Friday, December 23, 2011

Sub Radar Radio 006

It's Friday! And almost Christmas! Wheee!

Well, you wouldn't believe what I went through to put this show together. Long story short, it turns out that me deleting an unrelated Hammond B4 organ synthesizer caused my DJ program to bug out and endlessly search for a "tonewheel" before crashing. Yeah, I don't know either. I emailed technical support though, so let's hope for a holiday miracle.

Anyway, enough of that. Five hours later, I managed to pull a mix together using demo software, so it cut the mix that I was planning in half, but it's still a meaty 22 minutes long.

Starts out fancy, gets a little purple, and ends in the most wonky way possible.

P.S. Not only was it demo software, but I had never even used it before now. So... yeah. I promise to shape up in the future. This morning added about 10 new grey hairs to my 23 year old scalp.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Compilation Radar: Duzz Down San - DuzzUp Vol. 3

Well it just seems like today is Austria's day, because here we have another large, free compilation from underground beat makers, this time from the label Duzz Down San. This is the third installment of their DuzzUp series, and the last one of 2011.

The album is available as a "name-your-price" purchase on Bandcamp, but they also provide an alternate Mediafire download link (here) if you prefer that method of downloading.

Oh, and in case you're wondering "Volume 3? But what about volumes one and two? I NEED MORE AUSTRIAN BEATS ARGGHHH!"... First of all, calm down and stop spitting on me. Also, they are here and here.

Enjoy your delicious succulent dripping audio spaghetti in your ear tubes.

Compilation Radar: Dusty Crates - Out of Order 2

The end of the year compilations are coming fast and strong, this time from Austrian collective Dusty Crates.

The Vienna based group was founded in 2009 by Melik and Simp, and has grown to feature a whole host of other underground musicians from the Austrian underground.

So open up your aural extensions and check out these 21 free tracks demonstrating the ever-expanding central European wonky (yet refreshingly organic and analog) beat scene.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Album Radar: LyteSho! - Concept of Space EP

2011 has been a wonderful year for music, and it definitely isn't slowing down towards the end. Charles Amara, aka LyteSho! from Wilkes-Barre, PA, is one of the most exciting artists I have stumbled across in a long time.

A member of the outstanding up-and-coming Senzu Collective (Juj, D33j, Alecks, et al), LyteSho! has definitely proven himself amongst their ranks with his latest "EP", Concept of Space. I put "EP" in quotes because at 15 tracks averaging 2 and a half minutes a piece, this really does start to feel like a fully meshed out album.

Brilliant atmosphere, subtle melodies, clever sampling... it has it all. I highly recommend a good pair of headphones for this album, as some of the panning is truly masterful. Frisson is practically guaranteed.

Best part? The album is 100% free to download, so you literally have 0 excuses to not grab this.

LyteSho! and the rest of the Senzu crew are making waves, keep your ears out! For more LS!, find him on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Youtube.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Compilation Radar: Saturate Records - Saturated Vol. 2

Huge release from the super exciting German label Saturate Records, a name-your-price 18 track compilation/megalodon of bass-y purple-y future beat goodness.

Featuring tracks from Sub Radar favorites such as Om Unit, CoCo Bryce, Manni Dee, and Ambassadeurs, this compilation is certainly an early holiday present for me, and for you too if you have working eardrums.

As I mentioned, the compilation is name-your-price(!), but if you choose to donate you can send proof (screenshots) to and receive these two bonus tracks for free:


Monday, December 19, 2011

Bootleg Radar: Lana Del Rey - Blue Jeans (Eyela Beret Remix)

Check out this fantastic bass driven bootleg of Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans" by Dorking/London's own Eyela Beret:

Lana Del Ray - Blue Jeans (Eyela Beret Bootleg Remix) by Eyela Beret

He says that he drummed this up in an hour using headphones for reference... if you're looking for an analogy for the phrase "mad skills" today, let this be it. If only he could spell her name correctly (only joking, Brett).

Here's the original song by Lana Del Rey and her pouty puckers for comparison:

Album Radar: Lie - Ballad EP

Really interesting news from Tri Angle Records this morning, it appears that the head honcho Robin Carolan will be releasing an EP of his own under the guise "Lie", called Ballad EP.

