Capcom remixes Splash the band's "Ever Before". The track is a mid 's inspired synth slick groove, coupled with contemporary scratches and paranoia. It's little surprise that Capcom is a psychologist. He knows how to decipher inner workings, how to read and react. "Ever Before" is fluid and informed, and confident in its execution.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Purity Ring release the video for "Fineshrine". The track is off their hotly anticipated upcoming album "Shrines", out July 24th. The video is what we love from the group: Conceptual, entertaining,and altogether a high visual rococo that matches the auditory electro flashes of "Fineshrines". And for our New York readers, we've got some news just for you. Purity Ring will be playing at Le Passion Rouge on July 24th.
Justice give us their official video treatment for "New Lands". If you love the commercials the group did with Nike, you'll flip for these aesthetic athletics in the video. The video envisions a new sport that combines the best of football, lacrosse, hockey, baseball, and more. If this sport does not become reality and the sport to swallow all other sports, we will be crushed. Bye bye, Baseketball----the future is here, and it scowls in style.
Summers in New York might get a little more exciting for concertgoers this year. The inaugural Catalpa Festival will take place on Randall’s Island over the July 28th-29th weekend, and damn -- it’s poised to make a nice first impression. Take a look at this lineup: Along with numerous other artists, the festival will feature performances by The Black Keys, TV on the Radio, Girl Talk, Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, A$AP Rocky, Matisyahu, and, oh right -- Snoop Dogg (performing Doggy Style in its entirety on Sunday.)
In addition to these acts, attractions will include a series of art installations, a silent disco tent, a High Times-sponsored reggae stage, and a giant inflatable church (officially called Frisky’s Church of Sham Marriages though it will be equipped to host legitimate weddings as well -- yes, you can get married at this thing if you want). The festival will also serve as the North American debut of The Afterburner, an enormous structure made of military scrap which, according to the festival’s website, “shoots giant 30ft flame balls from its peak and contains DJs playing from within.” They have a picture of the AB next to that description, and we have to say, it might be worth going to the festival solely to lay eyes on this thing. It looks like a malfunctioning robot spider, and we are genuinely frightened of it.
Single day GA tickets go for $100; a weekend pass is $180. As for transportation to the island, there are a variety of options at one's disposal. You can take a ferry ($20 for one day/$35 for both) or a shuttle bus ($12/$20), you can drive (parking passes are $30/$50), or you can simply walk, using the RFK or the footbridge at 103rd St.
All in all it looks to be a pretty solid way to spend a weekend, and who knows -- this could very well be the start of a new summer tradition. For more information on the festival, check out the official website here: www.catalpanyc.com
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Twin Shadow releases a video for the second single off the Confess LP, 'Patient'. Confess has been garnering crazy praise recently, and it's a particular pleasure to see how such an enlivened album seeks to visualize of its strongest tracks. The video picks up where the visuals from the 'Five Seconds' video (previously covered on Scotch & Murder) left off . Whereas the first video focuses on the friendship between the two motorcycle bad asses, the video for 'Patient' introduces a third: A woman---a siren, or, as some people suggest, (and you can debate the level of bad ass in this one) a Ke$ha look-alike. The video would seem to imply a stability that the first video did not, but, alas, at the end we are on the road once again, going who knows where, but others have been added, and others lost.
Tame Impala give us the feverish 'Apocalypse Dreams'. The track is off their upcoming album, Lonerism, expected sometime in October. The 'Apocalypse Dream' vibe is fully in the psych-rock corner, and its freckled with spaced out optimism and a touch of doo-wop-lite instrumentation that paints the corners. The song clocks in at just under 6 minutes, but you'll want to stay around for all of it: It's spaced out, but always full. Check out the widget to get a listen to 'Apocalypse Dreams', and get the low-down on their upcoming tour.
From Los Angeles' Goldroom (the alias of former Nightwaves member Josh Legg) comes this remix of Shelby Grey's Wild Youth. The warm exuberance of SG's version is replaced here with big glossy synths, and the endlessly repeated " jump, jump" exhortation -- so innocent and joyful the original -- sounds vaguely sinister in this context. The vibe on this mix tows the line between swanky and sleazy (a quality my brother likes to call "Swayze") – overall, GR’s version sounds kind of the way a Malibu penthouse looks.
