DFA veteran The Juan Maclean has largely eschewed SoundCloud-track-a-week dance culture, opting to only drop singles when it really counts. On "You Are My Destiny," he returns and does what he's always done so very well, crafting a lockstep, swelling arrangement behind Nancy Whang's vocals. It's a dreamy cauldron and carefree manifesto to loving physicality.
We recently covered the manic, bloodbath electronics of "Slasherr," and it seemed like Rustie had more than enough ideas ready to carry his work for a few months. Now we get the flipside to that single. "Triadzz" is spazzy, triumphant and features enough guttural bass that it could also form a perfect bed for one of the hugest ratchet anthems of 2013. Are genres finally vanishing for real?
I still can't decide if "Suit And Tie" is actually good, but I do know this official Four Tet makes Timberlake's light luxury-pop far more interesting. Using JT's main vocal, everything else gets shoved into microsampled house territory that skyrockets forward with a muffled, Burial-esque snare.
Songs about phone numbers and calling your crushes have been around since the invention of phones and society's acceptance of personality disorders, but the texting era leaves a lot to be desired. That's not a concern for ¥ion, though, on this bonkers beat work-out called "Digits." It's all skittering soul and aggressive footwork rhythmic assault, so stop waiting for that call and go spazz.
Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have stepped into the BBC Essential Mix chamber where electronic influence is wielded like a two-hour weapon. The result? My favorite mix of 2013 thus far. Step within for unreleased Radiohead and Atoms For Peace, as well as hypnotic appearances from Aphex Twin, DOOM and all those other cool artists that tickle Yorke's wispy Brit beard.
Download: Atoms For Peace - BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix [Self-Titled Mag]
With her initial promise (aka the "212" video) deadened by gross Internet beef, Azealia Banks is finally ready to stop boring Twitter users and release some new music. "Yung Rapunxel" is the first single from her long-awaited Broke With Expensive Taste, and it takes the "212" formula of choatic house beat matched up with rapidfire, sexualized vocals.
After his suitably bonkers BBC Essential Mix flipped our ears and minds last year, Rustie returns with "Slasherr" – another tidal wave of blunt, maximalist, button-mashing ecstasy. It's from a new double single on Numbers and is your lil case-and-point that Rustie is one of the most interesting, imaginative and (yes) fun producers on the rise right now.
By now you know that Tame Impala melted minds all over Lonerism, and here album standout "Mind Mischief" gets a hypnotic, minimalist tweak by electronic master The Field. Yep, Alex Willner takes a punchy piece of psychedelic pop and does his thing – taking microscopic samples, pairing with a huge, languid beat and letting it all unravel over 10 minutes. Just beautiful.
On the extended runway edit of "The Possessed," Glass Candy struts its icy, narcotic electro-pop. After premiering at (of course) a fashion show in Paris last week, it's the first we've heard from the Johnny Jewel-associated group in awhile and it'll appear on the very-much-anticipated After Dark 2 compilation – coming soon via Italians Do It Better.
Australian singer Josef Salvat could easily croon you right back into bed with his melancholy vocal style. And people are noticing! His steadily rising, infectious single "This Life" will likely get huger as each week passes, and this jumpy, sputtering, campfire rave-ready remix by Canadian producer Bwana illustrates how well those pipes work over other musical ideas.