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Prince: Moonbeam Levels Recorded in 1982 (during the time he was making 1999), Prince's "Moonbeam Levels" was live-streamed today for the first time ever. The track is classic '80s Prince—buoyant guitars, glitzy drum machines and the beloved musician...
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Sylvan Esso: Kick Jump Twist
Sylvan Esso (aka Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn) keep experimenting with each new release, the most recent being "Kick Jump Twist," the B-side to "Radio." The track begins gently enough, but becomes frenetic at times, a facet that's offset by Meath...
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Brad Walsh's "Six Infinite" Album
How often does one press play on a new album and feel as if they're hearing something that defies the genres they've known thus far? It's an uncommon experience—and one that very well might happen upon first listen of Brad Walsh's Six Infinite...
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M83: Go! (Animal Collective / Deakin Remix) "Go!" from M83's 2016 album Junk has just been remixed by Deakin from Animal Collective and it takes the already slightly oddball track featuring Mai Lan and creates an atmospheric, spacey soundscape. A...
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Innanet James feat. The Kount: Frequency Rapper Innanet James has just released his funky, breezy Quebec Place and it's just in time for the end of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. While the entire mixtape is all kinds of fun, one standout is the...
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AG Cook: Superstar PC Music fans have been waiting for the official version of "Superstar" to release since RBMA Festival New York last May, when subversive pop producer AG Cook performed it live—on a grand piano. Originally written as a top-line...
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Premiere: "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" (Paul Woolford Rework)
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five" is the perfect curtain-call track to Band on the Run, Paul McCartney and Wings' third studio album—it's as funky as it is climactic, with that requisite hue of psychedelia. Jump to 2016: German DJ Timo Maas and...
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Blonde Redhead: Dripping Veteran NYC avant-rock trio Blonde Redhead (made up of Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simon and Amedeo Pace) released their ninth studio album Barragán back in September 2014. From it, the hushed and hazy lead single "Dripping...
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Isao Tomita: Arabesque No. 1
84-year-old composer and synth soothsayer Isao Tomita passed away this weekend in Tokyo. He introduced the near-infinite possibilities of a relatively new invention, the Moog modular synthesizer to Japan—approaching the instrument like an orchestra...
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Interview: Zach Tetreault of FORM Arcosanti
These days, dusty dirt roads lead you to plenty of music festivals but there's something about FORM Arcosanti that strikes you dumb with wonder. First, it's the bewitching architecture of the desert town where it takes place. An hour north of Phoneix...
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Premiere: "Shikoku" by Kate Simko + London Electronic Orchestra
Producers love a good, lush swell of strings—but in electronic and even pop music, they're for the most part software simulations. Chicago-raised, now London-based composer Kate Simko has a miniature orchestra available at hand (two violinists...
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Carly Rae Jepsen: Boy Problems Every track on Carly Rae Jepsen's powerhouse 2015 album E•MO•TION (it only gets better with time) has its own unique personality, and "Boy Problems" has been an especially addictive standout with CRJ's voice gliding...
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Cassius feat. Cat Power + Mike D: ACTION Cassius' 2010 EP The Rawkers was a goldmine: every one of those six tracks—from "I Love U So" to "Arcadine" and "Shark Simple"—showed off a different aspect of Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass' personality and...
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Teenage Engineering's New Pocket Operators
Miniature, inexpensive and incredibly addictive: the Pocket Operator series has electronic music producers and fans furiously making music on the go with dexterous thumbs. The Swedish collaboration between audio tech nerds Teenage Engineering and...
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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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