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Editors’ Choice: December 13th, 2013

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)

Kanye East for Pussy Riot – “I Know That Pussy Riot Ain’t Free”

A surprisingly bangin’ track using the vocals of Kanye to highlight the fact that two members of Pussy Riot are still behind bars. Part of a larger effort by Female Pressure for the Pussy Riot Support Fund.

Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)

Todd Terje – “Spiral”

And the prize for the most seasonably inappropriate record goes to… No really, it appears our man Todd Terje never really left the Strandbar last summer. Despite the unchecked nostalgia that this is aiming for, there’s something slightly knowing about the Roland synths and the gated drum fills (about seven minutes in). Still, what did you expect from the ‘tached Norwegian? That debut can’t come soon enough.

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Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)

Egyptrixx – Music To… DRONE Out To

Yesterday was a pretty foggy day here in Berlin and walking to the office while listening to these drone-y sounds gave me sort of an extraordinary experience. Try it.

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Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

OVRJYD – “Love Me”

Justin hasn’t sounded this good since NIKE7UP got his hands on yung Bieb’s pre-pomp puss. These sorts of total-reformat edits are the only way this kind of music is bearable to me, but sometimes I wonder about the people who are so in love with the originals and I imagine what it would be like if NIKE7UP started making remixes again. Maybe he would become famous, and all the original versions of these songs would fall out of favor and fade, and Bieber would only be heard pitched way, way up or way, way down. Possibly refracted into a multitude of audible ranges. NIKE7UP should start making remixes again.

BlackBlackGold – Getting Colder (Mix for FRAGILE)

Just in case you need another reason to celebrate the season!

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A.J. Samuels (Senior Print Editor)

Planningtorock – “Human Drama” (Paula Temple “Gender’s Just a Lie” remix)

After a long hiatus, Paula Temple returned to form this year with her excellent Colonized EP. She’s now brought her hardness to Planningtorock’s  “Human Drama” off the forthcoming album All Love’s Legal.

Havoc – 13 


Prodigy – Albert Einstein

You don’t have to find Jesus, Prodigy will still leave you holy (his own words). This year saw both Mobb Deep members release solo albums which, while not perfect, certainly had their moments. Havoc mostly did his own production while Prodigy once again went to the Alchemist. Cool. But enough with the solo records, please give me what I need.

 HTRK – “Give It Up”

Really looking forward to this whole album.

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Jannik Schäfer (Social Media Editor)

Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip – The Abstract & The Dragon Mixtape

The highly anticipated collaborative mixtape from two of hip-hop’s greatest dropped yesterday and it’s kind of what you would expect. A couple of unreleased tracks, a lot of classics and a lovely underlying vibe. There’s a skit that sounds as though Q-Tip is still down about what happened with ATCQ but trying to look ahead. Sadly, there are also a couple of YMCMB-infested tracks with awful DJ-shouting that remind me of the side of Busta Rhymes that I never liked. You know, the one that made tracks with the likes of Linkin Park, T-Pain or J-Biebs. On the other hand, it’s that same Busta that brings out the good in Lil’ Wayne or Nikki Minaj.

Madlib – “Hold the Organ” (from Rock Konducta Vol. 1)

Madlib is gradually releasing tracks off his latest Beat Konducta instrumental series release titled Rock Konducta Vol. 1. The final product consisting of Volumes 1 and 2 is set to be released in spring and draws from various underground rock scenes from the sixties through the eighties like krautrock, Spanish prog and so on. The first preview, “Black Widow“, was not so far up my alley but this one got me all excited!

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Editors’ Choice: August 24th, 2013

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)

E.m.m.a. – Lost Encarta Files Mix

A mix of all originals from the young Keysound-affiliated producer offering an easily digestible, 20 minute introduction to her retro-futurist sound of emotive, 8-bit synth-suites and UK dance riddims.

Jessy Lanza – T&D Mix

Lanza’s mix of sultry R&B numbers and modern, outsider dance music is a good place to start before approaching her soon-to-be-released, graceful R&B-flavored debut on Hyperdub.

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Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)

Le1f – “Damn Son” (produced by Shy Guy)

Well, it was inevitable. Mind, I’m just pleased that it was NYC rapper Le1f that’s taken the  sample-cum-ident-cum-most overused punchline since “It’s Britney, bitch” and built a dark, swampy track around it—oh, and his double-time flow is better than ever. From the forthcoming mixtape Tree House, out September 10th.

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Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)

Manni Dee – “Paper Notes”

Taken from Manni Dee’s recent Between Desires And Deeds 12-inch on Black Sun Records, it’s a lovely, straight forward techno track. For those who know.

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Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

Mike G – LONG Clothing Mixtape

OooOoo, this is a good one. LONG release quite a few mixtapes of varying quality, but I always tend to pick through ’em anyway because I know those boys have pretty solid taste. This latest being by L.A. bad bwoy Mike G, I know it’s going to be quality, and the tracklist (featuring Rashad, Myrryrs, and a banging Janet Jackson remix) you know you can trust this one to be an excellent summer dance mix.

Dickon Hinchliffe – Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1980

2013 will be forever remember as the year when I used the term “Blackest Ever Black” so much that now my figures instinctively auto-complete it anytime I write words that start with B. There’s a good reason for that, of course, a few are which are here and the latest of which is this. Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1980 is the soundtrack to a BBC 4 film trilogy focusing on the murders committed by Yorkshire Ripper from 1975 through 1980. It’s beautiful, dark and perfectly suited for its October release date.

