Thug Entrancer (AKA Ryan McRyhew) is Software‘s latest effort to rethink or change the electronic music landscape. They are releasing the debut of the Chicago-by-way-of-Denver musician’s Death After Life on February 11, a serious dance record intended to experiment and meditate on the TR-808. What’s interesting about the release is it’s clever monotony: it features eight songs called “Death After Life” along with bonus cuts “Ready To Live,” a two part song. All the sounds are coming out of the same pool of 808s but feel particularly polished and new, perhaps what the new life being suggested in the title is.
I didn’t realize that King Krule was such a polarizing musician. I know I’ve seen several of the folks I follow on Twitter share my enjoyment of his unique vocals. But then I put his music on at work or in the car and the comment I hear most is, “That guy sounds like he’s dying.”
A few weeks back I stumbled upon this track that he did with Mount Kimbie and was totally enamored with it. I mean, King Krule still sounds like he’s dying, but the music to this track is pretty unbeatable. Mount Kimbie has such a way with bass lines, they always remind me of Radiohead. I also really like that this track is sprawling, that it starts to devolve and unravel as it reaches it’s end. If you like this you should certainly snag Mount Kimbie’s most recent album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.
I’m always a fan of when Four Tet releases random mixes. This one is from a couple of days ago and it’s been keeping my work flow going tonight. Hopefully it does the same for you.
JMSN is one of those musicians you’ve heard countless times but never knew he was there. The former front man and founder of Love Arcade, JMSN nee Christian Berishaj has popped up in hip hop and DJ tracks over the past two years. With multiple appearances on Kendrick’s Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, guest appearances with Tyga, Kastle, Ab-Soul, and Blue Sky Black Death, his soaring voice peppered tracks on both the radio and your personal playlist without knowing.
A multi-instrumentalist and production junkie, the former Motown signee started his own record label in 2012 and released the debut Priscilla. A few months ago, his second release, †Pllajë†, was released independently, a melding of R&B and dark, haunting pop.
Electronic musician and graphic designer Tycho is well known for his chilled out music but his incorporation of live visuals in his shows. To get fans excited about the release of his upcoming album Awake he’s released a video of visuals to the second single from the album called “Montana”.
The visuals are a mixture of strong graphic elements, super Swiss-ed out, paired with smoky, inky washes of color rolling around inside them. Sit back, set the video below to full screen and enjoy.
Last night I got an email from JCrosson, who you may remember did this rad mixtape for us, that he had a new remix he did with George Thoms. It wasn’t just any remix though, it’s a slowed down/screwed up version of Christina Aguilera’s 1999 hit song, “Genie in a Bottle“. They’ve turned this craptastic pop song into a track that’s dark, sexy, and slightly haunting. More of this please.
(P.S. I made the art above, it was fun to mess up such an iconic cover)
Bibio is releasing a new EP titled The Green E.P. on January 27 as a follow-up to his stunning album Silver Wilkinson, one of my favorites of last year. Above is a song called “Down to the Sound”, a beautiful acoustic song which feels like the modern day equivalent of something Simon & Garfunkel would have done in their heyday. One of my favorite parts of this song is how he layers the vocals over one another, it’s just lovely.
It’s that time of year: it’s the beginning of January, a time when I take to some Internet something to exhaustively share music musings related to the past year. It’s a reflection on works behind us that I’ve obsessed over in a vacuum and is an opportunity to share what people were and weren’t listening to. This is purely objective and from a very specific point of view. Unlike last year, I realized that this list isn’t very vanilla: it’s fucking weird. It’s not intended to be but, hey, the music that gets me off is typically oddball electronic, ambient, and experimental in nature. That’s kind of a warning: this list may not be for everybody. It’s also a long ride: hold on to your butts.