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)
Arca – &&&&&
This free download is 25 minutes long—it’s actually a mix of presumably mostly original material—comes after Arca’s credit on Kanye’s album and is as joyfully abstract as his pre-Kanye material. A weird, sometimes psychedelic, sometimes hazily groovy modernist dream.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Stay Bless feat. Dev Hynes and Samantha Urbani – “Faded”
Sometimes it seems the only person who’s immune to Dev Hynes fatigue is Hynes himself, maintaining a prolific working schedule with a not unnoticeable hit to miss ratio. This is a cracker though, spearheaded by Londoner George Cassavetes and roping in Samantha Urbani of Brooklyn one-time buzz band Friends, it sounds a little like The xx if they got over their crippling victim complexes.
Los Porcos – “C.F.W.”
Funky, loafer-shod jamming from the increasingly serious proposition, Los Porcos, rapidly rendering Wu Lyf as a mere footnote.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Bam Spacey – “River”
Look who’s back. It’s Sweden’s Bam Spacey (real name: Magnus Johansson) who returns with a new single entitled “River” following up last year’s debut EP, Landwhich. It drops on July 30th via Ceremony.
L. Pierre – “Movement I”
Aidan Moffat has dropped a new ambient tune under his solo project L. Pierre. Sooo good.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
HTRK – Ambient Mix 01
HTRK’s 2011 gorgeously icy album Work (Work, Work) is highly essential listening. Sadly the Australian trio have been mostly quiet since then, though member Conrad Standish has released some lovely work as part of Standish/Carlyon. This new mix is mostly contemplative night-time sounds, but it does tease the idea of something more, and that’s good enough for me.
Seirom – Untitled
I’ve mentioned before about how much Seirom’s “Sing Oh Sing Of Exaltation II” moved me when I first heard it. Since then, I’ve kept a close eye on the group, though I still have very little information about them (her? him?). Regardless, this is beautiful and very much recommended.
Jannik Schäfer (Social Media Editor)
Xul Zolar – “Hex”
This single release by the young electropop trio Xul Zolar from Cologne, Germany is somewhat reminiscent of bands like The xx, Wu Lyf or Animal Collective. I expect more interesting things to come.
Read previous editions of Editor’s Choice here.
Published July 26, 2013.