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Jannik Schäfer (Social Media Editor)

Klaus Layer – “In My Mind”

Finally! Berlin’s most promising beatmaker Klaus Layer is releasing his debut LP The Adventures of Captain Crook on September 3rd via Redefenition Records.  The imprint is run by one of my favorite producers of all time, Damu the Fudgemunk, whose newest LP Spur Momento Trailer will also be coming in early September. Good times!

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Editors’ Choice: August 17th, 2013

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)

Earl Sweatshirt Freestyling on Sway in the Morning

Sway, along with Tech, used to host The Wake Up Show on San Francisco’s premier commercial rap and R&B station KMEL. They got a record deal out of that, so he’s been around for a minute. Earl, for me, is the breakout voice of the Odd Future clan, and it’s fair to say that his debut album Doris (which drops on Tuesday in the States and is now streaming here) is highly anticipated. Watching Earl go from zero to 60 in mere bars of the “Drop it Like it’s Hot” beat is pretty joyful stuff.

Concrete Fence (Regis & Russell Haswell) – “Industrial Disease”

This isn’t my favorite track from their new collaborative EP, but it’s still hard as nails with an underlying, seething groove: pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a pairing of the lord of dark techno and the noise baron. Everyone who saw Haswell crowd-surfing to Regis‘ set at the 2011 Blackest Ever Black party in London knew this was coming, and it does not disappoint.

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Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)

Disclosure – Radio 1 Essential Mix

The brothers Lawrence plunge their filthy mitts into the wet cement of mainstream dance music’s own Walk of Fame with their contribution to Radio 1’s time-honored Essential Mix series. Slum Village, Moodymann, Dusky, New York Transit Authority… It’s not going to breach any boundaries but as a survey of no-nonsense, bottom-heavy club music it hits the spot.

Fort Romeau – “Stay True”

Butch analogue arpeggiators and handclaps provide the basis for an amble into humid, loose-form atmospherics soaked in the sweat you perspire on the third of a three-night Balearic blow-out.

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Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)

M/M – “Away”

Brooklyn’s M/M did it again and unleashed a beautiful, dreamy and laid back tune. Check his full EP, which is out via the 1080p label here.

Guenter Schlienz – “Le Vent” (Creux Mauvais Argent)

Up for some Kosmische Musik? Hailing from Stuttgart in south Germany, this is the unmighty Guenter Schlienz who has nothing else to offer but the perfect soundtrack for relaxed summer nights.

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Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

NA – “Flute Gasp” (Snippet)

The human breath just isn’t utilized enough as music, I’d say. This snippet from NA’s upcoming Fade To Mind debut, XTREME TREMBLE makes excellent use of a sampled gasp, evocative of both fear and ecstasy. The solo outing of Daniel Pineda, one-half of LA bass futurists Nguzunguzu, also has plenty of swaggering lows, stabs of ethereal, half-dissolved vocals, and synthesized woodwinds to form the spine. This one is going to be hot.

Ben Aqua – “Future Body Party Breed Machine” (Ciara x Meshuggah)

Haha, sure why not.

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Editors’ Choice: July 13, 2013

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)

Gangsta Boo – “Silent Night” (Feat. Amber London, Prod. By Eric Dingus)

A notable cut off of Gangsta Boo’s most recent mixtape because it’s not only new material from the first lady of Memphis rap, but also a feature from a new generation heavily influenced by Memphis.

Marina Rosenfeld “Hard Love” with Okkyung Lee & Warrior Queen

This collaboration kind of makes sense when you factor in that Rosenfeld has said in interviews how much she was enjoying Steve Goodman’s book, Sonic Warfare. Kind of. Really didn’t know that Rosenfeld had the ragga in her. Definitely more than the sum of its absolutely delicious parts: frequency modulation, cello manipulation, and Warrior’s inimitable vocal.

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Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)

Diana – “Perpetual Surrender”

Diana is a group from Toronto featuring members of Destroyer and The Hidden Cameras who, like Gayngs, Poliça and indeed Destroyer, are dabbling in the high art of aspirational, glossy MOR. The vocals are a bit  fey and indie for this to be true studio witchcraft, but apart from that grave flaw I give this four Avalons out of five.

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Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)

Katerine –”Sexy Cool”

Goofy groves! Here’s the first new tune from French boy Katerine, entitled “Sex Cool”, off of his upcoming SebastiAn-produced album Magnum, out in October.

Cüneyt Sepetçi & Orchestra Dolapdere – “Dört Beygir”

I love this track from Turkish clarinet virtuoso Cüneyt Sepetçi and his infamous Orchestra Dolapdere very much. Taken from the album Bahriye Çiftetellisi which is out on June 26th on L.M. Dupli-cation.

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Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

Raspberry Bulbs – “Groping The Angel’s Face”

Bone Awl’s viciously shrieked punk was one of my stepping-stones to the sort of metal you can listen to without feeling like an unwashed dork, so offshoots from the group tend to draw my attention. He Who Crushes Teeth, Bone Awl’s drummer, is set to release Deformed Worship this month on Blackest Ever Black. The follow-up to 2008’s Finally Burst… With Fluid is as heavy as you’d expect with some surprisingly poppy hooks. Think Rudimentary Peni with slightly more coherence.

Gore Tech – Live at MethLab Manchester

Pummeling beats and filthy, dubstep-influenced synths are less frequent in my sets and listening habits since the end of 2011, but there are still a few names that grab my ears. Gore Tech rides near the top of my “GNARLY-ASS FILTHBASS” list, and (not so coincidentally) also near the top of my “REALLY UNFORTUNATE FACIAL HAIR” list. ~

 

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Editors’ Choice: June 15, 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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