Shadows turn to grey / Slave today-
Yesterday evening, while Ben UFO was preparing for his Rinse FM show, he received a rather cryptic video message from Mount Kimbie and subsequently got his hands on (and played out) the first track to emerge from the UK duo’s forthcoming record.
As it stands, Mount Kimbie are keeping the details of the album almost entirely under wraps. The pair recently mentioned that the LP is in fact finished, will be released via Warp and is heavily influenced by being on tour and playing live for two years straight. The title and release date have yet to be announced. However, it won’t be too much longer until we know more- Dom and Kai have an upcoming string of tour dates and will be releasing some more tunes in the not too distant future.
“Made to Stray” is longer that what we would generally expect from the pair, but it’s a welcome adjustment. Atop a bed of clicking percussion, MK’s characteristic warm, warbling synths build into a melodic climax complete with distant, melancholy vocals. Have a listen to the radio rip below.
Update: In the last week Dom and Kai have made it known that the album, entitled Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, will be released on May 27th, announced a U.S./Canadian tour, and offered up “Made to Stray” for free download. Head here to grab it.
More than any other label, sound artist seems to be the most appropriate when referring to Tim Hecker. In 2011, the Vancouver-born, Montreal-bred musician became “obsessed with digital garbage,” an infatuation that led him to produce arguably his finest album. Ravedeath, 1972, recorded mainly in a church in Reykjavik, Iceland, saw Hecker experimenting with sonic comfort zones and the idea of beauty in digital decay.
We can hear remnants of Ravedeath in his latest piece, a remix of Holy Other’s “Held” wherein Hecker allows the familiar melody of the original song to float softly between his reverberating layers of cinematically foreboding synths. Headphones and a joint in mouth are recommended.
Ever heard of Ghent? I didn’t think so. Well, if you haven’t, don’t beat yourself up too much because not once have I heard that perfectly plain North American yammer during my time spent here, despite the town bearing Lonely Planet’s number 7 spot on its 10 Places to Visit Before You Die list.
But enough about the town. Its lovely. Trust me. Canals, churches, cobblestone, jolly drunks, pretty people, and prettier personalities; its all here. What else is here, though, is an incredibly unique concert series showcasing an acute selection of electronic music’s foremost purveyors. That’s the real reason I’m here. Found down a winding alley and along side a murky jade strip of river is the Vooruit Art Centre‘s 10 Days Off festival.
“In 1995, 10 Days Off started as 10 Days Of Techno. Today, almost every electronic music genre can be seen and heard at the festival. 10 Days Off has become a landmark in the international electronic music scene. The festival welcomes artists, clubbers, music lovers and media from all over the world.
The festival has its own character and style, built on its pioneering decisive choice for programming electronic music.”
[via 10 Days Off]
[Day 1 - Salva]
Each night sports a variation of style; from house, to bass, hip-hop, disco and so on and so forth. They keep it fresh, to say the least.
[Day 9 - The Magician]
Featured this year; Salva, Holy Other, Lapalux, Africa Hitech, Kutmah, Teebs, Addison Groove, Booka Shade, John Talabot, The Magician, as well as many more. Lucky for you, the majority of these sets can be heard in their entirety, below. Personally, Mr. Talabot’s performance really tickled my fancy.
[Day 7 - Africa Hitech]
[Day 8 - Booka Shade]
Now you can’t say that you’ve never heard of Ghent, Belgium.
By the time Holy Other takes to the road for his North American tour this fall, his debut LP will already be playing on repeat, or so we anticipate. On August 28th, Held will be released on none other than Tri Angle Records and the second taste of the album continues to bode well for what’s to come. (The excellent “Love Some1,” the first song we heard from Held, has been floating around for just over a month.)
The title track, which was revealed today, is a sprawling, expansive tune that stays true to the moody and melancholic aura that the producer has crystallized as his characteristic sonic atmosphere.
Mystifying Manchester-based producer, Holy Other, emerged from the shadows with a small taste of his upcoming full length LP on Monday, June the 4th. Love Some 1 is a subtle, and ominous track intended to promote the forthcoming album, titled, Held, to be released via TriAngle Records on August 29th.
[Artwork for the 'With U' EP]
Holy Other is a Manchester born Witch-House producer who is currently signed to Tri Angle Records. He has been reported to spend time between London, Manchester, Berlin, Gothenburg and even Osaka. Much like Burial, Holy Other plays the mysterious card, letting his music speak predominantly for itself. His production started a year ago with remixes for the likes of How to Dress Well, Asobi Seksu and Walls. Holy Other is known for his ambient goth vibe and pitched down 90′s R&B vocal samples. The music below provides cases to this point.
“My aesthetic is shifty. I’ve usually been doing it in some bedroom somewhere, wherever it is. I haven’t written any music in Manchester, any music in the UK really at all. I’ve just been abroad the whole time. There hasn’t been a solid location. I can’t really say I’ve been holed up in a studio for months, because it’s just not true. So I guess it’s that I’m moving around, and that I’m influenced by things that are happening around me, rather than just staying in the same location, having the same themes about everything.”
Holy Other gave away one track from his acclaimed 2011 release ‘With U’ EP-
Download || Touch – Holy Other [witch-house] [recommended]
Yr Love – Holy Other (via FAMILY)