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 through our cochleas and sending broader vibrations throughout our bodies, and by extension our audio-addled souls. Down with that? Welcome to Editor’s Choice.
Michael Aniser (Contributing Editor)
Royal Crown of Sweden – “Vänern”
This is from the first release on Anthony Naples’ label Proibitio, the EP R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R. Amazing start for a label, way to go!
Freddy Ruppert – “Stanch”
Former Ghosts‘ head Freddy Ruppert delivers a weirdly uncomfortable experience on his Hangs A Shadow tape for NNA. “Stanch” dissects musique concrète romanticism and leaves us struggling between pressuring patterns of harrowing white noise and cut up frequencies just to release a numbing static. Inspiring.
Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)
Jam City – “untitled 1”
Earlier this week, Jam City gave away two zip files worth of discarded tracks (you can find the links here). If you’ve been following UK dance music for any period of time, you already know he’s emerged as one of the key players of the current crop of producers. Even his outtakes feel significant.
Louise Brailey (Online Deputy Editor)
TNGHT – “Acrylics”
After living with a gabba DJ for a year, I eventually trained my brain to latch onto the ramped up piano riffs which offered psychic reinforcement to the weaponized BPM and square wave bass. While the overdriven synths of “Acrylics” are just one chrome fixture in a production full of kitchen sinks, they’re what make the track’s bloating, sweat-slick carcass buckle under the weight of its stupidity and wallow, gloriously, in its own crud.
Vår – “Before the World Fell”
Vår is a group of musicians from the fecund Danish punk scene (including Kristian Emdal of Lust For Youth and Iceage‘s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt) who are turning the historical connect between noise, punk and electronic music into a fluid bond with spilled blood and fertile teen-spunk. Anticipation for the Sacred Bones-released full-length No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers: critical.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
MGUN – “Glad You Are Here”
Detroit up-and-comer Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN has just announced the follow-up to his outstanding The Near Future EP, released last year through Trilogy Tapes. His new acid-dipped baby is called If You’re Reading This and will be out in May via Don’t Be Afraid.
The Prodigy – “Firestarter (Death Grips Remix)”
Last year The Prodigy strolled back with the reissue of their acclaimed Fat of the Land album, which also included some marvelous remixes by the likes of Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, and The Glitch Mob. But that wasn’t all; we learned today that Sacramento rap-punk outfit Death Grips remodeled the good-old “Firestarter”. Pump up the volume.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Heroin In Tahiti – “At the Edge of the Jungle”
Jittery, stuttering lo-fi jams complement my mood perfectly of late. “At the Edge of the Jungle”, off their split cassette with Ensemble Economique, is the first taste of HIT since last year’s excellent Death Surf, and delivers more of the intense claustrophobia, reverb and touches of spaghetti western guitars.
Wolf Eyes – “Choking Flies”
I’ve loved the raw unease of Wolf Eyes for quite a long time, and their latest album No Answer : Lower Floors is a glorious cocktease of syncopated anticipation and power.~
Photo by Johannes Beck.