This was a find.
Coming out of Athens, Greece is DSF: a DJ, producer, and head of indie label Break the Rule who has a sound that defies genre expectations in favor of something that’s expressive, different, and fresh. His newest release, a track called “Madness of Cactus,” plays on these strengths as it traverses through the dark catacombs of dance music’s underbelly delivering an audio non-sequitur that bounces and floats with childish glee. It’s as if a mad scientist of H.P. Lovecraft’s design discovered a Moog and a Roland drum machine and started experimenting to recreate the voices in his head. The result is a hot, tribal, dusky retreat into a soundscape that is so easy to get lost in that you need a trail of breadcrumbs to find a way out.
In other words, it looks like the only cure for the “Madness of Cactus” is lots of dancing.
You can pick this up on all major digital music platforms.
When “Bugatti,” Tiga’s rhythmic and absurd exploration into the quells of the dance underworld, came out this summer, nobody was expecting it to take off the way it did. Defying genre altogether to create a new plateau that’s undeniably idiosyncratic and unlike anything else being churned out by the Dance Gods, “Bugatti” was a testament to how going against the grain can pay off in spades.
The music video released last week is just as bizarre and unexpected. Featuring a dizzying amount of 80s inspired imagery and kitsch from the fashion to the set design, the music video for “Bugatti” is a roller coaster that feels like it was manufactured in Andy Warhol’s Factory right down to the emphasis on vintage ski wear. The most fascinating aspect of the video, however, is how accurately it captures the track’s feeling of escalation as the focus on surrealism becomes more frantic and brinks on insanity (the most disturbing, surprisingly, being a waterfall of Heinz ketchup).
Check out the music video below and be sure to download “Bugatti.”
LA duo, Bleitch, just debuted the video for their single, “This Is Out Youth,” and the visual companion is equally as dreamy as the track itself. The video follows the duo through a series of vignettes ultimately resulting in a late night beach party. It shares a sense of epicness with the song that translates easily over the synthwave soundscape and indie pop vocals to make for an enjoyable view. Check it out below:
Gavin Russom is an artist whose work defies genre boundaries and expectations to create unique soundscapes and ambience unlike anything you’ve ever heard before leading him to rework and remix the likes of Cut Copy and Planningtorock in addition to putting together DFA’s The Crystal Ark.
His latest work, an edit of Caribou’s “Bowls” which is set for release through Merge Records in November, is nothing short of extravagant featuring an array of electronic styles during the enclave of sound that serves as an audio feast for your ears. And Russom intends for you to eat your heart out: the winding road that he has produced plays out like a magic carpet ride through transcendent and surreal soundscapes while maintaining a daunting focus on rhythm. The magic happens during the escapes into areas that are befitting for a “Tron” revival or when the track dips into a samba groove which allows the organic and inorganic to coalesce into a loving mixture of the grounded and the absurd.
Don’t get me wrong: clocking in at close to 11 minutes, his edit of “Bowls” is a marathon of a track, but it’s a marathon worth running as it’s proof that experimentation is an art form in and of itself.
Make sure you get Gavin Russom’s take on “Bowls” when Merge releases an album of “Swim” remixes in November.
As the “Melbourne Bounce” subgenre continues its stranglehold on mainstream EDM, track after track continues to be churned out by the likes of TJR, Will Sparks, and Deorro. But with every emergence of a new category comes a few tracks that go against the grain in an attempt to take their niche in a different direction even if it’s only for the sake of amusement. This is “Dark Chicago” by Adrian Gia.
Coming off New York’s Brooklyn Fire label, the Australian producer decided to strip away the big room and main stage aesthetics that have made Melbourne Bounce so popular amongst Kandi beaded ravers and he’s replaced it with a minimalist techno vibe that is sure to turn a few heads. In a way, “Dark Chicago” is exactly what the name makes it sound like: a deeper, more sinister, edgier take on Chicago house music. And that stems out from every element of the track including the thumping bass that straddles a fine line between disco edit and main stage ragefest, a woodblock sample that keeps the tempo up, and a good use of ambience. There’s even the added novelty of a sample from the film “The Blues Brothers” to immerse it further in Chicago flavor (and even that has been deepened and darkened for the sake of solidarity).
In the end, Gia’s noodling around with the Melbourne format has produced a very tight, concise track which is much more rooted in the underground techno scene than the mainstream Ultra scene and that, my friends, is worth the full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, and wearing sunglasses.