Rotrum: “Peace In Jungle”.

30 Aug 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
Excited to see these highly UK influenced beats come out from Tallinn, Estonia, brought to us by the tastemaking Estonian record shop, label and blog BiiT, where Rotrum is in fact their first digital release as a label. Rotrum's mini-album 9 Scenes plays around many interesting sounds mostly moving within the border of minimal bass, but also with clear experimental influences of more upbeat production and strange vocal samples. Below is a couple of our favourite exceptions from the album, which you can stream and download for free via Bandcamp. Read more → Excited to see these highly UK influenced beats come out from Tallinn, Estonia, brought to us by the tastemaking Estonian record shop, label and blog BiiT, where Rotrum is in fact their first digital release as a label. Rotrum's mini-album 9 Scenes plays around many interesting sounds mostly moving within the border of minimal bass, but also with clear experimental influences of more upbeat production and strange vocal samples. Below is a couple of our favourite exceptions from the album, which you can stream and download for free via Bandcamp.

Eskimeaux - “Untitled, Part I”.

30 Aug 2012 — Magnus
New York solo artist Gabrielle Smith creates dreary folk as Eskimeaux, a project which I've been obsessed with ever since hearing her last LP Two Mountains. Over a year later Smith is back with a new one entitled, cryptically, "Untitled, Part I", and it's a beauty. Starting off a capella, Smith's smooth and reverb-soaked vocals are the backbone of the entire song, which builds and builds from the addition of reed instruments and strings and finally sharp electronic drums. Her new album is coming soon, and we can't wait for it. For now, though, you can find "Untitled, Part I" as well as the rest of her discography for "name your price" over at bandcamp. Read more → New York solo artist Gabrielle Smith creates dreary folk as Eskimeaux, a project which I've been obsessed with ever since hearing her last LP Two Mountains. Over a year later Smith is back with a new one entitled, cryptically, "Untitled, Part I", and it's a beauty. Starting off a capella, Smith's smooth and reverb-soaked vocals are the backbone of the entire song, which builds and builds from the addition of reed instruments and strings and finally sharp electronic drums. Her new album is coming soon, and we can't wait for it. For now, though, you can find "Untitled, Part I" as well as the rest of her discography for "name your price" over at bandcamp.

Video Premiere: Ricardo Donoso - “From Sterling to Snow”.

30 Aug 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Watch the second video made to accompany the latest effort of Rio de Janeiro-born experimentalist Ricardo Donoso, Assimilating the Shadow. As for "The Bow and The Lyre", the visuals for "From Sterling to Snow" were again made by French director Pierce Warnecke, who has found the perfect language to translate Donoso's stripped and pure textures of remotely familiar dance music tropes into a thoroughly mesmerizing experience. After his much-acclaimed Progress Chance from last year, the new record once again sees the artist creating a deeply immersive world of sound that might be called ambient, yet which is not so much informed by the chill out room but by the dancefloor proper. A work mainly comprised of meandering soundscapes created with layered, stupendously complex rhythmic patterns, Assimilating the Shadow is a truly outstanding accomplishment in its field, and hereby highly recommended. Assimilating the Shadow is out now on Digitalis Recordings. Get it via Boomkat. Read more → Watch the second video made to accompany the latest effort of Rio de Janeiro-born experimentalist Ricardo Donoso, Assimilating the Shadow. As for "The Bow and The Lyre", the visuals for "From Sterling to Snow" were again made by French director Pierce Warnecke, who has found the perfect language to translate Donoso's stripped and pure textures of remotely familiar dance music tropes into a thoroughly mesmerizing experience. After his much-acclaimed Progress Chance from last year, the new record once again sees the artist creating a deeply immersive world of sound that might be called ambient, yet which is not so much informed by the chill out room but by the dancefloor proper. A work mainly comprised of meandering soundscapes created with layered, stupendously complex rhythmic patterns, Assimilating the Shadow is a truly outstanding accomplishment in its field, and hereby highly recommended. Assimilating the Shadow is out now on Digitalis Recordings. Get it via Boomkat.

