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Pussy Riot: CHAIKA If you don't know who Yuri Chaika is, Pussy Riot's song "CHAIKA" can help fill in the blanks. The punk-rock protest collective, whose performances have gotten a few members jailed, bravely ridicules the Russian General Prosecutor...
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Moderat: Reminder
Originating in Berlin, German electronic music explorers Modeselektor and Apparat are back with their third album as power trio Moderat. From III, they release the single, "Reminder," which opens with Apparat (Sascha Ring) revealing something intimate...
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Ultramajic Mix Vol. IV SFIRE
Sfire is an Italo disco-loving duo consisting of Jeffrey Sfire and a He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (the Detroit DJ will only reveal that it's a "friend from London"). Their all-vinyl mix for the young record label Ultramajic (founded by Jimmy Edgar)—which...
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DISCWOMAN at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Crushing gender stereotypes by actively playing choice techno music, NYC-based DJ collective Discwoman book and showcase people who identify as women at the decks—and prove that the audience wants it. In September, they celebrated their anniversary...
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Kaleidoloop Sound Collector
Designed by Owen Osborn and Chris Kucinski, Critter & Guitari's musical instruments encourage play and experimentation. Their portable Kaleidoloop, for example, records sounds and manipulates them by altering playback speed and direction—so you could...
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Synkro: Midnight Sun
Manchester, UK-based electronic music producer Synkro searches for the emotion within his instrumental tracks, regardless of what genre he's experimenting with. The track "Midnight Sun," off of Synkro's debut album Changes set to release this September...
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Shigeto: Pulse
Having stayed quiet for the past two years while touring and working on other projects (like forming the jazz quartet High Risk), Detroit-based Shigeto has resurfaced with the beautifully composed instrumental electronic track "Pulse." With vocal samples...
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Jonathan Sparks
As a drummer in hard, loud rock bands over the past decade, Jonathan Sparks indulged his passion for theatrics: “I love those large, swooping gestures, actions people in the back of the crowd could see too.” When he got more into electronic music...
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The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip: Go
British electronic music act The Chemical Brothers' eighth studio album, Born in the Echoes, is due out this July and will feature contributions from St. Vincent, Beck and more. Drumming up anticipation is their music video for "Go"—a darker dance...
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From Car Plant GIFs to a Custom Dance Track
Building a car from scratch, it turns out, results in a polyphony of rhythms and melodies as team members, 15,432-pound robots, stamping presses and more work in sync on vehicles rolling down the assembly line. Through their latest project Gifony...
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Jamie xx: Gosh
Creating even more anticipation for his debut album In Colour—set to release this June—is the music video for Jamie xx's single "Gosh." Using images from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Goddard Space Flight Center, Scientific Visualization Studio...
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Christian Tiger School: Chorisolo
South African electronic duo Christian Tiger are set to drop their debut full-length Chrome Tapes this summer on NYC hip hop label Tommy Boy Entertainment. In anticipation the Cape Town-based producers have released a video for their lead single "Chorisolo...
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James Place: Sadie's Tears
In his debut album Living On Superstition, NYC native Phil Tortoroli (under the alter ego James Place) reflects upon his self-ambiguity and anxious demons after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend and quitting his full-time corporate gig. The track...
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Pixelord: Berlin
Each track on Russian producer Pixelord's upcoming debut full-length Places is dedicated to a different city that has significant meaning to him. In the case of "Berlin," he tells FADER: "I have been there for a few times, played on Leisure System...
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Shy Girls: 4WZ Dan Vidmar's R&B project Shy Girls has returned with a moody mixtape, 4WZ, featuring guest spots from Junglepussy, Rome Fortune and Tei Shi—and a tiny cover of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Wonderful." The mixtape is unashamedly melancholy...
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Cool Hunting Video: Mark Mothersbaugh's Synth Collection
The bright green, circular building of Mutato Muzika in Los Angeles is easy to spot when cruising down Sunset Boulevard. But most people might not realize it contains the creative hub of Mark Mothersbaugh, a founding member of DEVO turned award-winning...
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Kalimist K Boog Gives Funk a Modern Facelift
The words "hip-hop," "funk" and " Tel Aviv" usually aren't uttered in the same sentence, but one musician is making sure it will soon become commonplace. Daniel Kalimist has been flying under the radar for some time, DJing at local venues like Pasaz...
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Stratospheric Visuals from ODESZA
Seattle-based electro outfit ODESZA has captivated critics and fans alike with their unique blend of chillwave synths and textured vocal sampling. Known for creating sonic landscapes with their layered sound, the duo partnered with German "near space...
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Interview: Mr Twin Sister
The five members of the band Mr Twin Sister, armed with a name change and their own recently established label (bidding adieu to Domino), are finally letting go of an album three years in the making. And upon listening through the eight tracks in...
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Holly Herndon: Home
As an electronic musician, Holly Herndon spends more time than most with her laptop. And, though this relationship is serious, she's indignant about the possibility of a threesome with an unknown surveillor—a sentiment felt by many after Edward Snowden...
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Sébastien Tellier: "Ma Calypso" Premiere
Always sensual and always grandiose, electronic music veteran Sébastien Tellier recently released his sixth studio album L’Aventura this past July via French independent label Record Makers. As longtime supporters of the artist, we're happy to...
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Interview: Video Artists Undervolt & Co
Now in its fifth year, new media festival VIA in Pittsburgh (where both video artists and musicians are the headliners) has grown to be a platform that showcases boundary-pushing art, technology and creative exploration, in an approachable setting...
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Sustain-Release Music Festival
With festival lineups looking more and more identical, and the overall experience becoming synonymous with struggle and exhaustion, two underground music veterans are offering a new kind of escape that ensures an intimate experience for their familial...
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Wysing Arts Centre's 2014 Space-Time: The Future
An hour and a half outside of London and 20 minutes from Cambridge, lies the rural site of Wysing Arts Centre. Over the past few decades, the former farmland has transformed into an incubator for artistic experimentation and collaboration. By focusing...
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