Super Nintendo, mistrust, loss, and psychedelic drugs. In 2012, Eyedress debuted withHalf Japanese (Number Line Records), along with a self-titled 3-inch CD from French label, Beko. These two releases demonstrate Vicuña’s ability to use ultra-chill beats and slurry, drowned out vocals to craft a dark, retro-futurist take on contemporary synth pop.

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