This week, keeping in line with the rotational nature of the feature, we’re bringing you the best new releases from the realm of electronica (and a classic that we’ve been digging again as of late). Seeing as how it’s a Friday too, we’d like to help you get into the weekend spirit, so there’s a bit of house, a bit of big-bass techno and a bit of dance-floor weaponry that should get the blood pumping. In any case, we hope you enjoy the selection.
Having gone through a very public transformation, Crystal Castles have returned sans Alice Glass but with new vocalist Edith. They released ‘Frail’ earlier this year to mixed reviews but ‘Deicide’ sees the futuristic synth smashers back on anthemic form. It’s a bit of a nod to balearic trance, but we’ll forgive them that.
Everybody, meet Dax J. This young British techno producer, having fled to Berlin to be closer to the European heart of industrial techno, is a forward-thinking producer with a decidedly futuristic aesthetic. Heavy and relentless, ‘Escape The System’ is immediately commanding and should do nicely in soundtracking the rise of the machines. For now though, it’s a late-night call to dance.
On a slightly quieter note, if you haven’t heard ‘Go’, the new release from The Chemical Brothers, then you’re in for a treat. Featuring Q-Tip on vocal duties, it’s an energetic slice of summery goodness. The Michel Gondry directed video is a bit lush too.
Belfast’s Bicep can do little wrong, and their latest EP Just sees a bit of a break from the norm. It’s more balanced and certainly much lighter than a lot of their output. Title track ‘Just’, with its breaks, analog synth sounds and warm tones, is guaranteed to be huge this Summer.
And now a blast from the past… This is Aphex Twin at his most considered. Taken from Selected Ambient Works 85-92, ‘Xtal’ is a reminder of the creative force that Richard D James has held for decades. A perfect accompaniment to a much needed chill-out after a good weekend’s partying.