February 2 2012
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"Huron River Drive" by Shigeto immediately envelops you with electric piano warmth and the wispy clip of galloping jazz drums. When the bass finally drops, everything fills out towards a unique take on modern jazz as well as electronic composition and stoned-out instrumental hip-hop. His new 12-inch is out now via Ghostly.
January 27 2012
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"In The Middle (I Met You There)" finds Matthew Dear breaking into a full electro hip-hop strut with the help of Jonny Pierce of The Drums. Synthesizers fly through the sonic assembly line while a thumper of a beat keeps your chain swinging from side to side and spliced micro-samples rain down in a hypnotic backdrop. Find this, perhaps Dear's poppiest song, on the new Headcage EP – out now on Ghostly.
December 16 2011
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The minimal stomp on "Headcage," the title track off Matthew Dear's upcoming four-track EP, is exactly the sort of thing you'd want to use to your advantage when staring down someone across a club. Synths curl in funky patterns while polyrhythmic drums bash away like they were being played on a xylophone made of bones. Headcage comes this January via Ghostly.
December 6 2011
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On "Palace Chalice," Brooklyn producer Mux Mool (real name Brian Lindgren) has crafted a sneering piece of beat science with a rumbling trump, sparkling synthesizer arpeggios and nods to funk that'll keep your windows down no matter how cold it gets. Find more on his upcoming Planet High School, which is set for a February 7 release on Ghostly.
November 17 2011
This remix of Little Dragon's "Little Man" by Tycho is immediately intergalactic. Electronic drums go all kraut with a rapid robotic beat and singer Yukimi Nagano hovers over everything with soulful confidence. There's oscillating arpeggios and dry choral backgrounds that add a gaseous element that makes you think the track is barely there. We assure you it is.
October 20 2011
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HTRK makes us want to fall in love in that too-young-to-matter destructive kind of way where you stay up all night doing whatever drugs your neighbor has and then go hang out in a graveyard before realizing you have a calculus final in three hours. "Synthetik" is ghoulish makeout music at its finest with a slow, slinking beat and guitars so distant it's like they're spying on you from a mountaintop. The duo's most recent album, Work (work, work), is out now on Ghostly.
October 17 2011
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Jacaszek is back and coldly serious as ever on "Dare Gale." The Polish composer treats airy, abandoned noise with classical hands to make dark ambient music that could easily soundtrack the next time you get trapped in a cave. Sink into this one and try to find your way out. Find more on Jacaszek's new album Glimmer, which is available December 6 on Ghostly.
June 30 2011
New Jersey electronic composer Com Truise, real name Seth Haley, constantly experiments with synthesizers and structure in an attempt to bring new age sounds to the future. He continues this path on "Brokendate" -- a song built on sanguine synth melodies that wobble in a way reminiscent of Boards Of Canada and dance over a beat that hits harder than most of his chilled-out contemporaries. Many claim intergalactic exploration via music, but Com Truise is the closest we've heard to actually leaving this realm in awhile. His new album, Galactic Melt, is available now on Ghostly.
June 29 2011
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Yes, HTRK is pronounced "hate rock," so you should know right off the bat that this isn't Kings Of Leon we're dealing with. On "Eat Yr Heart," the now London-based duo builds a glacial crescendo over a steady, syrupy hip-hop beat, submerged bass and horrifying, flute-tinged synth figures that buzz around singer Jonnine Standish's voice like flies on a carcass. Oddly, this doesn't turn out too abrasive. The slow tempo and smokey romance of the vocals keep things too chill to devolve into complete terror. HTRK's new album, Work (work, work), comes September 6 via Ghostly.
June 27 2011
There's something about the new Gold Panda single, "MPB," that reminds me of discovering the Swedish electronics of The Field. Sure, the specific sounds and structure are different, but there's a similar sense of microtonal repetition, foggy synth clouds, chaotic bells, intricate drum programming and circular xylophones. Above all, this is music that skips the sterile electronics and makes something that carries real emotion. Look for more Gold Panda on Ghostly later this year.