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Premiere: New Braille single + interview

Posted by Jakub

Artwork by Anthony Ciannamea

Artwork by Anthony Ciannamea

Earlier in the year I posted Braille’s EP now we fast forward to today as we premiere a new single from his “Mute Swan” LP, enjoy the single “The Cats Gone Nuts ft. Seafloor” and the interview below.

1. Weight
2. The Cat’s Gone Nuts (feat. Seafloor)
3. Better Than Nothing (feat. Angelica Bess)
4. Insider Out
5. Ports (feat. Angelica Bess)
6. Ended Up In NY
7. It’s All Right (feat. Angelica Bess)
8. I Assume (feat. Jesse Boykins III & Throwing Snow)
9. Stop Drop & Roll
10. Everyone’s Crazy
11. Shhhh
12. An Oceanic Escape (feat. Olivia Sholler)
13. Gee Whiz

Current city:
Ro aka Chunkers the Cat

ISO50: Dream gear set up:
Braille: What I’ve got right now works pretty well. Highlights are my Prophet 12, Rhodes, Laptop and Apollo Sound Card. I guess if I dream of anything, its having a proper piano around again.

ISO50: Dream gig line up to play with:
Braille: A Piano, Guitar and Vocal Mic
Granular Sampler with a pedal system triggering recording of each of the instruments individually
Controller to control the sampler’s playhead on each individual track

I’m gonna make this happen some day…

ISO50: Share a childhood memory that might relate to your music?
Braille: Every nightmare I ever had as a child where I was frozen by an unseen evil and couldn’t scream

ISO50: If the world lost electricity tomorrow, would you continue to make music and how?
Braille: I’d break out the acoustic guitar, find a piano and go to town

ISO50: How do you and Seafloor know each other?
Braille: We’ve known each other since our first releases during the good old IDM days. Seafloor was in a group on Merck called Landau which progressed through Landau Orchestra and Murray Flexor to its current incarnation as Body Language. He lives a block away from me in Brooklyn and has become one of my closest friends over the past 10 years or so. We’ve been working together more often the past few years, you can check out our first collaborative EP as “Rights” on Infinite Machine.

ISO50: Tell us about the album art for the EP and LP?
Braille: Anthony Ciannamea did an amazing job tying the EP and LP art together while still staying true to the vibe of the individual releases. The cover and back of the LP ties together everything from subject matter (a girl, swan feather) to instruments used (texture from a cardboard box I used for some of the percussion) without feeling too busy. Its been a pleasure to work with him and I’m looking forward to the stuff he’s still cooking up for the album release.

ISO50: Can you list off a 4 song playlist of what you listen to while
you head out for errands?

Braille: It varies but recently these four tracks have been on repeat lately:

Tim Hecker – Virginal I
Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)
Sufjan Stevens – Fourth of July
Flying Lotus – Coronus, The Terminator

Photo by Sean Maung

Photo by Sean Maung

ISO50: Something your fans might not know about you?
Braille: I’m Indorican?

ISO50: Do you collect anything?
Braille: Not really. Music and Instruments I suppose, though I know thats a very boring, expected answer.

ISO50: What is your favourite sound and why?
Braille: The sound of a minor 7th guitar chord run through a granular sampler at a very slow speed with the density and duration maxed out. There’s something so beautiful about both the concept and the resulting sound. On one hand, its a beautiful, epic textural sound and on the other its a statement about the temporal nature of sound since you are exploding a single instant of audio into an endless, living soundscape.

ISO50: Is there any sort of emotional subtext, or something that inspires you to write your solo music?
Braille: Melancholic optimism

ISO50: Any tour dates lining up?
Braille: Some upcoming dates with label mate Different Sleep as well as my release party next month in Brooklyn!

15-Apr – Los Angeles, CA – Low End Theory w Different Sleep
16-Apr – San Francisco, CA – California Academy of Sciences Night Life w Different Sleep
22-Apr – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room w Different Sleep
23-Apr – Chicago, IL – East Room w Different Sleep
8-May – NYC – Mute Swan Release Party at Cameo Gallery w Seafloor & L-Vis 1990

Premiere: 10 Years of Moodgadget

Posted by Jakub


We’re celebrating our 10th year of “exposing the diversity in electronically made music” at Moodgadget Records with Dynamo, our 100th release. Offering a 22 track compilation of emerging new talents among our current roster which includes exclusive tracks from Dusty Brown, Kyson, Howlings, AceMo, and many more.

Made it real cheap over at iTunes if you want to support, $6.99 for 22 songs.

Moments By Chad Kamenshine

Chad Kamenshine



Future Islands

Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES)

Paul Banks (Interpol)


Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)


White Lung

The Knife

Young Magic


Zola Jesus



A few months ago, I was asked this simple question: “Would you want to shoot their portrait?”

Looking back, this is the moment when all the dominoes started to fall. I’ve always had something to say, but I felt as if the message wasn’t getting through. Shooting portraits has finally given me the platform to vocalize my vision, and since then it’s been pretty insane. I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate and share experiences with some of the most amazing people. The best part? I’ve made lifelong friends, all because I just took someone’s photograph.

2014 – An unforgettable year, revisited here.

Chad Kamenshine

Tycho Mix For Vice

Posted by Scott


Tycho – Vice Mix

Telefon Tel Aviv – The Birds
Apparat – Arcadia
Tstewart – Untitled
Bonobo – Flashlight
Jamie XX – Girl
Dreams – Bloodsport
Howlings – Hearing Voices
Jai Paul – Jasmine
Dusty Brown – Hide No Signs
Caribou – Silver
Blackhall & Bookless – Kevins Spacey (Virginia Remix)
Dauwd – Moiety
Beacon – Fault Lines (Dauwd Remix)
Spoon – Inside Out (Tycho Remix)

30 DEC | Marion Bay, AU | Falls Music and Arts Festival
31 DEC | Lorne, AU | Falls Music and Arts Festival
01 JAN | Sydney, AU | Field Day
02 JAN | Byron Bay, AU | Falls Music and Arts Festival
04 JAN | Busselton, AU | Southbound
08 JAN | Melbourne, AU | The Hi-Fi
10 JAN | Sydney, AU | The Hi-Fi
14 JAN | Kuala Lumpur, MY | Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre
15 JAN | Singapore, SP | Victoria Theatre
16 JAN | Hong Kong, HK | Music Zone @ E-Max
17 JAN | Shanghai, CH | Mao Livehouse
20 JAN | Beijing, CH | Yu Gong Yi Shan
23 JAN | Taipei, TW | The WALL Live House
24 JAN | Seoul, KO | Rolling hall
29 JAN | Tokyo, JP | O-East
30 JAN | Nagoya, JP | Quattro
31 JAN | Osaka, JP | Soma
03 FEB | Manila, PH | The Theater at Solaire Resort

The Most Refreshing Musicians of 2014

Posted by Jakub

Photo by Moiré

Photo by Moiré

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

Deru 1979: Experiencing an Album

Posted by Jon M

The Nine Pure Tones

In a time where the devaluation of music seems to be at it’s peak, fans and audiences expect every release to be either for free or donation based, which forces musicians to tour extensively or resort to day jobs in order to support themselves. Deru, an electronic artist who questions this establishment, explores an innovative release of his latest album, 1979. His approach influences listeners to place themselves in an appropriate listening environment, delivering an entirely new experience.

To help him with his vision, Deru enlisted a team of people including the visual artist, Effixx, who collaborated previously on the Outliers, Iceland: Vol. 1 project.

I sat with Deru & Effixx to discuss the themes and concept behind 1979:

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