It’s good to be LCD Soundsystem. Coming back from retirement to be embraced by an adoring audience can put a band in an enviable position of being able to pick and choose their gigs, and LCD has taken that notion to an intriguing extreme. They’re curating their own festival, but they’re not dropping their admirers into the California desert or anything; instead, they’re adopting a full-blown vacation vibe for the endeavor and holding the event in Mexico in the middle of the winter. Hey, isn’t that what you would do if you had your own festival?
The Riviera Maya on the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula is the site of Beach Vibes, which runs from January 26-28, 2017. The Barceló Maya is the beach-based resort hotel that is the home to the event, which features not only an impressive list of performances and DJ pool parties, but also “daytime local adventures” that encompass everything from catamaran and snorkeling to deep sea fishing and golf. Besides LCD themselves, the Beach Vibes roster includes Hot Chip, Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, Holy Ghost!, Horse Meat Disco, Tim Sweeney, Shit Robot, and plenty more. Pre-sale packages for the event become available 1Pm EST on July 8, and general sale begins at 1PM the following Monday.
If you’ve always loved Bob Moses‘ 2015 debut album, Days Gone By, and wished there were more of it, your prayers have just been answered. Amid a busy summer for Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance that includes UK festival gigs in London and Glastonbury (New Yorkers, take note: they’re also playing Rough Trade East on July 14), Domino Records is readying an expanded reissue of that record for August 19, featuring some intriguing extra material.
The duo’s trademark is a cunning blend of dance music and indie pop, so it’s no surprise that Days Gone By (Never Enough Edition) will arrive with remixes by the likes of Joris Voorn, A-Trak, and RAC. But there will also be three live versions of tunes from the album, an acoustic take on “Before I Fall,” and more. If you want to learn more about the band, they’ve also just made a mini-documentary about their recent exploits, Days Gone By – A Bob Moses Story, and you can also catch up on some Big Shot interviewclips from their recent Governors Ball appearance.
1. Like It Or Not
3. Before I Fall
4. Too Much Is Never Enough
5. Tearing Me Up
6. Keeping Me Alive
7. Nothing At All
8. Days Gone By
9 Writing On The Wall
10. Touch & Go
– She Don’t Mind (vinyl bonus track)
– Here We Are (vinyl bonus track)
– Like It or Not (Joris Voorn remix)
– Tearing Me Up (A-Trak remix)
– Tearing Me Up (Tale of Us remix)
– Tearing Me Up (RAC remix)
– Tearing Me Up (Live)
– Before I Fall (Live)
Nothing At All (Live)
– Before I Fall (acoustic)
For the third EP release from Konstrukt, the Amsterdam-based collective that oversees both a party series and a label, you can expect two artists to come together, but it’s not really a collaboration. Dutch twosome Artefakt are sharing space with Swedish producer Evigt Mörker for the split EP that is Konstrukt 003. The four-track release finds Artefakt taking over side one, with their Swedish compatriot occupying the flip. And while the former’s tracks are more ethereal, Mörker brings some decidedly visceral beats and a deep techno feel to his track, while still maintaining plenty of atmospheric textures. The EP is out on July 1, but if you can’t wait that long, you’re in luck—you can catch a sneak peek by streaming Mörker’s “Altaret Restes” below.
The video for Burmese/Scottish producer/singer Fiona Soe Paing’s “Behrot” is as otherworldly, moody, and striking as the song it accompanies. Paing is getting set to release her debut album, Alien Lullabies, on the Colliderscope label on August 28. This track from the LP highlights not only her unconventional vocal approach but also her knack for crafting haunting, sometimes even unsettling electronic vistas. The “Behrot” video is full of surreal imagery, offbeat visual effects, and masterful animation, and it makes the perfect visual companion to the song.
The Year of the Ape in the Chinese zodiac is the one in which Frankfurt-based DJ/producer Markus Ferdinand was born, but it’s also the title of his new album under the M.in alias. Due out July 1 on Ferdinand’s own label, My Favourite Freaks Music, the record finds him becoming increasingly involved with exploring the full potential of analog synth tones. It also shows Ferdinand’s ability to achieve a broad range of sounds by collaborating with other artists.
Over the course of the album, he gets together with Fabio Macor, Marquez III, Bruno Gentile, Pete Kaltenburg, and others, turning out tracks that tech ]-house to acid and beyond. And on “Real Underground,” which you can stream below, an artistic partnership with Riven helps to highlight the thick textures Ferdinand is able to wring from his Moog Mother 32 and Sub 37, with an endlessly undulating groove that slips around like an exceptionally agile serpent across an electronic forest.
The Manchester duoAnD introduced their musical alter ego Shadows on the Avian label in 2012, and now they’re reviving the project for the Fear of the Imagination EP, a four-track affair out July 1 on the Leyla imprint. As you can hear from the streaming sneak preview of “Lights Out” found below, Shadow is all about adventurous exploits into the outer limits of electronic music. Their experimental, neo-industrial sound finds form in chaos and beauty in intensity. The sounds that emerge on Fear of the Imagination are simultaneously arresting and dizzying, in your face and strangely hypnotic. They force you to envision an alternate reality where music is made by an entirely different set of rules. And in case this project whets your appetite for more music from the Layla realm, keep in mind that they’re unleashing a new EP by Manni Dee on the same date.