The bad news: there's no audio yet, so there's no telling how it will sound, but considering that XLR8R has made Tri Angle their label of the year among a whole host of other commendations from a myriad of other websites, I have nothing but huge hopes for this.

Until I can snag some audio previews for this, all we are left with are the tracklist and album art. Enough to whet the apetite for now!

Lie - Ballad EP album art
1. Móðir
2. In Trees (Aokigahara)
3. Bedroom
4. Ballad
5. We Fade

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Compilation Radar: Lowriders Collective - Beatitude

Check out this tasty little compilation I found while digging around the internet. Lowriders pile together wacked out hip-hop, a dash of skweee, a skosh of witch house, and all in all some pretty funky rhythms.

Montgomery Clunk, Wokr, Slamagotchi, Deadstokdonut and a whole host of others are featured on this release. The album is €6 (€7 for the cassette version), but sometimes music costs money, that's just the way it is.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tune Radar: Emancipator - Elephant Survival

I just stumbled across an amazing free track from one of the most talented composer/producer/DJs of our time: Doug Apling, aka Emancipator.

Apling is up there with Bonobo in terms of creating enthralling beats that utilize organic sounds and brilliant sampling. I remember having his debut Soon It Will Be Cold Enough on repeat for weeks on end when it first came out, and has been added to my playlist every winter since.

Enough of my blabbing, here's the tune. 100% free to download.

If you enjoyed this, I implore you to have a dig through his other releases via his bandcamp page.

Sub Radar Radio 005

It's Friday! Yay! Best of all, it's time for a new episode of Sub Radar Radio!

Notice how this week is a little different, as there is a distinct lack of a colon and a name after the episode number. That's no mistake. This episode is 100% yours truly, I decided it was about time I started pulling my weight around here, can't always leave that burden on guest DJs!

So here it is, it's short-ish and fades out at the end (software crash, eurgh), but I'm happy with it. Features tunes from Sub Radar favorites Teebs, Juj, Rustie, Kuedo, and more!

Enjoy! And since this is my first (recorded) show ever, please please please let me know what you think in the comments section, even if it's "dis is turrible!".

Album Radar: InDeLiBLe - Dusty

Awesome experimental netlabel FWONK* has just put up Dusty, a free 10 track beat tape from InDeLiBLe, a Bulgarian --> Italian producer.

The album is solid the entire way through and has a sort of throwback feel. Brass and string instrumentation, staggered drums, vinyl crackle, and old school vocal sampling arise naturally throughout.

The site says it's released on the 20th of this month, but I just checked and the download is active, so scoop it up if you're in the need for some head bobbing hip-hop instrumentals to wrap up your week. Thanks to KOMczech for pointing this one out!

p.s. This weeks episode of Sub Radar Radio will be up shortly!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Artist Radar: Umami

Thanks to Hutyluty for keeping an eye on the Leeds scene for me by seinding this strangely addictive artist my way.

Part of his style involves taking one of the genres that I typically avoid (juke/footwork) and combining it with one of the genres I spend hours listening to (purple).

The end result? It's... weird. I mean that in the best way possible.

Check it out, make sure you wait for the drop @1:00 on this first one... That "Ready..." sample is so freakin catchy for me!

You also have to love his selection of "album art" for this tune... Lassie in boots.

Plenty more juke-y purple gems all over his soundcloud, well worth checking out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Album Radar: Burial - Kindred EP

So, the legendary reclusive Burial strikes again, with a new EP entitled Kindred coming out in February of next year.

UPDATED 12/19/2011:

The album is said to be 6 tracks long three tracks, including three new tracks (in bold):

A. Kindred
B1. Loner
B2. Ashtray Wasp

The last track, Ashtray Wasp (?) was debuted to the world last night on the UK radio show by Scratcha DVA, and rips are being put up and disappearing from youtube constantly, but here's a working one that I've found (I'll try to keep it updated) :

A little different than I was expecting, but leave it to Burial to stay original while still pushing his signature sound.

Album cover:

Burial - Kindred EP album art

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Snag A Banksy Competition

Australia's Art Series Hotel chain is holding a bizarre competition for 30 days starting this Thursday, December 15th.

They have decided to hide a signed and authenticated print of street artist Bansky's "No Ball Games" (below) in various locations throughout their hotels until January 15th. The print is valued at $15,000. The competition?

Not to find it, but to steal it.

Yep, the hotel chain is actually offering it for free if you can manage to walk out the door with it, without getting caught. They'll even be offering up hints on their Twitter and Facebook feeds to help you out in your heist.

All I'm saying is that I hope they have cameras set up to capture the crazy amateur Ocean's Eleven shenanigans that are sure to go down. I wholeheartedly approve of this type of viral advertising as long as I get to watch the outcome.

Remix Radar: Sun Glitters - The Wind Caresses Her Hair

Luxembourg producer Sun Glitters released a name-your-price remix EP of his single "The Wind Caresses Her Hair" on his bandcamp page today. It seems that with every release, Sun Glitters attempts to bridge the gap between Burial, Boards of Canada, and shoegaze. Totally feeling the Discuss remix, if I had to pick.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Compilation Radar: The Moon Comes Closer

Project Mooncircle, the same label that dished out the fantastic UK/Ireland compilation featured here last month brings us another collection of amazing tunes from their catalog, all in the name of a Russian girl's dreams to go to the moon.

Quoted straight from the bandcamp landing page for the compilation:
This is a story about a young Russian girl named Jinna Morocha who had a vision of one day flying to the Moon.
Many years ago during the hard times of life in Moscow, the young girl saw the Moon consciously for the first time and at that very moment the dream began. These vivid thoughts remained in her mind and she started to ask herself “How can I get to the Moon?“. Soon she found the label Project: Mooncircle over the internet and told them her story, at once she saw a chance to come a few steps closer to her dream. By now Jinna lived in Germany and it was possible for her and the label to meet, her key question was “Can you bring me to the Moon?“. The answer was a faltering “No, but maybe we can let you fly to the Moon in your mind. Let’s build the soundtrack to this vision, close your eyes, clear your thoughts and let us begin on your journey“. That was the beginning of “The Moon Comes Closer“, come embark upon this voyage with us.
The 27-track compilation features beats from all over, including Sub Radar favorites fLako and Juj, among a whole host of others. Everything from jazzy vibes to the wonky beats we all know and love, there's definitely something for everyone.

Best part? It's free! But not for long. Hurry up and grab it if you want it now, because at the start of the new year it will cost money to download (10 Euros, most likely). Player embedded after the jump:

Video Radar: Purity Ring - Lofticries

Since it's near the end of the year, I'm giving myself full permission to revisit gems from the past twelve months.

No, you won't see me write up any "best of" lists, I'm just here to show you what I find and you get to tell me how good or awful they are in the comments section. It's more fun that way.

Anyway, remember my write up of Purity Ring and their awesome single "Lofticries"? Well, I flubbed and neglected to mention that there is a terrific official music video directed by David Dean Burkhart that uses footage from the 1974 cult fan film Thriller: A Cruel Picture. Here it is in all its glory:

Purity Ring - Lofticries from David Dean Burkhart on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Free Tune: Fybe:one - Irenidae

Just spotted this tune over at XLR8R, London producer Fybe:one invites you to mellow out in the most groovy way possible.

You can scoop the free 320 over at the XLR8R landing page or by clicking here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sub Radar Radio 004: Brim

This week's episode comes from another UK DJ, 17 year old David Brimacombe aka Brim from Brentwood, Essex. Our youngest guest DJ yet, David smashes it.

This one is on a bit of a bass-y garage tip, lots of shuffling drums and experimental grooves. Featuring tracks from Burial & Four Tet, Pearson Sound, Mount Kimbie and Dark0, enjoy!

If you're digging Brim's picks and mixing, make sure to check out his Soundcloud page and like him on Facebook.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Tri-Angle Round Up

Those of you who are unfamiliar with New Yorks' Tri Angle Records should take a quick moment and head on over to my label feature on them to familiarize yourself with their glorious catalog of artists and releases.

All caught up? Good.

It's been a busy day for Tri Angle, so I thought I'd collect all their news here in handy list format for all the fans that don't feel like clicking all over the internet to get the latest news. Also I thought I'd give you something to read/listen to while I upload this week's radio show.

Holy Other - Feel Something (The Haxan Cloak Remix) by TriAngleRecords

Whew, that's it for now, I'll update this page as more news comes in. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Album Radar: Keep Shelly In Athens - Campus Martius EP

Greek duo Keep Shelly In Athens have recently released a huge EP on the legendary Planet Mu records, keeping in line with their brooding synth-pop to produce some of their darkest and most beautiful tracks yet.

