Editor’s Choice is our highly personal and subjective weekly rundown of the freshest music straight out the internet—the stuff that’s that’s been reverberating through EBHQ, feeding our music-addled souls and ensuring our hard drives are always on their last legs. Like most addicts, we need our enablers, and we want to share the music with you. Are you down with that? Good.
Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)
Dizzee Rascal & Bun B – “H Town” (Prod by A-Trak & Oligee)
Dizzee may have gone mainstream, but that hasn’t truly affected his ear, as his DirteeTV mixtapes—where this track debuted before Christmas—have proven. However, as a celebrity, he gets to collaborate with people like UGK’s Bun B, who I imagine is something of a hero for him. Hot production by A-Trak and Oligee makes “H-Town” a delicious UK/US mash of flavors.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Los Porcos – “Do You Wanna Live?”
Wu Lyf were one of the best bands to emerge in the last few years but the shadowy collective disbanded when their leader-elect left with a flourish—and quite a pretentious open letter. No matter, because Los Porcos has the remaining members redirect their petulant weirdness into this loping, Kindness-esque medicated funk number. It’s way too long, but that’s part of its charm; the incessant chorus-verse-chorus overshooting pleasure-pleasure around the five minute mark and creeping into pleasure-pain—but oh! Such a sweet pain. By the way, if anyone sees the Wucifix on Craigslist, let me know.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Violetshaped/Vatican Shadow/Roly Porter/Kangding Ray – The Remixes Part 1
Shapednoise is one-half of the duo Violetshaped, and his recent set at my collaborative party PURGE absolutely blew the crowd away. That makes sure this collaboration and any associated remixes (and especially any done by the glorious Vatican Shadow) are currently chilling near the top of my ListenList.
Keep Shelly In Athens – “Madmen Love” (Mike Simonetti Remix)
The Greek band’s latest single, a dubbed-up and skittering creature of melancholic electronics, is certainly their darkest, so naturally I’m all over it. The new remix by Italians Do It Better and Troubleman Unlimited labelhead Mike Simonetti ditches the bass for a slab of nighttime neon. It’s perfect for Ferrari drives in the dark, shady motels, and apparently sitting at your desk waiting for lunch.
Michael Lutz (Magazine Duty Editor)
Dinos Chapman – “I’m This Idiot” (Actress Remix)
Dinos Chapman’s first proper LP Luftbobler has been in the making for a good ten years. And as if this wasn’t enough, I slept on it for another couple of weeks. Here, Actress remixes the track “I’m This Idiot”, which is included as a bonus on the highly limited and unfortunately insanely pricey vinyl version of this rad album. It also appears on the two-track EP Remixed / Remastered that The Vinyl Factory just released in an edition of 500 copies.
2012 has been sort of a weird year, hasn’t it? The intermingling of hope and apocalyptic fervor (Y2K much?) put strange vibes into the air—vibes that certainly (at least from our perspective) informed much of the musical landscape as well as the mental.
It’s the last day of the year, and whether you’re spending it at an overcrowded, lackluster party or sitting quietly at home, you have more than enough wonderful songs to soundtrack your way into 2013. We know you know it, too. You’ve already told us your favorite tracks, artists, labels and a variety of other things. All that remains is your favorite album, and no surprise (to us, anyway)—it’s Grimes‘ Visions. Claire Boucher absolutely dominated this year. Her avant-pop is the perfect sound of the times, challenging yet brilliantly beautiful, while her DIY spirit helping to show all us freaks that you can achieve success without compromising yourself—or your visions.
In second place is Holy Other‘s stirring Held, the first full-length from the young cherub-in-black and the perfect response to those lackwit left-behinds who still insist there’s no real feeling or emotion in electronic music. Held is emotion, an album that holds you like an embrace, wraps ephemeral arms about you and lifts you into a higher plane. It’s a true listening experience, and rests comfortably high in many of our own personal Best Of lists as well.
Chromatics‘ Kill For Love stunned us as well when we first heard it, and it certainly deserves a spot on this list—even at third place. Everything that drew us into the flickering, neon-lit world of 2007’s Night Drive is here: the intimate coos of Ruth Radlet, the sparkling synth-pop, and a firm sense of the cinematic, Kill For Love tightens those aesthetics like a silken noose. Rarely has loneliness felt so engaging.
Flying Lotus is a name we’ve all come to trust as one of the more forward-thinking producers over the years, and his latest LP Until The Quiet Comes enforces his status in a rather gentle fashion. While less bombastic than many of his previous works, the stripped-down and minimized textures are no less rich, the worlds Steven Ellison fashions no less engaging. In this case, less truly is more.
The fifth and final goes to Crystal Castles, and they’ve earned it. With III, there’s a sense that the duo have finally transcended their tired electro roots to emerge into a wholly different space. Most of the BOUNCEBOUNCERAVERAVE vibe has been replaced (perhaps due in part to the album being wholly produced by band member Ethan Kath) by something harsher, less commercial and far more engaging. If III‘s shattered vocals, brooding synth lines and moments of disaffected loveliness evoke any thoughts of raving, it’s the aftermath: cold and empty concrete rooms, gray sunlight, and a beautiful sense of disconnection. Pretty much how January 1st is going to feel…
Electronic Beats Readers’ Poll 2012 — Best Album:
1. Grimes – Visions (4AD)
2. Holy Other – Held (Tri Angle)
3. Chromatics – Kill For Love (Italians Do It Better)
4. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes (Warp Records)
5. Crystal Castles – III (Casablanca)
6. Trust – TRST (Arts & Crafts)
7. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
8. Purity Ring – Shrines (4AD)
9. SpaceGhostPurrp – Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp (4AD)
10. Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs (Sargent House)
The first prize-travel and two tickets to an EB Festival of your choice, all expenses paid—goes to Manon Monjaret from Vitry-sur-Seine, France.
