Rather than operate as a music news source, Electronic Beats operates more 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 Editor’s Choice.
Michael Aniser (Contributing Editor)
Molly Nilsson – “The Power Ballad”
This week I read two remarkable things: one was this recent Kanye West interview, the other one was tao lin’s new novell Taipei—both are stuck in this weirdly detached realm, where money or success enable a unique way of ennui and power. And then there was Molly Nilsson’s new song, which as a “power ballad” already takes itself out of this game and, layered upon ’80s-esque chords, celebrates a life on the fringe, without falling for the the usual “hand me down dreams”. The song is taken from Nillson’s upcoming album The Travels, which will be released on June 21st. Catch her live in Berlin next week at Berghain Kantine for the album release party.
Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)
DJ Sliink – “Мишка Keep Watch Mix XXXVI”
I guess Mishka is a streetwear brand or something, but the important thing here is that this is a free DJ Sliink mix. So if you like your dance music ruff and ready, this is a hot half hour of New Jersey club and rap.
Slimzee B2B Sir Spyro B2B Mak Ten (Rinse FM 13/06/13)
If you like grime, you pretty much need this: two old-school DJs and another veteran. After spending ten years living in the UK, Slimzee is one of my favourite DJs. He’s great in the mix and always plays subtly different strands of grime and lots of tracks I’ve never heard. This DJ party gets messy in spots, but there’s so much of the rude energy that makes grime so great that it just adds to the fun.
Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)
The Julie Ruin – “Oh Come On”
Indulge me this week as I waver from paths electronic. The Julie Ruin is a project of Kathleen Hanna, feminist activist, musician, late of Le Tigre and Bikini Kill etc. (still don’t know? This way please). “Oh Come On” is the lead single from the forthcoming Julie Ruin debut and, coming a good nine years after Hanna’s last outing with Le Tigre’s This Island, is every bit as snotty, ramped up and vital as you could hope it to be.
Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Dornik – “Something About You”
The PMR imprint is on a roll. After signing such magnificent acts as Disclosure, Jessie Ware and Julio Bashmore, Dornik is the next to be added to their roster. Talent alert!
Joanne Robertson – “HEAT”
Smoky Folk is an option for hot summer nights here in Berlin. I don’t know anything about Joanne Roberston, but since there’s an album out soon via Hype William’s World Music imprint, I’m pretty sure that her momentum is already building, it’s just a question of time.
Read previous editions of Editor’s Choice here. The red star in the image above is the temporarily suspended neon sign of minus design, Berlin.
Light a candle. Draw the required sigils. Now, raise your arms above your head and slowly, gently, exhale your soul. You won’t need it here. This is Audioccult, and it’s time to get low. Illustration: SHALTMIRA
Another Berlin morning finds me sitting cross-legged on my patio, surrounded by a ring of incense-filled pizza boxes. My Damir Doma pants have been pressed according to the seven Hermetic principles. My Traktor controller coordinates the correct ritual music (durrty pumping party bass), seriously impressing my neighbors and this fucked up-looking bird who’s perched on the table. If all goes according to plan, and if thee spiritz will it, my COMPLETE-FRASIER torrent will be completed within the minute. If not, I will cry out violence to those on the street below. A distant PING from the bedroom, a cloud of incense smoke taking the shape of David Hyde Pierce sobbing and contemplating a gun. My ceremony is successful: I’ve summoned a really good time.
With the onset of warmer temperatures, I’ve moved back into my more upbeat swing, which also leads to the higher production of things. The gods of WeIrD tWiTtEr have placed signs around me, and they show that this is the year I start a new band and a local basketball team. Not sure which one (me, naked and covered in paint, screaming over danceable powernoise and repurposed R&B samples VERSUS getting my friends to play sports) is the harder sell but I’ve lit a candle in the ossuary for guidance and waved some bullshit, an athame or whatever, over my laptop when it was open to a Tumblr that had a photo of Aleister Crowley. I’m unsure why people amass libraries full of esoteric philosophical theory. This stuff is easy as heck.
The spirits tonight are restless. A ghastly revenant, tattered and ephemeral, repeatedly forms beside me whispering, “Amanda Bynes twitter bra All That,” and showing me pictures of harlequin fetuses. Inquiries regarding the nude Keenan and Kel photos are met with wails of lamentation, which I’ve started saying emphasizing the lame and then repeating in a louder voice when nobody laughs. In desperation I google “Kybalion”, but the only result was a flaming dog appearing and telling me that I wasn’t actually a magickian, but rather a guy in some clothes in a monochrome room. “B…but I’ve got a Psychic TV hat,” I sputter. “I got it from Mishka,” I add helpfully. Now the heels have fallen off my creepers, my internet no longer works, and everything on my Soundcloud is just different-quality versions of Mumford & Sons ringtones. From Life to Prison in one day; that’s astrologically ballin’. A new calling awaits….~
Last years’ Hypermotion B EP showed FUNERALS at their clubbiest, pounding peak-hour tech-bass for post-grave raves. Now the Ohio duo of Mollie Wells and Casey Immel-Brown are dropping five fresh remixes of EP cut “Boo Sra”, featuring a grinding new version from Deathface (whose “Six Feet Deep” collaboration with LIL INTERNET recently received a Juggalo-laden video treatment), luscious organic beats via Druid Cloak, Montreal two-stepper Hissy Fit, and some funky French bass from MikiX The Cat. Not only is it guaranteed to satisfy most sorts of dance-craze itches, it’s also available as a free download via Mishka’s bandcamp.
