Flying Lotus announces North American tour, pulls some flaming hot dogs and new tracks off the grill

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Flying Lotus was briefly and naturally away from the touring game while he focused on bolstering Brainfeeder’s horrific cinematic chops, so the last time you saw him in a live setting might’ve been in 2017 — back when the times were simple, cats and dogs had amiable conversations in an undiscovered language, and 3D was enjoying its twilight as a thing on which people readily sought to visually feast.

Personally, I don’t think 3D really enhances much in a movie theater setting, but what Flying Lotus brought to the stage a year and a half ago (and even on tours prior to that, iirc) was a crazy display that transplanted audience members into a believably extraterrestrial territory. Supplementing the 3D visuals was a remarkably abstract set, which surely must’ve disappointed a few folks who were anticipating and interpreting “instrumental hip-hop” in its most banger sense. (A more confrontational FlyLo might’ve responded, “Don’t you know who the fuck I am?”)

In case you missed it, he’s the guy with the new album coming out May 24 on Warp, and now he’s got plenty of supportive North American tour dates scheduled for around the end of summer. There’s no word on any 3D frills adding an extra draw for potential ticket-holders, but coherent dancing attempts’ll definitely prove futile if the past is any indication.

Check the dates after the brand new track “More (feat. Anderson .Paak),” plus “Spontaneous (feat. Little Dragon)” and “Takashi.”

Dates, dates, and MORE dates:

08.09.19 – San Francisco – Outside Lands
08.10.19 – Portland, OR – Roseland
08.11.19 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
08.12.19 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
08.14.19 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
08.15.19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Union
08.16.19 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
08.17.19 -Taos, NM – Taos Vortex
08.18.19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
08.20.19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
08.21.19 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
08.24.19 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
08.25.19 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
08.26.19 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
08.27.19 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
08.29.19 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
08.30.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Mirage
08.31.19 – North Adams, MA – MASS MoCa
09.02.19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09.03.19 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
09.04.19 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
09.05.19 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
09.06.19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
09.07.19 – Richmond, VA – The National
09.10.19 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
09.11.19 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
09.12.19 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
09.13.19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
09.14.19 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
09.15.19 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
09.18.19 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
09.19.19 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
09.20.19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

Plaid simply refuse to go out of style, announce Polymer, their 10th album for Warp

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Next to that one scene in Jerry Maguire where Tom Cruise’s character morphs into a delivery pizza and says, “you reheat… me” to Renee Zellweger, nothing warms my heart more than seeing electronic pioneers like Autechre and Plaid continue to release music while maintaining a relationship with the label that helped get them started literal decades ago.

Like Autechre, Plaid have remained more or less true to the original sound that they respectively propagated in the mid-1990s — and in all that respect, they’re like musical anchors that compel mental stability amid what might otherwise be CHAOS in one’s personal life. I mean, a former high school jock might now be exploring metallurgy in the warehouse of a distant philosopher cousin, until putting on the newest Plaid single triggers nostalgic memories where he or she threw that game-winning pass…uh, well okay, maybe not…

Polymer is the name of Plaid’s super important 10th(!) album for Warp, and connections abound when you actually consider the molecular connotations behind that title. Andy Turner and Ed Handley thought that the “repetitious strength” and “endurance” of polymers allowed for a good theme; while at the same time, I’ve already alluded to how easily those adjectives apply to the influential duo from London. Synthetic polymers also attest to the computer-based production that Plaid have clearly perfected.

