Georgia: Asemic Club
Blondes: Business / Pleasure
These Are Powers: Candyman EP
Julia Holter: Ekstasis
Julia Holter's second album, Ekstasis, is a collection of songs written and recorded across the span of three years in Los Angeles, California. Ekstasis marks a return to the playful searching of her 2007 Eating the Stars EP, but guided by newly-learned disciplines, slightly better technology, and nearly limitless home recording time. Holter's songwriting stems from a mythological reverence of that which is incomprehensibly beautiful. Stars was a first attempt at musically transcribing this beauty, while discovering the honest enjoyment of unadulterated creativity. Holter's critically acclaimed debut album Tragedy (Leaving Records, 2011) embraced Stars strains of shimmer, but used sparser textures in a narrative context. While Ekstasis reflects the conventions of her classical training, the album is also uncannily, if unknowingly, poppy. Holter's approach to crafting the songs of Ekstasis centered around what she describes as, "open ear decision: what seemed to sound best for that moment." This blindness to reverence unintentionally steers Ekstasis along the experimental pop spectrum most commonly associated to New York's Downtown music micro-universe of the 80s, specifically the works of Laurie Anderson and Arthur Russell.
Stellar Om Source: Elite Excel 12"
"Elite Excel" is the first listen to Stellar Om Source?s new album Joy One Mile. Furthering her sound further from the formless soundscapes of her earlier work by digging up the roots of NYC electro and Detroit techno, Christelle Gualdi's version of dance music remains unpredictable and inventive. Featuring a top-notch remix by recluse producer Kassem Mosse.
Pink Skull: Endless Bummer
Mirror Mirror: FRKWYS Vol. 5: Mirror Mirror EP
Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin: FRKWYS Vol. 7: Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin
Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, The Congos: FRKWYS Vol. 9: Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras meet The Congos
For the ninth volume of FRKWYS, a music and film series pairing contemporary artists with those that may have preceded them in style and / or approach, Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras meet The Congos in Jamaica.
Paradis: Hémisphére b/w/ Je m'ennuie
Allez-Allez: Hideous Racket EP
Maxmillion Dunbar: House of Woo
House of Woo is the new album from Maxmillion Dunbar, rogue house producer and one half of DC dance captains Beautiful Swimmers. House of Woo is a pure blast of bliss that works on a Funktion One just as well as it does a blown set of speakers at a house party gone woozy with punch drunk love.