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DJ Shadow- Liquid Amber

Liquid Amber, DJ Shadow’s gluminous new EP, is the first public introduction to his new record label of the same name, and his first musical delivery since 2011’s The Less You Know, The Better. Conquering the industrial slant of future bass with chemical soundplay and a reputable minor melody- designed to keep feelings real and hook chins … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 8.5: Sensory Sap

To be so lucky to be so lucky. Ushered by warm silence through doors creaking with intention to fasten a mood to your spongy shell, and while it drips its potency reveals itself, sharing tremendous power and potential beside the equally harrowing shards of fear: don’t tip toe through the years. We wander inside music’s … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 7.23: Lost Digger

Lost Diggers search like nomadic animals on unpaved plains, living for nothing, experiencing everything, no goal in mind except new sights on the way. They rely on patience and faith to find big rare fruits in unexplored territories. Go spin change, go be change, go. Lost Digger opens with a fresh glitch treasure by FatRon … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: The Palmer Squares, Shlick Smit, Benny Els, Rabbi Darkside @ Abbey Pub 7/17/14

LA-based hip hop builder Shlick Smit put a show together at Chicago’s Abbey Pub last Thursday. Benny Els and Rabbi Darkside came from Brooklyn and The Palmer Squares are Chicago born and raised. Beyond the unique styles of each bill player, they all brought a common rhythmic energy to the intimate crowd of bouncing hands … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 7.15: Beats for Heat

Good things to remember during the warm, outdoor, adventurous seasons: that place you’re late to isn’t actually missing you; thinking of nothing but the sun and the sky for a day is good for everything; your stress is entirely manufactured, false to the core in its malicious and unnecessary disrupt of now. Follow moments around like a rhythm; explore … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 6.26: Moody Stunk

First, peer in on an MC that takes traditional music promotion and pees on it. If you’re sick of something, do your part to relieve the world of it- for Phedee, Soundcloud prank tags and intrinsically sarcastic branding got the independent MC the attention of Irish doom rapper Rejjie Snow (“Pancakes”- check it out) and lean lo-fi … Continue reading

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Riding Frequencies with Fyu-Jon

A member of Brighton’s wavy electronic music scene, Fyu-Jon (Luke Thomas) produces music on wandering, emotive, and dark function mode. Melodies maintain but take form in odd scrapyard bass chunks and punchy percussion samples. Fyu-Jon’s music is minimal but saturated, building with eccentric soundbites not unlike the swelling synths in a Caribou song or the … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Meta Modular Project

The Meta Modular Project is an experiment in redefining musical collaboration. Inspired by Moogfest’s interactive design, this project recorded sound clips from festival goers experimenting on equipment inside the Modular Marketplace. All audio tracks recorded were then sent to music producers to create an original Moogfest song. The results are true examples of crowdsourcing sounds, … Continue reading

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Sonic Week 6.5: Bumpy Rides

BPM slows tempo on the final track from their no-boundaries bass compilation Kaizen Movements Vol I, coming up for one grand and busty melodic breath with the Benjha original “Lighthouse Blues.” Like a final scene or the last chapter in a tale of splits, it punches our sights upward and out of  those muggy memory caves with deep techno rhythms, … Continue reading

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The Future of Technology is Here, and It’s Sensitive

The future of technology is here, and it’s sensitive. Like don’t touch me down there, I’m not ready quite yet sensitive. Like I have serious feelings, dripping from my eyes to the pit of my stomach, and I can convey that for you sensitive. Amidst this waterfall of rapid technological innovation, a much bolder front … Continue reading

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