Through the years, long-time collaborators and friends Lazerbeak and Minneapolis video artist Matt Scharenbroich have worked together to match their passions with one another's. In this feature below, we look back at their projects together, and Scharenbroich comments on his latest video for "Life Every Voice", which is a rippling animated delight that falls downwards through glitter and varying levels of psychedelic intensity.

 

INTERVIEW WITH MATT SCHARENBROICH CONTINUED BELOW
"The falling in the video could be paralleled with that of Alice falling down into the rabbit hole or the sensation of one's body falling into a dreamy hypnotic state. There is a certain freedom and release associated with this transformational and transcendent state. That release from the boredom and restraints of life can be incredibly uplifting." -- Matt Scharenbroich

 

Portland director Sean Pecknold has put together a brand new video for Here We Go Magic's "How Do I Know," starring experimental dancer Janet Pants. In the middle of a desert landscape or along the side of pools, Miss Pants comes to life like a wind-up robot, full of awkward moves and strange puppet-like animations that make a lyrics like, "How do I know if I love you?" seem to demand an emphatic "ALL OF THIS!" for an answer. Pecknold was first introduced to the music of Here We Go Magic on a road trip, and a line of synchronicitous experiences led to his directing the film. Here We Go Magic's upcoming record, A Different Ship, is out now on Secretly Canadian.

 

 

Bleep is a weekly column focusing on varying degrees of electronic music news, videos and MP3s. This week we feature the new Shit Robot 12", a mix from the impeccable Nicolas Jaar, another Carl Craig project to keep track of, and more. Read previous Bleep columns here.

 

Shit Robot

Marcus Lambkin's debut record From the Cradle to the Rave was a long time in the making, over a decade in fact, but since then the German producer has had his foot on the gas. After a string of excellent singles and remixes in support of the album, Lambkin returns to Shit Robot in 2012 with a brand new 12" and the announcement of a singles series. "Space Race/Teenage Bass" is the first single in the Green Machine series, a line of brand new tracks from Lambkin. Although no specific timetable has been set for the releases, it's a sign of commitment to new music from this incredibly talented producer, and I'm all for that. "Space Race" is a pure house track, a booming trip through late-90's and early-00's dance music. It's a return to his roots in a sense, as it's the kind of music Lambkin was making when he first got together with James Murphy and company over at DFA Records. "Teenage Bass" follows a similar patterns, a track molded from a singular beat extrapolated over seven tense and twisting minutes. Although this 12" doesn't match some of From the Cradle to the Rave's often goofy nature, this new release is certianly worth checking out. Green Machine vol. 1 is out this week on DFA Records, and you can listen to both tracks HERE.

 

Nicolas Jaar

New York by-way-of Chile producer Nicolas Jaar took everybody by surprise in 2011 with Space is Only Noise, an amazingly poignant and minimal electronic effort, a record which still sounds effortless yet will ultimately become timeless. Jaar recently delivered the newest BBC Essential Mix for the British radio program, and to say that it's essential would be redundant but it shouldn't lose its meaning; this mix is amazing. Don't mind the *NSYNC track; Jaar even manages to make the boy band cool again. Everyone from Aphex Twin to Feist, to Marvin Gaye and Jay-Z are included on the mix, so you know Jaar's influences don't side with a specific era or genre. Stream or download the entire show below, and head over HERE to read the entire tracklist.

 

Bleep is a weekly column focusing on varying degrees of electronic music news, videos and MP3s. This week we highlight new tracks from Disclosure and Physical Therapy as well as a new video from Paradis. Read about all that and more below, or check out previous columns here.

 

Disclosure

The slow trickle of material from UK duo Disclosure has been a delightful tease for years now, but a full-length album would be beyond delightful. Wishful thinking aside, "What's in Your Head" is their newest cut, previously premiering secretly on their FACT mix. The smooth, addictive dance track is now available for streaming purposes now, and will be released June 4th on Greco-Roman. Check out some of the group's pervious work here.

 

Remix City Sifting through mountains of remix trash so you don't have to, in an attempt to find the ones that contribute to their originals. Fixers get remixed by Memory Tapes, Jonas Schwartz by Rebel Rebel, and Command V by Max Pask.

 

Fixers

This Memory Tapes remix of Fixers' "Crystals", from their debut EP, gets some bonus points for its unconventional merging of sounds, Indian raga vibes, and squealing synths towards the end of the track. The band's Pop Meat/Your Corruptor EP is out now on Dolphin Love Records (blar). You can hear the original HERE. Fixers - "Crystals" (Memory Tapes Remix)

 

"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles. Getting dancey on the pop music tip today with Teen Daze, Auto Body, and Another.

Another

Head over to the Bandcamp of solo electronic artist Another to get a free download of his 2012 album, Since June. The Chicago musician sprinkles in some Bear In Heaven vibes via the vocal stylings, though the music itself parallels much nicer to a band like KISSES. A surprising recent accidental find that starts off strong and has some truly terrific moments.

 

Coinciding with bright spring threads come a fascination with brightly-colored, geometrically-minded embroidered works! In this post, we examine works from artists who painstakingly thread through paper to vastly different ends.

 

Shaun Kardinal

This year, Seattle's Shaun Kardinal has taken a bold leap from minimally embroidered postcards to more involved pieces set upon multi-layered collages. By reconstituting rare pages from 1950s LIFE magazines, Kardinal explains what he calls "a long-time fascination with radial compositions and mandalas" in his Connotations. Expect a joint interview between him and Erin Frost within the month.

 

Bleep is a weekly collection focusing on varying degrees of electronic music news, videos and MP3s. This week we feature a new single from Girl Unit and Simian Mobile Disco, a new way to purchase Still Going's "D117" and more.

 

Girl Unit

It's been a few years since the release of Girl Unit's "Wut," but the repercussions of that club-stomping single are still being felt in 2012. Girl Unit's label Night Slugs has launched into massive stardom, making each release even more anticipated than the last. With the label's popularity still on the rise, Girl Unit will release their newest EP this week. Club Rez EP might not have the genre-defining single like "Wut," but the EP does an amazing job of remaining consistent and progressive both in terms of the label's expectancy and Girl Unit's past precedent. Listen to preview clips of each track below.
Read full review of Club Rez EP - Girl Unit on Boomkat.com ©

 

Remix City Sifting through mountains of remix trash so you don't have to, in an attempt to find the ones that contribute to their originals. In this post, three solo musicians -- Active Child, Bright Moments, and Emily Wells -- get refined remix treatment from GRVRBBRS, Shuttle, and BATHS, respectively.

 

Active Child

Active Child, the solo project of Pat Grossi, gets some remix treatment from GRVRBBRS, at no sacrifice to the original sexy vibes of "Hanging On." Beauty, beauty, beauty. About his latest full-length, the nostalgic and emotional You Are All I See, Grossi says, "You Are All I See is an attempt to build a bridge between the listener and I, in that, I wrote these songs for you as much as I did for me. And right now when you are listening to my voice, by yourself, it really is just you and I." Full tour dates at the bottom of this post, with Balam Acab and Superhumanoids on support. These dates coincide with the reissue of his The Curtis Lane EP on 10" vinyl! ACTIVE CHILD - "HANGING ON" (GRVRBBRS REMIX) ACTIVE CHILD - "HANGING ON" (ORIGINAL)

 

Stream 4-track preview of Active Child's You Are All I See