April 29, 2010

Starkey - Ephemeral Exhibits (2008)

Okay, you want dubstep? You need those nasty, wobbly beats and massively skewed melodies? You have arrived. Starkey pushes distorted, subsonic bass-driven menace to a level previously unrealized. Your eyes will be peeled open and your ears will bleed, and you will thank Planet Mu for unleashing this upon the Earth. Starkey is dubstep/grime's nastiest messiah. Just try it. You will wonder what you ever did without music this wild.

Brainfeeder 4/20 Cosmogramma Set

Recorded live from Dublab Studios in Los Angeles, sets from Flying Lotus, TokiMonsta, Ras G, Teebs, Samiyam, Kode9, and more!

April 27, 2010

Wagon Christ - Sorry I Make You Lush (2004)

This is the reason why should people love Wagon Christ at all. It is the brightest example of ideology of this project. From the beginning to the end, you can hear a sort of variable beats, melodies, sounds and ideas! Opening "Saddic Gladdic" kicks everything off and you are flying faster or slower through all the thoughts and moods, until you get off at "Nighty Night". I thought that after Tally Ho! there could not be something equal or better, but it is! Wonderfull!

But I'm sorry if it made me lush :)

Caribou - Swim (2010)

So you say you loved Andorra, but you don't trust Dan Snaith because the sneaker bugger never does the same thing twice? Good call. However, if Dan Snaith is known for anything, it should be for being able to live and breathe whatever musical genre he is currently digging. When he was heavy into dreamy '60s psych pop, we got the brilliance that is Andorra. Now, Snaith has been getting his groove on to dark electro dance music, and true to his craft, he has expertly synthesized what he knows and turned it into a fresh and unique take on the genre. First track "Odessa" happens to be both my favorite song on the album and simultaneously the most accessible one. I hope this doesn't reflect poorly on my cred. The rest of the album takes a darker, pulsing turn, with stretched out melodies belying very intricate production. With help from guys like Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys and Four Tet, you should expect no less. Yet another great album for 2010.

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April 26, 2010

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (FINAL VERSION) (2010)

This is the final, correctly tagged, retail version of Cosmogramma (without the bonus track "Velvet Cake", will find soon), grab QUICKLY, it will be down soon!

Update: There appears to have been a problem with one of the mp3 files in the .zip archive. That link has been deleted and a new one has been uploaded. If you were having problems, try downloading again!

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April 25, 2010

Wisp - We Miss You (2009)

We Miss You could be seen as a continuation of Wisp’s 2009 record The Shimmering Hour: full of energetic rhythms set on a well laid out foundation of awesomeness. It’s crazy how similar this record is to its predecessor. That’s not, of course, to say that it’s a dull and uninspired effort, au contraire, this album represents the cream of the crop in recent electronic releases, complete with Wisp’s signature style of creating obscenely orgasmic beat work.

Global Goon - Family Glue (2004)

Eleven tracks of pure gold! Quirky melodies wonderfully arranged with funky, summery beats make Family Glue easily one of the most accessible and addictive acid techno releases ever. This record has a special place in my collection.

Ceephax Acid Crew - Acid Legacy (2003)

More explosive acid from Mr. Andy Jenkinson! This continues in the vein of Ceephax's early acid recordings, before going a completely different direction with Exidy Tours later that year. My favorite on here is "Marshmellow", which sounds like something that could have been on AFX's Analord series!

April 22, 2010

The Prodigy - Baby's Got A Temper (2002)

More big beat/electronic from the Prodigy.