Below you’ll find the premiere of FUNERALS’ own gasping remix of “Boo Sra”, a minimalist affair that soon becomes maximal and what Wells describes as “sort of a preview of the direction we’re going with this year’s releases.” Below that, a five minute sample of each of the remixes. If you like what you hear (and we think you will) head over to that bandcamp and pick it up now.
The Portland trio’s dark and heavy dance music draws influences from several of our usual pleasures: the modern gothnicity of witch music, the grinding drops of dubstep, and the throbbing insistence of techno. Add a touch of screwed hip-hop and you have a gem of blackened sound that’s perfect for clubland seances.
Their latest LP VICTIMEYEZ, out digitally September 1 on MISHKA and in cassette form on Sweating Tapes in October, is packed with their trademark occultrave, both sensual and sinister. ‘Paperweight Pt. 1’ is our favorite track from the album, and (like our other favorite ‘Die At your Door‘) absolutely KILLS when you drop it at a party. Listen below to find out why.
Light a candle. Draw the required sigils. Now, raise your arms above your head and slowly, gently, exhale your soul. You won’t need it here. This is Audioccult, and it’s time to get low.
The last week has been a pretty good one. Spending time busting on gothstumes at a giant German festival made me realize that subcultures died in 1990 and everyone is just playing socialized dressup. But so what, it’s fun! It’s even more fun to dance onstage with Grimes and take off your pants. Now it’s time to roll out all the great sounds that drove me through these times. Get in, no seatbelt. We ride dirty.
First on the plate are the obvious choices. SALEM finally dropped that Rotterdam Terror Corps remix they teased a while back. I heard the instrumental version and ran into the street and shrieked “BIG TUNE!” in a dog’s face. Then I heard the vocal version and started giggling. Pretty sure that was the intended reaction but I’ve been wrong before. White Ring delivered a stunning remix of their own recently, of a Deadmau5 collab of all things. Keine angst: this is hardly bro territory. Gossamer vocals are wrapped around chugging beats, evoking ache and yearning for another night out.
It’s hard to forget seeing How To Dress Well live (especially when you’re co-promoting the show) simply because he does something totally unexpected: he sounds really good. I love his studio tracks, but I walked into the show expecting what you usually get with this kind of stuff: a lot of effects pedals masking a white dude warbling. But when Krell got onstage, he brought the fucking power. Dude’s got a golden voice, no doubt; he did an acapella track that swept me off my feet and made a hardcore fan out of a casual listener. Take note, bands: strong live shows MATTER. The first preview of his upcoming LP Total Loss is the haunting ‘Ocean Floor For Everything’, and knowing that those high notes are 100% natural make me love it even more. Diplo, on the other hand, has about a 50/50 chance of making me happy or bored. His thumping remix for Sleigh Bells‘ ‘Demons’ not only makes me happy, it also makes me ache for a chance to throw a party so I can hear those thick rolling snares and bubbling synths on a proper setup. Cruise with this one down the street on a hot summer day, windows down, blunted out and g’d up. Neukölln boys don’t give a fuck.
A few Audioccults ago I mentioned Funerals upcoming Hypermotion split with Ritualz. But did you know you can shove it in your virtual pocket and walk out the door with no hassle from grownups or pigs? That’s wight, wabbit: Hypermotion X & B drops today for free on ????? Records. I highly recommend picking it up; it’ll put the rave in your grave. Juke goblin Lil Jabba also has a new release, the primal rumblr PAiNT. Get your eyes soft-focused and stream the whole thing here, and if you find that your brain is too ghettobanged, I have a pill for that as well. Longtime noisemaker Ritalin Wardance has a 12″ vinyl split due with Neurosis Orchestra, a doom/dub/drone delight that I’ve recently been using to soundtrack my weekly Sabbat ritval (dye hair, smoke, watch X-Files, mess around on tumblr.) The 12″ comes out a few days after my collaborative PURGE party, which coincidentally also features a set by Neurosis Orchestra…*whistles nonchalantly*. If you’re in Berlin you should come, but only if you’re into stuff that owns.
If you don’t have anywhere to sweat out your binges, try using this video to keep yourself in shape. Not just for your loved ones, but for yourself and for the future. The revolution will not be jazzercised.