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Sleigh Bells – Treats [2010]

Posted in dance-pop,electronic,lo-fi,noise pop by deek on May 29, 2010


The initial meeting between Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells sounds almost like a scene out of a movie: He was working at a Brooklyn, NY restaurant during the summer of 2008; she, a fifth grade public school teacher, was one of his customers and by chance they started talking about music. A mere week later they were recording together and thus, Sleigh Bells were formed. To make matters even more interesting, the two come from very different musical backgrounds, with Derek playing hardcore in the Florida-based band Poison the Well for six years, and Alexis being part of a pop group during her teens. Their differences seem to have merged though as their current music is a bit of a mix between soft and hard. What really got my attention though were the beats. Upon first hearing their EP 2HELLWU I couldn’t help but wonder what hot shot hip-hop producer these two had teamed up with. Tracks such as ”Infinity Guitars” and “Holly” sound almost like The Kills produced by The Neptunes, while the title track and the sweet “Ring Ring” are much more laid back. The producing is all Derek’s doing though and according to him, “everything starts with and revolves around a beat; vocal melodies and guitar lines sometimes reinforce a kick pattern”. He also claims to still have a lot of learning to do when it comes to producing, but considering how good it sounds now it can only get better. -last.fm


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Holy Fuck – Latin [2010]

Posted in electronic,indie electronic by deek on April 26, 2010

Holy Fuck is a band based in Toronto, Canada. The band has, at various times, included members of King Cobb Steelie, By Divine Right, Wintersleep, Enon, and Blue Rodeo. Their current line-up includes the original and core members Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh with Matt Schulz on drums and Matt McQuaid on bass. Holy Fuck uses live drums and bass along with a myriad of toy keyboards, guitar pedals, mixers and even a 35mm film synchronizer to mimic modern electronic music, consciously avoiding modern fail-safes like laptops and programmed backing tracks. They have brought this sound to festivals like Glastonbury, Roskilde, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock and All Tomorrow’s Parties. And they’ve toured and supported artists such as M.I.A., Wolf Parade, !!!, Mouse on Mars, Cornelius, Super Furry Animals and Phoenix. All the while using the same duct-taped keyboards, film editing gear and all without rehearsing. ‘Latin’, Holy Fuck’s new album, comes out on May 11, 2010 on the Young Turks/XL label. They will be touring Europe, the UK and the United States soon after in support of the album.

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LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening [2010]

Posted in dance-punk,electronic,electronica,indie rock,new wave by deek on April 26, 2010

LCD Soundsystem is the musical side project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of New York City dance-punk label DFA Records. Formed in 2002, the music of LCD Soundsystem can also be described as a mix of alternative dance and post punk, along with elements of disco and other styles. During live performances, Murphy is accompanied by Al Doyle (guitar, percussion — also of Hot Chip), Phil Skarich (bass), Nancy Whang (keyboards) and Pat Mahoney (drums) Previous members include Tyler Pope (!!! / Out Hud) (bass), Phil Mossman (guitar, percussion). LCD Soundsystem gained attention with its first single, “Losing My Edge”. The song, which sounds like the boastings of a music geek put to an electronic beat, received acclaim in 2002. Murphy released a double album simply titled LCD Soundsystem in February of 2005 to critical acclaim. The first disk of the album contains new music and the second contains rereleases of songs previously released as singles. The opening track “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” entered the uk Top 40 in March 2005. On December 8, 2005 the group received nominations for two Grammys in the electronica category for their self-titled album and in the Dance category for “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”. This album was also chosen as one of Amazon.com’s Top 100 Editor’s Picks of 2005. In March 2007, the band released their second album entitled Sound Of Silver. The album has spawned four singles including “North American Scum”, “All My Friends”, “Someone Great” and “Time To Get Away”. Sound Of Silver saw a move towards a more traditional song writing approach whilst still maintaining the production values of their eponymous debut effort.

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Shy Child – Liquid Love [2010]

Posted in dance,electro,electronic,indie by jheisel on March 30, 2010
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Caribou – Swim [2010]

Posted in canadian,electronic,electronica,experimental,indie by jheisel on March 11, 2010

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach [2010]

Posted in electronic,electropop,trip-hop by deek on March 4, 2010

Autechre – Oversteps [2010]

Posted in ambient techno,electronic,idm by deek on February 24, 2010



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Autechre is an English electronic music group consisting of Rob Brown and Sean Booth, both natives of Rochdale (near Manchester, England). The group is one of the most prominent acts signed with Warp Records, a label known for its pioneering electronic artists. Booth and Brown formed the group in 1987 while they were both living in Rochdale. They began by making and trading electro and hip-hop mixtapes, but gradually collected some cheap equipment (most notably a Casio SK-1 Sampler) and moved on to their own compositions. By the time Warp Records released their debut, Incunabula, they were employing a variety of electronic instruments to create their evolving style. Booth and Brown have explained that the name Autechre can be pronounced in any way anyone sees fit. They pronounce it “aw-TEK-er” (IPA) /ɔ ˈtɛk ɚ/. Autechre helped initiate the music festival All Tomorrow’s Parties in 2000, and were responsible for curating the 2003 festival. Autechre utilize a wide array of analog synths in their production as well as analog and digital drum machines and samplers. They have also made extensive use of a variety of computer based sequencers, softsynths, and other applications, such as Max/MSP.

Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer [2010]

Posted in electronic,glitch hop,hip-hop,psychedelic soul by deek on February 21, 2010

Four Tet – There Is Love in You [2010]

Posted in electronic,idm by deek on February 15, 2010

Anomie Belle – Sleeping Patterns [2008]

Posted in downtempo,electronic,trip-hop by lowbrass on February 14, 2010

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Great trip-hop from Seattle.

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