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)
DJ Nigga Fox – “O Meu Estilo”
The kuduro producer and DJ has shown up in Editors’ Choice before and this is far from a new release. But something’s been nagging me since I saw his set at Unsound recently. Someone (I can’t remember who) recently described this batida sound as a cross between grime and trance, which is kind of true, but—finally connecting the dots—to me it conjures up the the dirty Dutch house offshoot of bubbling—whose proponent Anti-G was a small obsession of mine a few years ago. Now I need to talk to a musicologist to parse the differences between batida and bubbling.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Divvorce – “Vanessa (A Dreamer)”
Fifth Wall co-founder Divvorce—who we interviewed alongside Hound Scales back in August—chalks up the Brooklyn label’s ninth release with Vanessa (A Dreamer). A-side “Wander 7” is a piece of molten electro which whirls ponderously across the stereo field while “Roquentin’s Release” perfects a kind of warehouse concréte, all ominous rumbles and trebly, granular ephemera before piston-like drums thunder their syncopated, colossal two-step. The latter is stretched well beyond its elastic limit by Fifth Wall regular Physical Therapy, who refashions it into a piece of doomy, piano-accented disco. Can this label do no wrong? Seriously.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Death Grips – Government Plates
Another real deal from the Death Grips. Yesterday, they flooded the interwebs with fifteen new videos in fifteen minutes. What’s more, they dropped their new non-Sony album as a free download.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Soupcans – Parasite Brain EP
Scuzzy garage punk dominates me a lot more in the summer than in the chilliness of autumn, when I’m much more inclined to lie around in my own grunge than cut loose and thrash. Soupcan’s latest EP Parasite Brain is just hitting far too many of my buttons to ignore, however. There’s traces of Arab on Radar and early Devo, and you could drop buzzwords like ‘lo-fi’ ’til the sun comes up, but Soupcans is clearly not music meant to be approached with tweezers and a microscope. Turn on record, turn off brain, and let your limbs writhe.
Million Brazilians – “Untitled IV”
Speaking of sounds that haven’t entered my ears in a while, here’s a new track from Portland tribalists Million Brazilians. I last ran into these kids in LA around 2009 and fell in love with their sloppily hypnotic rhythms, but it’s been a while since I’ve looked them up. This one’s off their new LP Wet Dry Jungala, which I’m very much looking forward to receiving.
Jannik Schäfer (Social Media Editor)
King Ara – “Who The F**k You Talkin’ To?”
This debut single by the completely unknown singer-songwriter and producer King Ara is fabulous. Make sure to check out the video compiled form the classic seventies cartoon Fritz the Cat. Good work King Ara, looking forward to more!
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders Twentieth Anniversary Mixtape
I’ve listened to this thing three times front to back in one day. Exquisitely mixed and well put together. Be you a hardcore Tribe fan or a complete unknown to the ways of one of hip-hop’s greatest trios, this one is worth listening to.
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