Chrome Sparks shares new single ‘Still Think,’ announces debut album & tour dates

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Chrome Sparks fans just got a huge dose of upcoming content from the Brooklyn-based producer, with the announcement of his debut album (out April 13th via Counter Records), confirmed tour dates, and a new single, “Still Think.”

Sparks (Jeremy Malvin) has reportedly been splitting his time between his Brooklyn studio and a secluded cabin in upstate New York. Listeners may have to assume the latter here, as this track includes a creative mix of entrancing synths, arpeggios, and deep, vocoder vocals. It’s bound to provide a lush atmosphere in any setting, which fans can look forward to on his upcoming, co-headlining tour with the prolific Machinedrum, kicking off on March 20 in Boston.

Mouse on Mars return with new single featuring Justin Vernon ahead of new album

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One of Germany’s most versatile electronic music institutions, Mouse on Mars recently announced they would be returning with a new LP called Dimensional People.

According to the electronic duo, most of the album was recorded in a single tempo and was “inspired by Chicago footwork.” The dazzling new album will feature a dizzying array of indie rock’s finest including The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Beirut’s Zach Condon, and Bon Iver virtuoso Justin Vernon.

Mouse on Mars has shared the first single ahead of the new album and its a soaring soundscape led by the ethereal Justin Vernon.

“Dimensional People Part 111” is a significant departure from Mouse on Mars’ typically experimental material. Considering their most-accessible material draws from collaborations with groups like Modeselektor, the new record’s a significant shift in the type of releases that have been seen from the duo, despite many the argument many withhold that the group pivoted entirely towards pop with Radical Connector in 2004.

Vernon’s sultry vocals imbue a newfound melodic side to the duo’s music and even de-escalate to scats at a point in the track. Both Mouse on Mars and Bon Iver’s music over the years has contained multitudes, so perhaps the two are hinting that the new album’s title is really quite preconceived.

Dimensional People Tracklist:

1. Dimensional People Part I
2. Dimensional People Part II
3. Dimensional People Part III
4. Foul Mouth
5. Aviation
6. Parliament Of Aliens Part I
7. Daylight
8. Tear To My Eye
9. Parliament Of Aliens Part II
10. Parliament Of Aliens Part III
11. Résumé
12. Sidney In A Cup

Thrill Jockey will release Dimensional People on April 13.

Photo Credit: Monkeytown Records

French electro duo Synapson drops off video for galvanizing new track, ‘Hide Away’

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Yoke Lore drops off lush remix package featuring Yeasayer, Blackbird Blackbird, and more

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Throughout 2017,  Adrian Galvin — the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter behind the indietronica-project Yoke Lore — dropped off a slew of electrifying takes on his 2017 originals “Goodpain,” “Only You,” and “World Wings.”

Now, Yoke Lore’s dropped off an official remix package for the number. Goodpain Remix is a cathartic assemblage of Yoke Lore’s work and presents a charming spectrum of electronica offerings. There are also never before heard takes on the record, including “Level Tools” from the electronic South African and Californian duo AMINA! and “World Wings,” from the textural synth-pop outfit Blackbird Blackbird which echoes satiny sonic sentiments similar to chillwave’s pioneer, Washed Out.


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Maceo Plex is set to revive his electro Mariel Ito alias after 12 years

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Considering the recent resurgence of electro, and more widespread attention given to acts like Helena Hauff and the seminal DJ Stingray, it’s fitting that Eric Estornel —otherwise known as Maceo Plex — is reviving his electro-focused alias Mariel Ito for the first time in 12 years.

Estornel’a returns to this project in a big way, as he’s set to release two new EPs — one on R&S records and one on his Lone Romantic Label — and a retrospective album on R&S records, entitled 2000-2005.

His first EP, 2e Komst, via Lone Romantic, will arrive on January 26. The retrospective album, 2000-2005, is set to arrive on R&S in May, and the second EP will follow later in the summer.

Listeners can get a taste of Estornel’s electro and IDM release on the new cut “Process,” which is taken from the upcoming retrospective album 2000-2005 due out in May of 2018 on R&S.

2e Komst Tracklist:
1. Sintex49
2. Dmode90

H/T: Resident Advisor

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Anna Meredith drops off cerebral new track, ‘Calion’

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Scottish composer Anna Meredith has returned with a new track for Adult Swim‘s Singles series, which speaks volumes for the artist after a quiet 2017.

Meredith released her critically-acclaimed and award-winning debut record, Varmints, in 2016. Her latest synth-drenched offering is sonically reminiscent of her beloved debut and bears a passing resemblance to the work of Jamie xx, Steve Reich, and the seminal Philip Glass. Meredith’s experimental grandeur is immersed in both texture and syncopation but remains digestible in its galvanizing penchant.

“Calion” may be the first new music from Meredith in some time, but its driving inclination evokes an abiding, cinematic landscape which is sure to permeate the memories of its listeners for some time.

Anna Meredith is also heading out on a nine-show tour at the end of January.