Highly-regarded Chilean producer Barretso is behind one of the three remixes of the song "White Smoke" featured on RoeVy's newest EP Black Smoke/White Smoke. Barretso's take softens the grimy industrial quality of the original mix, but maintains the track's big and powerful body. He also jacks up the backbeat, which with headphones on starts to feel and sound like your own slightly sped-up heartbeat. The effect is energizing, and overall, the song's "eternal youth" refrain seems a little more at home in this version.
London indie rockers Bloc Party are back this August with Four, their first full-length release since 2008's Intimacy. With its angular guitars and insistent percussion, the lead single from the album, "Octopus" traffics in mostly familiar territory for the four-piece. Still, there are some surprises here: the usually full-throated Kele Okereke provides a spooky and airy lead during the song's verses (before letting it rip during the chorus), and the static-y, slowly winding guitar solo (around the 2:10 mark) is a nice and unexpected touch.The overall product is unmistakably Bloc Party though, which is to say: it's catchy and danceable and sounds a little pissed off.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Straight outta Toronto comes Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, the latest release from Calamity Jane's PilotPreist. Combining the artist's two passions -- in addition to his music, Pilotpriest also produces videos for MTV -- the album draws on and updates the sounds of 80's film scores (among other influences) to create a unique and extremely listenable set of instrumentals. (Soundtracks seem to be a comfort zone for Pilotpriest -- he first gained serious recognition in 2010 when one of his songs was "leaked" and misidentified as a track from Daft Punk's score for Tron.) At 25 tracks long, OMPS runs nearly two hours, covering a wide variety of moods and textures along the way. Listen to "Risky Business" (in a nod to the obvious influence of their soundtracks, all of the songs from the album share their titles with 80's films) here:
Like apparently everything the mysterious Gesaffelstein releases, his new EP is a dark, challenging, and thoroughly exciting listen. To be sure, there is little optimism in either of Rise of Depravity's two tracks: from the relentless propulsion of "Depravity" through the heavy stomp of "Belgium," the EP sounds as discouraged by the state of world affairs as its title suggests. Still, all of the music here is hypnotic, cool, and surprisingly thought-provoking. Gesaffelstein will be performing at Electric Zoo in September -- make sure to do your homework and give him a listen before then. Listen to his characteristically ominous remix of Zombie Zombie's "Rocket Number 9" here:
There is a distinctly 80's character to "Devil's Touch," the latest single from English electronic duo Autokratz: it sounds kind of like a remix of something off Violator at points, and when the chorus hits you'll swear Roland Orzabal took over vocal duties for a second. The song cruises along in a mostly unassuming way until the two minute mark, at which point the beat drops out, returns, speeds, builds itself up again -- and then erupts. Dark, vibrant and sexy, this one will have some of you fist pumping in your own living room.
Monday, July 9, 2012
RUFUS remixes Citizens' 'Caroline'. It's of course an accident that the two acts (and the song being remix) lends itself so well to alliterative effect, but, sonic wise, the easy rhythm is no coincidence. RUFUS remix of 'Caroline' is wonderfully weird, and lovingly executed weird. It's weird with a purpose. The prime backbeat has the electric sound effect you'd expect a bouncing Brickles ball stuck in the corners of an 80's computer to have, and the hook is a plea to, please, stop making sense.
SIMØNE gives us a voice remix of Diamond Eyes' 'Beverly Hills'. The result is a synth-wave piece of gold. Choral effects are often used in tracks--to scare, to comfort--but SIMØNE's 'Beverly Hills' has one of the best all-around interpolations of vocals we've heard.The vocals hear switch between the Ian Curtis- like lamenting of the dominant vocalist, to the carefully chosen choir breakouts. This is the cool eeeliness you get when you travel down the esophagus.
Le Youth releases 'Memories'. 'Memories' is a confident summer dance record. It's at once at home at in a sweltering cabana-inspired nightclubs and it's as cool as an indoor ski resort. This duplicity is largely achieved by the excellent pairing of vocal and beat, or the harmonious incongruity. The vocalists crystalline, cold vocals slide right over the tropically inspired beat with ease.Thanks for the memories.
