Four Tet shares mysterious track dating back to last year’s ‘Randoms’ compilation

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Looks can be deceiving. Sounds, on the other hand, are pretty straightforward. So stands Four Tet‘s latest Spotify mystery. Just last week, Kieran Hebdan uploaded a new track to his pinned Spotify playlist named with various emoji and unknown symbols. While it’s not clear what the track is named on first glance, it’s clear after listening that its labeled alien language is of ethereal relation to its sound.

Much of the same genre-melding techniques and otherworldly incorporation of sounds suggest this is none other than Hedban himself. Continuing to explore texture, layered instrumentation and various moods in his music, the latest mystery tune follows up July’s “Two Thousand And Seventeen” and the sublime later tune “Planet,” which dropped just this month. If the stylistic approach to the track isn’t convincing enough, a Pitchfork reader appears to have cracked the code. It appears the track is “The Reservoir,” which appeared on last year’s Randoms compilation. Why Hebdan uploaded it now and under the gibberish moniker is another mystery entirely.

H/T: DJ Mag

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WDL – Cashmere (Moods Remix)

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Boogie Angst patron Moods has quickly become a solid exporter of soulful indie dance from the Netherlands.

With the first single from his much-anticipated debut album just around the corner, the Dutch producer flips WDL‘s album jewel “Cashmere” into the blissful terrain we’ve come to expect from both his remixes and original material. With Roads’ vocals perfectly intact, Moods takes a chilled-out step away from the original’s melancholic backbone. It’s an unprecedented take on proceedings, but one that fits like a glove under the watchful eyes of Moods.

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Watch Gorillaz perform ‘Empire Ants’ live for the first time in seven years at Outside Lands

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A Gorillaz show always lives up to the hype. Riding the success of their latest album Humanz, they continue to prove this notion even further with their fiery headlining set at Outside Lands’ tenth anniversary in San Francisco. They brought out an impressive array of collaborators as per usual, one of which was none other than Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon. Nagano, who also played the festival, joined Damon Albarn on stage for a live rendition of their joint record “Empire Ants,” marking the very first time Gorillaz had performed it live since Plastic Beach came out in 2010.

 

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Charles Rivers – Burning

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Newcomer Charles Rivers’ latest effort “Burning” is a beautiful follow-up to his second single, “Calling Out To You.” Taking on writing, production, and performing duties for the song, the 22-year-old Miami-based artist flexes his skills with a warm, house-driven indietronic track. Filtered samples and rich vocals mix together in perfect harmony over immaculate synths and expertly programmed percussion, bringing the listener on an unexpected and unique journey. A testament to Rivers’ talents, “Burning” is sure to add many new listeners to his growing fan base and leave people yearning in anticipation of his next release.

 

 

 

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Premiere: Groove Armada – Keep Rock In

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Electronic music’s distinguished duo Groove Armada returns with a brand new release rich in both inexhaustible funk and groove that’s sure to satisfy the entire dance floor. Their latest soon to be club staple “Keep Rock In,” is rich in bass, cosmic synth stabs and an awe-inspiring vocal hook that dates back to their early days of warehouse sets.

Groove Armada has been releasing non-stop formidable club records, including the Viva release, “Tune 101” alongside accompanying Jamie Jones remixes. While “Keep Rock In” is said to be the final release this year from Groove Armada, its slow-build majesty provides more than enough sustenance to hold even the hungriest of dance floors over until their next release.

Released via emerging label Weapons, the track holds true to their mantra: “Harking back to the days where the best dance tracks were made for the club, not the radio, Weapons promises to supply pure dance floor tracks, for DJs and dancers alike.”

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Friday 11-Aug – DC10, WILDLIFE, Ibiza, Spain
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Saturday, 26-Aug – SW4, London, UK
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Saturday 9-Sep – Hacienda Classics, Brighton Racecourse, Brighton, UK
Saturday 23-Sep – ANTS, Ushuaia, Ibiza, Spain

 

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Dua Lipa – Hotter Than Hell (Heroless Remix)

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At just 17 years old, riding producer Heroless has already begun paving a way for himself in the scene. With three huge tracks already under his belt, including a fiery trap flip of Tchami’s “Adieu,” the Norwegian producer now gives us a taste of his sonic capabilities and production efficacy on Dua Lipa‘s “Hotter Than Hell.

