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)
The Heatwave – Jamaica Settings, The Heatwave Show 3
The Heatwave crew are one of the best at bringing Carnival vibes year round to London, and this recent radio show is built around their latest trip to Jamaica with some of the newest, hottest sounds rocking that island (including new tracks from Vybz Kartel, presumably voiced from behind bars).
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
Yung Lean – “Hurt”
Sad music for sad times from the Sad Boys Crew. Look, I don’t even know anymore, alright.
Bloom – Fact Mix 391
Forgive me for not delving too deep into my Feedly (other aggregators are available) in order to spotlight this from Bloom, a promising young upstart from grime’s new wave. It’s one of the best mixes I’ve heard all year: sub-zero temperatures with enough neck-snapping halt and swing that it had me exiting the office like this. We live in exciting musical times, don’t let the old fogeys fool you.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Ellie Herring – “Always Just OK”
I’d never heard of Ellie Herring before, but after listening to this tune above, I’m pretty sure that this is just the beginning. The Track’s pulled from Herring’s forthcoming Kite Day EP, out later this month via Racecar.
Young Male – Live at Bossa Nova Civic Club
Beloved Sex Magazine just dropped this stand-out mix from Young Male, if you are into deep techno and fundamental bass, you should hit play.
Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Cassie – “Me & U” (Killing Sound Remix)
I wasn’t to big on this kid when I first discovered him, but he’s really stepped up his game this year—especially with his remixes. This rework of the Cassie classic is just as heavy and exquisitely fucked as, say, his Hyetal remix while still holding on to the sweetness of the original.
Case Studies – “Villain” (feat. Marissa Nadler)
Love Sacred Bones, love the ‘nad. Just an overall lovely track for summer.
Michael Lutz (Magazine Duty Editor)
Matmos – “I Want Snowden” (Strangeloves / Bow Wow Wow cover / redux)
A song about summer fun turned into a homage to Edward Snowden: “He’s got the meta-data they desire / Sets the NSA on fire.” This had to be said!
Directors Noël Dernesch and Moritz Springer have spent over six (!) years on their ‘Journey to Jah’ documentary which follows the journey of two reggae singers – German-born Gentleman and Italian-born Alborosie – on their search for faith and spirituality in Jamaica. The two foreign-born reggae artists found visions of a better world in the faith and rites of an originally black culture: in Rastafari and its counterpart, reggae music. The film also includes interviews with Jamaican artists such as Luciano, Terry Lynn and the late Gregory Isaacs.
The two directors are intent to finish their mission of showing the world how the positive power of Reggae and Rasta changes lives. They’ve already invested plenty of time, passion, money, and hard work, but they need more funding to finish the film. They recently started a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed. If you’re not familiar with the up-and-coming crowdsourcing possibilites, remember that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising service, meaning your contribution will only be debited if the project reaches the required target.
So if you feel moved, visit their kickstartet page above, to become a part of the project. Your funds will help them rent equipment, design and mix the film, add English subtitles, pay for translation, and go towards a multi-city theatrical release in Europe and the United States.