Pre-order Polymer ahead of its June 7 release, here, and check out the track “Maru” down below, which combines that trademark organic sound with a surprising in-your-faceness:


Polymer tracklisting:

01. Meds Fade
02. Los
03. Maru
04. Ops
05. Drowned Sea
06. The Pale Moth
07. Dancers
08. Nurula
09. Recall
10. All To Get Her
11. Dust
12. Crown Shy
13. Praze

Flying Lotus shares two new singles, ‘Spontaneous’ and ‘Takashi,’ from forthcoming LP

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Flying Lotus shares two new singles, ‘Spontaneous’ and ‘Takashi,’ from forthcoming LPFlying Lotus Press

Just shy of a week ago, Flying Lotus finally previewed his upcoming album, Flamagra, with the release of its first single “Fire Is Coming” and its apocalyptic video, directed in collaboration with David Firth and featuring acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch. Now, Flying Lotus has shared two additional singles, “Spontaneous” and “Takashi,” in a smooth combo package. Deviating from the horror-like elements of the previous single, “Fire Is Coming,” Spontaneous / Takashi sits on jazzy, light-hearted foundations that ultimately make for a seamless listening experience. “Takashi” derives its name from Takashi Kudo, an artist involved in the creative teamLab project that FlyLo visited in 2018.

The first track, “Spontaneous,” features vocals from Little Dragon, who croons, “Don’t you wanna test my love?” against a spacey atmospheric backdrop that transitions beautifully into the next track. Embellished with eclectic string sounds and equipped with a funky bassline, “Takashi” and its preceding track are oddly delightful, exuding day-off vibes at an alien beach.

With three singles revealed and each outstanding in their own stylistic and emotional intent, the rest of Flamagra and its spectrum of production remains a mystery, albeit an optimistic one.

Flamagra is set to release May 24 via Warp Records. FlyLo’s first album in five years, Flamagra will feature artists Anderson .Paak, Solange, Toro y Moi, Denzel Curry, Thundercat and more.

H/T: Consequence of Sound

Yves Tumor releases “NOID” video, announces ANNOYINGLY huge tour

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Just kidding; it’s totally fine!

We got this!

You might wanna start craning your neck downward now to save time, though…it IS a rather large tour.

Have a look — after you watch the new clip for “Noid” from the GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING 2018 album Safe In The Hands Of Love of course!

(Psssst! Hey!! Mr. P, roll the stupid clip!!!)

Yves Tour-more:

02.03.19 — Berlin DE — CTM Festival
02.03.19 — Berlin DE — CTM Festival Closing Party *DJ Set
02.15.19 — Chicago IL — Pitchfork Midwinter
02.15.19 — Chicago IL — Price Auditorium *Live A/V Set with Ezra Miller
02.16.19 — Vancouver BC — Celebrities Underground
02.22.19 — Stockholm SE — Daze Days Festival
02.23.19 — Copenhagen DK — Journey Festival
03.01.19 — Austin TX — Empire Control Room
03.02.19 — San Francisco CA — Noise Pop Festival
03.21.19 — Portland OR — Doug Fir
03.22.19 — New Orleans LA — Buku Festival
03.23.19 — Toronto ON — Velvet Underground
03.24.19 — Knoxville TN — Big Ears Festival
03.25 .19 — Brooklyn NY — National Sawdust *Full Band
03.26.19 — Brooklyn NY — National Sawdust *Live A/V Set with Ezra Miller
03.29.19 — The Hague NL —Rewire Festival
04.06.19 — Tbilisi GE — Bassiani
04.12.19 — Indio CA — Coachella *Full Band
04.19.19 — Indio CA — Coachella *Full Band
04.26.19 — Reykjavik IS — Sónar Reykjavik
04.28.19 — Brussels BE — Nuits Botanique
05.03.19 — Krems AT — Donau Festival
05.26.19 — London UK — All Points East Festival *Full Band
05.31.19 — Barcelona ES — Primavera Sound *Full Band
06.01.19 — Hilvarenbeek NL — Best Kept Secret Festival *Full Band
06.02.19 — Paris FR — We Love Green Festival *Full Band
06.06.19 — Gothenburg, SE — Garden Festival *Full Band
06.08.19 — Porto PT — Primavera Porto *Full Band
06.20.19 — Budapest HU — Kolorádó Festival
06.22.19 — Katowice PL — Tauron Nowa Muzyka
07.13.19 — Dusseldorf DE — Open Source Festival
08.01.19 — Amsterdam NL — Dekmantel Festival
08.09 .19 — Oslo NO — Oya Festival
08.10.19 — Helsinki FI — Flow Festival
08.24.19 — Lincolnshire UK — Lost Village Festival
08.31.19 — Dorset UK — End Of The Road Festival
09.01.19 — Stradbally IE — Electric Picnic Festival