Venetian Snares - Detrimentalist (2008)

We can always count on Aaron Funk to punish us at least once a year. If you're not familiar with Venetian Snares, it's time for you to open up that hole and crawl out. Seriously. Winnipeg (Canada) based Funk is a prolific champion of the edgiest of genres - from modern-classical orchestral arrangements violated with breakcore to noisy electronic sprinkled with clicks and cuts. Detrimentalist is Funk's twentieth album, in which he steps away from classical themes sampled and revisited in My Downfall, and brings back the early drum'n'bass loops only the way Venetian Snares can. Planet Mu describes the release as "Venetian Snares' 332nd official studio album of disgusting ejacutronic rave horn." After a couple of rotations the intelligent design behind complex time signatures stands out from the imitators' attempts at making (whatever)-core simply for the sake of it.

The first two tracks, "Gentleman" and "Koonut-Kaliffee" set the tone for the entire album, and the grind never stops. The cover art is sprinkled with an array of neon green aliens, robots, skulls, wingdings, guns, cassettes, and other demented and detrimental paraphernalia. And ducks. My favorite track is "Eurocore MVP" with ragga vocal samples, Funk's staple bass rips, drilling Amen breaks and an obligatory snare rush. This is breakcore at its finest.

April 20, 2010

Flying Lotus + others live right now!

To celebrate 4/20 and the forthcoming album release of ‘Cosmogramma’ on Warp, Flying Lotus and members of his Brainfeeder crew descend on the DUBLAB studios for several hours to play some records and make some sounds especially for you.

To open the show FLYING LOTUS will take you through the chosen cuts from his new LP, out 3rd / 4th May.

BRAINFEEDER artists participating include:

The Gaslamp Killer
Ras G
Jeremiah Jae

Listen, chat and connect to the video stream at > flying-lotus.com/radio

April 18, 2010

Vektordrum - Capitose Windowpane (2009)

"Last night I saw a man in my sleep who brought me to a utopia of pyramids and sourceless rays of light and the gates read scrambled letters that presented themselves in a foreign manner beyond inherent human synthesis. And then liquid of gold reflecting blue began to drown me from above, building from the sky down. I was taken by hand from sunrises to sunsets, past horizon radars from orange to gray. And as the liquid began to recede, it strangled me from an everchanging origin, shaking and distorting and grasping strenuously, knuckles white, attributing omniscience to desperation. My view dissolved to a spectator's view of myself in bed, choking. And then I woke up in bed. Choking. The manifestation of psychedelia from the view of my Capitose Windowpane. Where everything they said had deeper meaning."

April 17, 2010

Erothyme - Coincidentia Oppositorum (2009)

Coincidentia Oppositorum is a full-length PsyDM epic from Erothyme which is liable to propel you into the astral plane. It is unique and transformative and, while complete in its own right, will leave you ensured that the journey is truly only beginning. Prepare to have your third ear thoroughly stimulated.

Ahmad Szabo - Luck Has A Million Meanings (2006)

Alias of Prefuse 73, more on the experimental jazz/electronic side of things. Good stuff!

April 15, 2010

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (2010) (better rip)

Cut correctly, much better quality as well! This will leave quickly, I'm sure, so grab!

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April 14, 2010

AFX - Smojphace EP (2003)

The track rips that's all there is to it. For all you out there who are against AFX creating noise, the two noise tracks are great. I bet he has millions of tracks like run the place red and side b on his hard disks. This is also why he doesn't bother releasing much. If he did all the producers would sound like AFX for awhile. I think it's quite interesting how many people dismiss the latter two tracks on this disc. Aphex Twin's music is hardly restricted to dance idioms ~ SAW2 and Drukqs have demonstrated that all too clearly ~ & this is yet another example. To write off these tracks as "mere noise" is to fail utterly to appreciate a very different kind of music. It isn't data; it's music. Try to hear it...

Amon Tobin - Supermodified (2000)

This is a truly outstanding record. Pure atmospheric drum and bass that is NOT boring and repetitive, but rather exciting and uplifting. Tobin mixes old funk drums and snare rolls with vintage guitar/piano/noise samples, dark dnb synths and deep atmospheric soundscapes. Favorite track is Golfer vrs Boxer.