Thanks for participating in our 2012 poll—and for making us a part of your 2012. You can find all the poll results here.
Hello and welcome to the V I D E O D R O M E #36, serving nothing but the latest cool music videos from around the world.
#1 Julia Holter – Marienbad (directed by Rick Bahto)
We can’t wait for Julia Holter‘s new album Ekstasis, which will be released in march. But her first single ‘Marienbad’ is already out. With a fan-made video and what a beautiful song that contains many traits of Holter’s music: layers, layers, layers and mystery and a bit of eccentricity + wonder.
#2 Symmetry – Over The Edge (directed by Alberto Rossini)
Video for the new project by Johnny Jewel (Glass Candy, Chromatics and Desire). ‘Over The Edge’ is from Jewel’s From the Symmetry album which comes out via Italians Do it Better soon.
#3 Coyote Clean Up – At Home (directed by Steven Hamilton)
Christian Jay Sienkiewicz from Detroit is the man behind Coyote Clean Up. The track is taken from his forthcoming release FROZEN SOLID on 100% Silk.
#4 o f f love – BE AROUND U . . . (dir.?)
o f f love was the first artist who made it to the new Kompakt imprint m=maximal. After touring with the likes of Austra, Creep and How To Dress Well, he now dropped the chill tune ‘BE AROUND U‘, which is the second single from his upcoming debut album Probably Love.
#5 Jakobin & Domino – Night Glow (dir.?)
#6 The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Heart Attack (dir.?)
I wish I lived in the Golden Age … EB favorites The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are back with an excellent video from their upcoming album Out of Frequency. The retro-inspired video features Danish dame Mette Lindberg and shows scandinavian pop at it’s best. ‘Heart Attack’ is a stomper. A dance floor filler.
#7 Jesse Whistler – While The Weather Lashes Out (directed by Jesse Whistler)
“We all need a place of stillness to rest while the weather lashes out. Mine is here, with bio-luminescent creatures from the deep, night sky landscapes and galaxies, aurora australis, spawning coral, pristine waters from a southern Pacific island, new year’s eve fireworks, lightning and other infinitely tiny and infinitely vast things.” J.W.
#8 Miniature Tigers – Female Doctor (Directed by Max Goldblatt)
Miniature Tigers are back with a brand new single called ‘Female Doctor’, and yes you’ll see them in the video… Their third LP, Mia Pharoah, will be out March 6th, though Modern Art.
#9 Cosmo V – Angry Boys (footage from La Haine)
Cosmo V is the alter ego of Cosmo Luhulima who hails from the Netherlands. She reminds us a hell of a lot of Lykke Li and anyone who sounds anything like that splendid Swede is fine in my book.
#10 Zomby – Witch Hunt (Footage from Bullet Ballet)
We can’t count the ‘Witch Hunt’ videos, that are already out there to give this spectacular track from Zomby’s mind-bending album Dedication a visual treatment. Everytime we listen to this track, we are just blown away. Zomby is so good.
#11 NO BABIES – 196 Crayons (directed by by Sean Solomon)
This one goes out to my friend and colleague Daniel Jones who sends tons of emails, telling me, that a 22sec animated teaser video should be part of the Videodrome. I wasn’t sure, but Daniel was right.
Johnny Jewel has been a busy boy. Just released via iTunes and on general release (including on Vinyl) at some point early this year, Symmetry – Themes for an Imaginary Film contains a mammoth 32 tracks of sparkling, shimmering electro jams. Collated from recordings going back to 2008 the record was finally finished last May and features guests such as Nat Walker, Adam Millerand Ruth Radelet. It arrives, of course, via Italians Do It Better.
Stream the entire release below and head over to Johnny Jewel’s Soundcloud page get the expansive low down on the project
It’s been ages since we’ve heard much of anything from Chromatics. After releasing their stunning 2007 debut Night Drive, they’ve just sort of…been chillin’. We’d heard all kinds of interesting rumors behind the silence: producer Johnny Jewel left to focus on Desire. No wait, he replaced frontwoman Ruth with Desire vocalist Megan Louise. Well I heard the original members from their first incarnation returned and beat up the new band and ate their hearts to gain power. Seems kind of fucked up if true but it’s a funny ol’ world.
None of that is true, of course. In fact, they’ve been hard at work recording their new album Kill For Love, due out in January, Not only that, but the band will periodically be releasing videos and singles from the LP. The title single ‘Kill for Love’ is available now on itunes, and has been released as a prismatic video that sparkles with discofied deliciousness. Check it out below, along with the streaming single and the full album tracklist.
Into The Black
Kill For Love
Back From The Grave
These Streets Will Never Look The Same
At Your Door
Running From The Sun
Dust To Dust
Birds Of Paradise