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Artist You Should Know: James Tillman

Posted April 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 761 views]
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It’s been quite a while since I wrote something on our great blog
A few artists made me want to write something and I’d email blog editor Rachel to say “I am writing something for you”… then nothing.
Then something, someone… And I am now writing this to you.
I heard that something, that someone yesterday on the Soundcloud machine.
That someone is James Tillman. He is based …

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Luke Vibert: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 528 views]
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For an artist as prolific and consistently phenomenal, Luke Vibert is criminally overlooked.
From Cornwall, like electronic music’s late 20th Century ultimate enigma and potentially most lauded and (dare I say) important figure Aphex Twin, Vibert is a bona fide genius who makes everything from Ambient to Acid to Disco to Techno to alternative Hip-Hop/Trip-Hop with ruthless aplomb under over half a dozen aliases.
Since the late 90s, …

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Dauwd: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 668 views]
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After a couple of  releases for Ghostly and remixes for Kompakt, London-based producer Dauwd, has just released his first EP for the Cologne-based dance music titan.
The “Kindlinn“EP sees the newcomer making a rather compelling shift from the UK sound he’s originally become known for and reinventing himself as a virtuoso of propelling house and romantic techno.
The title cut “Kindlinn” is a stunner that brilliantly echoes Matthew Dear’s groove, but has …

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Vermont: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 879 views]
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Tapping into the sublime (subliminal?) qualities of their craft as designers of ecstatic dancefloor bangers, Innervisions’ Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow (aka Motor City Drum Ensemble) have joined forces to create something that seemingly flies in the face of their identities; calm meditative New Age synthscapes that are equal parts post-Kraut Cosmiche, Yellow Magic Orchestra and 90s chillout.
SO INTOIT.
The collaborative project, called Vermont, is the product of a decidedly informal …

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Panama: Artist You Should Know

Posted April 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,244 views]
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Sometimes when you want to dance, you want to get in that rather serious uninterruptible eyes closed zone, just feeling the beats and riding the waves with a giant crowd around you
Most of the time when I want to dance, I want joyous perma-smile music that makes me feel like I’m celebrating life.
A perfect pop/electronica hybrid made for maximum fun.
There’s been a lot of …

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Archie Pelago: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 24, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,169 views]
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Brooklyn trio Archie Pelago are unto something very next level. Multidimensional, even.
The jazz trio composed of multi-talented, classically trained dudes Hirshi, Cosmo D and Kroba have taken Nico Jaar’s heady, atmospheric House and added equal parts slo-mo chill Balearic Island vibes and layers of woozy brass.
For their recent, incredibly lush single, “Saturn V” they created an inhabitable “video game” (like Myst) where you as the user/listener are granted a digital body that interacts with the space …

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Josef Salvat: Artist You Should Know

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 870 views]
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He’s released a grand total of three songs in his career on a tiny label based out of the UK so, if you don’t know who Josef Salvat is, I’ll totally give you a pass. For now.
By this time next time year, though, there’s a pretty good chance that everyone you know, including your mother will know the name Josef Salvat.
I know, I know, …

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SXSW Preview: Sweet Baboo

Posted March 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 898 views]
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If you are truly taking SXSW at its best, you should be seeing at least a few bands that you’ve never (or just barely) heard of.
Austin makes this easy, as you can stumble from performance to performance in a matter of a few dozen steps.  So if you find yourself in the vicinity of a guy named Sweet Baboo, do yourself a favor and …

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SXSW Preview: Cymbals

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 884 views]
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Cymbals have been one of my favorite bands since their 2011 debut, “Unlearn“. I’ve probably listened to that record from start to finish more than any other album of the last couple of years. (Check out “Totally Over“)
I always wished that “Unlearn” had gotten more attention upon its release, but when that didn’t seem to happen I contented myself with the notion that the …

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SXSW Preview: Vertical Scratchers

Posted March 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 762 views]
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Guitarist John Schmersal has lived a few different musical lives over the past twenty years.
As a member of Ohio-based indie rock legends Brainiac during the 90′s, he helped establish a synthpunk sound that would later influence bands like Muse and Nine Inch Nails.
After the tragic death of their vocalist Tim Taylor, Schmersal headed to the East Coast and formed the band Enon, who became …

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