Tuesday, May 31, 2005

In-Tune: Color Cassette

"Something about those nostalgic riff, trickling over crispity, crunchy guitar melodies, tinkling in time to offbeat rhythms. There ain't nothing square about it, this is what the kids are calling cool. color by numbers has nothing to prove - it doesn't waste time attempting to school. Ole boy gets right down to rocking that ass! So shake what your mama gave you, and don't be ashamed, color cassette loves you, love handles and all." - Color Cassette

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Here we go again

Monday, May 30, 2005

In-Tune: Nicorola

"Nicorola's debut on 1bit wonder is a selection of songs produced over the last three years. And we say "songs" because that's what they are: Although being exclusively electronic his approach to music is totally independent from the necessities of the dancefloor. That's the reason why "tracks" wouldn't fit for his works - they are more like soundtrack pieces to an imaginary movie in your head. Lean back and let the journey begin..." - Nicorola

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Friday, May 27, 2005

In-Tune: Dilo

"First known by combining Film Score, Post Rock and Folk with an assortment of electronic production styles(with his projects Lapse and Elephant Pixel), today his recorded output ranges across tempo and genre lines, from chilled affairs to groovy sounds, approaching many different styles and genres as Downtempo, IDM, Abstract Hip Hop, Clicks and Cuts, Minimal with Techno & Electro, Microhouse and Microtech, building a relationship with experimental sounds and the dance floor. He is currently working in his future releases in Argentina (Elephant Pixel's first full length will be released in april '05 by Zensible Rec), America and Europe." - Dilo

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Inside Faraway

Thursday, May 26, 2005

In-Tune: Tilden

"A life of musical ideas and inspiration by Martin Clark was realized in 2002, when he created the musical guise Tilden. Bored with convential use of guitar, bass, and drums he took ideas from all types of music and his imagination and manifested them using synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers. Since age 17 he has toyed around with synthesizers believing them to be the future and hope for music. His vision of music revolves around beauty, borderline psychedelica, childlike melodies, and ambiance. Once he established himself in his style he decided to start putting his unique brand of music to tape. Since then he's been working on his album which is currently untitled. During 2004 he was added to Gentle Records, and is now working hard of finishing his album. " - Tilden

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Mountians and Boroughs

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

In-Tune: Starfrosch

"Starfrosch is a collective from bern (.ch) bringing us a surprisingly pop-esque and very playful release. In addition starfrosch is also a platform for podcasting, netaudio-news, networking and a gamecenter. According to Douglas Adams "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", Frogstar World B is the planet which plans the restaurant at the end of the universe. That's where we all would like to go, to hear Jeannie Casey (voc) and Carina Schilling (voc) unfold their voices, and sing themself into the souls of the listeners. while Christoph Geissb¸hler (piano), Markus Koller (laptop), Adriano Schneider (guitar) and Daniel Sch‰rer (bass) are concentrating on groove and harmony during their recording sessions. Those guys don't talk about musical biographies, but instead feel like they were born with their instruments and play. And their tonal diversity is best reflected in the music." - Starfrosch

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Don't Stop

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

In-Tune: Matmos

"There's a lot of lip service paid these days to various electronic-based music being "experimental"- but Matmos' musical practice genuinely deserves this much abused term. Using samplers, analogue keyboards, field recordings and guitars, Matmos make atmospheric, idiosyncratic electronica. In addition to incorporating chance operations into their sequencing enviroment, many songs are based upon a working methodology of "conceptual restriction"- songs are built entirely out of samples from a single sound source: field recordings, contact microphones on hair, even the sound of an amplified synapse from crayfish nerve tissue. Sometimes these samples and recordings are built up into elaborate rhythmic sequences verging on (but tweaking) the by-now familiar subgenres of trip hop, drum and bass and electro; sometimes these sound sources are kept beat-free, and sculpted into frighteningly noisy atmospheres, or shot through with eerie silent pauses and gaps." - Matmos

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The Struggle against Humanity
Lipostudio...and so on

