Editors’ Choice: November 1st, 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)

Nguzunguzu – “Skycell”

The title track from their upcoming EP on Fade to Mind is a dirty roller—first heard on Kingdom’s mix for XLR8R whose chiming progression fits nicely with S-X’s ubiquitous “Woo Riddim“.


Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)

Warpaint – “Love Is To Die”

I remember seeing Warpaint in summer 2010, at the then newly opened CAMP Basement in Shoreditch, and I was struck by how insubstantial their music seemed. Their debut The Fool had many moping around in thrift store fabrics and bed hair but I wasn’t one of them. Now I see that the insubstantiality is kind of the point and I’ve let my barriers fall. “Love Is To Die” is an update on 4AD romanticism which luxuriates, stylishly, in its own misery and it’s heavenly. A heaven, of course, gilded with silvery guitars and lilting vocals of the stripe which casually lament “I’ve got a knife to cut out the memories”. Dim the lights, Warpaint are back.


Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)

Arthur Russel – “A Little Lost”

Arthur Russell’s excellent 1994 release Another Thought is coming out the first time on vinyl. You don’t want to know how much I treated my neighbors with this pressing. My fave is this track above: “I’m a little lost without you/ That could be an understatement“.

Willie Burns – “Tab Of Acid”

This is Willie Burns’ upcoming return to The Trilogy Tapes. And everybody who enjoyed his earlier TTT release The Overlord knows that this is the creme-de-la-creme of techno and probably one of the best techno releases this year.


Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

Bratkilla – “The Killer Gene”

I really miss the early days of discovering filthy dubstep. Before it solidified into cookie-cutter productions, it seemed like there were more people willing to play around with the notion of what you can do with hardcore aesthetics welded to chainsaw synths…or maybe I was just in a thrashier mood at the time, who knows. Swedish beast Bratkilla’s work may not be advancing anything, but as far as this sort of thing goes he’s among the best and most playable. His latest LP of deathrave is set to drop soon, and I’m looking forward to dropping a few of these myself. That cover is getting deleted immediately, though.

A.J. Samuels (Senior Print Editor)

The Velvet Underground – Beginning to See the Light

The first time I saw Lou Reed was the premier of Metal Machine Music at the UDK in Berlin with Zeitkratzer in 2002. I remember not taking the earplugs they offered us before the show and then taking my seat to watch Diedrich Diederichsen get insulted and corrected by Lou Reed for around fifteen minutes during a pre-show interview. When someone took a picture with flash, Reed stopped the conversation, insulted that guy and then threatened to call it all off. After the inteview, Zeitkratzer came onstage and played really, really loud and screeching. Eventually Lou Reed walked on after twenty minutes, plugged in his guitar and played feedback even louder. My balls hurt. When they stopped for around thirty seconds, one guy screamed “Bullshit!” and another guy screamed “Genius!” Sums it up, really.

The second time I saw Lou Reed was at the Schiller Theater in Berlin a year later and it sucked. There was a dreadful rendition of “Perfect Day” he did with Antony Hegarty and then at some point he invited his tai chi (!) instructor onstage… to do tai chi.

The year after that I worked briefly for a catering company and ended up washing his dishes.

Then last night I met myself in a dream and let me tell you, everything’s all right.

Clara Hill – “Lost Winter”

A welcome Laetitia Sadier-inspired left turn to Clara Hill’s creative course, with lush production by Hanno Leichtmann and contributions by sort-of label mate Schneider ™. LP Walk the Distance out now on Tapete Records.

Blevin Blectum – “Cromis Part One”

Blevin Blectum is really good at making music that’s both free and loop-led. Can’t wait to hear the rest of Emblem Album, out December 7 on Aagoo.


Read previous editions of Editors’ Choice here.

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Editors’ Choice: July 6, 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)

Migos –”Versace” (feat. Drake)

This track actually should have been in last week’s edition of Editors’ Choice, and y’all have probably already heard this. But I just wanted to reiterate that Drake’s verse on this version of Migos’s “Versace” (produced by Zaytoven) should be enough to silence any claims decrying Drizzy’s ability to rap.


Louise Brailey (Deputy Online Editor)

Astral Pattern – “Faraway”

The members of S.C.U.M. who aren’t Thomas “Mr. Geldof” Cohen have reformed, dumped the leather jackets and Throbbing Gristle vinyls off at the charity shop and gone all dream pop. While this feels more like a pretty sketch than any great manifesto (geddit, “S.C.U.M.”, “Manifesto”) there’s a heart-squeezing sense of melodics, played on creaky analog gear, amid the swirls of hippy-dippy flotsam.

A$AP Ferg – “Shabba” (feat. A$AP Rocky)

A$AP Ferg is pretty much everyone’s new favorite member of A$AP Mob and here he supplies a brooding ode to dancehall icon Shabba Ranks (“He defined jiggy“, Ferg told Pitchfork in this eccentric interview, and he’s got a point). Can Trap Lord just come out already?


Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)

 Mr. Oizo  – “Solid” (feat. Marilyn Manson)

Yesterday Quentin Dupieux, our man in Paris, gave away his Amicalement EP for free via his website. The second track, a collab with Marilyn Manson, owns.

Hockeysmith – “Now I Want To”

Sisters Annabel and Georgia Hockey-Smith have just dropped their first ever track into the interwebs and now I can’t wait for their debut full-length which will be out later this year.

Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program – “All Is Well…”

Brainfeeder’s Ras G has a new tune to offer. Entitled “All Is Well…” this is the first glimpse of his upcoming album “Back On The Planet”, out in August. Great ending, btw.


Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

Chelsea Wolfe – “Cousins Of The Antichrist” (NanosauR Remix)

This week’s choices are things I’ve been relistening to based on excitement for upcoming albums. The first is NanosaurS’ beautiful, repitched remix of this Chelsea Wolfe classic, which essentially turns the Queen’s somber original into an all-chrorus bass-groover. Lovely and mindmelting.

Author & Punisher – “Doppler”

Tristan Shone uses homemade electronics to turn his one-man doom-metal sludge into jagged buzzsaw harmonies; the result is a monstrous thing to hear, and sick as fuck live. While I eagerly anticipate his new album Women & Children arriving in the mail, I’ve had his debut Drone Machines on full blast. Perfect summer sounds, if you like your summers savage.


Michael Lutz (Magazine Duty Editor)

DJ Rashad – “I Don’t Give a Fuck”

This title track of Rashad’s upcoming EP, due for release on Hyperdub in late July, is the best track I’ve heard all week.

Anthony Naples – El Portal EP

The Trilogy Tapes made some great artworks, but this one is just amazing. As is the music…

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EB Listening: MGUN “If You’re Reading This” EP


We already told you about this up-and-coming Detroit producer, who has released vinyl on highly respected labels like Wild Oats, Will Bankhead’s always inspiring Trilogy Tapes outlet, and Don’t Be Afraid, where his new EP If You’re Reading This will be released later this week. Manuel Gonzales started to manipulate music back in the day with his Casio and is now back with six more tracks of MGUN brand techno and electro weirdness, which we’re very happy to unveil for you below:

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Editor’s Choice: April 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 through 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)

Royal Crown of Sweden – “Vänern”

This is from the first release on Anthony Naples’ label Proibitio, the EP R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R. Amazing start for a label, way to go!

Freddy Ruppert – “Stanch”

Former Ghosts‘ head Freddy Ruppert delivers a weirdly uncomfortable experience on his Hangs A Shadow tape for NNA. “Stanch” dissects musique concrète romanticism and leaves us struggling between pressuring patterns of harrowing white noise and cut up frequencies just to release a numbing static. Inspiring.


Lisa Blanning (Online Editor)

Jam City –  “untitled 1”

Earlier this week, Jam City gave away two zip files worth of discarded tracks (you can find the links here). If you’ve been following UK dance music for any period of time, you already know he’s emerged as one of the key players of the current crop of producers. Even his outtakes feel significant.


Louise Brailey (Online Deputy Editor)

TNGHT – “Acrylics”

After living with a gabba DJ for a year, I eventually trained my brain to latch onto the ramped up piano riffs which offered psychic reinforcement to the weaponized BPM and square wave bass. While the overdriven synths of “Acrylics” are just one chrome fixture in a production full of kitchen sinks, they’re what make the track’s bloating, sweat-slick carcass buckle under the weight of its stupidity and wallow, gloriously, in its own crud.

Vår – “Before the World Fell”

Vår is a group of musicians from the fecund Danish punk scene (including Kristian Emdal of Lust For Youth and Iceage‘s  Elias Bender Rønnenfelt) who are turning the historical connect between noise, punk and electronic music into a fluid bond with spilled blood and fertile teen-spunk. Anticipation for the Sacred Bones-released full-length No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers: critical.


Moritz Gayard (Online Duty Editor)

MGUN – “Glad You Are Here”

Detroit up-and-comer Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN has just announced the follow-up to his outstanding The Near Future EP, released last year through Trilogy Tapes. His new acid-dipped baby is called If You’re Reading This and will be out in May via Don’t Be Afraid.

The Prodigy – “Firestarter (Death Grips Remix)”

Last year The Prodigy strolled back with the reissue of their acclaimed Fat of the Land album, which also included some marvelous remixes by the likes of Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, and The Glitch Mob. But that wasn’t all; we learned today that Sacramento rap-punk outfit Death Grips remodeled the good-old “Firestarter”. Pump up the volume.


Daniel Jones (Contributing Editor)

Heroin In Tahiti – “At the Edge of the Jungle”

Jittery, stuttering lo-fi jams complement my mood perfectly of late. “At the Edge of the Jungle”, off their split cassette with Ensemble Economique, is the first taste of HIT since last year’s excellent Death Surf, and delivers more of the intense claustrophobia, reverb and touches of spaghetti western guitars.

Wolf Eyes – “Choking Flies”

I’ve loved the raw unease of Wolf Eyes for quite a long time, and their latest album No Answer : Lower Floors is a glorious cocktease of syncopated anticipation and power.~


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Dro Carey returns with new video & ‘Leary Blips’ EP

Dro Carey returns with new video & 'Leary Blips' EP I still remember that blooper at Honest Jon‘s record store last year in March: Will Bankhead had recently released Dro Carey‘s new Venus Knock EP, while an announcement on his Trilogy Tapes-blog came alongside the words ‘leary blips’ – which made me ask for the ‘Dreary Bleeps’ EP at Honest Jon’s counter. Quite a fitting (while embarrassing) misunderstanding on my part I think.

Following up on a number of EPs on Ramp, Templar Sound, and Hum + Buzz, Australian producer Dro Carey (aka Eugene Hector) now continues with the new track ‘Banking on the Blip’ and a clip by director Magneto as “part 3 in a series (of) three song/video combinations“, using material from the Yayoi Kusama documentary ‘I Love Me’:

Also, Carey finally is set to release the Leary Blips EP mentioned above on The Trilogy Tapessoon” – we already hinted you towards this with Videodrome #45 the other day. Keep a beady eye on Dro Carey in the future, since it’s just a matter of time until his breakthrough.

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