Roman Flügel - Thank You Jack
Been groovin’ all morning to this super heady track by Frankfurt based German DJ Roman Flügel, off his Cookie Dust EP. This song is absolutely beautiful. A swirl of ambient melodies converge upon a g-funk inspired, glitchy trip-hop beat. The intro reminds me a bit of the ambiance of Sasha’s Airdrawndagger album, and when beat drops I am elevated to a state of bliss. This track is masterfully crafted, and I highly recommend you check out his stellar EP.
Beats Antique - Skeleton Key [download]
Feeling tribal. These guys definitely put on one HELLUVA heady show live, I saw them at Sea of Dreams last year and they were quite mind-bending/eye opening (Third Eye, that is!). Dig into these tribal, ethnic, bass heavy blissed-out beats!
Show Review - Com Truise, Bauuer at 1015 Folsom
Com Truise - Cathode Girls [download]
Synthed Out Sunday , brought to you by glitched out beatmaker from New Jersey, Com Truise. I saw Com on Friday, July 13th over at 1015 Folsom in SOMA, and it was kind of a mixed-bag of a night as a whole. As far as the music was concerned, Com Truise played through most of his first album, Galactic Melt during the short but blissed out, glitchy 50 (55?) minute set. He did a stupendous job keep the crowd on their feet, glitching his synth-heavy tracks in a manner that had me stepping all over the place. By the time “Cathode Girls” came on, I was in such a blissful state that I closed by eyes and melted into his synthetic goodness. I wish I could say the crowd at 1015 Folsom was as good as Com’s music, though. Lots of douchey, just disrespectful people (“hey, let’s cut the entire coat check line in front of the people waiting for 10 minute-types”) who were quick to throw an elbow or a shoulder without so much as an “excuse me,” rather we were constantly being bombarded by bodies in a brusque manner. Couple of extra-tough bros even got to the point of exchanging words with one of my boys over bumping into each other. To be expected when going out clubbing I guess, but it was happening to a very high degree which knocked a couple points off of the night and kind of ruined the vibe.
Those are my only real complaints about 1015 Folsom — the way in which they fill the club, and their patrons as well sometimes. First off, 1015 is a large club, and with the two room setup, the main room gets packed like a can of sardines by the time the main acts come on while the side room usually remains relatively empty. Secondly, I don’t really know what attracts the shitty and sketchy sorts to 1015, but this is my second experience where I was annoyed and uncomfortable by the people. I definitely felt hands go through my back pockets while I was dancing at one point, and the constant barrage of self-righteous shoulder throwers was enough to make me swear off the venue unless there is someone who I absolutely must see in town. One of the openers was really MEH, but one of the other people DJing in the side room had a few moments of dancefloor madness. Some Jacques Greene and some Mount Kimbie esque postdubstep beats were being thrown down at one point, followed up by the magnetic Bashmore track “Battle for Middle You,” at which point floor went nuts.
All in all, I had a pretty awesome night. It would have been really awesome but the experience was docked a point or two due to the crowd +antics. If you haven’t seen Com Truise before, I highly recommend you immerse yourself in his warm, synth laden tripped out beats. If you don’t really know him, I sort of think of him as if Crystal Castles and Nosaj Thing had a baby. Raage.
Cities of Foam - Girls in Bars [download]
I wrote about Cities of Foam a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share another one of my favorites tracks off their album, A Great Day for the Race. “Girls in Bars” is an upbeat and jazzy electronic track with a heady groove. Mildly psychedelic and very catchy.
More Cities of Foam here.
Sweatson Klank - It’s All In Your Head [download]
Take, a.k.a. Sweatson Sklank creates the sort of music that takes your mind on a spacey journey. Very atmospheric, warm, somewhat glitchy, almost jazzy and as heady as they come, your mind will surely latch onto this tune for an adventure. I’m not even sure what genre this would fall under, so I’m just going to label it “electronic.” All I know is that my mind is craving more.
Shlohmo - Wen Uuu [download]
Los Angeles based producer Shlohmo drops some absolute fire with his latest Vacations EP. This is some high quality glitch / post dubstep / whatever you choose to call it. Sounds very similar to Mount Kimbie, or Koreless. “Wen Uuu” is a really chill track, and it almost sounds like its raining or something with the beats. Drop this mellow track on a rainy day.
modeselektor + apparat = moderat == bass heaven
Moderat - A New Error [download]
Moderat is Modeselektor and Apparat’s collaborative project, which is a dark mixture of glitch, minimal, and techno. The beginning track on the self-titled album, A New Error is absolutely beautiful and demonstrates their stellar use of glitches and breaks. This music is best listened to with nice headphones or a stereo with superb bass, as the entire album is very bass heavy as it is synth-rich.
Some other notable tracks on this excellent album are Rusty Nails, No. 22, and Porc #1.
Download Moderat’s eponymous album here! (You really want to get this one, it’s a nice 320 rip :) and the bass sounds fabulous.)
Moderat - Moderat (2009) [download]
Emancipator. thought provoking, spiritual-sounding music that speaks to my soul. for some reason it reminds me of a) Native Americans and b) just nature in general.
Emancipator - Old Devil (Kept Blue Remix) [download]
This track is as heady and as glitchy as they come. Each bit is chopped and spliced to such a degree that it gives this track an almost drum and bass like feel. Give it a listen.