Monday, May 23, 2005

In-Tune: Machine Drum

"Of the many aliases attributed to Orlando, FL-based artist Travis Stewart (aka Syndrone, tstewart) Machine Drum is handily the most well-known. Although initially conceived as an outlet for Stewart's drill'n'bass meanderings, Machine Drum's first public release was a hazy, skittering melange that owed more to hip-hop and ambient than early Squarepusher. Indeed, the bursting "Izey Rael" would prove to be the template for Machine Drum's ensuing long-player. Recorded during the summer of 2000 through to early 2001 on location in Hickory, NY, and eventually released on Merck, the brilliant Now You Know would eventually be released to underground acclaim, firmly establishing the 19-year-old Stewart as one of IDM's brightest hopes. Since then he's taken hip-hop into gritty ambient worlds with Urban Biology, and here with Bidnezz smothers dirty-south conventions with his own Hickory, North Carolina raised brand of beats." - Machine Drum

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Jigga Why

Saturday, May 21, 2005

In-Tune: Curl

"Curl is, Franck A. Amendola (guitar, voice, lyrics and composition), Chrystel Fino (voice, lyrics), and Cyril Boussais aka DUBBERMAN (programming). The album, Inner, produced by La Chaise Bleue, Curl's own organization and studio, will be a follow-up, to Ultimate Station and its ethereal trip-hop compositions. The fruit of two years work in Nice, the songs have been refined in different mixes, somewhere between Massive Attack's trip-hop, The Cure's new wave and Depeche Mode's electro-pop." -Curl

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Sunday Bed
Inner 1

Friday, May 20, 2005

In-Tune: Behavior

"Drawing on influences ranging from Massive Attack to Bjork and spearheaded by producer/writer Michael A. McCann, Behavior are quickly becoming the band to watch. Included in their recent, and major successes, are contracts with MTV, Alliance Atlantis, Kenwood Audio, remix credits including The Cowboy Junkies, and their first video premiering on Much Music's The Wedge, (and MTV in the near future). From films, advertising and radio play as far as Madrid, London, and L.A., Behavior's music is proving to be something not to be overlooked." - Behavior

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The Freeman

Thursday, May 19, 2005

In-Tune: Monoide

"Tomas Lipka aka 'Monoide' got in touch with electronic music when he was 14. With his project 'Monoide', Tomas is trying to overbear traditional methods of music production, always having the unification of deep driving basements, experimental structures and unconventional rhythms in mind. 'Monoide' wants to be different. Nevertheless he doesn't neglect his roots, coming from Eastern Europe, proclaiming a very special and certain kind of electronic music." - Monoide

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First Love

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

In-Tune: Gaia13

"Gaia13 achieves the energy of IDM, downtempo, and drum 'n bass. and yet maintains a mellow vibe with treated instruments, including occasional guitar and vocals. Gaia13's latest full-length release "The Sea Turtle Project" is an album grounded by complex but consistent percussion and solid bass, and layered with interwoven and transcendent melodies. It's the result of 10 months worth of recording and producing in the studio. "I went in totally new directions with The Sea Turtle Project, meticulously adding rhythmic and melodic elements to songs which I had written and performed over the previous year." At times laid back and peaceful, at times intense, the 16 song Sea Turtle Project is a powerful and always danceable album by one of electronica's unique composers." - Gaia13

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Trail of Funk
A Place in Time

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

In-Tune: Kush

"KUSH is a unique musical experience. With bass, loops and samples, keyboards, percussion and trumpet, KUSH plays music from their souls. Nothing is pre-rehearsed. The music they play is created moment by moment and their rhythms are coordinated through intense concentration and connection between the musicians." - Kush

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Sweet 1
Sweet 3

Monday, May 16, 2005

In-Tune: Four Stones

" 'Chronic Dreams' is the new album by producer Victor Stone. Mixing tracks from earlier recording sessions, samples from the Magnatune catalogue and newly recorded material by Victor and several other Magnatune recording artists, he has created an album of music that has been called 'groove soaked ambient chill.' Combining his training in classical and jazz with a passion for North American and British popular music Victor creates a mood reminiscent of modern producers such as DJ Food and DJ Krush. As with those producers, his approach is 'source agnostic' culling sounds wherever they may come from, recording new material as needed to fit the ambience of the project." - Four Stones

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Art vs Process
Just my Luck (Chronic Mix)