Tangled, mangled, melodic and full of surprises, it seems they have saved some of their best for Planet Mu. It's a bit like if M83 and Trent Reznor decided to collab on an EP. The highlight of the EP for me is the B-side track "Struggle With Yourself", a grinding, fierce machine of a track with Sarah's voice draped elegantly over it:

Not to mention the B-side compatriot title track, which shows off their dreamy jitter-pop skills in the most graceful way possible:

I have nothing but good things to say about these guys, they are the toast of current Greek electronic music if you ask me. I highly recommend keeping your finger on their pulse, as well as digging through their past catalog, gathering the audio equivalent of cheese puff dust under your fingernails as you fervently digest their sonic wonders.

But you should start that quest by heading over to the Planet Mu store and scooping this EP up in whichever format you prefer.

These guys are all over the internet, so if you like what you hear, check out their blog, their Facebook, their Soundcloud, their Myspace, their Twitter, their Youtube channel, and their page.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Album Radar: Color Plus & Eric Zolan - Away EP

Fresh from Brooklyn label Outlier Recordings comes a collaborative effort between Jersey-based jazz guitarist Eric Zolan and Hartford, CT based beatsmith Color Plus.

The result is similar to what you would expect, which is to say: delicious sweet audio butter for your ear tongue. 0:23 seconds into the first track, I was sold. Creative jazzy guitar loops paired with the backbone of effective beatcrafting, these guys should work together more often.

Dig in:

The album is available as a "name-your-price" download, but also in a limited edition hard copy CD version that includes hand-made art, a bonus track, and an EMiV sticker (digital tracks also come with the $10 purchase, available here).

For an even sweeter deal, you can purchase the hard copy in tandem with the latest version of their fantastic soundcloud-scouring Outsourced series, Outsourced Compilation Vol. 4. For $14.98, it's cheaper than ordering them separately and gets you a better deal on shipping. The tandem deal is only one click away right here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Album Radar: Pure X - Pleasure

As the year is coming to a close, a lot of blogs are starting to do their year-end wrap ups... so when I noticed Austin, TX trio Pure X's album Pleasure was amongst GvB's ranks, I instantly remember how much I enjoyed it proceeded to kick myself for not featuring it when it debuted.

Better late than never, as they say.

The release is filled with feedback drenched, slow paced reverby reverie, and each track feels like the soundtrack to some cough syrup fueled daydream. The group was formerly known as Pure Ecstasy, and the feel of each song really does feel like you're drowning in your own serotonin.

The intro tune "Heavy Air" is the perfect introduction to Pure X:

...and then on to the vocals:

So if you're in the mood to kick back and enjoy your favorite beverage or herbal remedy, this record is a must-have for 2011.

The first pressing of the vinyl is sold out (except for a few on Secretly Canadian), and the second pressing is on Acéphale. Mp3s can be found via Amazon or SC. Jump on it!

Find more from them on their website, soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter.

Reissue Radar: Shlohmo - Shlo-Fi EP

It's been a few short month's since Shlohmo dropped Bad Vibes and the supplemental Fine, Thanks, but his back catalog has erupted yet again with more blurred/looped/experimental mangled goodness, in the form of the remastered reissue of 2009's Shlo-Fi EP, which comes in at a hefty 9 tracks and 5 remixes.

Dropping yesterday on Error Broadcast, the remastered version of some of Shlo's earliest works includes bonus remixes from the likes of Soosh and Anenon. This is arriving fresh on the heels of the limited vinyl release on Insound early last month, which sold out very quickly, so the immediate digital version and the Error Broadcast pressing (deluxe version via HHV) is welcome news to those that missed it the first couple of times around.

The warbling Soosh remix of "Couch" (below) is available as a free 320mp3 download courtesy of XLR8R here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

LuckyMe Advent Calendar

The LuckyMe Family is joining in the holiday festivities and has set up their own version of an Advent calendar, meaning each day from now until the 25th they'll be dishing out exclusive bits from their catalog for your eardrums to chew on.

And it's already smashing it up like only LuckyMe can, with Machinedrum, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, and Mike Slott jams already being dished out so far. The 25th is marked with a red box, so hopefully it means a full length free Jacques Greene album (pleasepleaseplease).

