Posts Tagged ‘IDM’

October 19, 2017

Haulm is a Brooklyn based collaboration between vocalist/composer JT Norton and electronic producer, Reed Kackley (BAILE). They take us on a metaphysical journey with their debut single, They Came Along, a minimalist electronic piece influenced by downtempo and techno with earnest and pensive vocals. They Came Along is a dreamy, fleecy swaddle that evokes a surreal oasis with its chirping birds and verdant lushness. We float into oblivion on its fluid synths and floaty beats, whose Balearic consistency and glimmering beauty are reminiscent of Caribou and Bonobo, melded with the dance groove of RÜFÜS DU SOL’s more ambient offerings. They Came Along is a compelling introduction to this fascinating new two piece project. You can also stream the single via Spotify, here.

June 16, 2017

There’s no denying Dan Snaith’s genius. The producer and musician from Canada is the man behind one of my all time favorite electronic acts, Caribou, who’s debut album Swim back in 2010 was a formative experience in the development of my music tastes and one of my top albums of all time. In case you didn’t know, the same Dan Snaith is also responsible for the sonic wizardry behind Manitoba and Daphni, too. It’s a pretty huge deal when any of his projects releases new material, and we’re loving his new Daphni track, Tin. The shuddering, trilling jungle and garage masterpiece is full of spatial texture and three dimensional structure. It’s a euphoric upwelling of dance complexity that only someone like Snaith could create. Tin will be on Daphni’s Fabriclive 93 mix, consisting of 23 new unreleased tracks and four new remixes, out on July 21st. Pre-order the mix from Fabric, here. Tin can also be streamed via Soundcloud below.

May 4, 2017

Acclaimed New York electronic project Beacon returns in magnificent form on Marion, the pair’s first new song since 2016 album Escapements. The two just made a guest appearance at Coachella weekend two, and they’re now on tour with Tycho. I find myself feeling more than a little bit of envy at the thought of the lucky fans who are experiencing Marion live at Beacon’s shows. It’s a transcendental composition, a dulcet and harmonious combination of organic and electronic. Marion’s flux is fluid. It ebbs and tides, washing over us as it oscillates between dark and light, luring us into sublimely hypnagogic states with its soft pulses and fleecy vocals. You can purchase the brilliant new single from Ghostly International, here.

May 1, 2017

If it’s heady haunting, warped enthralling electronica you’re craving for today, we’ve got you covered with the brilliant new Lapalux. The producer from London makes his long awaited return by announcing both a new album and sharing a sensational new track. Ruinism will be out on June 30th via Brainfeeder, and it features this dreamy glitching, finespun entrancing jewel of a downtempo electronic track, Rotted Arp, featuring Louisahhh on ghostly vocals. Rotted Arp begins like a pinpoint, then it spreads all over us, covering us in its distorted beauty and engulfing us in its hypnagogic sea. If this is ‘ruin’ and ‘rot’, then I gladly decay in Lapalux’s dreamscape. Streaming/download links for Rotted Arp and pre-order opportunities for Ruinism can be found, here.

April 22, 2017

Maybe you just had an epic Friday night, maybe you didn’t, but you’re about to have a magical Saturday morning, all due to this transcendental remix of Klangstof’s beautifully introspective Hostage by London’s Catching Flies. The tranquil entrancing, serene soothing twist Catching Flies has given Hostage takes us to nirvana. It’s a concentration of all that we find sublime from the likes of Bonobo, Four Tet, and Jamie xx. Our minds, body, and soul are taken “hostage” as Catching Flies arrests us with the metaphysical and the profound. We delve into the mysterious ocean that shelters our deepest thoughts and our innermost feelings. Catching Flies remix of Klangstof’s Hostage is a free download, here.

April 13, 2017

Little needs to be said when something as incredible as a Four Tet remix of The xx arises. Prodigious English electronic musician Kieran Hebden presents us with a transcendental remake of I See You cut A Violent Noise. Four Tet’s dusky clattering, hypnotic thumping interpretation melds garage with trance. I find myself longing for my raving days as I close my eyes and imagine myself on a dark dance floor in a fog filled basement. Sharp lasers slice through that heavy mist as flashing strobes capture images of ecstatic writhing bodies. Time loses all relativity in the presence of Four Tet’s mystical remix. You can also stream the track via Soundcloud below.

April 9, 2017

It goes without saying that a Bonobo remix of one of the Gorillaz’s brilliant new tunes is in itself a brilliant feat. The esteemed British producer gives Andromeda the signature Bonobo treatment, creating an ambient soundscape full of trickling beats and ethereal chimes. Step into Bonobo’s dusky dreamscape, where Damon Albarn serenades us with a feathery soft voice. Take this one to a smoke filled lounge and dance the night away in bliss. Perhaps I’ll get to hear Bonobo’s Andromeda remix live when he plays the Fox Oakland later this week. Stream or download the track from alternate sources, here.

February 19, 2017

Late last year, a Brooklyn project named pronoun waded into the scene with a song that I’m still deeply obsessed with. “a million other things” is a woolly luscious synthpop gem bathed in 80′s aura, and it’s snappy chorus is unforgettably infectious. That very song has now been remixed by another project we love, Boston dream poppers Funeral Advantage, as part of a new rework EP named “Use passport to choose new location”.  Funeral Advantage’s “a million other things” is divine, a dreamy post-rock meets chillwave cruiser that reminds me of Tycho. You can purchase the single or pre-order the reworks EP from iTunes.

January 11, 2017

I could die happy now that Bonobo and Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker) have come together on one spectacular song, a mesmeric spread of downtempo electronica named No Reason. Bonobo’s shadowy flickering, gossamer entangling production is augmented by Nick Murphy’s sandy simmering crooning. We’re treated to seven and a half minutes of bundling bliss on this new taste from Bonobo’s highly anticipated new album, Migration. The guest talent studded affair will be out this Friday, January 13th. Pre-order, here.

September 18, 2016

Though I’ve only been to Burning Man once so far in my life, I’ve been meaning to go back. One of the more enticing reasons to do is Tycho’s famed sunrise sets at the week long event. I imagine these sets to be near spiritual experiences. It must be magical watching the magnificent disk of a golden sun rising slowly above the dusty playa while listening to the beloved San Francisco producer and musician’s ambient electronica. Let’s pretend for a moment that we are there right now as we let Scott Hansen take our imaginations for a spectacular journey with his new song, Epoch, which truly does seem to span time itself. We find ourselves caught in deep, dreamy introspection as Epoch flutters and glides coolly and weightlessly, a perfect balance between electronic and organic elements. After baking in the Indian summer sun just now while getting some outdoors exercise, there’s nothing better to come home to than this beautiful song. Epoch is reported to be a keystone off Tycho’s forthcoming album, one which he describes as at once a departure and an evolution.