Check your dancefloor politics! On "Haze.Boogie.Life," the first track off of Mykki Blanco's upcoming debut Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss, lines cut and land somewhere between laugh and menace over minimalist spacey production from the UK’s Sinden and 5kin and Bone5’s Matrixxman. The album is slated for release this fall on UNO NYC, and it's said to feature appearances from a slew of New York regulars, including Nguzunguzu, Brenmar, Physical Therapy and Le1f.
I relate to the sentiment of "Everything Is Embarrassing" because it's pretty much true. Sky Ferreira sure gets it – this time with co-production from Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid to make a shimmy-worthy electro ballad that just oozes smoothness but never goes over the line with the schmaltz. Her Ghost EP arrives October 2 via EMI.
Download: Sky Ferreira - Everything Is Embarrassing [SoundCloud]
Remember when your cousin said Marilyn Manson was Paul from The Wonder Years and he’d been locked under the stairs of a cathedral, feeding on the blood of rats this many years ‘til he had strength enough to slip out and get a record deal, only to seep the sonic equivalent of industrial sewage into your speakers, to worm his way deep into your sopping, puss-filled synapses? Your cousin didn’t tell you that? Just me? Oh. In any event, it’s only partially true (turns out he really fed on the blood of anemic orphans). Now, let’s all take a listen to his new earbleed “No Reflection,” lovingly mixed by Deathface into screamy, electro oblivion. Perfect for your next slaughterhouse party, it’s here to promo MM’s newest, Born Villain, the profits of which go to sea conservation and supporting our troops. Just kidding. A portion of the profits go to the devil.
For those of you clamoring for black-lit beats, haunted haze and metallic reverb, Anime cheerleader countdowns, lockjaw bangers and good deal of blood on the floor, here’s The Toxic Avenger’s entire 3/2/1 EP. Organs, cries, big breaks and major French dance bombast align with needling refits from the likes of Beat Torrent, Database and more, resulting in teary dubstep, ‘80s slasher synths, wasteland electro and even bounce house. Somebody scream! The good stuff is gratis thanks to an effort to promo Angst, which is out now.
The term “Sidewinder” means a stripper trick to me, though AC Slater has a more sensical explanation for his big bass anthem: it’s his favorite artillery missile. And true to his word, this Drop The Lime remix is certainly better suited for dropping bombs than skirts. With a maddeningly slow opener, this electro-juice finally results in a series of spasmodic drops so teeth-gnashing, you’ll be down to chewing cud after a minute or so. Made it to the end? Congrats, you’re a total monster, will likely survive Armageddon and deserve to hear the rest over at Trouble & Bass.
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Punch, flip, play, shout! Bang, smash, kick, stomp! Dragonette and Faustix & Imanos just keep making you wanna move on this electro-heavy redux of “Let It Go.” Lots of booming synths and agitated builds are now layered between the original’s clean lines and candy vox, so half the time you’ll be popping up and down with joy and the other half feel the urge to kick someone in the ribs. Basically, it’s the dance version of adolescence. Fun! No, really, it is.
Electro-noise begets headbanging bliss when A Place To Bury Strangers meets School of Seven Bells in this refit of “So Far Away.” It sounds of late ‘90s vampire pop in the best way: metallic, glammy, grimy. Something to drink blood, be ghoulish and wear leather to. Much like the rest of Onwards To The Wall, which you can grab along with tour dates, right here.
DOWNLOAD: AM & Shawn Lee - Promises Are Never Far From Lies (Rob Garza (Of Thievery Corporation) Remix)
AM & Shawn Lee might have a distrust of most other people, but label mates are just fine. The electro-soul group's boldly-named "Promises Are Never Far From Lies" gets even more funkified here in remix form by fellow ESL Music artist Rob Garza of electronic mainstay Thievery Corporation. The result is a metallic, droney synth haze with deep, squelching bass and AM's soulful falsetto. It's also a good one to dance to with leaves falling outside your window.
Karlsson & Winnberg, the Swedish production duo behind Miike Snow, seem to have meticulously crafted "The Dance" for wild-out club effectiveness. Riding a punky electro beat, the track pivots around an impaling mixture of oddball chirps, moans and scrambled funk synths that form a raved-up home for Spank Rock to work his microphone magic. Here, this includes lines about stomping out roaches on his bedroom floor and the dance in all of our wildest dreams.
From basketball courts in Tampa to international sass queen, Dominique Young Unique is a master of raved-up raunchy rap. Check the irresistible "Gangster Whips." Spitting over a genuine trunk-rattler with herky-jerky wallops of synths, Dominique once again proves that haters are in for the worst possible shame. Real talk: Her new mixtape Stupid Pretty rests firmly where M.I.A. should have ended up.