Posts by Spice
Posted by Spice on July 24, 2014
The debut EP from Brooklyn-based Painted Zeros is, for lack of a better word, awesome. The five tracks comprising SVALBARD are an assertive and creatively varied journey through the psyche of singer/songwriter/guitar player/producer/jack of all trades Katie Lau. No fillers here, unless you count 30 seconds of tight experimental wandering halfway through — the EP ranges from deceptively fragile and New Order-tinged (“This American Life”) to ecstatic and garage rock-y (“Jaime”) to moody-yet-hopeful-yet-delicate-yet-steely (“Too Drunk”). It manages to feel at once retro and searingly modern — a tricky balance attempted by many but achieved by few. Check out SVALBARD in full below and hit the free download, because free download.
Free Download: Painted Zeros – SVALBARD EP
Alternative, Drum & Bass, Electronic | Max Frost – White Lies (Tune In Crew Remix) // Tune In Crew – Still Waters
Posted by Spice on April 21, 2014
Two big new tracks from one of our favorite duos out of France, the Tune In Crew. The first is a high energy, drum n’ bass-infused remix of Max Frost’s “White Lies,” which switches up the vocal blend of the original while weaving in a rich combination of live instruments (is that a maracas?). An unexpected but wonderfully seamless trap break mellows out the vibe midway through before the track hurtles back into a spray of fast-paced kicks. The second track switches gears considerably; drawing inspiration from epic movie soundtracks, the twangy, instrumental “Still Waters” is yearning and bluesy and would no doubt be right at home in a Tarantino montage. Stream both below.
Posted by Spice on March 19, 2014
Penn Badgley (né Dan Humphrey, aka Lonely Boy) has apparently just done something really Penn Badgley-ish; namely, joining/forming a band called Mother that is based out of Brooklyn. I was admittedly planning to roll my eyes at this most hipstery of hipster resume additions, but unfortunately (or fortunately, as it were) this nascent group actually has some stuff. Fidgety bassline, interesting drums, languid vocals, and cool, atmospheric production — what? This track is officially awesome. Consider me intrigued. (Just don’t tell Serena — you know how she loves to pretend she’s “with the band.”)
Preview: Mother – Easy
Posted by Spice on January 21, 2014
Consummate genre-defiers The M Machine are back with a monster of a track for this snowy afternoon. With hypnotic, choppy vocals and masterfully blended elements of techno, electro-house, and dubstep, “Superflat” manages to jack up the energy level while still sounding markedly different in that tried-and-true M Machine way.
Beatport: The M Machine – Superflat
Posted by Spice on December 22, 2013
2013 was a year of many momentous things. Including the insanely awesome above shot, which was taken by yours truly with a cracked iPhone (and it’s frankly still a mystery as to how I managed to pull it off. I mean, look at that thing. That thing is next level. Eat your heart out, Rukes). In keeping with all the seasonal nostalgia, here are my picks for the best tracks of the year.
Posted by Spice on December 18, 2013
It’s a commonly held belief among the underground that Berlin is the ultimate vanguard when it comes to electronic music. “The shit coming out of Germany these days is way more innovative and experimental and compelling than anything in the US, man! Have you even been to Berghain?”
But when you spend 2013 listening to Disclosure, and then you’re suddenly confronted by a track like “Magnetic,” it becomes increasingly difficult to discount the UK as one of the biggest breeding grounds for #FutureGarageSpacetronica talent. With his latest, George FitzGerald (recently named one of the top 50 DJs in the world by none less than Resident Advisor) delivers a deliciously spacey listening experience that seems tailor made for late nights and early mornings alike. Dark, deep synths drive the melody, while eerie vocals and a pounding bassline add another heady layer to the vibe. Stream below and head to Beatport for the DL.
And if you’re in the US (you east coast dogs), be sure to catch this rising star’s upcoming live dates; he’ll be at the legendary Output in Brooklyn tomorrow and the equally legendary U Street Music Hall in DC on Friday. Get it while it’s hot — he’s swinging back to Switzerland and the UK after these two brief but epic US stops. More details can be found here.
Beatport: George FitzGerald – Magnetic
Posted by Spice on December 4, 2013
Our favorite genre-hating French duo dropped their debut EP yesterday via Skrillex’s OWSLA, and genres be damned, this is not one to miss. Chock full of chilling industrial vibes that don’t skimp on the punches or energy level, Andrea is a fast paced and relentless ride that may lead you wonder what, exactly, is going on in Alesia’s head. Some of the tracks will be familiar to those of you who have been following the duo/team OWSLA — the clanging, eerily-pitched “Otho” was released as a single earlier this year and the techy, titular “Andrea” has been making the live set rounds. The electro-tinged “Jezabel” is a dark, hard-hitting banger best suited for the kind of deranged dance floors typically found in basement clubs and warehouses, while “Industriae” slows it down, packing a wallop with some truly guttural, metallic synths that would make even Gesaffelstein salivate. Stream it below in full and head to Beatport for the download if you’re dark and twisty like we are.
Beatport: Alesia – Andrea EP