Editor’s Choice: March 16, 2013

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 through our cochleas and sending broader vibrations throughout our bodies, and by extension our audio-addled souls. Welcome to Editor’s Choice.

Michael Aniser (Contributing Editor)

Rejections – “Body Markings”

The UK’s North East seems to be the capital of post-industrial sounds these days. There is the wonderful Opal Tapes in Redcar for example and then there is Michael Hann with his label Reject and Fade run out of Teesside. Hann’s pushing the boundaries of straight up harsh noise and industrial towards a new kind of iridescent electronic music that’s so far away from all the boring EDM/trap/dubstep talk these days it’s simply beautiful. You should keep an eye on Rejections, this is gonna be big!

Squalloscope – “Bloodbaths for Birds” (Uma Remix)

UMA boil this already fragile track by Squalloscope down to its core, leaving behind a stunning skeleton of essential beat structures.

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Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)

Artifact – “Cologne Tracks”

The Bristol producer spent some time in Cologne, Germany, and came up with these footwork influenced tracks while there. Having spent 10 months there myself, I feel a kinship with this release—there’s nothing particularly ‘Cologne’ or ‘Germanic’ about it, but it obviously left an indelible mark on the artist.

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Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)

Xander Harris – “Vultures of Tenderness”

The length of time between the moment “Vultures of Tenderness” gathers its lean-to, scrappy percussion into forward momentum, and the final luminescent synth trail fading  away is much, much too short. I’ve calculated that I could listen to this, like, 9067 times before Xander Harris’ The New Dark Age of Love is released on Not Not Fun on April 2nd. Too much.

Les Sins – “Grind”

Chaz Bundick revisits his house guise Les Sins on Dan Snaith‘s excellent Jialong label. This is low maintenance house music featuring pitch-bent muzak synths and the sound of carefree laugher. What’s more, it coasts on a chassis of shuffling percussion that’s custom made for folk to dance-walk in their Toms to. Drink? Party’s inside!

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Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)

Delroy Edwards – Ghetto Vibes. Vol. 1

Let me quote Ernest Hemingway. “With so many trees in the city, you could see the spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning.” And until this happens I am getting prepared for summer feelings with listening to this rad dub mix by bad boy Delroy Edwards—another great find of L.I.E.S. owner Ron Morelli.

Violet Poison – “Voices From The Hell”

Yesterday I received a promo email saying that Violet Poison’s new vinyl-only collaborative album with Berlin-based artist Shapednoise (co-runner of Repitch Recordings) will be out later this month. To get an idea of how great this is, eat this example above. Fuck the Industry and motherfuck radio, man.

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Walter W. Wacht (Social Media Manager)

AlunaGeorge – “I Wanna Be Like You” (Jungle Book Cover)

I’ll be a monkey’s uncle, this is nuts! AlunaGeorge cover “I Wanna Be Like You” from the Jungle Book. Totally shit is bananas!

Mutya, Keisha & Siobhan – “Lay Down In Swimming Pools”

Original Sugababes members Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan are laying out their first joint comeback song over a Kendrick Lamar beat, produced by Devonté Hynes. ’Nuff said!

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Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

Big Makk – “Gila’s Theme”

Smooth, deep bass that makes me wish I owned a car, because this one’s perfect for riding low to.

Bratkilla – “The Killer Gene” (Gore Tech Remix)

Deathstep is one of those maybe-genres that never really had a chance, thanks to its built-in audience of fist-pumping, goatee-loving bros. Still, I do find pleasure in some of the harder, darker productions, Bratkilla and Gore-Tech being two names who’ve never disappointed.

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Counting With Amanda Brown

Amanda Brown has consistently been at the forefront of underground music for several years now, whether with her husband, Britt Brown, helping to operate the Not Not Fun record label, showcasing the best of off-kilter American dance music with her own sister label 100% Silk, or via LA Vampires—her primary musical project after the dissolution of Pocahaunted.

While Pocahaunted, LA Vampires and Not Not Fun have dominated a strain of dubbed-out, particularly American lo-fi psychedelia, 100% Silk brings an underground edge to the dancefloor. With that unusual pedigree of savoir faire, we knew that Amanda wasn’t one to do it by the numbers.

 

1 memorable line in a film or song:

“Anything I did that was wrong, I apologize for. But anything I did that was not wrong, I don’t apologize for.” – Whit Stillman, The Last Days of Disco

2 decisions I regret:
Tour and touring.

3 people that should collaborate:
Tilda Swinton, Yohji Yamamoto, and Jenny Holzer.

