DJ Koze - Magical Boy (feat. Matthew Dear)
Are the vocals like a grounding point?
It’s almost like a house. It needs a room. Sometimes it can be interesting without. Even on the album [Amygdala], I don’t want every song to have lyrics. But after 10 minutes maybe you’re lost in an instrumental version but then again somebody is there and says ‘hi!’. This was a little of the idea of the album. There’s always someone there. You go from room to room, in some rooms there is nobody, but in the end, somebody is there for you.
Giraffage - Moments [free download!]
San Francisco based producer Giraffage will be playing alongside Purity Ring at 1015 Folsom this Friday, and I’m really tempted to snipe tickets and catch his heady, dreamy electronica. I’m really not sure how I slept on Giraffage until just recently. “Moments” has been on repeat for me all day. Nuff said.
Best of 2013 — a slice of electronic music
This playlist contains some of my favorite tracks that I’ve heard this year (that are available on Soundcloud) in the world of electronic music. It’s a bit of a work in progress but it encompasses a pretty wide range of sounds and moods, from the bouncy upbeat disco vibes of Moon Boots to the post-apocalyptic sounds of Machinedrum.
Missing from this playlist but indubitably among some of my favorite artists with killer music this year:: DJ Rashad ”Feelin”, Claude Vonstroke "The Bridge", Moderat "Let In The Light", Daniel Avery “Drone Logic”, Airhead "Wait"… and countless more. This is just a slice. Enjoy!
Phaehleh - Storm (Applebottom Remix) [free download via xlr8r]
Some fire for your morning. Been browsing through XLR8R’s Top 100 Free Downloads of 2013, and this one hit a sweet spot. This one requires a tiny bit of patience, but when all of the elements finally tie together, ah, it’s a treat for your ears.
Dale Howard - Limit
Stay deep. Smashing bassline by UK Producer Dale Howard.
XLR8R is hands down my favorite electronic music blog on the internetr. Their content and curation is very fresh, cutting-edge, and spot on with their reviews. Today they released their top 100 free downloads as one complete 1.1 GB zip file. Don’t sleep on this one.
Four Tet - Parallel Jalebi
I first got into Four Tet's unique sound from his 2010 album, There Is Love In You, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Getting real fired up to catch him for my first time in March in SF at the Mezzanine. “Parallel Jalebi” has been popping up on a bunch of podcasts I’ve been listening to, most recently on DJ Koze's XLR8R mix, and I felt compelled to share.
Dauwd - Heat Division
Some killer 4/4 beats from UK producer Dauwd. I came across this track as per Bonobo's suggestion and was quickly hypnotized. Not much more description is needed, check this one out.
Today marks the split of Canadian group Azari & III. Their self-titled debut album will always hold a special place in my heart (and in my record collection!) I really wish that I got to see them live when they were touring. I’m sad to see them end their project and split ways, but so stoked for all the good music they put out in their years. This is the first mix that I ever listened to by them that hooked me right from the first track, “Changes” by Sixth Borough Project. I’ll miss you Dinamo Azari & Alixander III, thank you for the great music throughout the years, and hope to see you guys collaborating or producing in new guises soon! Sorry I couldn’t put a streaming link through Tumblr, this is a “private sound” of Fact Mag that I can only link to (trust me this one is worth your time!)
Midnight Juggernauts - Shadows (M83 Remix) [download]
2008 was a great year for M83 (and music in general, really.) Apart from delivering the shoegazey, retro bliss that runs through the veins of Saturdays = Youth, Gonzales worked on a plethora of remixes for other artists that carry his signature synth sound and dreamy vibe.
M83 takes the cosmic disco of Midnight Juggernaut’s “Shadows” (listen to the original here) and slows it down, glitches it out, and bathes it in warm synth-heaven. The result: the epic dreams and heady imagination of Gonzales are alive and very real in this song.
Sunday Girl - Where Is My Mind (Florian Paetzold Remix) [free download in 320!]
This is an emotive and blissful remix of a cover of The Pixies’ signature track, ”Where Is My Mind.” British pop singer Sunday Girl provides a mellow rendition of the original on the piano, and then Florian Paetzold gives the cover much more depth by layering a simple deep house beat with chillingly beautiful vocals. When I heard first heard this one on the Dennis Besta - Wechselbad Der Gefühle Teil 2 podcast (mellow, highly recommended), I had to stop what I was doing and do some trackspotting until I found this gem. This remix definitely does the original justice, hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Jesse Rose - Time Is But A Moment
Time is just time. ”Time Is But A Moment” reminds me a lot of Kerri Chandler's “Oblivion” (Give it a listen), albeit a bit less dark but with equally hypnotizing vocals. Jesse Rose delivers that feeling of being completely lost on the dancefloor with no concept of time when mesmerized by a beat. I can definitely attest that he has this effect on the dancefloor having seen him several times… Get lost in this jam.
Mount Kimbie - Made To Stray (DJ Koze Remix)
Lush and sonically complex, this one tickles my ears in all the right ways. Especially when DJ Koze brings the vocals back right around the [5:10] mark.
DJ Rashad & Heavee D - Its Wack
I can’t stop driving around Los Santos just waiting to hear this song come on FlyLo’s radio station in GTA V… Some serious fire by Chicago footwork/juke master DJ Rashad. When I first heard the melody at [3:05] I pretty much lost it! More Rashad here.
Lil’ Wayne - A Milli (James Blake Harmonimix Remix)
So excited to catch James Blake’s DJ Set tonight at Mezzanine for the 1-800 Dinosaurs Treasure Island afterparty. It’s been a minute since I’ve seen the gifted producer throw down a DJ set, and I’m really interested to see how his style has evolved over the past few years. This one’s a nice little throwback to his Harmonimix alias, before he even dropped his first album.
Pictured: a young Harmonimix circa 2010.