Ultra-noisy, blasted and artsy, Fuck Buttons have returned with 'The Red Wing" – appearing here in edited form and serving as the initial salvo for their upcoming Slow Focus. Whereas last time around the duo teetered dangerously close to trance, this one is formed around a bumping breakbeat that provides a new canvas for the group to unleash a torrent of jungle-ready sounds and full-spectrum sonic blowouts.
Young Brits idolize Eno and Hot Chip; make a foggy-eyed summer jam. That's the story behind Outfit's "I Want What's Best" – a simple-sounding exercise that actually flowers into a textured, danceable mountain.
Back from the mists of nostalgia and creepy field recordings, Boards Of Canada are finally putting out a new LP of mushroom music on June 10. Your first preview of Tomorrow's Harvest is the unsettling, droning, teasing and ultimately explosive "Reach For The Dead." If the everyday fan has become accustomed to drops, this one is a reminder that nobody does that 'here's the drums!!' moment quite like these Warp legends. Forget careening bass, this will scramble your brain.
On the impeccably-titled "Magichour," Mister Lies and KNOWER start with a slow build and it pays off as well as any electronic music I've heard this year. The entire track is a huge, open-hearted, swelling crescendo as touches of house music smash into deeper, textured sonic experimentation. When the top blows off, it's an ecstatic mindwarp.
Sparkling, driving yet restrained, Natasha Kmeto's "Idiot Proof" merges house music, intergalactic R&B and a minimalist sonic palate. Kmeto brings a distinct sass to the track – almost like a contemporary Lisa Lisa that's taking advantage of the Internet while being super pissed at it.
On the Kingdom edit to Cassie's "All My Love," the original gets clipped-out, fried and thoroughly crunched into a futuro-R&B sex explosion. Death to all genres – raise a glass to human emotion and late-night grinding.
Download: Cassie - All My Love (Kingdom Edit) [Zippyshare]
Five years later, the disco is still icy. Italians Do It Better (and production mastermind Johnny Jewel) are finally releasing After Dark 2 on May 17 and this Mirage record, "Let's Kiss," leads the way with glacial funk about falling in love on the run. "Go like a record lady" through a chilly vocoder is an old trick, but there's no need to obscure a frozen feeling.
On "Always," Friendzone continues pushing their flighty button-mashing to new heights. It's like a sample funhouse filled with kaleidoscopes, a clattering beat underneath and eventual key-horn melody to make the proceedings appropriately operatic.
On "Universe Is Blessed," Wise Blood twists symphonic samples into a bouncy, torch-song ode to drinking and life. For something that seems so electronic and beat-based, there's a palpable sense of atmosphere, melody and space on this one.
Long shrouded in the dust of industrial pop, there was always a chance that Lust For Youth would clean it all up. On "Breaking Silence," Hannes Norrvide not only appears freshly scrubbed, but takes an airier route that trades the aggression and confusion for something a little closer to a distinct sonic heaven.