Anyway, all the releases so far and a link to the calendar after the jump (click on the title if you're on the homepage).

Holiday Slugabed Giveaway Cont.

It's Monday! Here to remind you why you shouldn't dread that word entirely is good ole Mr. Feldwick aka Slugabed, who (as promised) continues to dish out free back-catalog goodness (previously) on every Monday from now until Christmas. Apparently Slugabed doesn't mind if you're naughty or nice, unlike a different, more rotund holiday figure.

Even better: today is a double dose. That's right, a free tune + a VIP of said tune!




Sunday, December 4, 2011

Artist Radar: Valeriya Volkova

Today's artist feature is a little different than normal, but definitely warrants mentioning. Valeriya Volkova is a painter/illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY, who stretches the imagination using brilliant colors and what I can only assume to be some type of sorcery.

I first encountered her work on an imageboard, where I found this pizza pie masterpiece:

Click to embiggen.
Thankfully, the watermark was still intact, which led me to her homepage, which is filled to the brim with her other similarly impressive works.

I'll embed some more down below, but if this is your kind of vibe then you should check out her blog, her etsy store, and her Society6 store, where you can purchase the amazing pizza party print.

Beep boop:

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Video Radar: Lukid

Those of you who remember my "Underground Beatsmith" feature on Lukid will remember that I didn't use the term "underground" lightly, the guy is barely on the lighter side of anonymous.

So imagine my surprise when Tom Wilson managed to score a rare on-camera interview with the man himself as a feature for Maschine (promoters in Bucharest, not the Native Instrument device).

The camera-shy producer talks about a few subjects, including his introduction into music, his next album, and.... about his dislike for being on camera and talking about music. But hey, we'll take what we can get. As a part-time music journalist, it's strange how the artists that give you the least about themselves make you the most curious to know more.

LUKID - artist profile from Tom Wilson on Vimeo.

Although shying away from press, it's interesting to check out his Facebook fan page, where he shares a variety of strange photos and playfully interacts with his fans. He also seems to enjoy confusing/trolling people on Omegle (the anonymous chat website), proving that there is a acerbic sense of humor behind all the mystery.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Album Radar: Dibia$e - Comfort Zone EP

Fresh Selects has teamed up with Surefire Agency and the Abstract Earth Project to extend their FRSH SLCTS: WKND BEATS series, this time featuring LA's own super talented beatsmith Dibia$e.

Comfort Zone is a free 7 track EP demonstrating what Dibi has been up to recently, including his newer work practicing with a variety of DAWs, such as Ableton and Reason.

Preview some of the tracks below, full tracklisting and download link after the jump.

Sub Radar Radio 003: Budeaux

Happy Friday everyone! It's time for another installment of Sub Radar Radio!

I'm super excited about this edition, as it comes to us from none other than Birmingham's own Budeaux, but you may know him better as Gareth from Night Tracks. Fans of that wonderfully moody and atmospheric sound will recognize that he has outdone himself, everything on this mix is perfect. I had to repeatedly stop myself from uploading this ahead of schedule.

I would say to save this mix for after dark, but you'd be putting off quite the experience, so I suggest pressing play right now:

Leave all positive/negative feedback in the comments section below. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out Night Tracks on Blogger and Bandcamp, and follow Budeaux/Gareth on Soundcloud and Twitter.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Artist Radar: Arapaima

Robert Lazar, a producer from Bucharest, Romania, composes under the fish-themed name Arapaima (one of the largest freshwater fish in the world). Strange choice for a name, but it doesn't matter if he called himself FootSack, he'd still be getting a feature here. Why, you ask?

Pitched vocals, shuffled drums and moody atmosphere... yes, yes, and yes please. Expect to see a lot more of this guy in mixes and shows in the near future, as he's released stunner after stunner with the help of the Romanian label Dark Clover.

Dark Clover is absolutely smashing it recently, so if you're a fan of Night Tracks, I heavily suggest checking out their releases.

Oh, and did I mention that tomorrow's radio show (Episode 003 of Sub Radar Radio) comes from none other than Gareth from Night Tracks? Yes indeed, I received the mix earlier this week and it is absolutely stunning. So hopefully that gives you something to look forward to!

Here's some more Arapaima, definitely worth an exploration:

What do we know by Arapaima

Leave all positive or negative feedback in the comments section downstairs.