Father Sculptor: “Dysmirror”.

29 Aug 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
Father Sculptor is once again upon us, the Glasgow outfit that has been spellbinding us as of late with their melancholic throwback to The Smiths (you simply can't disincline that reference), and most recently with "Aristide", as we posted a fair month ago. Hiding behind this brand new, and yet again highly 'googlable' title "Dysmirror", a massive wall of synths kick into our ear canals, building up a solid, stadium-fitting atmosphere, but with DIY written all over it. Hide your midi-boards, y'all. Read more → Father Sculptor is once again upon us, the Glasgow outfit that has been spellbinding us as of late with their melancholic throwback to The Smiths (you simply can't disincline that reference), and most recently with "Aristide", as we posted a fair month ago. Hiding behind this brand new, and yet again highly 'googlable' title "Dysmirror", a massive wall of synths kick into our ear canals, building up a solid, stadium-fitting atmosphere, but with DIY written all over it. Hide your midi-boards, y'all.

Ryan Hemsworth: “Slurring”.

29 Aug 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
All though we're a bit behind other online publications on this, our dearest friend and Halifax-based producer Ryan Hemsworth literally dropped a bomb of an EP last week via WeDidIt, and as we may even allow ourselves to admit, it's likely to be amongst his best ones so far. Including remixes from Shlohmo, Supreme Cuts, Sam Tiba & Canblaster and Baauer, Last Words EP is a fine-polished work of production art that, well, you just can't afford to miss. Really. Grab it for a few bucks via bandcamp. Read more → All though we're a bit behind other online publications on this, our dearest friend and Halifax-based producer Ryan Hemsworth literally dropped a bomb of an EP last week via WeDidIt, and as we may even allow ourselves to admit, it's likely to be amongst his best ones so far. Including remixes from Shlohmo, Supreme Cuts, Sam Tiba & Canblaster and Baauer, Last Words EP is a fine-polished work of production art that, well, you just can't afford to miss. Really. Grab it for a few bucks via bandcamp.

Shisa & Choongum - “Hearts”.

27 Aug 2012 — Magnus
Here's a new one from the internet-obsessed over at AMDISCS, this time in the form of a collaboration between bedroom producers Shisa and Choongum. "Hearts" is a relaxing journey into electronic ambiance and shows the two are a perfect pairing. Included in the release are seven drastically different remixes, some exploring the calmer side of the original work while others go deeper into the house and jungle territory. As usual with AMDISCS, the entire set is available as a free download. Listen and download below. Read more → Here's a new one from the internet-obsessed over at AMDISCS, this time in the form of a collaboration between bedroom producers Shisa and Choongum. "Hearts" is a relaxing journey into electronic ambiance and shows the two are a perfect pairing. Included in the release are seven drastically different remixes, some exploring the calmer side of the original work while others go deeper into the house and jungle territory. As usual with AMDISCS, the entire set is available as a free download. Listen and download below.