Saturday, May 14, 2005

In-Tune: DTO

"DTO is an attempt to reconcile plasticity with intimacy. David plays all instruments and builds all sound fonts and beat constructs. DTO is David's beautiful escape. DTO is the future and the past. Digital washes, subsonic bass, and hard glitches support gentle guitar musings that give nods across temporal and international borders. Recall high grasses forming patterns as they sway on Andean foothills. Recall late night car alarms outside your bedroom window." - DTO

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Country Dub's Mexican Cousin
Sunday Dinner at Chili Cha Cha

Friday, May 13, 2005

In-Tune: Sean Quinn

"Sean Quinn is an electronic musician, composer and producer who grew up listening to the music of Kraftwerk, John Foxx, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno and La Dusseldorf. He is the only Irish person ever to be signed to the legendary ambient label E.G. Records whose roster included Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and Harold Budd. As one half of electronic duo The Vivid he released 2001's unanimously critically acclaimed Stripper album which was used on a Channel 4 documentary on Creamfields and was released in Germany via New Music GmbH where it's predecessor Shiny sold 10.000 copies. Skylines is his first solo release and began life when E.G. Records asked him to record an ambient album for their Editions EG imprint. Unfortunately the label is now dormant but he went ahead and finished the record which is now available on Psychonavigation." - Sean Quinn

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

In-Tune: Black Ether

"Born of a concept that music should be felt as much as heard, Black Ether has been captivating listeners since 2001 with emotive down tempo electronic music. Like tendrils of long forgotten dreams, Black Ether moves people in ways very few artists can, simultaneously touching on the human and spiritual conditions with a force that can be as soft as a feather, or like a sledge hammer to the brain. Reminiscent of acts like Delirium, Deep Forest and VAST, Black Ether has managed, however, to blaze its own sonic trail with a distinctiveness that speaks “Black Ether”. Ethereal ambience, haunting melodies, tribal drums, sensuous and peaceful vocals, soaring guitars and keyboard solos and a healthy dose of creativity culminates in a sound that is timeless, emotive, and extraordinarily mind blowing." - Black Ether

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Lunar Eternal
Cantor Intentio

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

In-Tune: Cardinal Zen

"Cardinal Zen, a.k.a. Jv Munoz is a composer and multimedia artist from Pasig City, Philippines. He started making music since 1994 as a hobby. Played with different amateur & underground bands since high school. And now embraced electronica (downtempo & atmospheric drum n' bass) to continue making music after leaving his former bands and graduating from computer school. He started experimenting with music softwares during breaktime at the office and came up with different aliases and names. Until now, his love for electronic music is still in his heart." - Cardinal Zen

The second I pressed play, I knew this would be one of my favorite new artists

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Deep Within
I Dream of Hue

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

In-Tune: Eastern Sun

"The partnership between Eastern Sun's Brian Saitzyk and DJ John Kelley brings you a creatively unique and spiritual sound in their CD, In Emptiness. Known for creating the sounds that define what West Coast breakbeats are, Los Angeles native, DJ John Kelley is one of North Americaís foremost breaks DJs. Brian, a born and raised native of Venice, California, was raised in a Buddhist household and was allowed to follow his creative passion of music. His constant experimentation with electronics combined with his exploring spirit has resulted in some very innovative music in a dizzying variety of genres. With the Ball of Waxx debut full-length, In Emptiness, Eastern Sun presents a deep, soulful chord in the world of electronic music. Rising higher by the hour, Eastern Sun brings light and warmth out of the darkness with innovative style and sonic beauty." -Eastern Sun

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Northern Vision
Rapture at Sea

Monday, May 09, 2005

In-Tune: Odd Nosdam

"Born in Cincinnati, A young odd nosdam began meddling with machines in the mid 90's, looping his favorite Nirvana riffs and Black Moon beats on a Sega Genesis and filling tapes with noise collage. In his early 20's, this hobby became an obsessive lifestyle when he purchased a dr. sample and Tascam cassette 8-track, and met and collaborated with doseone and why? on their greenthink tapes. Nosdam's art begins with a specific sound in mind and an arduous search for source material. The assemblage portion of nosdam's process is executed quickly and with a great deal of spontaneity, most pieces being completed in a single sitting at his MPC with a single mindstate and a clear direction. As the artist eloquently explains, "If I'm in a certain mood, shit comes out a certain way." Nosdam has developed his own unique musical sensibility, drawing inspiration from a broad palette ranging from Flying Saucer Attack, Hood, The Rza, Prince Paul and everything in-between and outlying. A rare quality among modern instrumental artists, nosdam allows his many mental ups and downs, quirks and eccentricities to seep deep into his sound creations." - Odd Nosdam

