Posts Tagged ‘glitch-hop’

May 22, 2018
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I’m always excited when a new Machinedrum track surfaces, much less one that’s a remix of one of the tracks off Robotaki’s excellent EP, Science, which just dropped last month. The EP closer, which features City Fidelia, is a rousing blend of hip hop and electronica. Travis Stewart of Machinedrum turns Satisfied on its head by infusing it with loads of neon glistering, synth surging glitch hop energy on his slick shuddering, glossy quivering edit. If you’ve yet to take in Robotaki’s Science EP, stream the release in full, here.

January 28, 2018
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Hope For Tomorrow is a sweet surprise that dropped unexpectedly on Friday involving a trifecta of talent we had no idea were working together on a song. Chicago legends Autograf, French producer Klingande, and Canadian dance pop/electropop trio Dragonette unite on icy haunting, beat exultant extravaganza. A deliberate and sparse soundscape, punctuated with Marian Hill like glitchiness, is suffused with dramatic piano chords and Dragonette’s ethereal vocals. For all its inkiness, Hope For Tomorrow obviously views the world through rose colored glasses, with much optimism and positivity. Aside from being deeply and triumphantly captivating, Hope For Tomorrow reminds us no matter how bad it gets that tomorrow could be better… tomorrow WILL be better, even if it takes awhile for it to come. Hope For Tomorrow is available from major outlets, here.

January 26, 2018
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I always imagined bear cubs to be feisty little fur balls (with sharp teeth and claws, no less), but we also know from extensive experience that London based producer Bearcubs’ sound is quite the opposite of those preconceptions. His electronica and soul is dreamy and syrupy, ridged and textured, like James Blake’s post-dubstep fused with Tom Misch jazzy electro-soul and Mount Kimbie’s glitchy electronica. We get a prime exhibit of his musical prowess on intoxicating new single Landslide, the second song revealed from his forthcoming debut album Ultraviolet, due out March 2nd. The dub heavy, heady hypnotic track takes us on a voyage of late night introspection, drizzled with dusky beats and taut strings. Pre-order Bearcubs’ new album, here. Catch him on his tour this March, which includes a show at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on March 15th. 

January 25, 2018

Esteemed New Zealand jazz pop artist Kimbra will be releasing her third full length album Primal Heart on April 20th. Though the date seems very far off right now, the strenuous wait is much more manageable now that the two-time GRAMMY award winning songstress has shared a music video for her latest single, Human. You never know quite what to expect when Kimbra blesses us with new music. She’s that creative and unpredictable, imaginative and original. Human sees her wading deep into electro-R&B territory. It’s an avant-garde foray into the jazzy ornate pop that Kimbra is such an expert at. Fierce and spunky, fluid and sultry Human even feels like Phantogram meets Little Dragon at times with its glitch hop beats and its neo-soul/trip hop vibes. Pre-order Primal Heart, which has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the year’s most anticipated albums, here. Those in San Francisco can catch Kimbra on tour when she hits the Regency Ballroom on Tuesday, February 13th. More tour info can be found on her website, here.

January 18, 2018
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There’s no denying the brilliance of REZZ’s collaboration with Toronto producer 13. We previously extolled dark and visceral, acidic and hypnotic DRUGS!, here. It’s no wonder that REZZ is considered one of the most talented and intriguing producers out there right now. Salt Lake City psychedelic bass project K Theory must have been drawn to the trippy headiness of the jam, because he’s offered up a brain jarring, synapses melting rework of DRUGS!. And really, I can’t think of anyone better to take on the track. His glitch hop and acid bass approach is more than appropriate for the original. In fact, no other mind altering substances are necessary for a cosmic psychotropic odyssey with this sick remix droning, warbling, and oscillating through our ears. I feel like I’m caught up in new dimension, or a sci-fi fantasy, like a Blade Runner film set further into the future, perhaps centuries ahead. 

October 17, 2017
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The Denver production scene is undoubtedly strong. Not only do they have melodic bass virtuosos like Said The Sky and Illenium, I’ve come to learn that a producer named Carter Matthews also resides there. He’s been busy the past few years as Toy Box, cultivating an sonic style of oft utilizes his expertise with the mandolin. His recent original Let Go is a glitchy enthralling, choppy mesmerizing sea of ethereal future bass and dreamy ambient electronica. It’s an intoxicating jam that nearly feels like Odesza jamming out with Tycho on a chill meditative late night, with some of Griz’s soulful grit. Stream/download the single, here. Visit more of Toy Box’s other songs on Soundcloud, here.

September 27, 2017
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Needed is exactly the right word to describe Machinedrum’s latest single, ‘1 2 B Needed’ after many days of tiring work. The celebrated producer’s song is a zippy vivacious burst of whimsical percussion and jabbing synths. ‘1 2 B Needed’ features UK singer songwriter Roses Gabor on choppy invigorating, pitch shifting vocals. Machinedrum offers up a fantastical trip with his serrated stuttering, glitchy jittering electronica. Stream/download the tune, here.

September 18, 2017
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We first shared this track over three years ago, but Until The Ribbon Breaks’ unique re-imagination of Phantogram’s Fall In Love seems to have been brought back into the light recently with an official single release on Republic, so we’re going to give the brilliant re-work of one of our favorite Phantogram songs another much deserved whirl. British project UTRB, whose dark and gritty synthpop and electronica is always welcome in our books, strips down Phantogram’s trip hop anthem, creating an ambient electronic soundscape full of smooth ripples, cosmic synths, and glitchy beats in its stead. The resulting composition feels like it spans space and time. It’s a profoundly sprawling, deeply meditative beauty that could very well be examining the meanings of love and life, or how they’ve intertwined through the ages.

August 4, 2017
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Chrystal’s debut comes at us strong with its bold and edgy, dark and slinky electro and glitch pop. Our ears immediately perked up in the face of this cheeky biting, fierce clobbering treat from the UK newcomer. Waves’ feisty hip hop beat, Jersey styled bounce, and garage inflected electronica quickly bring to mind both Marian Hill and M.I.A. The Bolton based singer songwriter and producer linked up with co-producer John Calvert (NAO, Bonzai) to bring us this imaginative first song. You can keep up with this fascinating new artist on her Facebook, here.

July 16, 2017
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If I could have danced all weekend long to celebrate Billie Eilish’s debut EP announcement that arose on Friday, I would have. And I’m pretty sure I could have convinced a ton of my fellow Billie Eilish loving music heads to join me, too. In case you missed the important memo, “don’t smile at me” drops on August 11th. It’s not too late to celebrate, it’s still Sunday. The weekend’s not over yet. And this remix of Billie Eilish’s Bellyache by Sweden’s Finis Mundi is a more than remarkable offering to get that Billie Eilish appreciation party started. The glitchy dark, frothy bristling makeover he’s given Bellyache evokes the inky splendor and hypnotic texture of Marian Hill’s Lips. It’s been a long while since we last heard from Finis Mundi. This stellar remix leaves us ravenous for his next single, which seems to be arriving soon.