For the latest episode of the podcast we decided to go for someone a little different from our usual selections, mix things up a bit.
Moscow’s Alexey Devyanin aka Pixelord offers us a beautiful little snippet of IDM, hip-hop and glitch. Featuring a Pixelord original, a stunning Ital Tek remix of Jonny Faith’s ‘Meteor Shower’, as well as a remix of ‘Memory Vague’ by Oneohtrix.
Having previously released music under the handle Gultskra Artikler, though Pixelord’s is a peculiar brand of electronica; straddling both dubstep and the more experimental IDM end of things. It’s a little briefer than normal at 30 minutes, but it’s a really exciting listen if you fancy plugging your headphones in, lying on your back in the middle of the floor and closing your eyes.
That last bit certainly sounded creepy, but don’t let it put you off. After you’ve download the mix below, head on over to his myspace and check out his work as Gultskra Artikler and Stud.
Our very good friend Tony Rocky Horror has been preparing for the release of his debut LP out next month. Not only has he put together a rather splendid promo mixtape, he was also kind enough to send us a remix he did of ‘Area Codes’ by Ludacris.
The new LP boasts a whole slew of genre-hopping tracks, some of which you’ll have heard on the brilliant mix he did for our podcast series last month. Of course, you’ll also recognise the Ludacris remix from that tape. You can grab both the Ludacris remix and the ‘Anomaly Promo’ mix below.
Here’s what Badman Press had to say about it:
“Dubstep, drumstep, hip hop, house music, 70′s 80′s and 90′s (g)funk, bass music, blah. Tony Rocky Horror takes what he wants from these genres and formulates his own genius, inspired, intelligent/raw-tarded style. We are in awe. Here at Camp Badman, we know that even if you catch some z’s while this piece of history flies over your head, you will be all up on it in like 5 years anyway, so do your thizzle sleeping beauty!”
Tracklist and downloads after the jump:
Experimental New York band Battles have conspired to release their third full length release. The new album will be their first since the departure of Tyondai Braxton last year.
To make up for it, the album features several special guest appearances; Matias Aguayo, Kazu Makino, Yamantaka Eye and best of all, Gary Numan. Catch up on the recent interview they did with Pitchfork here.
The new LP, entitled ‘Gloss Drop’, comes out on 6 June. To tide you over until then, download Four Tet’s remix of ‘Tonto’, the original being taken from 2007′s ‘Mirrored’.
Download: Battles – Tonto (Four Tet Remix)
It was only a week ago that I wrote about the tremendously talented Justin Broadrick and his new EP as Pale Sketcher. Since then, he’s put together a jawdropping mixtape for the infamous FACT podcast series.
The mixtape is exactly what you’d expect from Broadrick, with everything from Slowdive to Cabaret Voltaire to RZA to Boards Of Canada to Dr. Octagon. Sterling stuff, check it out below.
Download: Justin Broadrick – FACT Mix 224
The first thought in most people’s minds will be “THIS IS SHIT IN RAINBOWS WAS SHIT TOO”. These people are wrong and should be treated as second-class citizens.
The opener is a slow burner but it’s the second track, ‘Morning Mr. Magpie’, is where things get really interesting. With a very danceable electro/disco guitar riff over stuttering drum beats, it’s already one of my favourite Radiohead tracks. ‘Little By Little’, the next track, is full of glitched vocals and shimmering cuts and bursts of sound that bring to mind Four Tet’s better work. Of course, the leading track ‘Lotus Flower’ is the one that will be remembered. Personally, I don’t think it’s the strongest track on the album, but I’m sure I’ll change my mind countless times.
It’s early days yet (Radiohead being renowned for producing albums that grow in brilliance over a number of listens), but I would definitely rate this album alongside Kid A and OK Computer. The songs aren’t quite as striking as ‘Everything In Its Right Place’ or ‘Paranoid Android’, but they’re not far off.
Of course, the album has its weak points; the first track ‘Bloom’ is a slow burner at best. It’s still a good start to the album but it could just as easily be an Aphex Twin b-side. And does anyone remember James Blake’s LP earlier this year and it’s use of mellow pianos over glitchy IDM. It seems this new sound is this year’s antidote to autotune. It may not be their best album, but most bands would kill to be as good as Radiohead on a bad day. For all its brevity and it’s flaws, it packs a punch.
Stand out tracks: Lotus Flower, Morning Mr. Magpie, Little By Little
Title: King Of Limbs
Right, we’ve finally got the podcast scheduling back on track, with an unspeakably good mix from dubstep hero, Bombaman.
As one half of dubstep pioneers, Loetech, Bombaman is one of the most important producers in the scene alongside the mighty XI. They’ve crafted a slew of classics together, but it’s under his own moniker, Bombaman, that he’s really come into his own.
The ‘mmeelloo ssttaarr’ EP on Nightshifters stormed the internet earlier this year, and nearly broke it! Expect that tune to purvade the airwaves for some time this year.
He’s put together a belter of a mix for us, featuring a lot of original productions you probably haven’t heard yet. And to open with Future Beat Alliance’s epic, spacey remix of ‘The Knife’ by Plump DJ’s is a perfect start to proceedings that leads us through squelchy dubs and arpeggiated synths with smatterings of heavy bass and rattling drum lines to get you bouncing.
Tuck into this mix after the jump and then check out his Soundcloud page.
The exceptionally talented Georgina Cook has a collection of photographs featured on FACT’s website that chart the rise and fall of doobstep from 2006-2010, from dingy rooms above pubs to FWD and Fabric.
I don’t normally write about photography but it’s a really interesting series of photographs and definitely worth a look if you were there. Even more so if you weren’t.
They’re here, by the way.
I’ll come clean and admit I don’t know a great deal about Hype Williams. What I do know, however, is that they have a new album out on Hippos In Tanks and the leading track sounds like a pastiche of a pastiche of a cheesy, low-budget 70s sci-fi film. In the best possible way, I promise.
With dulled, archaic synths plodding along over a drum beat that’s not unlike a gunshot in the hallway of an abandoned John Hughes high school, there are some soundscapes in this music that sound unusual but familiar all at the same time.
I’ll also admit it does sound clumsy at times, particularly towards the end, but it’s pretty much the most unique thing I’ve heard recently. And that’s something, right?
Download ‘Businessline’ below in the mean time, then go here to buy ‘One Nation’.
Download: Hype Williams – Businessline
So apparently Rinse FM is rapidly turning into Night Slugs FM. Not that I’m complaining; they’re one of my favourite labels at the minute, with every single becoming a classic in the scene.
With that in mind, it’s encouraging that Egyptrixx has a new LP on the label out early next month. In support of the new album, entitled ‘Bible Eyes’, Egyptrixx recorded a 25 minute set for Rinse FM back in December.
Download: Egyptrixx live session (20 December 2010