Kate Boy's "Northern Lights" is one of those huge Swedish electro-pop songs that makes your heart swell while leaving just enough space to also feel how empty it can become. Houses understands that feeling and puts it under the microscope on this rework, highlighting the track's ability to reach the fans in the back while twinkling with a lost 4AM urgency.
Here, master of remixes and recent G.O.O.D. Music-signee Hudson Mohawke gives us his take on Disclosure's AlunaGeorge collabo "White Noise," completing some kind of mythic UK electronic trifecta. HudMo does his thing, updating Disclosure's light, poppy sound and increasing its density for a meatier, house-ier setting around Aluna's playful vocals. Stream the remix below and revisit the original.
With the ten-year anniversary (and edition) of Rounds on the way, it's a good a time as ever to consider Four Tet as one of the more consistent, engaging electronic composers of the past decade. Even with the rare milestone deluxe edition on the way, he's still looking forward with "Roseland" – a new collaboration with London duo RocketNumberNine. Physical release coming soon with via his own Text imprint along with a B-side entitled "Metropolis."
With "Never Have To Worry" araabMUZIK ratchets-up the anticipation for his upcoming For Professional Use Only mixtape, further demonstrating his ability to deliver in whatever genre he pleases. So far, everything we've seen off the album has had a distinct flavor, ranging from straight EDM to more traditional hip-hop. "Never Have To Worry" falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, banging hard with driving synths and catchy vocal samples.
Producer and doctor of synths André Obin has kicked around numerous singles and EPs, but now he's ready to go all-out on a full LP for Sky Council Recordings. Entitled The Arsonist, the title track is a narcotic dance number with all sorts of cascading electronics and a hefty rhythmic backbone. Hear more from this Boston native on March 19.
Here, Boston-based DJ and producer Durkin reworks "We Can Roll" by fellow Bostonians Bad Rabbits. Expanding the original's anthemic, synth-driven, post-R&B sound for the club, Durkin’s remix sets its powerful vocals against a retro, space-age backdrop of drum machines and sparkles.
Autre Ne Veut has long had a love affair with new age shininess and Prince-indebted R&B that pops. But a love affair sometimes doesn't fully translate into the real deal for a listener. Arthur Ashin's past work often felt more like fascinating outsider art rather than capital-p POP. Influenced, sure, but not ready for an actual club. Yet that's not so with "Play By Play" – a breakthrough of oddball shimmer and cascading immediacy. It's an early contender for 'jam of the season,' so find someone to hold and be anxious with and don't be ashamed about it. Anxiety comes February 26 via Software / Mexican Summer.
What will 2013 sound like? Grimy, shiny, probably a little trappy, bassy, spacey? Fly Zone, Le1f’s follow-up to 2012’s well-received Dark York, hits all the bases, refining his characteristic drawl and clubby production into certifiable bangers. Decidedly more based in traditional hip-hop than its predecessor, the work is still plenty weird. Features include Spank Rock, Haleek Maul and the newly-dubbed Kitty (formerly Kitty Pryde).
Well, I'll be. Everyone's favorite Swedish electronic warriors The Knife are back and they are nowhere near disappointment on the comeback single "Full Of Fire." Premiered with nine minutes of furious, wobbling, driving audio and an all-out video directed by Marit Östberg, The Knife are on a crushing industrial mission and we can only hope it reaches its full potential when Shaking The Habitual drops April 9 via Mute. Highest recommendation.
Coma have built enough steam up in Cologne that the city's iconic label Kompakt has declared them a central act to 2013 and integral to the future of their dance-haven's music scene. Based on this new single "Hoooooray," I'm inclined to agree. The duo keeps it sterile, danceable, a little sleazy, a little gothic and poppy enough for their minimal-disco to leave a good bruise. Their debut album is out April 2013.