Friday, July 6, 2012
We've got another cut from Virgin Magnetic Material. This time it's an extended series of cuts, a mix tape: Mix Tape # 20. The mix tape mainly focuses on supreme cuts in the Nu Disco genre. If you need a little hint as to how funky and freak it gets, the opening cut is a nu disco remix of king of the disco terrestrials, David Bowie, and his classic track "Space Oddity". It gets odder from there. The mix tape is available for a free download until the end of the week at the thenumber20.com.
If you've got the gall to re-imagine Billy Idol's "White Wedding", you better back the boldness up with sonic quality---and Virgin Magnetic Material does just that. This remix finds "White Wedding" being slowed down, but the intensity is still there. Stronger percussion, more seductive grooves and pockets. It's said that you mellow with age, and this intricate, intimate remix is perfect for that dictum. Even Billy Idol must grow old, but that doesn't mean the cool can't still burn.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Presets release an official video for their single "Youth in Trouble". The video is a tehnicolor trip. Against the engine fuel electronics, the visual style of the video looks at once inspired by the mania of Ryan Trecartin and the sweetness of Paul Klee. Maybe the kids are all right, after all. The Presets new album 'Pacifica' is out September 14th on Modular.
Dead Can Dance return with the appropriately titled "Anastasis" album (out August), their first release since 1996. 'Anastasis" is Greek for resurrection, and lead single 'Amnesia' proves DCD has returned. The track is an updated, splendid mix of the new classical, folk, and gothic that DCD are so known for. Check it out below. Don't be late in jumping into the river Lethe.
Friday, June 29, 2012
"Here comes Isaac Tichauer to teach you: nobody's going to do it better than us", reads the page promoting the latest track, "Doing What I Got". In terms of tropic electro (tropolectro, if you will), few people actually do it better than Isaac Tichauer. "Doing What I Got" is a prime example. Isaac Tichauer is a master of interpolating vocals (in this case, vocals from "Sitting On Top of the World") in a genre that often shuns vocals altogether or buries them under the tropics. The track is a perfect soundtrack for the blurred, shot through with bright colors end of June days that lead us into the 4th. Of all the statements, perhaps the last one is the most tantalizing: "Isaac has prepared a massive debut which we will debut this July".
'Techno Trap' is what Brodinski's furious remix of Detroit rapper Danny Brown's "Die Like A Rockstar". Danny Brown is far from a trap rapper, but when you consider the theme of "Die Like A Rockstar", it makes sense. The song is all about similarities to famous people trapped to drugs, and their rapid downfalls. Brodinski, of course, brings the techno part. Danny Brown's elastic voice, the voice with the the panic and of a man with cardiomyopathy jumping on a trampoline-is preserved and set over a beat far more fast paced than the original. Perhaps the coolest part is the subtle ambulance effects laced throughout the track, as if it is only a matter of time before it catches up to the beat (and, by effect, Brown). Gesundheit.
In case you weren't expecting the artist known as Taragana Pyjarama to put out an exhilaratingly left-of-center track, the artist is here to alert you. "All Those Weird Things" is from Taragana Pyjarama's Tipped Bowls LP. It's easy to see why the cut is worthy of the esteemed Kompakt label it was released on: It's challenging, and slyly quicksilver in the all the right places. The high point is around 2:17 in, when a flurry of what sounds like a mix of bubbles and the sound ones foot makes when stepping in hard snow combine with a circling electronic effect to create one of the most minimally ecstatic music we've heard in a while. 'Fairy tale with a baseline', indeed.
Jensen Sportag lets us in on "Gentle Man". The one word that keeps coming up when we check out what everyone is saying about this is: soul.The track is almost a refreshingly straightforward soul. It's not the disaffected, borderline chopped-and-screwed sound that rules most of electro-soul records. Falsetto and light, softly layered drums are the model here."Gentle Man" is boldly vulnerable.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Whoo! SIMØNE remixes Future Feelings' "Drive", and the excellent track comes complete with 100 free downloads."Drive" is decidedly more "Cruisin' USA" than "Need For Speed". Meaning, it's lighter, more fun, and brighter. Wrapped in layers of synth-funk, the "Drive" remix is fit for a futurist Ferarri or a diamond in the back Cadillac.
