Kastle is one of those people in my life that I’ve come to appreciate every little thing he does. To the point where every time a text shows up on my phone from him, I know it’s going to be good. So when he shot one over saying I’m going to love the new artist he was about to release on his label Symbols, my interest was more than piqued. Little did I know how much that interest would explode upon hearing his latest signee: Lindsay Lowend. Young and full of a sort of weirdly-fantastic effervescent charm, Lindsay Lowend quickly rose to be my favorite upcoming artist.
I talked to Lindsay Lowend a couple weeks ago following the release of his EP Wind Fish on Symbols, dude is easily the most well-spoken guy I’ve ever interviewed. Perfect grammar. *Angels Singing* Since he explains everything you want to know so well, without further ado just click the jump to read the full interview.
LA collective Wedidit (known perhaps best for their work with acts like Shlohmo, RL Grime, and visual artist Sus Boy) have just released a dual-sided EP from new artists to their roster: C.Z. and Arnold. “Das Why” is C.Z.’s track, what I happily am going to dub as “evil runway” thanks to a very amusing Soundcloud comment thread. Tamed horns, repetitive vocaling, squeaks and drips, and the tiniest tinge of 808 cowbell, “Das Why” is dark but still relatively charming, a novel combination that WEDIDIT has made its name in. The other half of the EP, Arthur’s “Plus and Minus” is much more atmospheric, with pitched-up melodic vocals, piano chords, and little additions of triplet-snares. Though the two tracks contain similar elements (cut-up repetitive vocals, toned-down base elements (horns, piano), and little sound trinkets) and thus work well together, they’re very aesthetically different.
Accompanying the release is a music video for the tracks, designed by none-other than WEDIDIT’s own Sus Boy. Sus Boy, however mysterious of an entity he presents himself to be, has been making serious waves in the world of the internet this year, doing everything from designing EP covers to websites to tour visuals to music videos, each time with an perspective that is oft-imitated but somehow all his own.
Aluna Francis and George Reid struck a chord when they released their heavily anticipated original production, “Attracting Flies,” under their moniker Aluna George. Lurking in the background of all the instantaneous hype for this new track was a remix from the Harlem Shake sensation, Bauuer. Looking to shed the stigma behind his internet craze, Baauer steps up to the plate with a huge edit to the English electronic groups new single.
My biggest worry when I saw Baauer‘s name on the remix bill was that the vocals were going to get drowned out with his signature trap sound. He dispels my preconceived notions, though, with a more sophisticated bass sound that still maintains the Bauuer bounce we all know and love. Also set to take on “Attracting Flies” with their own renditions are Jamie Jones and S-Type. You can purchase this Bauuer remix at midnight tonight on Beatport, but Aluna George‘s debut album isn’t expected to hit stores until July 1st.
It seems like a bit of a paradox that one can make earthy connected songs with various technological pieces, but Eskmo seems to have found that exact niche with his new EP Terra. After his previous release Language out on Ancestor back in October, Terra brings a totally new perspective, this time darker, slower, and more “earthy”. It’s a wonderful release filled with emotion and craftily arranged drums and progressions that are both moving and soulful. You can grab the EP over on his website (and name your own price for it too), and read my quick little interview with him after the jump.
The day has finally come! Flying Lotus‘ second full-length album, Until the Quiet Comes has finally dropped and it has already exceeded my extremely high expectations set by Cosmogramma. The Los Angeles native, known for his genre-bending compositions, has outdone even himself this time; fusing a mixture of hip-hop, jazz, funk, blues, dubstep and psychedelia together to produce an unique cosmic sound. Until the Quiet Comes is a journey. A journey through a psychedelic soundscape that slowly builds on itself with the addition of every new sound and then jerks you back into reality, only to slowly bring you back, note by note. The album offers no dull moments as it continuously stimulates its listener with Flying Lotus’ unparalleled compositions, stunning even the most scrutinizing of ears. Until the Quiet Comes is a real gem; from the dirty low end of Sultan’s Request, the breath-taking change up of The Nightcaller, or the pure and jazzy melodic vibrations of Until the Quite Comes, this album is gorgeous. Until the Quiet Comes may just be my album of the year; I cannot recommend it enough.
Grab what may be this year’s best album after the jump!
Capturing sounds form the center of all things supernatural (Bermuda Triangle), Otto Von Shirach’s music is indescriptible. Squirting spastic influences of booty bass, death metal, breakcore, hip hop, goregrind and more… the Cuban/German antihero has managed to become one of the weirdest most revolutionary musicians in electronic music. His extreme enthusiasm and low brow sense of humor is by far one of my most loved things about his art. After 3 years away gathering sounds from the future, Otto is back with his new album ‘Supermeng’ on Monkey Town Records, where he illustrates menacing every day stories of the life of a descarado super human full of sucieriasy cabronerias.
GDD™ takes great pleasure in introducing you to Main Course, a label, PR firm, and all-around fantastic concept with the aim of “releasing high quality music for free to those that will listen.” While this may seem generous beyond belief, don’t forgot that the releases “are also available for puchase via Beatport, and iTunes for those who want to support the artists financially.” They say “more than anything, we just want the music to be heard and shared with everyone.” What a lovely bunch of lads they are!
Their first release comes from enigmatic young upstarts known only as The Slow Waves. The EP offers up two distinct offerings. The A-side, Underbelly, reminds me of melancholic New Order sans vocals. Undertow makes me think of Explosions in the Sky, if Explosions in the Sky were from Malibu instead of Texas. Have a listen to the tracks after the jump, download for free, and if you and your credit card are so inclined throw the artists a bone or two and purchase these two quality tunes! Also check out the stellar video for Undertow! Continue Reading
Squarepusher just released his massive new album Ufabulum, a psychedelic, unfathomably intricate record that is so good, it is almost impossible to describe. Ufabulum features dark growling synthesizers, melodically designed refrains and sequenced drums that are so complex they will make your head spin. If you are a fan of all types of electronic music, I highly recommend you pick this album up!
Also, make sure to catch Squarepusher’s heavily anticipated live show, in which everything was originally conceived, written, designed and played live by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher) himself. The show will continue to evolve over the coming months creating a unique experience for each performance.
Grab Ufabulum and check out Squarepusher’s newly added tour dates below!
Tre and Steven N. Ewald on Dirt duty this week and we’re very excited to be coming at you with everything from melodic techno to intricately designed glitch beats on Tre’s end and some truly deep, deep sensuality with jacking chicago house thrown in to keep you on your toes from Steven’s end. Even a fan submitted, fan selected track from GDD Facebook on this week! Grab The Dirt #73 .zip and all tracks after the jump. And how ’bout that Dirt Babe?
Our buddy Steve Slingeneyer, or One Man Party and the drummer of Soulwax, has a seriously admirable taste in music. Besides being the percussive force behind one of the greatest dance music acts of all time, Steve also enjoys a bit of DJing as well, much like his band mates the Dewaele brothers of 2ManyDJs fame. Driven by this love of DJing, One Man Party has just released a brand new mixtape featuring an unbelievably cultivated tracklist featuring Justin Martin, DJ Pierre, Justice, a few tracks from OMP himself, and everything in between. Download it for free and check out the exquisite tracklist below. √+Continue Reading