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SBTRKT is one of the biggest forces in bass music right now, so it’s no surprised that the producer-centric blogosphere is going crazy over his latest leak ‘Gamelena’.  Working more as an announcement that he’s working in the studio again than as a proper single, ‘Gamelena’ shows off some experimenting and tinkering coming from  SBTRKT.  With the bird chirps and the low croaking bass thrown in the mix, ‘Gamelena’ sounds like an electronic jungle at times… which is just as cool as it sounds.  If this track really is just a teaser to  what he has coming up, his next release is set to be great.

-PK

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I don’t know if you read the novel Ender’s Game when you were a kid, but I sure as hell did, which is why I had to listen to this when I saw it.  Luckily M|O|D member Trap Arnold made a track that is just as awesome as the book was.  With “EndersGame” Trap Arnold has done a great job of maintaining his distinct Future Trap style with rolling high hats etc. without drawing too much attention away from the song’s beautifully spacious chords and delicate melodies.  If I were ever to be floating in space, controlling a giant army with my brain, I would want this song to be playing in the background.

-TC

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Teengirl Fantasy are a group that made it big right before the huge influx of producers we currently have flooding the blogosphere.  However, since making it big in 2010 they’ve remained relatively quiet allowing smaller producers to start to take the spotlight.  ‘Motif’ shows the group returning strong with a shiny new sound that takes influences from all over the electronic-music spectrum.  Over the course of the track’s 7 minutes, the group manages to twist and shift the same basic song idea into all sorts of psychedelic shapes.  The ‘Motif’ single will be dropping later in June off R & S to build up hype for an album they will be dropping later this year.

-PK

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(Beat Culture and PK doing dude stuff)

The most recent track we heard from Beat Culture, “Slow Flight”, was a bit of a departure from his usual bright style, using more dark and turbulent sounds, and including a vocal part by Tyler Burton of vyxor.  As much as I enjoyed and was impressed by “Slow Flight”, “Useless” points back towards Beat Culture’s usual warm and dense sound and I’m loving it.  He has neatened up his sound a little bit with a cleaner mix, while still layering a multitude of different synth noises.  Also, Beat Culture’s sample chopping skills are better than ever.  Manipulating what sounds like only 2 or 3 second vocal sample, Beat Culture creates an almost flawless melody that stands completely on its own.  Beat Culture has a couple of upcoming releases planned, including an EP with Tree, so be on the lookout for him over the summer.

-TC

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If you’ve been checking our homepage for the past few days you may have noticed that we’re amping things up with the amount of articles each day.  For at least the next 10 weeks we will be increasing the amount of daily content and big features.  Our goal is to have at least one major article (editorial, interview, review) posted on the site each week with at least 5 interviews and 4 reviews planned to drop over the course of April and May.  I’m kickstarting the project with a conversation I had with French musician Samuel Lugwig Salla who records as Mister Bibal.  Mister Bibal got our attention when he dropped the fantastic F A I L U R E LP off Trueflav Records earlier this month.  The release is a stunning collection of electronic beats and compositions with some great features on there as well.  Samuel and I chatted about his influences and classical musical upbringing and the conversation can be read (mostly unedited) below…

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Forgetting all the micro-trends of the past few years, one of the most important recent musical movements has been the humanization of electronic music.  Sure we’ve had synth-pop for a while now but electronic music has changed a lot since the icy robotic sound of Kraftwerke with one of the most important releases being Animal Collective’s emotion driven Merriweather Post Pavillion.  With their Jahnimal EP, Noir Cœur have stricken the same sort of emotional gold as Animal Collective did in 2009.  Over 5-tracks, Noir Cœur craft a fantastic sound that relies on the strength of the singers just as much as the warm backing instrumentation.  It’s a sound that is missing from your typical chill-wave artist and it’s earning the group some well deserved buzz around the blogosphere.  Download the tape over at Noir Cœur’s bandcamp and hear more music at their soundcloud.

-PK

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Ever since I listened to Yoshiba 87’s track ‘You’re The Best Thing Ever’ I’ve been anticipating his full-length with some high hopes.  That album, Beaming Flowers From India, dropped today off Atomnation with some gorgeous gems that standout among the sea of experimental electronic musicians currently dominating the blogosphere.  From my first listen some of my favorites include ‘Aermback’ which is a mostly ambient track with a great Boards of Canada vibe and ‘Jakoetask’ which sounds like it could be the product of a BADBADNOTGOOD jam session.  Throughout the entire album, Yoshiba 87 works with a huge range of sounds that will leave anyone impressed.  Stream below and download here

-PK

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