Rather than operate as a music news source, Electronic Beats operates as a music information source. We want to share with you; we want you to know what we’re hearing, what’s reverberating our cochleas and sending broader vibrations throughout our bodies, and by extension our audio-addled souls. Down with that? Welcome to Editors’ Choice.
Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)
Earl Sweatshirt Freestyling on Sway in the Morning
Sway, along with Tech, used to host The Wake Up Show on San Francisco’s premier commercial rap and R&B station KMEL. They got a record deal out of that, so he’s been around for a minute. Earl, for me, is the breakout voice of the Odd Future clan, and it’s fair to say that his debut album Doris (which drops on Tuesday in the States and is now streaming here) is highly anticipated. Watching Earl go from zero to 60 in mere bars of the “Drop it Like it’s Hot” beat is pretty joyful stuff.
Concrete Fence (Regis & Russell Haswell) – “Industrial Disease”
This isn’t my favorite track from their new collaborative EP, but it’s still hard as nails with an underlying, seething groove: pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a pairing of the lord of dark techno and the noise baron. Everyone who saw Haswell crowd-surfing to Regis‘ set at the 2011 Blackest Ever Black party in London knew this was coming, and it does not disappoint.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Disclosure – Radio 1 Essential Mix
The brothers Lawrence plunge their filthy mitts into the wet cement of mainstream dance music’s own Walk of Fame with their contribution to Radio 1’s time-honored Essential Mix series. Slum Village, Moodymann, Dusky, New York Transit Authority… It’s not going to breach any boundaries but as a survey of no-nonsense, bottom-heavy club music it hits the spot.
Fort Romeau – “Stay True”
Butch analogue arpeggiators and handclaps provide the basis for an amble into humid, loose-form atmospherics soaked in the sweat you perspire on the third of a three-night Balearic blow-out.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
M/M – “Away”
Guenter Schlienz – “Le Vent” (Creux Mauvais Argent)
Up for some Kosmische Musik? Hailing from Stuttgart in south Germany, this is the unmighty Guenter Schlienz who has nothing else to offer but the perfect soundtrack for relaxed summer nights.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
NA – “Flute Gasp” (Snippet)
The human breath just isn’t utilized enough as music, I’d say. This snippet from NA’s upcoming Fade To Mind debut, XTREME TREMBLE makes excellent use of a sampled gasp, evocative of both fear and ecstasy. The solo outing of Daniel Pineda, one-half of LA bass futurists Nguzunguzu, also has plenty of swaggering lows, stabs of ethereal, half-dissolved vocals, and synthesized woodwinds to form the spine. This one is going to be hot.
Ben Aqua – “Future Body Party Breed Machine” (Ciara x Meshuggah)
Haha, sure why not.
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