Video Sunday volume 40

26 Aug 2012 — NFOP
Welcome to yet another Video Sunday featuring an extra large edition with picks from the past two weeks of unique audio visuals. We're starting off with one of the most beautifully composed videos we have seen this year, created by Kyrre Mathisen and Arne Pedersen for Machine Bird's "The Way It's Meant To Be", following some splendid pieces from Maribel, Sleep Party People, Snow Wite, Peaking Lights, LOL Boys x Shlohmo, Thus:Owls, Ricardo Donoso and Supreme Cuts x Haleek Maul. Machine Birds - The Way It's Meant To Be (by Kyrre Mathisen and Arne Pedersen) LOL Boys - Changes (Shlohmo remix) (directed by Video Marsh) Peaking Lights - Dreamboat (directed by Jordan Redaelli & Jason Miller) Maribel - Pretty Nights (directed by Mona Fastvold) Thus:Owl - White Night (directed by Brigitte Henry) Sleep Party People - Gazing At The Moon (directed by Jonny Sanders) Snow Wite - Diane (Directed by Brian Echon & Andy Cary) Ricardo Donoso - The Bow and The Lyre Supreme Cuts x Haleek Maul - The Dummy Read more → Welcome to yet another Video Sunday featuring an extra large edition with picks from the past two weeks of unique audio visuals. We're starting off with one of the most beautifully composed videos we have seen this year, created by Kyrre Mathisen and Arne Pedersen for Machine Bird's "The Way It's Meant To Be", following some splendid pieces from Maribel, Sleep Party People, Snow Wite, Peaking Lights, LOL Boys x Shlohmo, Thus:Owls, Ricardo Donoso and Supreme Cuts x Haleek Maul. Machine Birds - The Way It's Meant To Be (by Kyrre Mathisen and Arne Pedersen) LOL Boys - Changes (Shlohmo remix) (directed by Video Marsh) Peaking Lights - Dreamboat (directed by Jordan Redaelli & Jason Miller) Maribel - Pretty Nights (directed by Mona Fastvold) Thus:Owl - White Night (directed by Brigitte Henry) Sleep Party People - Gazing At The Moon (directed by Jonny Sanders) Snow Wite - Diane (Directed by Brian Echon & Andy Cary) Ricardo Donoso - The Bow and The Lyre Supreme Cuts x Haleek Maul - The Dummy

Weekly Retrospect 34/12

24 Aug 2012 — NFOP

A selection of tracks you should’ve been listening to this past week."Maul matches the track’s thunderous drums with shouts of desperation, hoarsely barking I see you everywhere that I turn" — Frances Capell, The Fader From Chrome Lips, out on August 28 via Dovecote/Mishka.“In this world, you think you have no reason to believe in love or in anything much. Then one day, when you least expect it, a light appears on the far horizon. It’s a flickering light, begging you to come, telling you to stay away. It’s the pale fire. The promise of love and hope – all consuming and elusive. Yet for a moment, it brings clarity in the darkness, future to the ruins and power to the fight." — Sarah Assbring of El Perro Del Mar From Pale Fire, out on November 12 in Europe (November 9 in Germany) via Memphis Industries."Everything they do here seems to prioritize maximizing emotion. Beats snap harder, toying with negative space to create depth; production is thoroghly textured but less dense" — Jenn Pelly, Pitchfork From Your Drums, Your Love, out on October 7 via Island."Here’s a new cut from Chad Valley, aka Jonquil’s Hugo Manuel, whose “Fall 4 U” comes beamed from the same kind of ’80s-y, Balearic Ibiza maximalism the Rapture channelled on In the Grace of Your Love, and features Glasser mastermind Cameron Mesirow - she trades off moody, lovestruck vocals with Manuel over a woozy, slow-burning beat of ethereal synths and clattering drum machine" — Genevieve Oliver, Pretty Much Amazing From Young Hunger, out in North America on October 30 via Cascine, and in Europe on November 19 via Loose Lips."'SAVE THE PLANET ♲ 100% pure H Y D R A T I O N : O2 REMIXED', sees BODYGUARD at their most sensory-overloaded, with sounds aimed at penetrating listeners from every which way, fluttering sensually and lovingly from behind HD flatscreens, from within the company Prius, from between lip-gloss’d lips, from a Hello Kitty spa in Dubai. Here, gun-cocks are replaced with unsheathing swords, hi-hats replaced with gasps, and snares replaced with an electronic blip, while an electric guitar wails in the postmodern lounge area. It’s sexualized ecology, aestheticized global warming, the sound of culture eating itself." — Mr P, Tiny Mix Tapes From HYDRATION ♲ : SAVE THE PLANET ☮, out in September via Hippos In Tanks."Glasgow producer Koreless has gone ahead and nixed the bass and glissando glitter of the original, training our ears on a light patter of a drum-beat and a melody that could have been ripped from a mechanical music box. As for Tom Krell’s falsetto, it’s been pitched down just below immediate recognition, sounding enough like Nina Simone’s trembling alto to make us feel pleasantly confused." — Emilie Friedlander, The Fader Total Loss is out September 17 via Weird World/Domino and in North America September 18 via Acéphale."[T]his latest track gestures at West African highlife guitars and the sturdy four-fours of funky house, finishing with the sort of epic synth boost that Martin Hannett would be proud of. Do not, in other words, sleep, because as nice guys as they are, they could take you in any way, mental, physical, animal, vegetable, mineral." — Charlie Robin Jones, Dummy From Like An Animal, out October 8 via Tough Love."The upbeat number recalls a laid back summer night spent drinking Budweiser Sprite with friends without a care in the world, even as the lyrics acknowledge the more bittersweet side of a budding relationship." — Emily Wheeler, Ad Hoc From the Work It Out 7 inch, out October 23 via Underwater Peoples/Chapter Music.

