It's that time again, so here I am with another look at the music that is worth checking from the last seven days. This week I've got a whole load of murky electronica, a club banger form another era and some fuzzy indie pop.
Burial - Hiders
As a long time Burial fan I was a taken back with this track from his latest EP and first release in a year from the reclusive producer. He Cuts back the minor key late night synths for uplifting keys and big drums. It comes across as a bold move from someone with such a defined sound but it somehow works, a positive and defiant statement. The vinyl is out December 16 and you can download the Rival Dealer EP now through the Hyperdub website.
St. Vincent – Birth In Reverse
Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, has shared the first look at her new album in the form of a new single Birth In Reverse. A noisey and restless affair, full of jagged Devo guitars and a hurried drum beat, the single shows Clark's command over the fuzzy guitar sound as her lyrics bring the quiet tensions in everyday life to the foreground. You can download Birth In Reverse now from St. Vincent's website and her self-titled new album will be out February 24 through Loma Vista.
Max Cooper - Adrift feat. Kathrin deBoer
After putting out music for well over a decade and a half Ma Cooper is only now releasing a debut album and in what seems like a step away from his his club-ready minimal techno singles towards more streamlined shorter tracks. Adrift is the first single from that album and features Kathrin deBoer, who has sung with Bonobo in the past, adding her vocals to lonely piano chords and a glitchy percussive rhythm. Whilst similarities can be found to his past EPs and singles, Max Cooper is clearly isn't aiming for the dancefloor here. The album, titled Human, is out March 10 on Fields.
HTRK - Give It Up
Australian group HTRK (pronounced hate rock) have a new record of ghostly industrial on the way. Sounding a little more upfront and less hazy than in the past, the group still continue their penchant for creating dark and mysterious atmosphere. The new record Psychic 9-5 Club will be out 1 April through Ghostly International.
Sparky - Portland
Coincide with Numbers 10th anniversary they're re-releasing Sparky's Portland, a track that came out way back in 1998 through Stuff Records(which would later become Numbers. The Scottish record label has brought acts like Hudson Mohawke and Rustie to a bigger audience. The groove laden Portland coming out on an EP backed with unreleased cuts from the period and a 30 minute long remix from minimal house auteur Ricardo Villalobos created to work at both 33 and 45 rpm.
Portland came out this week on Numbers.
Flying Lotus - ideas drafts + loops
Backed by the news that he'll have a new album out in 2014, Flying Lotus put out a 24 track Zip file of unreleased cuts ranging from a remix of Kanye West's Black Skinhead to his theme song for oddball Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Also featuring on the record are Earl Sweatshirt, Baths, Andreya Triana and DOOM under his Viktor Vaughn alias. Pick it up for yourself on the Brainfeeder website.