Julianna Barwick to release new album Circumstance Synthesis, just in time for your holiday circumstances

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If you know the experimental artist Julianna Barwick (you DO know her, right?), you don’t be surprised AT ALL to learn that she recently, well, EXPERIMENTED by creating “an environmentally responsive, ruminative score created using generative music technology.” Man, she is always doing that!

“At this score’s performative core,” so the old yarn goes, “generative music technology identified activity in the New York City sky through a camera perched on [a] hotel’s rooftop, triggering musical progressions created by Barwick. The results: heaven on earth.” Hey, this works out great! It’s almost the holidays, so who ISN’T in the mood to hear a little heaven on earth?

Luckily, a “version” of Barwick’s highly conceptual generative work will be released via the Rvng Intl. imprint Commend There on December 20 as a a “limited edition, hand-stamped cassette” (as well as an impersonal, ugly-ass digital download).

And that’s not all: this Friday, December 6, Julianna will perform an intimate show at Commend NYC, followed by an after party at Sister City, the hotel who first commissioned the project in the first place. If you live in NYC, check that out. If you don’t, head here to grab a tape and live vicariously through the AI that will one day render us all useless!

Happy holidays, everybody!


Circumstances, synthesized:

01. morning
02. noon
03. afternoon
04. evening
05. night

Mix Tape: All my friends left very far away

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I hope you feel okay.

01. Pharmakon – “Crawling on Bruised Knees”
02. Nasum – “Just Another Hog”
03. Xiu Xiu – “I Broke Up”
04. Scott Walker – “Farmer in the City”
05. The Knife – “Silent Shout”
06. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Nassau”
07. Ornette Coleman – “What Reason Could I Give”
08. Julia Holter – “Horns Surrounding Me”

Exclusive: R3HAB drops hour-long mix ahead of performance at the Djakarta Warehouse Project

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Exclusive: R3HAB drops hour-long mix ahead of performance at the Djakarta Warehouse ProjectR3hab 4

2019 has been the year of R3HAB. In just this year alone, the artist, born as Fadil El Ghoul, has toured around the world with more than 120 show dates, released more than 30 singles and remixes, and now rounds out his accomplished era with one of his final, show-stopping performances of the year at the Djakarta Warehouse Project.

Ahead of the gargantuan three-day festival, R3HAB has prepared a delectable hour long-mix for Dancing Astronaut in anticipation of his set at the “Garuda Land” stage, aptly named after the country’s enriching coat of arms, the Garuda Pancasila. The mix opens with the thunderous bassline and sultry vocals from ZAYN, the opening notes to their latest jaunt “Flames.” With a quickening change of pace, the mix flips through high-energy hits and remixes from his catalog, including his Latin-inspired single “Fuego.” Throughout the mix, R3HAB shows support for budding artists on his CYB3RPVNK label, mixing in tracks from artists like CItyzen and his collaboration with Skytech.

While he’s currently city-hopping with long-time friends and electro-house trio Cash Cash, next on his global takeover marks a performance at Djakarta Warehouse Project, one of the largest electronic music festivals in Southeast Asia. The festival falls in the heart of Jakarta among his circuit of tour stops.

Tickets and more information about the Djakarta Warehouse Project are available online.

Photo credit: Tony Cottrell Photography

Travis Barker and Illenium release an anthemic pop-rock remake of ‘Good Things Fall Apart’

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Travis Barker and Illenium release an anthemic pop-rock remake of ‘Good Things Fall Apart’Blink182 Londono2 2017 Bengibson09

Blink-182‘s famed drummer Travis Barker has teamed up with Illenium on a pop-rock remix of “Good Things Fall Apart” featuring Jon Bellion that showcases a viable dance music crossover. With Barker’s live percussion arrangement, Bellion’s anthemic vocals, and Illenium’s melody play, the kinetic remix fits like an effortless puzzle.