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A selection of tracks you should’ve been listening to this past week."Maul matches the track’s thunderous drums with shouts of desperation, hoarsely barking I see you everywhere that I turn" — Frances Capell, The Fader From Chrome Lips, out on August 28 via Dovecote/Mishka.“In this world, you think you have no reason to believe in love or in anything much. Then one day, when you least expect it, a light appears on the far horizon. It’s a flickering light, begging you to come, telling you to stay away. It’s the pale fire. The promise of love and hope – all consuming and elusive. Yet for a moment, it brings clarity in the darkness, future to the ruins and power to the fight." — Sarah Assbring of El Perro Del Mar From Pale Fire, out on November 12 in Europe (November 9 in Germany) via Memphis Industries."Everything they do here seems to prioritize maximizing emotion. Beats snap harder, toying with negative space to create depth; production is thoroghly textured but less dense" — Jenn Pelly, Pitchfork From Your Drums, Your Love, out on October 7 via Island."Here’s a new cut from Chad Valley, aka Jonquil’s Hugo Manuel, whose “Fall 4 U” comes beamed from the same kind of ’80s-y, Balearic Ibiza maximalism the Rapture channelled on In the Grace of Your Love, and features Glasser mastermind Cameron Mesirow - she trades off moody, lovestruck vocals with Manuel over a woozy, slow-burning beat of ethereal synths and clattering drum machine" — Genevieve Oliver, Pretty Much Amazing From Young Hunger, out in North America on October 30 via Cascine, and in Europe on November 19 via Loose Lips."'SAVE THE PLANET ♲ 100% pure H Y D R A T I O N : O2 REMIXED', sees BODYGUARD at their most sensory-overloaded, with sounds aimed at penetrating listeners from every which way, fluttering sensually and lovingly from behind HD flatscreens, from within the company Prius, from between lip-gloss’d lips, from a Hello Kitty spa in Dubai. Here, gun-cocks are replaced with unsheathing swords, hi-hats replaced with gasps, and snares replaced with an electronic blip, while an electric guitar wails in the postmodern lounge area. It’s sexualized ecology, aestheticized global warming, the sound of culture eating itself." — Mr P, Tiny Mix Tapes From HYDRATION ♲ : SAVE THE PLANET ☮, out in September via Hippos In Tanks."Glasgow producer Koreless has gone ahead and nixed the bass and glissando glitter of the original, training our ears on a light patter of a drum-beat and a melody that could have been ripped from a mechanical music box. As for Tom Krell’s falsetto, it’s been pitched down just below immediate recognition, sounding enough like Nina Simone’s trembling alto to make us feel pleasantly confused." — Emilie Friedlander, The Fader Total Loss is out September 17 via Weird World/Domino and in North America September 18 via Acéphale."[T]his latest track gestures at West African highlife guitars and the sturdy four-fours of funky house, finishing with the sort of epic synth boost that Martin Hannett would be proud of. Do not, in other words, sleep, because as nice guys as they are, they could take you in any way, mental, physical, animal, vegetable, mineral." — Charlie Robin Jones, Dummy From Like An Animal, out October 8 via Tough Love."The upbeat number recalls a laid back summer night spent drinking Budweiser Sprite with friends without a care in the world, even as the lyrics acknowledge the more bittersweet side of a budding relationship." — Emily Wheeler, Ad Hoc From the Work It Out 7 inch, out October 23 via Underwater Peoples/Chapter Music.