Category Archives: Electronic

Audio: Stream New DJ Shadow 3-Song ‘The Liquid Amber EP’

Great new music from DJ Shadow, plus a remixed oldie.

According to Stereogum, DJ Shadow calls “Ghost Town,” “an ambitious ride through many of the micro-genres within the Future Bass umbrella that have inspired me recently,” and he calls “Mob” “an intentionally stripped-down, Cali-certified head-nodder.”

And there’s a remix of the 2002 single “Six Days” by Machinedrum.

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.

Or watch an arty video with audio of me reading from the novel here.

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Audio: Stream New Brian Eno/Karl Hyde Album, ‘Someday World’

New album due from Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, Someday World, will be released on May 6, 2014.

Right now you can give it a listen here.

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Audio: Knox Return with New Electronic-Jazz Track, ‘Redline’

Knox = Nic and Eliza Coolidge.

Knox, the duo that consists of Nic and Eliza Coolidge, are back with this cool track, “Redline.”

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Listen: Röyksopp Perfectly Encapsulate 2013 in Retro Single, ‘Twenty Thirteen’

Given the crazed attempts by Republicans to take us back to the Stone Age through legislative attacks on women, immigrants, the poor, the middle class, the environment, and I could go on, the Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp seem to have captured the mood of doom in their new single, “Twenty Thirteen.”

They describe the track as a “swinging summary of 2013 A.D.”

Thanks Consequence of Sound!

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Download: Four Tet Celebrates 100K Followers With Free Music

Celebrating his 100,000 Twitter follower, Four Tet is giving music away today. Below you can download his 5+ minute edit of Grimes‘ “Skin.”

More good stuff at Four Tet’s Twitter page.

Four Tet :: Human Once Again (Grimes)

Thanks to Gorilla Vs. Bear for the info.

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Best of 2013 Dept.: Triple J Picks the Year’s Top Electronic/Experimental Albums

One of my favorite albums of 2013 is #2 on the Triple J list.

In Australia, Triple J is the hip radio network. Here they pick an interesting mix of electronic and experimental albums released in 2013.

1) Jon Hopkins – Immunity

2) Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
3) Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

4) Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
5) Holden – The Inheritors
6) Autechre – Exai

7) Moderat – II
8) Machinedrum – Vapour City

9) The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
10) Bonobo – The North Borders

For more music and the rationale for picking these albums, head to Triple J.

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New Burial EP Due December 16, 2013

The mysterious electronic music producer who releases music under the name Burial will drop a new EP on December 16, 2013, NPR reports.

The EP will be released on Hyperdub, is thus far untitled, will contain three songs, and will total 28 minutes.

Burial’s last album, Untrue, is a masterpiece.

Here’s a cool track off his last EP:

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RIP Dept.: An Overview of Electronic Music Pioneer Bernard Parmegiani

Parmegiani at work.

Bernard Parmegiani passed away yesterday, and today the electronic music expert Simon Reynolds points us to a piece he wrote for The Wire about Parmegiani.

Here’s the opening graphs:

“I don’t think I had any real musical influences,” Bernard Parmegiani has declared. Certainly, it’s true that he started out lacking any academic training in composition. A sound engineer for French television, he caught the musique concrete bug through an experimental music radio show called Club d’Essai. In the late Fifties Parmegiani dabbled in the young form during TV studio down-time he sneaked on the sly. Then, having teamed up with composer Andre Almuro as the latter’s engineer, his promise came to the attention of Pierre Schaeffer. But it took the godfather of concrete two whole years to steal Parmegiani away from TV (and a burgeoning side-career as a mime artist!). Only then did Parmegiani undergo, as a bureaucratic formality, the obligatory two-year composition course required to join the Groupe de Recherche Musicales.

Parmegiani’s sideways trajectory through the French equivalent of the BBC makes for a wonderfully wonky career path: from humble tape operator to venerable composer with a grand oeuvre now neatly tied-up and boxed in this twelve-disc set. The parallel would be if Dick Mills, chief sound effects maker at the Radiophonic Workshop, had been encouraged by the Beeb to lay aside Goons Show gastric-rumbles and Dalek voices and dedicate his energies to hour-long concrete operas inspired by A.J. Ayer. By the mid-Sixties, that was exactly what Parmegiani was up to: composing long-form works sparked by the philosophical pensees of Gaston Bachelard. The imprint of the latter’s classic ruminations on human perception as related to space, time, and the “poetics” of the four elements is detectable in Parmegiani titles like “L’Instant mobile” and “Capture ephemere”; often he would embark on a composition armed with nothing but a title borrowed from or inspired by the philosopher.

For the rest of this piece, head to ReynoldsRetro.

Listen to two of Parmegiani’s recordings:

RIP Dept.: Bernard Parmegiani, French Avant-Garde Electronic Music Pioneer, Dead at 86

Photo, via Spin, by Roberto Serra.

The influential French electronic music pioneer Bernard Parmegiani died today. He was 86.

There’s a good overview of Parmegiani over at Spin.

Check out his music now:

More videos over at Simon Reynolds’ blissblog.

Listen: Check Out Darkside’s KCRW Performance

This morning Darkside — Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington — performed live on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” this morning. You can listen right now.

The live performance starts at two hours, eight minutes.