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.
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This is the 2nd of 3 singles from the Heathered Pearls album. The Fader had the exclusive for most of the day but I finally got it up here. The song features my good friend Thomas Mullarney III aka Outerbridge aka 1/2 of Beacon.
It’s not often that you can pre-order a record online and, while you’re at it, add the sculpture that’s photographed on the album cover to your cart as well. To Heathered Pearls, also known as the Polish-born and Brooklyn-based artist Jakub Alexander, it’s all part of his obsession with texture on his new release, Body Complex. Today we’re premiering “Warm Air Estate,” a gracefully unfurling techno cut featuring wispy, Rhye-esque vocals courtesy of Outerbridge from the electronic and R&B duo, Beacon.
“Warm Air Estate,” which Alexander calls “the misfit on the album,” is true to its name in warmth and beat-driven resplendence. “In the early stages I had it paired up with a song that didn’t make the album that my friend Tycho was going to play on,” Alexander told The FADER, “When I listen to ‘Warm Air Estate,’ I think more about the early stages of it; it only had this gliding emotional feel to it which I loved, but it was missing something. [Outerbridge] delivered this game-changing angle to it. I was going to go with a Detroit ambient techno with strings route but it ended up being this other animal that really made it a special one for me.” Ghostly International will release Body Complex on August 7th (pre-order it here).
Been digging through a lot of the Phonica Records catalog since the staff has such a great ear over there. One of the best finds besides the upcoming Moire 12″ was this Art Crime EP, its the right amount of melody before a dance track loses its underground appeal.
Art Crime follows up 2014’s exceptional ‘Never Look Back’ 12” on WT with the ‘Obsession EP’ on Phonica!
Russia’s Art Crime seemingly came out of nowhere with his first record and it blew us all away at Phonica. Lead track ‘Release’ was pure nineties house nostalgia, a huge reverbed piano over skipping drums that became an instant Phonica classic. We just couldn’t get it out of our heads!
Needless to say we reached out to Art Crime instantly, hoping to lure another 12” of material from him and with the ‘Obsession EP’ we are blown away with the results. Art Crime has delivered another anthemic record, four tracks of melancholic house music, sounding both of the past and future.
The title track ‘Obsession’ is another massive piano laden House beauty, permeated with shim- mering synth stabs. Up next is ‘Show Interest’, with its almost-oriental synth melody glowing over a cold arpeggiated electro pulse. On the flip, ‘Eye Contact’s glacial pads and piano are followed by ‘Rise Fall Run’, the most restrained track of the set, an etheral journey through the clouds.
As with his first 12”, Art Crime is behind the front cover artwork, with the reverse based on Jack Featherstone’s layout for our previous release.
Stephen Bruner is back to slap those heart strings…sorry I had to say it, too much love and funk. My only issue is that the funk sits too far back in the mix, soo many flares of beauty sit quiet in the mix, especially the horn part in the outro. I’m only complaining because i’m super into diamonds in the rough that aren’t getting enough exposure.
The wildly eclectic LP from Time Wharp has arrived, get your fill above and make sure to pick up the vinyl over at Astro Nautico.
The album reveals a patiently crafted sound rife with depth and subtle complexities. Previous releases, including 2012’s BLK EP for Astro Nautico, fitted simple sine and triangle tones to stripped down emotive beats and bass. On Time Wharp, Loggins extends this sonic signature to combine meditative synthesis with house and techno. The result is versatile, fueling dance floor excitement and introspective pause in equal share – a kinetic calm constantly at play with its own duality.
CFCF will be releasing an LP on Joel Ford’sDriftless Recordings, the first taste is very sincere and studio session like, the recording is very roomie so in headphones you feel like its a personal concert in a sunlit glass dome.
This new Keep Shelley In Athens is sort of love/hate, I think the singer has finally found her voice, the production is there too but the male vox idea falls a bit on the stale side and adds a character to the music that makes the project feel like its a bit lost in its course.
Digging through some slightly older Terreke posts, found this reliable boy in the list.
A great interview of an ISO50 alumni Beamer went up on Urban Outfitters. The piece goes deep into his travels in his vintage Westfalia Van and includes a playlist that is near perfection.
You have a lot of personal affects on the dash…what always stays in the van?
Everything in the van got there on a trip…and never left. Some favorite items a Kachina doll from a roadside stop, some instant photos, and a little leather pouch full of my “spirit stones” that I got in Joshua Tree. The woman who was selling them picked out this assortment for me, one to help with sleep, one for stress.
One of Dial’s more exotic stylings is producer John Roberts, this is the sort of material that gets me excited, no gimmicks, fusion of interesting sounds and instrumentally pushing for something fresh and moving.
Vancouver’s 1080p label has carved their place in the lo-fi techno totem as one of the more reliable homes for quality, proving that point with their release from Journeymann Trax.
The man behind the Cafe Del Mar compilations releases a stunner of an LP, Jose Padilla revives Mediterranean infused electronics into class of its own with this release on International Feel.