In the new remix, Heroless lowers the pitch of the Martin Garrix collaborator’s vocals, delivering, in turn, a powerful chorus rich in both resonating bass and synths. By chopping Dua Lipa’s vocals into a lead melody, Heroless creates an energetic future bass track backed by powerful stabs and popping drum kicks. Heroless’ flip of Dua Lipa’s enticing vocals on “Hotter Than Hell” showcase his ability to weave multiple genres into an effortlessly smooth final piece.

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Cut Copy announce new album, release “Standing in the Middle of the Field”

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Cut Copy fans all around are rejoicing, because for the first time since 2014, the band is putting out a new studio album. Titled Haiku From Zero, the full album will be out September 22 on Astralwerks Records.

Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford describes the album as a reflection of “this mosaic of information, images that we’re surrounded by on a day-to-day basis.”

“Sometimes it feels like overload, but there’s a weird random beauty in it,” Whitford said. “The idea of squeezing poetry from chaos was where the title of the album came from – the idea of finding something poetic in the overload.”

The group’s philosophy is on full display on both of the albums singles, like their funky July release, “Airborne.” Their new track, “Standing in the Middle of the Field,” posits bubbly synths and wistful vocals over a steady, unrelenting beat.

Digital copies, CDs, vinyl LPs, and cassettes of Haiku From Zero are available for pre-order now and Cut Copy have also just announced a fall North American tour, available for presale on August 11 at 10 a.m. here.

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Watch Pretty Lights Live perform at The Gorge Amphitheatre

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It is becoming widely known across the dance community that Derek Vincent Smith is fostering a weighty cult following with his glitchy brand of “future analog” sound and his stunning live performances. Some might even call it a “PL Movement,” as fans flock to all corners of the country to never miss a beat.

Everything came to a head this weekend at Pretty Lights‘ biggest show to date, dubbed “Season Two Premiere: Episode 6,” which took place Aug. 4-5 at Washington’s world-class outdoor venue The Gorge. The Pretty Lights team then announced that the second night of the event would be streamed via YouTube Live for all those not in attendance.

The set stretches over two hours, with Smith and his live band cohort throwing back to the old days with live flips of “Yellowbird” and “Summer Love,” along with a special guest appearance from Michal Menert. The performance signaled the time first time the two future funk players shared a stage in almost eight years. In case you missed the breathtaking Pretty Lights Live performance this past weekend, you’re now in luck. Fans can now witness the full set in high quality audio.

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Alok remixes Mick Jagger’s ‘Gotta Get A Grip’

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Mick Jagger joined the fray of British rockers making songs that allude to their disgust with the current state of the world with his Brexit-inspired “Gotta Get A Grip.” Now, Alok takes a swing for creating a suitable version of the original as an official remixer.

The Brazilian up-and-comer subtly re-fashions “Gotta Get A Grip” into a mid-tempo 4/4 piece, keeping Mick Jagger’s voice and adjoining guitar solos as the cornerstone elements of the production. While better suited for at-home listening, Alok still creates a memorable re-work that shows off his diverse abilities to fans.

 

 

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Four Tet shares sublime new single ‘Planet’ ahead of forthcoming album

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Four Tet has kept it considerably low-key since the 2015 release of Morning/Evening. The artist’s mantra may very well be quality over quantity — and we’re thankful for that. Proving this was this year’s Coachella set, the producer’s only festival performance this year, a daring deliverance featuring 4.5 hours of luscious tunes.

After returning to the limelight in early July with the sweeping harmonic progressions in his strikingly downtempo track, “Two Thousand And Seventeen,” Hebden is now back for more with another genre crossover, “Planet.” An antithesis to his earlier track, “Planet” is rich in vivacious dance melodies. Brimming with bright tactile rhythm throughout, the track truly transcends worldly elements. Laced with mysterious vocals, with over seven minutes of synths and percussion, Hebden proves on “Planet” just how deep he’ll dive to keep listeners on their toes.

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