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)
Dean Blunt and Joanne Robertson – “Love Me Thru This”
A new ‘track’ (fragment, really) following up from the pair’s work together on the former’s album The Redeemer, in a similar, haunting vein.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Friends – “The Way” (Blood Orange)
One of the best things about Blood Orange’s second album Cupid Deluxe was the way it employed artist who had superficially claimed R&B allegiances (hi Friends’ Samantha Urbani, Hi Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth) and made them prove it. Here Hynes retrofits his gauzy style to the Friends’ cut, turning it into a dry ice-laced duet between the pair, stripping out the extraneous elements, adding oodles of chemistry and keeping the ridiculous eighties guitar solos. Cute couple, too.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone” (Lee “Scratch” Perry Remix)
Yeah, when it comes down to the year’s end lists—which I’m about to ignore this year—you can bet to find Forest Swords‘ excellent Engravings album near the top. Now there’s also this dubby LSP rework available, which is a match in heaven.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Ciley Myrus – “Brecking Wall” (D.J Detweiler Remix)
Tenderrrr. This is pretty much the only Miley thing you need to bother with this year, and definitely the best trap remix of 2013.
Michael Lutz (Print Duty Editor)
The Pyramids – “Amoawa”
ZA! – “Ceaucescu”
Founded in 1972, The Pyramids got adequately re-discovered during the last couple of years, thanks to Munich imprint Disko B’s efforts of re-issuing the band’s three classic album-length recordings from the seventies plus a brand new LP titled Otherworldly. While I haven’t gone crazy about any of these releases (all lack of atmosphere, in my opinion), I can recommend their live appearances by all means. If you happen to be in Berlin on Sunday, go see them together with Barcelona’s manic vocalistas ZA! at Neukölln’s NK.
Read previous editions of Editors’ Choice here.
Published November 29, 2013.