4 things I haven’t done yet:
– Owned a flat in Paris.
– Opened my own minimalist department store.
– Bought my two French bulldogs—Bergdorf Goodman and Waldorf Astoria.
– G-chatted with Bjork.

5 things I used to believe:
– The term ‘oral sex’ means talking about sex.
– Paul McCartney was the Beatles’ guitarist.
– Drug-sniffing dogs can smell your birth control pills.
– Wifi gives you cancer.
– The Stormtroopers were good guys (because I’ve only seen the scene in Star Wars where Luke and Han Solo are wearing those white outfits).

6 hours ago…
I was googling “ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE MUG FOR SALE”.

7 classic R&B/hip-hop singles everyone should own:
– “Here We Go Again” – Portrait
– “Night and Day” – Al B Sure
– “Passin’ Me By” – Pharcyde
– “Umi Says” – Mos Def
– “Ditty” – Paperboy
– “Looking Through Patient Eyes” – PM Dawn
– “Can’t Find A Way” – A Tribe Called Quest

After 8 p.m. . . .
I’m wearing a raw silk kimono and Robert Clergerie slippers, drinking reishi mushroom tea, reading Lorrie Moore or watching a documentary on Pina Bausch. And I’m obviously in for the night.

My 9 lives . . .
– Nickelodeon Staff Writer
– runway model for Phoebe Philo
– Woody Allen’s personal assistant
– womenswear buyer for Barneys
– John Waters’ beard/best friend
– nude muse for Patrick Nagel
– body painter at Studio 54
– curator at the Centre Pompidou
– back-up dancer for Digital Underground

I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole:
Beer. Or the Middle East. (Both are sloppy.)~

 

Title photo by Ashley Anthony.

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Editor’s Choice: March 2nd, 2013

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 through our cochleas and sending broader vibrations throughout our bodies, and by extension our audio-addled souls. Welcome to Editor’s Choice.

Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)
Vessel – “Carele$$ Wi$pa (APErmx)”

While I’ve never been overly drawn to Vessel’s off-kilter rhythms, this is a solid and earwormy remix of George Michael‘s 1984 single—no sax, all sex.

 

Bestial Mouths – “Hollowed”

POWERFUL. It’s a pleasure to see Bestial Mouths gradually grow in scope and fame. “Hollowed”, which recently premiered on Vice, is a howling and merciless post-punk rager off their 12″ split with Deathday. That bad boy can be snagged from the always-entrancing Sweating Tapes.

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Louise Brailey (Deputy Editor)
Otik – “Thugluv”

Remember when Boddika and Joy Orbison remodelled Tronco Tracks’ “Walk For Me” into “Swims” and suddenly a bunch of blokes in jaunty baseball caps were bro-dancing to vogue? This track pulls a similar trick: London-bred bass music that, for all its snap and flex, pins its payoff to a fierce “WERK ME!” sample. All eyes on the forthcoming Otik EP on Prism Tracks.

 

Azealia Banks – “Barely Legal” (The Strokes cover)

That’s the NME front cover in the bag, then.

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Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)
Patrice & Friends – “Greeen Linez”

Patrice & Friends (aka Slackk) remixes Greeen Linez for a strangely appropriate meeting of the minds where juke and 80s-style boogie meet.

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Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)
Gut Nose – “Time Traveler”

Slow beats are better than weed: “Time Traveller” is a standout masterpiece from out of nowhere, taken from Gut Nose’s already sold-out debut tape eaT biskiT. If you run a label, I suggest you sign them.

Jonas Reinhardt – “Elimination Street”

Jonas Reinhardt is a trio which you might have stumbled over during last year’s omnipresence of Not Not Fun. But you should try this trip, which features some “I feel love” vibes with vocals by Meryl Press on top.

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Walter W. Wacht (Social Media Manager)
AlunaGeorge – “Attracting Flies”

AlunaGeorge are finally (we first covered them in April of 2011) putting out their debut album Body Music on July 1, and their new single “Attracting Flies” is definitely not only luring for insects, but also for triggering my pop pleasure-zone.

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Videodrome 86 – This week’s best videos

Although CTM opened its gates last night we’ve still found the time to browse through dozens of freshly released music videos for today’s edition of your beloved music video column V I D E O D R O M E. Within the last seven days we’ve already brought you new goods from the likes of Grizzly Bear, Gramme, Synkro, Diamond Version and Matthew Herbert. Below you’ll find the latest pick of audiovisual highlights… Have fun.

 

#1 Umberto – Night Fantasy, directed by Nick Banister

New video for Kansas City-based musician Matt Hill, aka Umberto. “Night Fantasy” is taken from his Confrontations record out on Not Not Fun. Yes, NNF is still cosmic in 2013.

