From break beats getting a turntable treatment, hazy minimalism, and the blend of experimental, trap and hip hop, it’s a good time to be a fan of any type of electronic music. 2013 has provided some real gems. Remixes and mixtapes appear daily and I, for one, cannot get enough of it.
But for me, the dance track of the year is by two brothers from Surrey.
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“This? is some serious computer generated porn,” DallasCharter says, a note that is the most up voted comment on the new Oneohtrix Point Never music video. The artist much like the video is synthetic. His name is barely able to be articulated without some rigorous athletics because, like his sound, his name is something you expect to be intimidated by: it’s a high end, brilliant, fusing of basic techy concepts with a sublime slant. OPN’s aesthetic is a gold plated Casio. His newest music video feels like this too.
Directed by video maker, tech experimenter, and one of my favorite all time artists Takeshi Murata, the music video for the song is an appropriate mashing of the real and fake and real fake real. “Problem Areas,” the first song off of OPN’s latest single R Plus Seven and his first Warp release, is a typical OPN song highly polished and meditating on a simple chord structure beaten with plain bass and funny synth notes. Like the song, the video is completely artificial. Outside of the human hand pounding a musical or computer keyboard, nothing is actually made by hand: it’s made with a hand and executed by a computer.
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To end out the day I was trying to think of a really psychedelic but contemporary song that would sum up the weirdness of the posts today. The first thing that came to mind was Tame Impala’s crazy ass song “Mind Mischief”, which to me sounds like The Flaming Lips reinterpreting The Beatles. There’s something about the way the sound ducks in an out of the song that just amazes me. And to be clear, this is definitely a headphone only kind of song.
Also, how great is the art for the single? It was created by London based art director Leif Podhajsky who has a brilliant body of work, if you’re not familiar.
I was listening to some random French radio station the other day when I heard this song by Barbarossa, the name under which James Mathé records music. The track is a lush, organ filled encounter, and Barabrossa’s voice smoothly brings the whole thing together, floating above the steady drum beat.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything new from Erlend Øye (or Kings of Convenience/Whitest Boy ALive for that matter) so it’s awesome that he’s released a new track… in Italian. Erlend moved there last year, and clearly the beautiful weather is playing a huge influence on his music as this song is drenched in Italian sunlight and flavors. Absolutely perfect for the summer.
“La Prima Estate”, a song about his friend Lucia and her day of graduation, was recorded in Berlin, backed by the musicians of The Whitest Boy Alive on bass, drums and synthesizer. Erlend Øye plays the electric guitar and mandolin, while Victor Abrahamsson is responsible for the song’s signature flute melodies.