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The Chemical Brothers are Reborn…In The Echoes

Posted May 6, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 2,456 views]
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After a brief hiatus, The Brothers (Tom Rowlands & Ed Simons) are set to return this summer with their first new album in 5 years, “Born In The Echoes”.
Featuring inspired collaborations (as always) with artists St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon, Beck and previous collaborator Q-Tip, the album finds them in full stride. Not reinventing themselves, but rather delivering on the promise that they’ll work …

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Kygo on KCRW Featuring Conrad, James Hersey and Parson James

Posted May 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,327 views]
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Norwegian-based producer Kygo stopped by the famed Village Studio to record a live session for KCRW after his Coachella debut.
The rising star of EDM brought three incredible vocalists (Brisbane’s Conrad Sewell, Austria’s James Hersey, and Brooklyn-based Parson James) for this stripped down set of his piano-driven songs.

During soundcheck, they played around with a couple Michael Jackson songs (“Beat it” and “Black and White”) but …

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Jamie xx’s Quiet “Loud Places”

Posted March 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,064 views]
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Without a doubt, one of this generation’s most talented and intriguing outfits, The xx have a white hot allure that revolves around their being virtually untouchable (even and possibly moreso to each other.)
Having seen them a number of times, most recently a few years back at Coachella, their music and dynamic all teeters on push/pull tension that feels like Oliver and Romy are Richie and Margot Tenenbaum on …

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Revisiting the Roots of Now With Early Bjørn Torske

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 831 views]
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10 years ago we had Jobs, Hope and Cash…now we don’t have any of those. :\
If someone had intimated 20 years ago that Norway would the be epicenter for a modern Space Disco movement, it would have seemed like an absurd claim, as nobody cared about Disco and a great number of American’s wouldn’t have been able to point at Norway on a map.
Although Röyksopp’s Melody A.M. …

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FANDOM: Simian Mobile Disco on Roman Flugel

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,882 views]
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(Jas Shaw, one half of the English electronic music duo Simian Mobile Disco, shares his thoughts on on German producer Roman Flugel as part of our Fandom series. SMD recently released a live disc recorded in Joshua Tree.)
I love electronic music, it’s been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember, and despite hungrily digging out many thousands of …

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Jason Bentley’s Five Metropolis Tracks You Need to Hear

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 3,814 views]
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Editor’s Note: KCRW Music Director and Metropolis host Jason Bentley will be spinning Mix Mag’s Lab LA party this Friday,  February 27 and he shares his favorite Metropolis tracks of the moment to get us prepped for the weekend ahead.
Attend by RSVPing to guestlist@mixmag.net (He spins at 8:30pm but suggests arriving early!)
“Cheerleader” – Omi
This track is already a breakout hit. It’s the sweetness of …

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Round: Artist You Should Know

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,765 views]
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John Talabot‘s mindblowing DJ Kicks compilation was not only one of the year’s most exciting mixtapes, it featured a number of notable tracks which, at the time, were unavailable and unreleased.
The Locked Groove rework of Pional’s “It’s All Over Now” was a highlight. Round’s “Glass“ was another.
Talabot’s Hivern Discs released a 12″ of Round tracks, which like most Hivern releases, are rare and highly sought after booty on Discogs.
A …

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John Tejada Reveals his Warm Signs…

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 972 views]
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L.A. techno wizard John Tejada has released a number of remarkably lush albums and 12″s for Kompakt in the last few years.
Now, he’s released what is arguably his loveliest, most accomplished work.
The full length, “Signs Under Test” skitters and throbs with dreamy muted technological weariness and ecstatic hope in equal measure giving the album a sublimely human aspect.
Where mechanized funk generally tends to exist in a …

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Friday Free For All: Aphex Twin/Tom Waits Mashup + Disclosure Remix

Posted February 6, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 3,517 views]
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Eskmo – “Aphex Waits”
On the surface, Tom Waits and Aphex Twin would seem to very little in common.
While Waits is a gravelly voiced singer-songwriter whose style might best be described as leftfield interpretations of pre-war jazz and blues, Aphex Twin trades in futuristic experiments in electronics.
LA-based producer, Eskmo, manages to meld the seemingly disparate worlds together in a mash-up that defies expectations and manages …

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KCRW Premiere: Oceaan Remixed by Young & Sick

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 3,148 views]
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Young & Sick aka Nick Van Hofwegen made a big impression on us at SXSW with his electronic soul and now he’s taken on one of our favorite tracks of the moment, “Veritas” by Manchester-via-Brussels producer Oceaan.
He strips back some of the original’s layers of sound for a more simple approach that somehow manages to give the song MORE impact. I love what he’s …

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