Electronica

One of the most exciting acts in dance music, Porter Robinson, has undoubtedly made strides in his career ever since he dropped his Worlds album. Now after an outstanding performance at Coachella over the weekend, he’s quick to the draw with a truly stunning remix of “The Thrill” by Nero, his fellow Coachella counterparts that also played a fantastic set out in the desert. For the remix, Porter traded the gritty bass-driven sounds for something more suitable for his own vibe – an intricate arrangement of ethereal atmospheres, mid-tempo rhythms, and striking, bubbly synths that break through like a bull through the hall.

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The unique productions of Berlin’s David August are difficult to classify.  No matter the BPM or style, he always manages to create something balanced and beautiful.  Having only released a handful of remixes over the past year since his “TIMES” album release, August decided to throw us a freebie.  “Her Myth” is an ambient-yet-melodic piece that probably shouldn’t be available for free.  This gorgeous track is simple, elegant, groovy at times.  Enjoy as the bass line and percussion elements get sprinkle in one by one, then grab the free download.

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After almost a year of reclusion from releases, the funk driven phenom Griz is back on the beats with a forthcoming album and a new single to get to kick it off. The track features soulful vocals from Orlando Napier, carried by a genre-bending groove that covers the spectrum from jazz, blues, rock and electronic. And the man himself was so excited to share it with his fans he had to include a little note about it:

“FINALLY!!! I am so so so so so stoked to release new music! It has been such a busy year and I am very proud to finally give you guys a listen and free download to my first single “A Fine Way to Die” featuring my good compadre Orlando Napier! Between recording horn lines, drums, writing guitar lines, and recording the most killin vocals, this song took a full year to make. I really hope you guys enjoy this monster of a tune!!! Get the funk down!”

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Pomo’s new EP, “The Other Day”, is comprised of eight beautifully crafted tracks, making the EP one of 2014’s finest.  There are no throwaways here.  The entire EP, from start to finish, is nothing short of an electronic masterpiece.  Heart melting melodies that’ll have you slow dancing in front of the fireplace.  Seductive funk paired with your favorite bottle of wine or whiskey.  And deep, dirty Disco to get the blood flowing & the asses shaking.  Stock up on firewood & spirits, lock yourselves inside for the weekend & keep the Pomo EP on repeat…it’s a house party for two.

Pomo – “The Other Day” EP is out now via HW&W Recordings.

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A seven year break between full length studio albums has left Joris Voorn fans, myself included, hungry for new material.  Because Joris is such a quintessential figure across the deeper shades of electronic music, it was difficult to predict some centerpiece sound in his latest project.  That being said, I began listening to Nobody Knows with an open mind for anything.  What I found was a breathtaking marriage of electronica and instrumentation — full review after the jump.

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Tycho‘s latest album was one for the books. He seems to have matured with time and ripened alongside some very talented musicians that supported his sound on the record. So it only seems natural to have remixers come out of the woodworks in a similar profound fashion. Bibio x Tycho, what an exciting concept, and the tune does not fall short of the possibilities that plagued my mind prior to first listen. The natural bird sounds and faded guitar strums narrate a fantastical daydream that transport you to a simpler time. It’s minimal at it’s finest, because that’s all a song really needs to be.

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The picturesque and often sleepy city of Santa Barbara has recently produced some prominent acts in the likes of Seven Lions and Traveler. Shying away from the typical 4×4 house pattern, they’ve carved out their own unique styles of electronica. Justin Kleiner, another rising producer from Santa Barbara, has just released his Along The Way EP, and the ambient package is an impressive mixture of dramatic soundscapes and thematic drums that were prevalent in early M83 or Sigur Ros tracks. Kleiner has also drawn up a fine collection of artwork that’s tied in with the release that can be found on his site called Auxin. Grab the entire EP for free download below.

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Mr. Flash is a producer who intrigues me to an extremely high degree. Besides producing songs for one of the rappers I admire most, Mos Def, he also produced Sebastien Tellier’s, “My God Is Blue” LP in its entirety. Well I guess that production stint inspired the sounds inside as an album teaser has surfaced on Ed Banger Recs SoundCloud page that features some selects from the upcoming project. Continue Reading

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Black Butter Records have themselves yet another fine young recruit on their hands with Swiss producer Pablo Nouvelle.  Pablo Nouvelle describes his music as “a mix of melancholic pop, modern soul and dance music”.  That sound holds true on his latest track, “Poison”, a moody, soulful, dance pop song held together beautifully by French songstress Tulliae.  If the sophisticated sounds of “Poison” are any indication of what’s to come from Pablo Nouvelle’s upcoming EP, then arousal levels are on high for the new EP release (set for late July).

Calibre and Noze are locked in for remix duty on the new EP along with the always fantastic Maxxi Soundsystem (below).

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LA producer, CRNKN, has released his first official EP this week on the free-release imprint, Nest, putting together six tracks as a concept EP with a diverse menu of genres that leans far from the music he was making just a year ago. The EP, The Clearing, shows a truly creative side of CRNKN that sets him apart artistically from his peers — a rare quality amongst the publish now/think later mentality that is the dance music community as of late. From Flume-ish chillout to Gesaffelstein-like Techno, CRNKN tells a story with The Clearing that has us fully entertained. Download the EP below and watch the very cool concept video for the EP as well. √+