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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

The Most Refreshing Musicians of 2014

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We have our staple artists for the year all over the internet in Caribou, Aphex Twin, FKA Twigs, Todd Terje, I mean the list goes on. I wanted to bring forward my most listened to artists that kept the year in music enjoyable that might have been overshadowed or they just have an exciting path that they’re on that I wanted to share.

Please list yours in the comments, love seeing the readers lists.

#10. Leon Vynehall

#9. Lee Bannon

#8. Sophie

#7. Huerco S.

#6. Yung Lean

#5. TIE: Mark Barrott & Young Marco

#4. Moiré

#3. Torn Hawk

#2. Daniel Avery

#1. Galcher Lustwerk

NEW ISO50 / Tycho Shirts & Posters

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We have extended the holiday sale at Tycho / ISO50 shop now through Tuesday, December 2nd! We have some newly released prints and shirts available for the first time.

- 15% off all music products, all vinyl orders include a folded 24”x24” awake poster
- Digital Downloads 50% off
- 25% off ALL prints and shirts (Studio Editions INCLUDED)
- All poster orders include a free U.S. Tour Poster
- Free U.S. shipping over $50
- Free international shipping over $100

Shop now http://shop.iso50.com

ISO50 Exclusive: Loscil Album Stream

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Excuse the silence recently.

The master of tone is back with another album on Kranky. Loscil has been a blog favorite since the beginning, we are proud to be debuting this album stream, as always, ENJOY.

Sea Island is a collection of new material composed and recorded over the past two years. While many of these compositions were performed live extensively prior to recording, others were constructed in the studio and are being heard for the first time here. Musically, the album represents a range of compositional approaches. Murky, densely textured depths of sound are explored with subtle pulses and pings woven within, contrasted with composed or improvised moments of acoustic instrumentation making a move into the foreground. Certain tracks on Sea Island such as album opener Ahull make rhythm their focus by exploring subtle polyrhythms and investigating colliding moments of repetition and variation.

Though staunchly electronic at its core, instruments such as vibraphone and piano make appearances, and layers of live musicality, improvisation and detail appear in the looped and layered beds of manipulated sound recordings. A varied cast of players appear in the loscil “ensemble”, some familiar collaborators from the past such as Jason Zumpano on rhodes and Josh Lindstrom on vibraphone, and others new to the mix such as Fieldhead’s Elaine Reynolds who provides layered violin on Catalina 1943, and Ashley Pitre contributing vocals on Bleeding Ink. Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse, who collaborated with loscil on his 2013 edition of piano-centric reworks Intervalo, performs on the tracks Sea Island Murders and En Masse.

OUT: November 17th 2014 on Kranky
SUPPORT: 2X VINYL / CD

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Jam City + Wolfey + TEIFII + Biosphere

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Jam City pushes away from the Night Slugs club usuals and embarks on a more experimental emotion, I definitely have it on repeat.

Expecting a slow disco Woolfy single and stumbled on this happy accident from Canadian producer Wolfey. He has that deep melodic house groove that captures that live take from a session, raw and smooth heat.

TEIFII & IZELIKA collab for a compilation by SOMICO, SOMICO is an electronic music collective for artists age 18 and under. Laying the foundations for young artists futures. This is the stuff that makes me feel like kids under 18 should be allowed to sample music just to sort give them a deadline to get comfortable with production then give them a reason to switch up out of sampling to then recording.

Earlier this year, Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below) and his wife had all of their possessions stolen while moving across the country. This theft included Rafael’s gear and entire library of music and data.

Here’s a chance to help Rafael help rebuild and as a bonus, receive awesome music and art in the process.

Donate here.

Out of this awful situation comes lovely music already, please click the link above while you enjoy this Biosphere remix.

Dolphins + Austin + No Body + Dirty

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With Fall creeping in I have more time to get cozy and discover new music. One of the best possible choices i’ve made is following musicians on bandcamp, soo many good surprises pop up in the email box. This Dolphins In The Future is flooring, grabbed the limited cassette right away, only a few more left.

Somehow Opal Tapes just keeps getting the best underground music delivered to them, they nurture and expose some of the most interesting electronic music out there.

No Body is a project by 800beloved’s frontman Sean Lynch. Easy on the ears and resonates for a wide range of music listeners.

Been waiting for the new Dirty Beaches LP but if you haven’t been on his bandcamp you’re in luck, piles upon piles of good material that never hit the Spotify’s and iTunes of the world.

ISO50 Premiere: Fernando Infinite Ways

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International Feel had me at the Gatto Fritto album a few years back then Mark Barrott LP hit me hard this year and then I got to preview this single Road Music by Fernando a bit early and had to share it with you guys. Its a return to Italo but less stylized and has some innocence left in it instead of a making pop to make pop feel to it. The full EP is above and out in mid October, vinyl link below, don’t see a pre-order yet though.

The artist known as ‘Fernando’ once washed up on the shores of Uruguay after a freak boating accident off the coast of Carilo, Buenos Aires in 2008. An incident that occurred while on a submarine studio mission conducting sonic experiments aboard a renovated and highly customised Uboat circa 1945. Free from constraints & operating outside territorial waters, Fernando was putting the finishing touches to a new collection of music, setting out to bottle those sweet and indescribable moments in suspended time and space when we feel weightless and surrounded by sounds richer than reality…. an inexact science, yet a universal privilege that life and ears afford us. Presumed dead, what in fact happened was a serendipitous encounter between the lucky survivor and a roaming associate of International Feel, who, during a walk along the sands of Punta Del Diablo, found an airtight USB stick clutched inside the hand of a partial amnesiac, dazed and shivering but with a sly smile stretched across his sun and sea worn face. It seems that whatever Fernando was looking for, he had found and thanks to the saviour of that day and (much further down the line) Fernando’s blessing, it sees the light of day on October
13th, 2014 in all good record stores.

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