In a press release, Barker said, “In my head I pictured all these other parts and sounds from the moment I heard the song. I recorded drums first with all the other parts in my head and then built around it. It was such a well written song already it made my job easy.” A video of Barker drumming was posted on YouTube along with the edit.

This is a timely crossover as Blink-182’s collaboration with The Chainsmokers is set for release Dec. 6. The tune, “P.S. I Hope You’re Happy,” is part of their final set of releases for World War Joy.

Illenium continues his ASCEND Tour, with upcoming performances at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California on Dec. 6 and at Los Angeles’ famed STAPLES Center Dec. 7.

Photo credit: Ben Gibson

Tame Impala reveal new song from forthcoming LP, ‘Posthumous Forgiveness’

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Tame Impala reveal new song from forthcoming LP, ‘Posthumous Forgiveness’Tame Impala Kevin Parker Press October 2019

Tame Impala have shared another track ahead of their upcoming fourth studio album, The Slow Rush. The new single, “Posthumous Forgiveness,” follows October-released “It Might Be Time” and “Borderline.” The psychedelic project is led by creative visionary and frontman Kevin Parker, who recorded, produced, and mixed the forthcoming LP. The Slow Rush will arrive on Feb. 14, 2020.

“Posthumous Forgiveness” revels in a little more than six minutes of somber psychedelia—commanding dream-like nostalgia in signature Tame Impala style. Significantly more melancholic to previous singles, the track delves into the death of Parker’s father with cutting lyricism and haunting vocals masking it as one of Tame Impala’s most emotionally heavy songs yet. Weeping guitar riffs and harpsichords pervade “Posthumous Forgiveness” before transitioning into a hopeful outro reminiscent of the track’s title.

The Slow Rush is available for pre-order here.

Photo credit: Neil Krug

Stream Division Of Mind’s Self-Titled Debut Album

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Division-Of-Mind-Division-Of-MindRichmond, Virginia’s Division Of Mind are one of the most promising newish hardcore bands out there right now. They’ve been around since 2017, and they’ve released a couple of demos, but they’re only now getting around to dropping their self-titled full-length debut. It is an absolute fucking monster. More »

Caribou suddenly announces new album Suddenly, shares another new song

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After judging the gap in October with the release of “Home”, Dan Snaith has taken the leap and firmly planted the Caribou flag in 2020’s calendar.

On February 28 specifically, a day when Merge — and City Slang anywhere that’s not the US! — will suddenly release Suddenly, the first Caribou full-length since 2014’s Our Love.

Recording every day, sometimes unable to sleep due to the constant stream of ideas flooding his brain, Snaith brought Suddenly to life from a bucket of over 900 draft ideas. As a result of several REM cycles being lost to Snaith’s creative drive, Suddenly is full of “swerves and left turns.” Fittingly — and I guess intentionally (realizing mid-thought here that it is called Suddenly), the album is centered on the unexpected events that happen in life, “universal themes that catch you off guard and change your life in a heartbeat.”

You can hear this in new single “You and I,” which starts out dreamy and bouncy, does a gear shift to a chorus of chopped up vocal samples, and then materializes a heavily processed guitar solo from the ether within its final minute.

Have a listen for yourself down below, where you can also check out the artwork and full tracklisting for Suddenly, along with Caribou’s full slate of upcoming tour dates, and pre-order the album (your
choice of either suddenly or gradually) here.

Suddenly, a tracklisting:

01. Sister
02. You and I
03. Sunny’s Time
04. New Jade
05. Home
06. Lime
07. Never Come Back
08. Filtered Grand Piano
09. Like I Loved You
10. Magpie
11. Ravi
12. Cloud Song

Sudddenly, some tour dates:

