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)
Jam City – Earthly Mix
A new mix from the artist who put out one of the albums of the year in 2012, and whose forthcoming EP on Night Slugs picks up where that left off. You can hear a couple of those new ones wrapped up in this mix of fantastically varied bangers.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Javeon – Lovesong
Just when you thought electronic R&B was over, this track proves the genre is alive and kicking. Give it up!
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
HSY – Tartar Mouth
Somewhere between 45 Grave and a hateful Black Tambourine, this Toronto act makes sludgy, metal-tinged punk that feels as dirty as it does nostalgically welcome. If you like this, here’s another track as well.
Have A Nice Life – Deathconsciousness
I’d forgotten about this gorgeous album, and rediscovered it again recently when I needed it the most. The exquisite pairing of harsh guitars and pounding electronic drums combined with droning ambient textures and beautiful dual vocals makes for one of the most entrancing listening experiences I’ve yet heard. Not only do they have a new album due out this year, they’re also reissuing this one. Buy it, download it, whatever—just listen.
Michael Lutz (Print Duty Editor)
kara.kara – SIGINT
I stumbled across this Drexciya/Heinrich Mueller/Dopplereffekt-related set while doing research for the upcoming full-length LP Commodified by NRSB-11, a faceless duo consisting of two of the greatest electronic music minds of our time: Gerald Donald and DJ Stingray. Their record is out next week on Belgian imprint WEME Records, which—at least for me—continues to be one of the most thrilling and profiled outlets for connoisseur techno and electronics. It’s worth the mention that some of Autechre’s greatest moments (Amber-era) can be found in this set too.
NRSB-11 – Consumer Programming
The first and absolutely sick track of the aforementioned LP by NRSB-11. Read the interview with Gerald Donald we published in the Winter 2012/2013 issue of Electronic Beats Magazine here. If you’re not familiar with this artist yet, a whole new universe might open up for you!
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