Aphex Twin logo appears in LA, this time signaling possible return to Coachella

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Aphex Twin logo appears in LA, this time signaling possible return to CoachellaAphe Twin Collapse Ep

Some say it isn’t officially the new year until the Coachella lineup is announced. While the festival’s 2019 billing is expected to land any minute, rumors are starting to surface as to who might be gracing the fields of Empire Polo Club, and the evidence suggesting Aphex Twin is plotting a return to Coachella is pretty convincing. Recently, Aphex Twin’s logo appeared in Los Angeles, often signaling some sort of appearance from the enigmatic producer, though this time the graphic appears stamped over Coachella’s logo and recognizable Indio-inspired artwork.

Online discourse is split on whether the indicator is even real or not, but after the release of 2018’s Collapse EP, a return to the festival by the Warp veteran seems increasingly likely. If Aphex Twin did appear on Coachella’s lineup, it would mark an eleven year gap since his last performance at the festival back in 2008.

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Autechre upload 13 hours of video to YouTube, none of which involve CATS :’-(

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Secrecy on the Internet? Psssht. Nudity-prone celebrities were the last to be disabused of that notion, so Autechre probably weren’t just being clumsy when a link to a 444-video playlist appeared in the “About” section of their Bleep store late last week.

The electronic duo surely knew that the link would be caught by someone with publicity power before the link itself was removed from the page, and just like a collective of musically-inclined Sherlock Holmeses, the staff here at TMT caught that link and is now hard at work linking to and embedding (down below) the complete video playlist that remains uploaded to YouTube.

Before you ask: the visuals are trippy and the music is obscure as hell. Nothing less would be acceptable for two living legends, who have recently made a habit out of seriously attempting to fatigue our ears/nervous system with their mind-bending sounds. (Spoiler alert: we’ll always want more.)

The videos in the playlist were uploaded by user XH HX, and the first video was uploaded on January 20, so apparently this thing has been in the works for a while. Autechre fanpeople will also point out how “444” is the last track on Autechre’s debut album Incunabula, which first came out on Warp Records almost 25 years ago to the day. Don’t you dare call it a coincidence. My horoscope for the month did say that I would experience a “a life-altering moment at hands of an ever-generous Autechre,” after all!

Voilà:

Feast your ears on Aphex Twin’s entire Warp discography, now streaming for free

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Feast your ears on Aphex Twin’s entire Warp discography, now streaming for freeAphe Twin Disography Warp Streaming

Lovers of strange and beautiful bleeps and bloops rejoice: Aphex Twin’s entire Warp Records discography can now be streamed entirely for free–including some juicy previously unreleased gems. Aphex Twin first appeared on the legendary imprint in the early 1990s with a four track EP titled On, and spent the next 25 years carving out a niche as a master of experimental analog electronica. Now, fans old and new can immerse themselves in over two decades of mind-melting releases for free via Warp’s online store.

The free streaming catalogue spans 25 releases, spanning tracks from the melancholic fan favorite “Avril 14th” to the bombastic “T69 collapse” from the producer’s recent Collapse EP. Aphex Twin’s albums and EPs feel as dizzyingly diverse and daring as they did upon release, and a listen back through the legend’s Warp classics (available in chronological or random order) is a worthwhile reminder of just how indelible a mark the mad scientist has left on the world of electronic music.

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What is Aphex Twin plotting in London tonight?

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What is Aphex Twin plotting in London tonight?Aphetwin Hero 502966777

Aphex Twin released his Collapse EP last week and is now teasing something at four different locations in London on Aug. 18. In an Instagram post from his label, Warp Records, a gray map of London appears, stretching from the West End to the edge of Shoreditch. Four locations are marked with Aphex Twin’s logos with the addresses and times below. The caption reads “LONDON. LOOK OUTSIDE TONIGHT.” 