Tour Dates:

25 January – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
26 January – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theater
31 January – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
01 February – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
02 February – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
03 February – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
06 February – Chicago, IL – Schubas
07 February – Minneapolis, MN – Liquid Music @ Aria
09 February – Northfield, MN – Weitz Center For Creativity

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IAMX announces new album and tour dates behind ‘Alive In New Light’

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IAMX announces new album and tour dates behind ‘Alive In New Light’

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Chris Corner, formerly of the trip-hop proprietors, the Sneaker Pimps, founded his independent music project, IAMX, in 2004. Through an experimental lens, IAMX has wielded tunes in a multitude of genres, primarily within the realm of post-punk and emotional electronica.

“IAMX is basically my public therapy,” Corner says of the project on his website. “It’s my way of being able to connect with the world, to pour my heart out and dance at the same time. It’s also an excuse for me to play with who I am, to explore certain parts of my personality that I don’t get to explore in everyday life.”

After the release of the latest IAMX album, Unfall, in September of 2017, Corner has announced another new album will arrive on February 2.

With transformation and chaos at his core, Corner’s Alive In New Light is likely to be a cathartic, theatrical, and transcendent tale. With time used to internalize his move from Berlin to Los Angeles,  Alive in New Light (AINL), will see IAMX exploring the intricacies of sonic mutation through his fascinations with sound, visual art, and makeup. Corner’s even gone so far as to enlist the postmodern tattoo and makeup powerhouse Kat Von D on four songs on the album.

Corner’s promised, “A cinematic celebration of breaking free from demons that have long plagued him, AINL captures the giddy phase of metamorphosis, when you are no longer what you were but not yet fully what you are becoming. The album is both a ‘thank you’ to fans and an invitation to the next phase in IAMX’s intoxicating journey of self-discovery.”

Fans of IAMX can see Corner in an entirely new light, in Europe during February and March, or in the US and Canada during April and May.

IAMX 2018 Spring Tour Dates:

4/19/18 Washington, DC – Rock&Roll Hotel
4/21/18 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
4/24/18 Boston, MA – Middle East
4/27/18 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
4/28/18 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
4/30/18 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
5/1/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
5/4/18 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
5/5/18 Portland, OR – Aladdin
5/7/18 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
5/9/18 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theatre

Alive In New Light Tracklist:

1. Stardust
2. Alive In New Light
3. Break The Chain
4. Body Politics
5. Exit
6. Stalker
7. Big Man
8. Mile Deep Hollow
9. The Power And The Glory

AINL is out February 2 via Caroline/Universal.

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Lane 8 stuns in new single ahead of upcoming album, ‘Little By Little’

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Lane 8 has tapped the Manchester musician-producer JF July for “Coming Back To You,” a new single from his forthcoming album,  Little By Little. 

“Coming Back To You” is the latest endeavor on Daniel Goldstein’s sonically-evocative, upcoming aural odyssey. The track’s an archetypal presentation of Lane 8’s stylistic decorum and a pleasing marriage of electronica and deep house. It employs a galvanizing melody and texturized vocal sampling. “Coming Back To You” follows “Atlas” and “No Captain” and hints that Goldstein’s album will be his most expanse aural journey to date.

Lane 8’s sophomore album, Little By Little, is out January 19, on his own imprint, This Never Happened.

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Christian Löffler stuns in remix on Superpoze’s ‘For We the living’

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Earlier this year, the German-enthraller Christian Löffler released a reworked edition of his 2016 album Mare. Brimming with ethereal material, one of its particular standouts was a piano-driven take on “Haul” from the French artist Superpoze. Now, the two are reworking with each other’s material once more as Superpoze’s just released a deluxe edition of his record, For We the living, which features just three remixes, one being from Löffler.

Considering that Löffler resides near the Baltic sea, it makes sense that his music is deeply fluid, enveloping, and vastly amorphous. In his own bio, he describes his music as a combination of “melancholy with euphoria.” He continues, “All my music is connected by a gloomy spirit, which is minted by a warm sincerity. I try to merge all kinds of different acoustic colors to obtain this feeling in my music.” His take on Superpoze’s new deluxe album title track, “For We the Living,” feels very much driven by this aforementioned gloomy spirit. It’s even more mellow than Superpoze’s original, which is surely a difficult feat, and also explores a pleasing, eerily evocative sonic realm.

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DJ Three & Öona Dahl prepare for Minimal Effort NYE with curated Orbit playlists

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For underground fans in Los Angeles this weekend, Minimal Effort is the party to ring in the New Year. Stacked to the brim with the scene’s top talent, the holiday event will host names like Maya Jane Coles, Ardalan, Jimmy Edgar, Justin Martin, DJ Three, Öona Dahl, and more.

To get ready for the NYE affair, DJ Three and Öona Dahl have stepped up to the plate to curate their own Orbit playlists to help attendees prepare to dance the night away. While DJ Three takes listeners on an ethereal techno and underground journey, Dahl offers up an eclectic batch of her favorite tunes from all over the electronic music spectrum.

Listen to both playlists below, and for LA residents, last minute tickets for Minimal Effort are still available here.

 

DJ Three about his playlist:
“I drew up a cross-section of all things psychedelic from dub disco to cosmic techno. Expect twists and turns that somehow never break flow.”

 

Öona Dahl about her playlist:
“Here is a selection of music that I love. I wanted to incorporate sounds that currently inspire me, from dj tracks to artists I listen to on the plane. Anything from techno to dream pop.”

 

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