03.16.20 — Hamilton, ON – The Studio (SOLD OUT)
03.17.20 — Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
03.18.20 — Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
03.19.20 — Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall (SOLD OUT)
03.20.20 — Chicago, IL – Riviera
03.21.20 — Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
03.22.20 — Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre
03.23.20 — Montreal, QC – M Telus
03.24.20 — Boston, MA – House of Blues
03.25.20 — Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03.26.20 — Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
03.27.20 — Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel (SOLD OUT)
03.28.20 — Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
03.30.20 — Brighton, UK – The Dome
04.01.20 — Liverpool, UK – Invisible Wind Factory
04.02.20 — Leeds, UK – O2 Academy Leeds
04.03.20 — Manchester, UK – Victoria Warehouse
04.04.20 — Glasgow, UK – The Barrowlands (SOLD OUT)
04.05.20 — Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
04.06.20 — Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
04.07.20 — London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton (SOLD OUT)
04.21.20 — Hamburg, DE – Grosse Freiheit 36
04.22.20 — Leipzig, DE – Werk 2
04.23.20 — Prague, CZ – Forum Karlin
04.24.20 — Vienna, AT – Gasometer
04.25.20 — Munich, DE – Muffathalle
04.26.20 — Zurich, CH – Kaufleuten
04.27.20 — Paris, FR – L’Olympia
04.28.20 — Cologne, DE – E-werk
04.29.20 — Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg / Ronda
04.30.20 — Brussels, BE – Les Nuits Botanique – Chapiteau
06.25.20 — Rome, IT – Roma Summer Fest
07.09.20 — Bilbao ES – Bilbao BBK Live
07.10.20 — Lisbon, PT – NOS Alive
07.11.20 — Dublin, IE – Iveagh Gardens
08.12.20 — Vilnius, LT – Botanic Park
08.15.20 — Berlin, DE – Zitadelle (Caribou and Friends)
08.16.20 — Kiev, UA – Art-Zavod Platforma

Hyperdub x Analogue release an ACTUAL game console + game cartridge music comp, titled Konsolation

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I can be a curmudgeon when it comes to celebrating anniversaries, but if it involves an incredible label going the extra mile to honor 15 years of operation, I’m 100% down. Fresh off their joint release with Adult Swim a little over a week ago — not to mention their collection of rare Japanese video game music from 2017 — Hyperdub today announces an incredibly unique compilation, thanks to their partnership with Analogue, a company that specializes in manufacturing products that pay homage to video game history.

Yep, this isn’t just any compilation — Hyperdub x Analogue are releasing an actual game console: a special-edition Sega Genesis bundle (a.k.a. “Sega Mega Drive” to those outside of North America), which includes a game cartridge filled with exclusive tracks from various Hyperdub artists. Burial, Jessy Lanza, Lee Gamble, DJ Taye, and Proc Fiskal are all on there, for starters.

Plus the game system actually works! So once you’re done futilely attempting to rip Konsolation to your computer, you can pop in Ecco the Dolphin for some maritime stress relief.

Go here to purchase — it’s limited to 1,000 — and check some track snippets below.

Konsolation tracklisting:

01. Burial – Starlore
02. ScratchaDva – Mega Wasp
03. Ikonika – Git Gud
04. Jessy Lanza & Jeremy Greenspan – Bobby
05. Proc Fiskal – Flakier Whelk
06. Lee Gamble – Segatrack
07. Mana – Altered Interzone
08. Cooly G – Check Check
09. Nazar – Yula
10. DJ Taye – FF
11. Kode9 – Spiral Unlock

TMT Comics: Important Comics – “I Am Not Great at Moderation”

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4B & Chris Brown – Did You

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4B & Chris Brown – Did YouChris Brown 4B

Chris Brown lends his talents to heavy-hitting producer 4B’s latest single “Did You.”   Released on Ultra Records, the 26-year-old 4B and Breezy deliver a heart-pounding RnB inspired cut that is a sharp departure from the bruising sounds of 4B’s previous anthems “Bang Bang” and “Atomic Bomb.” A subdued version of his more menacing production style, “Did You” showcases his dynamic talents and adaptability in the studio. The new sound is the perfect compliment to Brown’s pitch perfect vocals, letting the legendary singer take center stage while 4B’s contributions bubble and bump underneath at a slow-brewed BPM.