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Wig 12
Dumb This Down Instrumental

Saturday, May 07, 2005

In-Tune: Rec.hat

"Being recently signed onto Lost In, Matthew Moore clearly hopes of "bringing joy all over the world" with his aspiring project. He amalgamates his influences to create some of the warmest and comforting music on Lost in. A refinement beyond his years, rec.hat builds complex instrumentals divine for headphones, and time spent alone." - Rec.Hat

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The Stop Sign Turns Green
With the New

Friday, May 06, 2005

In-Tune: E*vax

"E*vax is the solo project of Evan Mast, also a member of Ratatat (XL Recordings). Following two sold-out singles on ADR and Static Caravan and an appearance on a Morr Music compilation, E*Vax delivered his first full-length effort, "Parking Lot Music". The album's 11 tracks range from upbeat pop electronics to laid back melancholy numbers. The focus is certainly on the melodic, but each track also contains complex beat structures while maintaining a level of subtlety. Utilizing a wide variety of methods for sound manipulation, E*Vax thrives on taking simple, everyday, household sounds and twisting them into rhythmic patterns. These patterns are then recontextualized and layered with melody to produce a subtle form of electro-acoustic music. Though despite all that, it's pop music at heart." - E*vax

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The Process of Leaving

Thursday, May 05, 2005

In-Tune: Antigen

"'Antigen' is the music of M. John Paulaitis, an interesting character from Jacksonville Florida. A self-taught musician/programer using dozens of commercial analog and digital synthesizers, as well as tons of home-made equipment and programs to produce IDM. Antigen's music is not a collection of digital error and randomness, rather, it is a fusion of breakbeat, ambient, and classical styles to create a listenable canvas that could only be filed under IDM." - Antigen

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Cold Switch
Still Sea (Sinking Point Mix)

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

In-Tune: Sarah Goldfarb

"Forever a passionate of synthetic sounds and Techno Pop, it is in 1994 having completed his cinema studies that Jean-Vince comes naturaly to the mix. Being positive from the start that his place belongs behind decks, he spends several years DJ'ing around south of France. Only in 2001 he buys his first machines and becomes Sarah Goldfarb (old lady on speed in Darren Aranofsky's movie Requiem for a dream). His DJ sets are based on minimal sounds and rather fluctuate between House and Techno whereas his studio work tries to lean toward a smart blend of Micro House and hypnotic Techno" - Sarah Goldfarb

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Absolut Funk

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

In-Tune: Strategy

"Paul Dickow was a fan of synth-pop who simultaneously learned to play keyboards, the drums and program. He went on to drum in the art punk outfit Emergency, play keyboards in Fontanelle and multiple instruments in Nudge. Paul Dickow has been performing and DJing as Strategy at dance clubs, rock clubs, dance parties and galleries up and down the West Coast. Strategy wires together Dickow's programming and performing experience via a hodgepodge of table top electronics, computers and realtime musicianship. Combining a granular ambient aesthetic with an abstract, percolating rhythmic sensibility, Strategy unites small parts into complete melodies motivated by complex pulsations. The Portland Mercury described Dickow as "Portland's laptop prankster/meister of disquo." - Strategy

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Jazzys Dilemma

Monday, May 02, 2005

In-Tune: Dj Colette

"Known around the world for her do-it-herself way of crafting a mesmerizing blend of vocal performance and DJ'ing, Colette creates captivating, organic warmth with her mezzo-soprano voice complemented by her programming ingenuity. "Not many DJs get their start as child-prodigy opera singers or drop gorgeous live vocals while mixing the grooves...Not many DJs are DJ Colette." -INTERVIEW MAGAZINE." - Dj Colette

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Feelin Hypnotized - (Kaskade Mix)
Innocent - (Morgan Page Remix)