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 Q and Flava D – War Dubs
These tracks, by DJ Q and Flava D respectively, are just two of the over 130 (and counting, at time of writing) challenges that were thrown this week by producers in a massive, Twitter-fueled battle for gime’s Lord of the Beats—a moniker adopted from the infamous Lord of the Mics DVD series of MC clashes. Unusual because this is the first time I’ve heard of producers sending for each other, and perhaps that’s what makes it the whole thing glow with the spirit of camaraderie. Grime Forum have kindly taken it upon themselves to round up all the “war dubs” here.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Purple – The Club
Stumbling over Purple and their debut track “The Club” earlier this week gave me the early-morning subway ride of my life. Can’t wait to listen to the full EP Salvation, out later this year.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Circuit Des Yeux – Lithonia
Listening to tracks from Circuit Des Yeux’s upcoming LP Overdue, I’m amazed at how far she’s come from her blown-out and noisy origins. Haley Fohr’s work is just so reliably good that, even though it might not be topping any of the shorter year-end lists, it remains in general rotation. And honestly, being perpetual is a far more beautiful thing than being #1.
Michael Lutz (Print Duty Editor)
Björk – Joga (Alec Empire Remix)
I saw Björk play live at Berlin Festival last weekend and it blew me away. Her voice cut glass, the bass was affecting me physically… it was pretty much the feeling that certain stimulants trigger. You know, when you’re close to puking but are actually happy about it. Anyway, I guess this is probably one of Björk’s most remixed tracks. It’s off of her 1997 album Homogenic and it’s close to perfect. Whereas many remixers completely butchered the chorus, Alec Empire reworked the track respectfully. That’s because he knows that THE CHORUS ISN’T TO BE TOUCHED FOR GOD’S SAKE!!
A.J. Samuels (Senior Print Editor)
Call Super – Black Octagons
The press release for this reads like an ill-advised spam comment intended to attract special attention from the NSA, with contextless references to death sentences, nitrate, and false names. Even if that’s meant to be a red herring it’s actually not a bad description of the paranoid, unpredictable, overdriven techno. Noisy, yes. Pretentious, no. EP out now on Houndstooth.
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