Tonight!! James Lavelle’s remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Ride” will be played in it’s entirety on Eddy Temple Morris’ radio show on XFM in London. Listen live on the radio or online on XFM’s site. If you miss tonight’s broadcast you can still hear an archive of the show on XFM’s site.
Matthew Dear might just be the total package: movie star good looks, a respected DJ, a business man, a musician. Did I mention he’s incredibly good looking? No? Oh, well, he’s a handsome guy. So yeah, there’s that. Earlier this year he teamed up with another sexy artist, Jonny Pierce of The Drums, for a wonderful collaboration “In The Middle,” which easily remains one of the best tracks of the year. Dear’s latest solo album beams, released on his own label Ghostly International, is another exercise in avant-garde pop. One that succeeds in spite of itself. Some songs are more accessible than others and the entire album is not for everyone. But it sure has its moments, like “Fighting Is Futile,” with its seductively eerie vocals, hand claps and a beat that sounds like a demented mash-up of a TV game show theme song and a four-on-the-floor dance beat. [Source]
Early on in Matthew Dear’s Beams— the New York-based artist’s fourth full-length, his first since 2010’s shadowy masterpiece Black City— something strange happens. A thick-fingered electric bass gallops in atop a driving backbeat as Dear sneers, “It’s alright to be someone else sometimes.” It may be odd to hear former techno-wunderkind Matthew Dear playing rock music, but the manic punk pulse of “Earthforms” is just one facet of Beams’ kaleidoscopic journey. Shot through with equal parts optimism and uneasiness, Beams is the latest transmission from one of pop music’s most fascinating creative minds. [Source]
Chromatics’s “Birds of Paradise” gets a heavenly interpretation from the incomparable Amtrac. This track is a gem that at once sets the attention of the listener on the entrancing vocals before sweeping us away in an auditory embrace of drifting pads and piano chord progressions that seemingly never stop getting better. [Source]
Lightships, the new musical outpost from Gerard Love, release their debut album Electric Cables this week in North America. The band are celebrating this launch by sharing a remix from Sonic Boom, formerly of legendary psych rock band Spacemen 3. Peter Kember, aka Sonic Boom, has lent the track “Electric Bloom” the perfect blend of cosmic dreaminess. Fans of Galaxie 500 and The Clientele will swoon. Electric Cables was recorded by Gerard Love and such Glasgow-based luminaries as Dave McGowan (guitar, Teenage Fanclub), Brendan O’Hare (drums, from the first incarnation of Teenage Fanclub), Tom Crossley (flute, International Airport and The Pastels), Jim McCulloch (clarinet) and Bob Kildea (bass, Belle & Sebastian).
These tracks are taken from the John Cale 12″ we’re releasing for Record Store Day, on which tracks from Cale’s Extra Playful EP are remixed by the cream of the contemporary underground including Actress, Maria Minerva, Tim Hecker, Leyland Kirby & Alva Noto. It’s cut on white vinyl from the Japanese future in packaging designed by audio satorialists Satomi. Listen to another remix on our sister blog ELECTRONIC20.COM here!
Hot on the heels of their sophomore album, We’re Here With You, released January 23, 2012 on Tiefdruck-Musik, Julien-K brings us a new video for the title song. They partnered up with Bryan Black of the group Motor for this song it is just drenched with cool. The video works well with the song, keeping things simple and crisp while showcasing the band members as they rotate about. [Source]
UPDATE! Here is the Black Asteroid remix: