Nordrhein-Westfalen is the place that the Grandbrothers call home, and it sounds every bit as obscure as the music that they make. Focused primarily on instrumental driven compositions, these two have stumbled upon a sound to call their own. A sound that FILM (Future Is Listening Music) Records in Berlin has enjoyed enough to help the duo release their debut 12 track LP, Dilation. Unclassifiable – yet full of class, this elegant arrangement exudes a flair for life with syncopated minimalist percussive loops complete with rim shots and well placed kicks as layers of piano and background noise swell with lead strings. It’s truly something else.. have a listen.
Sweater Beats is back on the viral Soundcloud tip – this time with a redux of Kimbra’s 2011 smoker “Settle Down”. Stripping down the jazzy tendencies in the track for a more sweeping and eclectic ambiance, Sweater Beats sticks to his production roots while still making Kimbra’s vocals really shine on the track – a feature often masked in remixes and bootlegs. Her unique voice sits high above the scattered drum varients and tingling piano work that with all their unique sequencing has an almost orchestral vibe to it.
So, go on tour with Chance The Rapper, play a dope remix in your sets, and get shit popping. Well done, SB.
The White Light mixtape series, spearheaded by Neoteric and Matty C, is the perfect ambiance for the space and time after the after-party. Like a soft pillow for your ears, the White Light mixes have been curated by top selectors such as Daniel Avery, RAC, Soul Clap, and many others. Celebrating 100 editions of the mix series, they’ve prepped the The Centennial Collection, which is a downloadable album containing 16 edits and tracks from the White Light Alumnus. Grab the entire collection, as well as the 100th volume of the mix series below. Continue Reading
Finally we get to see some original content from the legend that is Jerome LOL! His brand new EP, Deleted / Fool, on home label Friends of Friends sees its release next month (February 4th to be exact) but today he’s just shared the first single from the EP, featuring the beautiful vocals from Angelina Lucero. Some of you may recognize Lucero from her appearance on Jerome’s previous venture, the Changes LP from LOL Boys.
“Fool” is a developed sense of self from Jerome, an elaboration upon his signature weirdness that places him in a category of producer all his own. Although this is a sort of new sound for Jerome, it’s very much still him. With heavily laden bass drums with skittered snares and chimes rising subtly above them, the track is a heavy clanker with heavy techno leanings, until Lucero’s vocals come in, surprisingly taking things to a simultaneously warmer and haunting place. And in very true-to-form Jerome LOL fashion, he’s got a brand new website up where you can trip out for six minutes with the track. Uh, I think ‘jerry-built’ would be an applicable pun here.
Stream the new track below, and if you want to preorder the whole EP (psst… I listened to it and it’s very good) you can do so by clicking HERE.
Last week, GDD™ fav, Cashmere Cat, revealed the first single from his debut release, Wedding Bells, on LuckyMe Records in Scotland. “With Me” is an incredible sample of Future Bass and a prime example of the unbelievable music coming from LuckyMe as of late. Home to Hudson Mohawke, Baauer, S-Type, and many more artists known for pushing the increasingly thin lines between Instrumental Hip Hop and dance music, LuckyMe seems to be a perfect home to the ingenious styles of Norway’s Cashmere Cat. Stream “With Me” below and purchase it now on iTunes.
There are some birds chirping overhead as kids run wild in the lively green field and playground, teenagers are walking hand in hand as adults rest up and take in the refreshing summer breeze on the park benches, and you are taking a stroll on the reflective concrete path with your earbuds in and arms gently swaying to the beat. Maybe it’s to clear your head, maybe it’s just to relax, either way, if you’re not playing this Jerome LOL remix to D33J’s, “Park,” the next time this scenario becomes available, you’re doing it wrong. Continue Reading
At the ripe age of 38, Parov Stelar‘s wisdom and experience have guided him to create some of the best sounds in the music industry. Electro swing is one of the more intoxicating genre’s in the electronic spectrum as the four on the floor beat intermixes with heavy syncopation and live instrumentation. As the industry progresses it’s almost inevitable for it to head in the electro swing direction. This Nico Pusch bootleg features pumping piano chords that preface the trumpet fanfare being belted out in the chorus as Nico Pusch puts his own original flair into the song.
Dj Clap-Unbelievable from Matt Gerber on Vimeo.
Daedelus’ has always been a prominent figure in regards to representing the “weird” end of dance music, aided by his Magical Properties curations on the touring and label front. The latest release on Magical Properties, the Best Night Ever LP from DJ Clap, is an erratic and fast-paced exploration of different musical styles and influences. Along with the release, DJ Clap has also released a music video for the LP’s single “Unbelieveable”. Like the song itself, the video is an insane and frenetic footwork piece. Not for the faint of heart, not for those comfortable with an unforgiving staccato track.
The video is premiering right here on GDD, but for the whole Best Night Ever album, you can go and grab that here and stream it below.
Matt Hill, better known as synth composer Umberto, gives us ‘Confrontations’- a lurid album jammed with an italo-disco/soundtrack-esque mood that will make you travel into a creepy foreign landscape once your eyelids shut.
Hill’s sounds in “Confrontations” are more defined from 70’s synth pop punctuations, relatively different than his three previous and more giallo directed productions. It’s impossible not to name drop horror genre maestro Dario Argento for all the imagery in the tracks, but mix it with some flickering Giorgio Morder disco and get caught in the hypnotic road trip Umberto wants you to ride. Continue Reading
It’s not exactly dance music, but it’s 100% music worth listening to. Don’t let the “OWSLA” in the title trick you, this is far from anything you’d expect to come out of the Skrillex camp. And you know what, that’s why Sonny Moore is becoming increasingly hard to hate. Those still ignorant enough to spew their constant vitriol his way are obviously ignorant of his gracious acceptance speech(es) at the Grammy’s, his humble and endearing personality, his appreciation of and efforts to push his more mainstream leaning legion of fans to embrace more obscure electronic music (from Aphex Twin to Gesaffelstein), and now his endorsement of a beautiful, undefinable and timeless record like this Hundred Waters album.
I can see myself listening to this album in twenty years over a nice glass of wine accompanied by good conversation and better friends. It’s majestic, ambient yet stimulating, and it’s brought to you courtesy of… Skrillex? Mind-boggling I know, but it’s just one of the few reasons I can think of that the young Sonny Moore deserves his spot at the top right now.
Stream the album after the jump, and ask Siri to set a reminder for tomorrow, when the full album goes on sale via OWSLA. Just don’t try to have Siri spell “OWSLA”…