Scottish electronica act Errors have shown steady growth through the years. The band's debut, It's Not Something But It Is Like Whatever, was a calculated assault of electronics and synth, and their second album, Come Down With Me, brought in a bit more melody while...

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. Today's post travels into Nordic territory, with an assortment of electronic jams bearing the handiwork of producer extraordinaire, Lindstrøm. 120 Days Pulsating lights...

At first blush, Grimes' latest full-length, Visions, may seem like a trendy dance-pop album. Go a bit deeper, and you'll see it's not that easy to describe. The Grimes wave was a bit slow to wash over me at first, but once it did, it engulfed completely, making me incapable of choosing anything else to listen to. Grimes is one of those artists that became an indie internet sensation before anyone (in the US) knew who she actually was, even though she had been quietly putting out records on Montreal-based label Arbutus for the past few years. The project of Claire Boucher, Grimes has developed from lo-fi home recording natural to a studio-production pro. Her layering of harmonies on top of harmonies on top of electronic-sounding keyboards might seem cold to some, but the vibe the music actually creates is warm and inviting. How is this achieved? Let's start with the intro: "Infinite ♡ Without Fulfillment" is a telling and perfectly designed entrée into the Visions world, both in music and lyrical content. A juxtaposition of both indie rock and dance music, it sets the tone of the record and leads perfectly into the beautiful "Genesis" and the mystical "Oblivion," a yearning dance song at its core. The rest of the album wobbles a bit but remains steady in its fun energy content. "Nightmusic," which features frequent Grimes collaborator Majical Clouds, has a steady up and down beat that surrounds Boucher's voice with a beautiful stage. The bass is often thumping in the background of Visions, like a racing heartbeat, true to the overarching romantic theme of the record.

Occult symbols aren't taken too seriously in this video for Nite Jewel's "One Second Of Love", which combines dance (complete with floor moves) with a pop-and-locking, gyrating calavera-headed creature. At the breakdown, all glamour turns nasty, as in: a scantily-clad character straight out of a...

"Pop music shouldn't always get a bad rap," says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of pop music highlights across a selection of styles.  Hunting Club Using only cascading drums, drawn-out synths, and extremely minimal pop vocals, Hunting Club don't need much to stick a pop song straight...

Bear In Heaven go hyper warp-speed, a shade mustacheless, and definitely hi-resolution on their new video for "Reflection Of You," directed by John Lee of the PFFR art collective. Is it obnoxious? Kind of. But if you stick around to the halfway point, you'll be...

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. Today's post runs the gamut in musical style, but pay special note to the Whitney Houston tribute. R.I.P., woman. Wooden Shjips If you...

Welcome to Remix City! A recurring, no-bullshit series of posts that will highlight remixes that are actually worth a damn (as we all know, there are plenty that truly aren't).

Battles

To kick it off are two from the almost infallible Battles, as a part of their upcoming Drop Gloss 12" series. These two tracks, remixed by Gui Boratto and The Field, are on opposite ends of the dance spectrum yet form a satisfying whole: one keeps your dance spirit jumping; the other drones you into blissful, breathy submission. And given enough time, both turn into the other, become either of the above. [a1] "WALL STREET" (GUI BORATTO REMIX) [b1] "SWEETIE & SHAG" (THE FIELD REMIX) And, of course, being the visually-minded minds that they are, Battles have been sure to include the Drop Gloss album art packaging as extension of their similarly-minded gushy, pile-centric existing branding. This particular 12" drops February 7th in North America, and you can subscribe to the entire series at BLEEP.