Bonus points for the Breaking Bad sampling intro, otherwise a great pulsing mass of Space Trap, featuring Flosstradamus, Rustie, TNGHT and a bunch of other folks I don’t know.
This year LA’s beatsmith Free The Robots finally released his new full length Ctrl Alt Delete on Alpha Pup Records. After a string of The standout track that shuffle seems to compelled to make me listen to is ‘Select/Start’, where the loping Coleco arpeggios wrap themselves around a barrage of other sinewave synths. Running up the spine is a clean beat full of claps and crackle that unifies the song. I listen to one of the other big post-breaks releases of the year like Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma and am severely disappointed, Ctrl Alt Delete saves the day.
This song quickly charmed me with the right mix of mood and melody. Craft Spells utilizes a simple bit of rhythm coupled with hazy backup vocals to make a song that is headnoddingly good. The Stockton, California duo of Justin Vallesteros and Frankie Soto have just signed to Captured Tracks, also the home of equally good Wild Nothing and will release a 7″ on September 21st. The vinyl will feature the A-side ‘Party Talk’ and the B-side will be a track titled ‘Ramona.’
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Record Makers has brought us a fantastic remix of French house duo Acid Washed‘s self titled track. It’s a great bit of sci-fi styled, harpsichord driven space electro. The remix is off the forthcoming single, to be released by Record Makers on September 17th. Accompanying the Danger remix there will be additional remixes from The Hacker, Daniel Haaksman and Mickey Moonlight.
While not necessarily new, as it launched in April of 2009, We Are Hunted a recent discovery of mine. It functions similarly to Elbows and Hype Machine, but chooses to do so in a more pleasing visual style. It’s all well coded and quite self contained, clicking on links brings up a player that will not interrupt your further exploration of the site.
It’s not entirely clear where they pull their stats, it does present an interesting mix of new and interesting music. In the copy on the site, it says that they aggregate via “blogs, social networks, forums, P2P networks and Spotify” (the latter being the only thing that can make someone in the US feel the frustrations of potential Hulu users in the UK). Supposedly, there’s some proprietary “clustering algorithms” going on behind the scenes. Either way, what is provided is a great variety that can I’ve found myself leaving on as background music.
You can add your blog should you be someone with content to share, but I have come across a few issues in adding this lovely site. I’m thinking it could be an issue with FeedBurner RSS feeds…maybe someone from We Are Hunted could look into that. *wink wink*
Regardless, from an end user experience, We Are Hunted is good way to explore the new.
Not that this Baltimore duo needs more exposure, but this song really gets to the heart of why Teen Dream is a beautiful, lush album. The lazy sway of the tune is performed with such little effort that it makes you feel that conjuring up such a lush mood is far easier than it really is. Love it.