April 12, 2010

All-new Zomby tracks, including a collaboration with Actress (2010)

From Fader Mag:

However difficult you want to say Zomby is (not more than a couple hours ago he went on an extended twitter rant about meatheads, dubstep, journalists and Ableton), dude continues to push boundaries in all sorts of different directions. His trick is that it’s all wildly listenable and accessible—and, ultimately genreless. Unless you want to just call it dance music, which it is. Who knows if either “She Loves Me” or “She Loves Me Not” will ever be released on any kind of record, but for now you can stream them below or directly (along with a brief, significantly smoother untitled track) from his Soundcloud page.

Zomby keeps busy with a couple new collabos with another recent favorite Actress and a handful of insane solo jungle tracks that weirdly just gave us a flashback to Tower Records circa 1997.

The Flashbulb - Soundtrack to a Vacant Life (2008)

Soundtrack to A Vacant Life brings a more mature Flashbulb that is much more confident with his techniques and more sure of his place as a modern day musician. Every piece is carefully crafted to perfect detail and the short length of these tracks makes them even more special like precious little gems.

Definitely his best album so far, but also one of the best albums in this genre in the last few years, easily surpassing recent works of veterans in his field.

wAgAwAgA - ph-3.5.6 (2010)

More crazy breakbeat acid/chiptune from UK artist wAgAwAgA! If you like the spastic acid breaks stuff, you'll love this.

April 1, 2010

Vektordrum - Discret Night Signals (2010)

Rand 1: A nice intro to the rest of the album, sets the mood quite well
Rand 2: A dark, almost brooding ambient piece, with a very subtle 4/4 bass note (not exactly a kick, but just a bass), which is probably why it’s one of my favorite songs of the album.
Rand 3: Makes me think of the color blue, but a lighter shade, it also makes me feel that way. This is definitely going on my driving playlist. This is my favorite tune on the album, hands down.
Rand 4: This is my mental image when listening to this song: Seeing a futuristic spaceship take off just after the sun has set, and then walking through it, and looking at everything.
Rand 5: A good interlude, similar to the first track, but it seems to have more structure.
Rand 6: I’m not really sure how to describe this one.
Rand 7: I expected this one to go into full-on breakcore, due to the synth used on an older song, but it stayed fairly ambient. Really cool idea.
Rand 8: It’s similar to the lushness of track 3, but a little louder. I like it a lot, probably my second favorite of the album.
Celadon, movements 1-5: The opening bit of the first one made me think of holding hands with the girl I like, so I would consider that a plus. It then goes into a cross between the brighter lushness of tracks 3 and 8, but with the 4/4 bass of track 2, and then some hats. I think it’s a very good mix. It then goes into all ambient/drone. It sounded quite nice. I think these are going onto that driving playlist, too.

Mira Calix - Skimskitta (2003)

With her second LP, Skimskitta, Chantal Passamonte further sheds her former Warp Records publicist and current Mrs. Sean "Autechre" Booth identity to emerge more fully as Mira Calix. That is not to say Skimskitta heralds a voice previously unheard. Passamonte’s sometimes demo-like drifts build a circular boardwalk above recognizable shifting of artists such as Erik Satie, Seefeel, Philip Glass and Mike Ink’s Gas. But gone for the most part is the not-always-favorably-compared Autechre-like robo-funk schizophrenically dotted on Calix’s last full-length, One On One. Skimskitta is starkly personal, increasingly hermitic, resulting in only a handful of immediate rewards ("Woody," "I May Be Over There (But My Heart Is Over Here)," "You Open Always") and an investment demand. The shuffling stillness of the pause-free 21 tracks stands as Suffolk, England-based ambient isolationist contrast to Warp’s Sheffield, England-influenced piston-pong trademarks. Voices — of animates and instruments — whisper over gently scraping rake-through-rock-garden rhythm. While One On One had some memorable moments, Skimskitta is 61 moments of Passamonte’s longing memory.