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.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Evian Christ – “Salt Carousel”
With the Kanye stamp of approval not yet dry upon his head, Evian Christ gears up to release his EP Waterfall in early 2014. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this first taste is a hi-def corker. The brittle frostbitten atmospheres that once characterized his releases have largely been jettisoned for a much more aggro, maximalist sound, all squealing tire synths and busy tones buried deep in the mix. Still, the real magic is reserved for the moment the drums, the scree, the cumbersome, chrome-plated swagger recedes to reveal planes of arctic pads. A big’un, then.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Kommune1 – Kronos EP
UK Techno young gunner Kommune1 delivers some magic techno house with his Kronos EP, which will be out on Leisure System in December.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Lauren Bousfield – Avalon Vales
Oh hey, remember when I wrote a review of this album last year? Well, it’s finally been released, so now you can hear what I was talking about. Bousfield has made a few changes in the textures and layers, but the overall sound remains the same—and just as weirdly, deliciously beautiful. I didn’t name it one of my albums of the year for nothing, after all… now I just wonder if I can do it two years running…
A.J. Samuels (Senior Print Editor)
Roky Erickson – “I Think of Demons”
Light in the Attic’s September rerelease of Roky Erickson’s 1981 Evil One (Plus One) is a best-of-2013 no brainer. A brilliant and utterly disturbing record that’s been blowing my mind for years now, I still occasionally feel strange for getting so much pleasure out of songs born of profound madness and suffering.
Read previous editions of Editors’ Choice here.