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)
Fatima Al Qadiri – “Knight Fare (post-war dub)”
You might recall I mentioned the recent grime war, where dozens of producers threw down for a seriously fun battle royale for Lord of the Beats. This late ‘entry’ from New York-based Fatima Al Qadiri—who’s always been vocal about her love for the genre which has proved an obvious inspiration for her own sci-fi soundworld—might just have cleaned up.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Iceage – “Jackie”
Copenhagen punks Iceage cover a 1987 requiem to lost love by self-appointed pop martriarch Sinead O’Connor. Wait, come back! By transposing the haunting original to their anguished, spittle-flecked register (they leave the pronouns alone, too) they cement their rep as thugs of a very different stripe.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Girl Unit – Stay the Night #4
The key figures in the progressive bass movement, Girl Unit just unleashed a beast of a mix bringing you Xscape, Opus III, Morri$, Ciara and many more. Free download included.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
subʞutan – # Speak Silence #
This amorphous mix from the Leipzig-based DJ is an hour and forty minutes worth of haunting, blended ambience, beautifully suited to both the gray autumn of Berlin and the studies I’ve been doing around language. Academics Do It Solemnly.
Samo Sound Boy – “Your Love” (Shlohmo Mix)
I don’t suppose I’ve played Samo Sound Boy’s stuff in over two years, but once Shlohmo puts his touch on just about any track, my brain sort of requires my hands to click on it. This is some druggy, draggy nightbass with the pitched-vocal ubiquities that I never seem to get sick of.
A.J. Samuels (Senior Print Editor)
Charles Cohen – “Shopping Cart Lady”
redose-2 Charles Cohen – “Dance Of The Spiritcatchers” [Morphosis rework Version1] Excerpt
Philadelphia native Charles Cohen has been attracting attention recently with the release of a trilogy of early works on Rabih Beaini’s (aka Morphosis) Berlin-based Morphine label. Assembled from archives dating back to the mid-seventies, Cohen’s explorative electronics recalls the likes of Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler, with whom he was supposed to collaborate on an LP that never materialized (see recent Wire feature). As the title of the trilogy’s final installation suggests, the pieces on Music for Dance and Theater (out November 29) were composed specifically for the stage. Morphosis’s own Cohen reworks, released this past August, are more club than stage and also definitely worth a listen.
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