August 28, 2014

Red Bull Music Academy Presents: Diggin’ in the Carts (Trailer)

RBMA has been splendid giving insight to producers and scenes who put out some of the most intriguing music. They have a documentary coming out, Diggin’ in the Carts, chronicling Japanese video game music, its the big-time composers, and the current-day producers who has been influenced by the synthesizer music.

More and more I dig into synthesizer-based, technology-exploring music (electronic music, I guess), the more I realize that interest in electronic sound and its infinite amount of dreamy textures come from my youth, filled with video game consumption. So I’m looking forward to this at both with an nostalgic eye and a very curious ear to how it shaped the present-day forward-thinkers — this doc features people like Flying Lotus, Kode 9, Joker, Fatima al Qadiri, Just Blaze and more.

The doc is a six-part series. The first episode premiers on Sept. 4 on the RBMA website. Check out more info from the academy there.

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Filed under: RBMA Electronic Video 
August 21, 2014
I’m basically a Donky Pitch stan at this point. All releases I listened to from the label this year so far have been amazing, and this Starfoxxx debut is no different. It’s shiny music as Lockah or Vespertown from the label so if you’re into them, you’d like this.

I’m basically a Donky Pitch stan at this point. All releases I listened to from the label this year so far have been amazing, and this Starfoxxx debut is no different. It’s shiny music as Lockah or Vespertown from the label so if you’re into them, you’d like this.

August 21, 2014

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Filed under: Jacques Greene 
August 19, 2014

"My Song 5 (Remix)" by Haim (ft. ASAP Ferg) [Columbia]

Top five things about the new Haim video:

5. ASAP Ferg actually showing up for the video
4. Este being into… mimes.
3. Alana as the assistant
2. Este’s already-GIF’ed dancing-thing
1. Danielle casually chillin’ with Grimes before she goes on air

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Filed under: Haim ASAP Ferg Pop Grimes Video 
August 18, 2014

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August 17, 2014

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Filed under: Royksopp Robyn 
August 17, 2014

"Monument" by Royksopp & Robyn [Dog Triumph]

Royksopp and Robyn’s tough-as-nails kicker to their collaborative project Do It Again now gets a visual treatment. The video doesn’t grab me all that much, but the song itself is currently hitting me in a weird great place (I also drank a good cup of coffee so maybe that’s messing with me). Robyn doesn’t raise much of her finger here but her calm state nevertheless hits with powerful precision as her hair-raising dance-floor anthems. Royksopp probably could have cut it a bit shorter — and maybe cut the sax interludes — though the steadily pulsing loop is gorgeous. And as an opener, it’s hard to ask for a more grand statement from these two fine musicians.

The Do It Again EP is out now on Dog Triumph. I already wrote some words about the brilliant title track

August 17, 2014

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Filed under: Jenny Hval 
August 17, 2014
Straight up beautiful. One of the best records out this year for sure.

Straight up beautiful. One of the best records out this year for sure.

August 15, 2014

"Lover/Killer" by My Brightest Diamond [Asthmatic Kitty]

I never really got into My Brightest Diamond. I assumed her music was too centered the realms of chamber music for me to really get pulled into it. But what do you know: Her new single for upcoming album This Is My Hand is a very fun piece of pop.

As expected, it has decorative accents of horns and flutes and such, but the textures feel more delightfully jazzy than, like, Arcade Fire. And it’s kinda… Groovy! The bass on this moves well and the horns pull out disco vibes. I mean, it’s not the lit-club-floor-type of deal but its heart got more funk than I ever expected.

I’m excited for this.