His critically acclaimed Collapse project followed his 13-years-in-the-making 2014 Syro album, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The music video for the first single, “T69 Collapse,” was pulled at the last minute of its TV premiere for failing the Harding Test, which is an epilepsy sensibility measurement for television content.

 

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Aphex Twin is back with bizarre brilliance on new EP, ‘Collapse’

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Aphex Twin is back with bizarre brilliance on new EP, ‘Collapse’Aphe Twin Collapse Ep

Aphex Twin isn’t mood music — it’s public transportation. The reclusive mastermind has built his undeniable legend on creating music that worms its way into minds, scrambling conventional electronic music expectations along the way. The artist carries on that tradition with a new five-track EP called Collapse, arriving via his own Warp Records imprint.

In typical Aphex Twin fashion, the EP is a front-to-back treasure trove of brain-bending analog sounds. “1st 44” blasts off with monstrous 808s, before detonating into a dizzying percussion jam, while “MT1 t99r2” brings things deeper into a detuned synth scape punctuated by twinkling bell-like plucks. “Abundance10edit” dials the energy down a bit for a tripped-out interlude, but the madness soon returns at breakneck speed with the acid-infused “pthex.”

The EP’s lead single, “T69 collapse,” was initially slated to premiere as a music video on Adult Swim, but failed TV seizure safety protocol for excessive strobing. While eyes may have been spared, minds are still very much in danger of melting from the electronic legend’s latest work.

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Music Review: Aphex Twin – Collapse

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Aphex Twin

Collapse

[Warp; 2018]

Rating: 3.5/5

Richard D. James is so cagey about his public presence that his fame seems to border on the unilateral. He can go 13 years without releasing a proper album, anonymously drop hundreds of unreleased tracks onto Soundcloud, and plant portentous Aphex Twin logos on edifices around the globe, all while operating more or less sub rosa. From there, his fans take these elusive “publicity” tactics and bring them to the attention of the world at large. James seems to cultivate himself as the ascetic studio craftsman, wishing only to toil away in obscurity but for his ravenous fans who shine the spotlight on him time and again.

By virtue of their ceaseless fervor and intuitive sleuthing, Aphex Twin constituents have willed Richard D. James into the enigmatic lodestar of electronic music that he’s known as today. So on Collapse, his latest EP under the Aphex name, there’s a certain antipathy and cynicism present, a kind of misanthropy that could be found in a hermit who revels in mystery and only offers fleeting, furtive indications of his existence. In typical Aphex Twin fashion, the percussion is busy and disorienting, yet his synthesizers suggest more of a malaise. On “1st 44,” the keyboards sound lethargic over the intricate, fussy rhythms. On “abundance10edit[2 R8’s, FZ20m & a 909],” they feel nebulous and errant, as the song meanders with uncertainty before finally disappearing into an ether of hazy synth sounds. Nervousness and disaffection are evoked continuously on the EP, and James channels them with a masterful sense of conflict between man and machine.

Collapse strives to alienate. The few human voices present on the record feel warped and unnatural; the child’s murmur on “MT1 t29r2” sounds monotone and unnervingly distant under the rest of the song’s production. “Give me your hand, my friend, and I will lead you to the land of abundance, joy, and happiness,” a woman assures us, with a suspicious amount of placidity, on “abundance10.” And while this soundbite is buried under sonic dust and other detritus, James proceeds to chop and screw it as the song progresses until the words “joy” and “happiness” are reduced to abstractions, more ominous than comforting. The overall effect is a bit trite, but it’s the captivating instrumentation here that redeems the track.

While James is here less austere than on Cheetah EP and less eccentric than on landmark release Richard D. James Album, Collapse nevertheless proves to be a serviceable Aphex Twin release at this point in his career. His knack for finding interesting textures and layers hasn’t been compromised nor has his willingness to build off of previous styles in his oeuvre. Collapse is a step away from James’s forays into ambient and jungle of the past, but the Aphex Twin identity still shines through in his inimitable take on IDM. The more things change, the more they stay the same.