Sofie Letitre’s Top 10 for August 2015

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  1. JNTHN STEIN – “Cata”
  2. 200 Press – “Building it Still”
  3. Two Fingers – “Adrians Rhythm”
  4. Nosaj Thing – “Sci”
  5. Sofie Letitre – “Bare” (Remix by Jai Tee)
  6. Sofie Letitre – “Slip”
  7. Hybris – “I Know Where We Disappear”
  8. SBTRKT – “Look Away”
  9. Moody Good – “Musicbox”
  10. Wen – “Swingin'”

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Premiere: Rhymos – “Particle Fever”

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Since launching Whistleblower Records in 2014 label owners/longtime friends Alan Fitzpatrick, Reset Robot, Con Fraser and Rhymos (a.k.a. Aaron Binstead) have been taking things nice and easy, selectively striking when the moment felt right. This month they step up in a big way with Rhymos’ “Particle Fever,” a deep, late-night gem that resides on the border of house and techno. The effortless track is neatly stitched together with swelling basslines, woozy pads and hi-hats from heaven — what more could you possibly ask for?

Listen to the world premiere of “Particle Fever” below, and be sure to pick up Rhymos’ smoldering after-hours jam next week.

Rhymos’ “Particle Fever” is released via Whistleblower on August 10, 2015.

Pan-Pot x Michael Klein: The Big Shot Interview

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After having the pleasure of world premiering “Pattern Movement” featuring Geneviève Marentette from Berlin techno producer Michael Klein‘s brilliant Drawing EP released last week on Pan-Pot‘s Second State label, we have a special treat for our readers. The duo — Thomas Tassilo and Benedix Ippenberger — sat down for an intimate chat with the latest edition to their label’s growing roster of talent.

In this revealing interview, Tassilo and Ippenberger ask Klein about his music-making process and the array of creative activities that are on his plate.

“I always end up running multiple projects at the same time,” he confesses to the guys. “Once I have an idea in my head, I cannot stop until I release it. It’s a curse and a blessing but with less sleep, good time management and pure selfish drive to finish what I have started, I get it done somehow.” Continue Reading

Dorian Concept Mounts U.S. Tour

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The Austrian producer and composer Oliver Johnson, best known by the artistic alias Dorian Concept, has gained renown for a sound that blends an eclectic array of influences. Besides electronic music, his work is informed by everything from hip-hop and free jazz to funk and classical music, and his keyboard skills have previously earned him a spot as touring keyboardist with Flying Lotus. But it’s his own music that will be coming to the fore when Dorian Concept launches a short North American tour this month.

New York City, Austin, Raleigh, Atlanta, San Francisco and L.A. are all on the itinerary for the Ninja Tune recording artist. His last album was 2014’s Joined Ends, but who knows how much further the Dorian Concept approach has evolved since then? You can find out by attending the shows, of course. But you can also follow his exclusive tour diary right here on Big Shot, where he’ll be offering up his intimate thoughts on things day at the conclusion of his excursion.

Tour dates:

August 8 – NYC – MoMA PS1 Warm Up – Daytime
w/ Moritz von Oswald, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jlin, and Rabit
August 8 – NYC – Slake – Nighttime
w/ Kastle, Alex English
August 12 – Austin, TX – Empire Chop Shop
August 13 – Raleigh, NC – Neptunes
August 15 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
August 18 – San Francisco, CA – Monarch
August 19 – LA – Low End Theory

 

Premiere: Rhymos – “Particle Fever”

Rhymos

Since launching Whistleblower Records in 2014 label owners/longtime friends Alan Fitzpatrick, Reset Robot, Con Fraser and Rhymos (a.k.a. Aaron Binstead) have been taking things nice and easy, selectively striking when the moment felt right. This month they step up in a big way with Rhymos’ “Particle Fever,” a deep, late-night gem that resides on the border of house and techno. The effortless track is neatly stitched together with swelling basslines, woozy pads and hi-hats from heaven — what more could you possibly ask for?

Listen to the world premiere of “Particle Fever” below, and be sure to pick up Rhymos’ smoldering after-hours jam next week.

Rhymos’ “Particle Fever” is released via Whistleblower on August 10, 2015.

Ryuichi Sakamoto Is Thinking About Returning to Work

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A year after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto says he is thinking about returning to work after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. In a rare posting to his website, Sakamoto, whose massive list of credits include membership in iconic ’70s electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra to acting and composing the 1983 film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, recapped the past year that required him to pull out of all projects and focus on his health. He apologized for inconveniencing his fans and musical partners, adding that he “never felt more loved.”

“One year has passed since and thanks to everyone I am in great shape. I am thinking about returning to work,” he wrote. “For the time being I intend to prioritize composing work that I can do from home and so, for my first job, I will be responsible for the music of Haha to Kuraseba (Living With My Mother), a film by the great Japanese director Yoji Yamada. I will be refraining from performing live for now.”

“Forgive me if this sounds corny, but the illness brought me to a realization, which I am thankful for,” Sakamoto concluded. “It is truly a sign from nature or heaven. Taking this sign, I will make sure to avoid my old habits and treat my last days left with the utmost care.”