Watching the video for Vampire Weekend‘s single, “This Life”, the first thing that will strike you is how Californian it is. In it, producer Ariel Rechtshaid and the band’s Ezra Koenig and Danielle Haim ride in a Cadillac through the palm tree and windmill-lined desert near Coachella. Even though it’s filmed in black and white, you can practically feel the heat of the sunshine radiating off the car’s classic metal and chrome.
The single is off the band’s recently released comeback album, ‘Father Of The Bride’, which is its first full-length in six years. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, stream it on Apple Music below. It’s been a long time coming for fans, but the LP’s tight indie rock instrumentation and witty lyrics make it worth the wait.
Japanese techno don and Telekom Electronic Beats favorite DJ Nobu is joined by fellow Japanese artist Katsunori Sawa for a collaborative EP on Token Records. Nobusawa marries Nobu’s strengths as a psychedelic selector with Sawa’s penchant for strong studio engineering. The result is a dissonant, razor sharp collaboration that has a stripped back and direct approach to techno.
You can stream the first cut, “Raspberry”, above ahead of the EP’s release on June 21. After, take a deeper dive into the world of Japanese techno with our playlist of 15 classic albums from the region that every head should know.
Though there are many monophonic analog synthesizers out there, few have the same kind of following as Roland’s classic SH-5 synthesizer. Produced from 1976 through 1981, it’s been used on countless recordings, and its flexibility makes it a perfect tool for electronic music production.
For this week’s episode of our ongoing Mathew Jonson’s Synthesizer Favorites video series, Jonson puts the spotlight on this much-loved classic from Japan. Watch it, and you’ll understand why he and so many other producers consider it to be one of the best analog synthesizers ever made.
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Dr. Rubinstein knows how to spin a techno set. And though there are many DJs in the world who also know how to spin a techno set, there’s something about the techno sets that she spins that we really stan for. You might say we’re…Rubinstans (sorry).
If you need an explanation as to why we like her so much, you can hardly do better than this mix that she recently recorded for New York underground radio station The Lot. It’s dreamy, electro-fueled and fun in all the ways that we like. Give it a spin, and then read our feature about her here.
We love nightlife, but sometimes we wish it was somehow more permanent. All those ecstatic memories of the dance floor tend to disappear over time if not recorded in some way. Thankfully, a new project, called ClubTogether, aims to give music fans an outlet to record and share their experiences.
The project is being made by Dorothy, a design house that went viral in the dance music community last year by creating a map called Acid House Love Blueprint: A History Of Dance Music And Rave Culture. ClubTogether uses that map as its base. You can browse the its many nodes—artists, time periods and venues are all included—and then zoom in to share your story.
The website’s “Why?” page explains the concept: “We decided to create ClubTogether, which is essentially a place for people to share memories of clubs and club nights (past and present) to an interactive map which responds in realtime to the content submitted by the clubbing community.”
To use ClubTogether, click here.