I went to see Night Drive last week. They played the hits, they played new stuff. I got some intel. Rodney says they are working through the last bits of studio time to put together the next record. Now, will it be a really tight LP or a big EP? TBD, but the new songs I heard were fantastic. They carried an additional weight and had some interesting progressions and chord foundation shifts occurring over the mandatory synth pop bliss.
Honorable mention goes to Kae Astra. Eyes on her for the future, ethereal, but big voice.
We dodged the rain. In fact, it was a perfect night, the heavy air transmitting sound well. Scoot Inn was an odd selection for a pure electronica artist like Jon Hopkins, what with its wood paneling and gravel dance floor, but fans showed up and put the venue at capacity right when Jon took the stage. It was a drifting set of ambient tones that would build to grooves and break back down again with a set list spanning years of albums and collaborations.
Orthy put down a DJ set before hand, merch was bought, the sun set and the yard moved. Pics and show notes to follow…
I’ll be out dodging the few rain drops hoping for heavy air as Jon Hopkins is going to perform at Scoot Inn tonight. The artist has been on our playlists for a long time, scoring spots in our year end best-of song lists and through collabs with King Creosote. This is a pretty rare opportunity to catch one of the best electronic artists building, layering and unleashing tracks live. Orthy will be performing a DJ set beforehand, but be warned – there has been a low ticket warning on bookface event page, so don’t assume they’ll be available at the door, get tix here.
Drab Majesty was all about town for SxSW, new record on the horizon. Things are more official and clear with the relase of the first track from Modern Mirror due July 12th. Ringing guitar progression, their gothwave vocal and drum programming drive forwards and encourages repeat listening.
Tycho is a mainstay in the ATH IT Department. Frequently used to pass time or focus concentration, records from Scott Hansen’s “side project” are made for space age lounge listening. His profession prior to becoming Tycho was graphic designer; his records often include gorgeous covers and videos feature his design and photography (just watch the video). Meanwhile, his live performacens have gone from MacBooks and midi, to a full band that brings recorded material to life.
Fans of Tycho will find this track instantly familiar, somewhat a throwback to just before the his last studio release Epoch. A new record is due later this year, but this preview/bridge track is available via Mom+Pop and Ninja Tune on all the services.
Last Friday, we celebrated this record with friends at Mohawk with Bayonne performing the songs live for the first time. Today, we celebrate the record’s release. Drastic Measures is an evolved sound, at times up front and varied, I especially like the clean piano start of this track and following ballad evolution interrupting by a swell of percussive synth and loops.
Since I mentioned it, how about we spend a second talking about the show and I share some photos. Just click that read more below or keep scrolling.
Robert Alfons is the person behind TR/ST. His intense song craft using a dark wave environment, with sweeping changes and underlying tension, have had me hooked from the first note of the first song TR/ST released. The news is that there will be two records this year, The Destroyer — 1 and The Destroyer — 2. Read the full goings on at Billboard, but we leave you with this sample of The Destroyer — 1 titled “Gone”, hinting at a more pop-oriented album.
The ATH IT Department has a combo. We are sharing the brand new track from Auragraph, a solo project from Hector Carlos Ramirez. Hector has worked with several familiar names; Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein and S U R V I V E, Josh Mills of Missions. He is part of the resurgence in the analog synth sounds that have been so welcomed by myself and many electronic music fans for bringing back a lo-fi honesty to creation of waveforms and beats. We also have a little Q&A for you by following the jump after the video for the song “Polywave” via Outer Limits Records.
I have been a fan of Underworld since Chip slid an import single to me fresh out of the Thursday arrivals box at Technophoilia. It was quite a while ago. Beaucoup Fish is still among my favorite records and if you haven’t invested time with it, by all means.
Travelling in a space that can be abrasive, elegant, haunting or aggressive, the longevity of the band that was born out of a one-hit-wonder (“Doot Doot”, Freur) is impressive. The music created by Karl Hyde and Rick Smith is varied yet identifiable. The latest project is entitled Drift. They have been collaborating with people in unique spaces and the most realized track to be born out of the Drift project to date is “Appleshine”. The song features Georgia and Lewis from Black Country, New Road on violin and flute with visuals by Simon Taylor. I recommend headphones and isolation.