#2 Buchikamashi – Superbrain, dir?

Ready for some Japanese new age? Then Shin Buchikami, going by the name Buchikamashi, might be right up your alley.

#3 Bonobo – Cirrus, directed by Cyriak

Cyriak’s video for Bonobo’s “Cirrus” is a quite an enjoyable visual extravaganza. The track is taken from his upcoming album entitled The North Borders. Oh my lawd.

#4 Scratch Massive feat. Koudlam – Waiting for a Sign, directed by Edouard Salier

I love Koudlam, I love Edouard Salier but I am not entirely sure about this very dark video. Very nice cinematography—but where is the narration going?

#5 Moon Duo – Ich Werde Sehen, directed by Jovan Arsenic

It’s quite surprising that I didn’t witness the shoot for Moon Duo‘s nice b/w clip since all this was done just around the corner from where I live.

#6 The Flaming Lips – Sun Blows Up Today, directed by George Salisbury

A colorful video for an appropriately upbeat song.“Sun Blows Up Today” is from the forthcoming Flaming Lips record.

#7 The KVB – Shadows, dir?

Self-Titled unveiled this nice little video today for UK duo THE KVB‘s new LP Immaterial Visions, out February 26. One to watch.

#8 Hervé ft. Katie Stelmanis – Save Me, directed by Tim Kelly

Nice collab from Hervé’s forthcoming album The Art Of Disappearing, out March 4, showing once more the brilliance of Katie Stelmanis.

#9 Mykki Blanco – Kingpinning, directed by Clarence Fuller

Just a few days before his highly anticipated CTM rave-up, here’s Mykki’s brand new chunk of audiovisual gold, presenting the likes of Le1f and Dev Hynes. The dope track was produced by Brenmar and is taken from his Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ess mixtape.

#10 The Knife – Full Of Fire, directed by Marit Östberg

It’s been seven years but now The Knife are back with a nine minute blast of some strange post-gothic electrocism. Not entirely sure if The Knife is still relevant for me, but judge for yourself above.

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Personal Afterparty: Daniel Jones recommends Three Post-DJ Albums

As a DJ, I very frequently punish my ears for the sake of pleasing the ears of others. It doesn’t have to be via bass or harsh noise; a night of constant babble screamed an inch away can work that drum ’til the skin feels ready to split. By the time I get back to whatever bed awaits me, there are very few sounds I actually care to hear—especially in the form of music. There are, however, a few albums I keep in my iPod that just click with my brain in the right ways, lending me some measure of peace, relaxation or a much-needed mental boost. Results may vary.

 

1. Belbury Poly – From An Ancient Star (Ghost Box)

Take a pinch of the midnight disco theatrics of Goblin, add a dash of Delia Derbyshire‘s sci-fi burnage, and combine with the star-soaked taste of cosmically psychedelic paganism. This is the recipe for a glimpse inside the mind of Jim Jupp, the man behind Belbury Poly. With moods that shift from the weirdly bouncy, such as the deranged ’70s children show theme “The All At Once Club”, to the downright eerie (“Time Scale”), From An Ancient Star isn’t necessarily soothing. What makes it so perfect for winding down is the detached sense of reality it gives you, a place out of time. The soundtrack Lovecraft might have made had he worked for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

 

 

2. Pocahaunted – Passage (Not Not Fun)

I really miss this band, but I’m grateful to have seen them several times in their first incarnation, and even happier to own this beautiful piece of vinyl. Unlike their previous work, Passage focuses less on tribal elements and more on pitch-painted dub and smokey raggas, evoking cold sand dunes and haunted desert cities. Much of the drone elements have been stripped away as well, possibly due to the influence of guest musicians Cameron Stallone (Sun Araw) and Bobb Bruno (Best Coast); the result is cleaner, but no less engaging.

 

 

3. Pukers – Born In The USA (Gel Tapes)

A harsh, shrieking noise rock cassette as a comedown album? Well, did you want to be down forever? When this comes up I’m upupUP, and relaxing was never my thing anyway. This tape was dropped into my hands one day in 2009 with the descriptor “Andy Spore from Racoo-oo-oon and his girlfriend playing drums and screaming”, and that’s pretty much exactly what you get. Fortunately that is my thing, and every time I play this I’m seized with a strong desire to hurl myself around the room. Throw in some synth twiddling and guitar punching and you have something to make even the most cynical art fuck sit up straight and clutch his head in agony. Difficult music made by actual weirdos with real life problems. Bruce Springsteen, eat your heart out.

 

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