Archive for the ‘IDM’ Category


E101: Beginning Electro for the Classical Musician

December 10, 2010

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Echospace – Liumin [2010]

October 24, 2010

Post #49. Liumin by Echospace.  Exotic field recordings + minimal house = Liumin.  This album begins with the track, In Echospace, an amazing sculpture of sound.  At first you hear a few voices, static, and other ambient elements that build into the sample.  You expect it to continue as most ambient tracks do, adding bit by bit but staying in simple and gentle territory, until it gets transformed into something more interesting.  Around 1 minute in these elements are crafted into gorgeous waves that become more rhythmic as the track continues.  At about 2 minutes in you notice that the waves have depth as a subtle pulsating bass enters.  At 4 you think you hear an off-beat kick-drum, but by about 5:30 you realize that you must have imagined things were getting more exciting as the track gets brought down a notch.  But as the waves of static wash seamlessly into Summer Haze, that old familiar kick-drum lands on the house 4 and the party starts.  Perfect interplay between exhausting beats and textured swells carry us to the last track, Warm, a peaceful ambient rest after over an hour of dancing.

Stream the whole album here.  The OBMX track (youtube video below) is not on this album but is an Echospace masterpiece from 2008.  For more info on Liumin‘s creation, read this review.

ALSO! Preview next week’s post, Brian EnoSmall Craft on a Milk Sea, by streaming at NPR till Nov 2.

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source: batalsdr


Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner [2010]

September 21, 2010

Post #47.  Gold Panda‘s debut LP Lucky Shiner. Gold Panda, a super humble guy named Derwin, spoke with me about music and other artists we like after his fantastic opening set for Health earlier this year.  When I asked if he’s been palling around with Mount Kimbie, James Blake, and Joy Orbison he laughed it off saying he’s not even a musician and is way out of their league.  I’m not sure he can be so humble after releasing Lucky Shiner, which displays incredible musicianship and easily puts him in the ranks of the top new British producers.

What’s great about this album is its balance between depth and immediacy.  Thoughtful melodic tracks flow seamlessly out of catchy “bangers” (sorry Derwin, they really do make my head bob).  Soft rhythms keep the melodic tracks flowing while elegant phrasing and structuring keep the jams from wearing out after a few listens.  Despite their previous release on the You EP, Derwin cleverly included You and Before We Met on Lucky Shiner in a way that only adds to the album’s cohesiveness; and rather than sounding recycled, they feel completely new in this context.

Stream the whole album here (also a free dl of Snow & Taxis) and buy it for only $8 here!

free downloads from pfork: Same Dream China and a non-Lucky Shiner track Quitters Raga and a Gold Panda remix of The Field‘s I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet

source: pfork, Derwin


Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers [2010]

July 15, 2010

Post #43 (sorry it’s been a while).  Mount Kimbie‘s first LP, Crooks & Lovers. This album is set to be released on July 19, but is available to stream this week here at FACT.  I am so excited about this album that I am posting this after only one listen through!  Mount Kimbie creates a more drawn out ambient sound than either of their previous EPs but still keep their music within arms length of a rhythmic dubstep foundation.  Drowned in Sound‘s review put it well saying [begin paraphrase] that this album sounds as if it was written as a dance album but then was pared down to be a subtle and heady record.  Thus, it requires a careful and intelligent listen, and in my opinion a loud one on good speakers.  Rock on, Kimbie.

(sorry about the robot voice from Hotflush on Carbonated, but the track was too good to leave off and there’s no clean version.)

source: fbook mount kimbie fan page


DERU – Say Goodbye to Useless [2010]

May 19, 2010

Post #39.  DERU is Benjamin Wynn of LA.  Say Goodbye to Useless is his recently released third LP.  Wynn samples and reworks sections of old music and frames them with clever electronic production.  Though there are stretches of brilliant ambience, this album is very kinetic and beat heavy.  It seemed to fit the rainy day today as it leans pretty heavily on darker tones.  Check out the first video below to hear Wynn talk a little about how he visualizes and creates his music.

Stream the album at Mush Records.  (You can also download it there for $7.)  This youtube playlist has 7 of the 11 tracks.  Make sure to watch the video to Goodbye.  It is a fan video and quite impressive.

source: dataless