Sebastien Tellier releases an official video for "Russian Attractions". There is little doubt this video is official, because it has the sheen and bombast that only comes with major label (and cash) direction. In the comments for the video, two names were brought up: James Bond, and the Great Gatsby. They're fitting comparisons. The video follows a set of swimmers, synchronized and alone, but always in some kind of hypnotic rhythm. The underwater shots are particularly gorgeous--shot through with purple and blue, not totally mermaid, and not quite human.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Com Truise releases 'Open', a techno, technicolor slow burner. 'Open' is punctuated by what sound like elastic drums and even more elastic synths. Midway through, a voice that sounds like the seductress that HAL 9000 never had breaks through for testing. Testing for what, we don't know, but we like the sound of it. After that, things get weird.
Today is the day of The Bloody Beetroots release of the newest single, "Rocksteady". The single is the follow up to massive hit "Church of Noise", and "Rocksteady" finds The Bloody Beetroots forsaking the church for the garage. "Rocksteady" is ten-fingered, full fisted garage electro, and you won't have to wait long for what promises to be an equally exhilarating music video. The video, directed by Wyatt Newman, is set to be released June 28th. Here's one choice quote about the shoot: "Girls, Shotguns, 70's muscle cars, Dust....Nice!" Not enough Bloody Beetroots news for you? We've got more. Bloody Beetroots is currently on tour, and will be making a highly anticipated appearance at Electric Zoo.
The Presets announce a very speak deluxe edition of their album Pacifica. Only 1,500 copies will be available worldwide. Your deluxe edition comes with a lenticular cover and a 12" case---and three audio formats: CD, Vinyl, and MP3. And you've haven't even looked inside yet. Inside you'll find extensive artwork and a limited edition lithograph, which is numbers and signed by the band. Pre-order here.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Check out the 24th in The Magician's Magic Tape series. And be sure to check this out. We've got good news and bad news: First, let's get the bad news out of the way. There will be no Magic Tape in July and August. All the more reason to embrace the good news: Magic Tape 24 is killer, and a long-burning one at that. It's all the energy and electricity you'd expect from a man who'll be taking the summer off and knows, if he can't make the party, he'll provide the soundtrack to the endless summer.
Justice gets the remix spin from Falcon. The cut in question is "New Lands", and Falcon's remix is particularly focused on discovery. Sonics fade in-and-out, light to the touch. This is a light electronic record that is periphery in the best way. It's never overwhelming, and it's always there when you need it.
Weekend Wolves release "Home", and it's not fit for the Weekend Wars. The song is an out-and-out thraser from the start. Bolstered by a warped and masticated synth wave spit from the mouth of a crimson robot, "Home" is a dark-snyth staple. Move over weird, memorable screams in 'Prometheus': We've got a new otherworld sound to recall, and it's far scarier (and makes far more sense).
Monday, June 25, 2012
Governors Ball: two stages, no overlapping sets, electronic music, and rock music. This time around, Gov. Ball moved from Governor’s Island to Randall's, not affecting attendance much but unfortunately added more of a commute to the festival’s official afterparties at the Brooklyn Bowl. The festival itself was well-behaved, with some engaging in croquet, some enjoying the food trucks on the hills, some tossing Frisbee. All in all great music in the air. Nothing to complain about. A solid good time.
Big Gigantic, the Denver, CO duo, proved to be one of the biggest surprises of Governors Ball. Producer Dominic Lalli’s saxophone riffs and drummer Jeremy Salken’s big beats ignited the air with drum ‘n bass, glitch, house, and jazz. Yes jazz! The brightly lit Honda Stage– and its amazing sound system– made listening to Big Gigantic a more visceral and physical experience with the kick drum existing in the sternum while the tenor jazz riffs tickling the ears. These guys were clearly going all out and wanted to make sure the audience knew it.
LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Pat Mahoney decided to name their crate-digging DJ duo, Special Disco Version, as such when they started playing live shows around New York City a few years ago. Murphy and Mahoney’s was that of a ‘70s disco block party. “We’re going to turn this into a big block party. Can we turn it up out there?” Murphy asked in his signature deadpan. The crowd went wild. Not one body remained still.
Chromeo, always a good time. With their their high-heeled keyboard stands and Kraftwerk-esque backup dancers, the Canadian electrofunk put on a great performance. “Chrom-EE-oh!” everyone chanted there wasn’t much time for intellectual discussion. P-Thugg and his companion Dave 1 struck a balance between Auto-Tuned hamming onstage and pitch-perfect renditions of “Tenderoni”, “Bonafied Lovin’”, “Hot Mess”, “Fancy Footwork”, and other songs that will someday appear on Chromeo’s Greatest Hits. The duo will be retreating to the studio to finish up their long-awaited next LP.
Kid Cudi may be a prima donna, live up to his juvenile moniker, and forget the words to his songs, but somehow he still manages to put on a great show. He gave the audience exactly what they wanted. Shouting out to the “Cudder fans” out there, he introduced WZRD beatmaker Dot Da Genius and launched into “Mojo So Dope”, “Scott Mescudi Vs. the World”, and “one of my favorites” “Solo Dolo” off Man on the Moon. “Cud Life” tourmate and fellow Clevelander Chip Tha Ripper also made an appearance for “All Talk”, lending Cudi some street cred before he fumbled “Cudi Zone” and had to start over. Despite all that, which for anyone else would probably be a dealbreaker (and for many people in the audience who left early, it certainly was), Dot Da Genius’ beats and Cudi’s sheer enthusiasm — not to mention David Guetta-produced closer “Memories” — made it worthwhile to stick around. Even if Cudi did get cut off promptly at 11, unceremoniously halted before a rumored rendition of “Pursuit of Happiness”.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Purity Ring release an excellent cut off their upcoming highly anticipated album. "Shrines" is out in Canada July 24th, 2012. Their latest track "Fineshrine"is one of the warmest cuts. The singer gently asks you to 'get a little closer', and the instrumental is a 3:30 marvel of inviting, just the right temperature electronica. It's a shrine to being fine--wanting and wanted at once.
Plastic Plates tweak around with Sneaky Sound System's "Friends". With hope, this remix will replace the song that most people have in their heads when they think "why can't we be friends?" This remix is more funky, has more bite. You'll actually want to be friends with the person who sings this, because they have such an effortless way of gliding over a near impossible instrumental. This super retro recored is the 'too-cool for me; friend, the one you never really get too close to, but still a friend you admire from afar.
Scotch & Murder favorite Keep Shelly in Athens remixes Reptile Youth's "Black Swan Born White". The title seems to indicate that their is a sinister presence lurking---that innocence is only the careful hiding of guilt: black swan turned white. There are few acts more adept at channeling this grey area between the crystalline and the gothic, Eden and error than Keep Shelly in Athens. On "Black Swan Born White" she gives us a dreamscape fuzz as a dominant instrumental, while at times holding one lone, near nightmarish chord out, bringing it to the forefront, and stretching it to its very limit. It is a question of what limit you want to test.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Oliver remixes Breakbot's track "1 Out Of 2". The remix is bolstered by a 1200 BPM squared instrumental, complete with an infectious clicking effect that sounds like maracas and finger snaps had a baby. This is not the full cut, so stay tuned for the whole thing shortly. We trust this'll tide you over in the meantime. Call "1 Out Of 2" 2 for 2 so far.
Check out the first video from Twin Shadow's "Confess" album. The video for "Five Seconds" has something far too many videos lack in 2012: A narrative. Two men ride out, encounter danger, deal with the danger to varying degrees of success and failure, ride off, and punch each other. If there was ever a music video that crossed "The Warriors" and an immensely enjoyable road-lone-ranger b-movie, it's this music video. It all takes places under the night of the silver sun, as it only could. "Confess"is out July 9th in the UK and July 10th in the U.S.