“Part of the Game”

Airbird is Joel Ford, one half of Games, which is an electronic duo featuring Daniel Lopatin, aka one whole of Oneohtrix Point Never, an electronic synthesizer project that has more name recognition than Airbird, so hopefully now you give a shit about what I’m writing. Dick.

“Part of the Game” is a completely addictive, slow-burning number taken from a new split between Airbird and Megafortress, out on The Curatorial Club. You can hear more tracks on their website.

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Cold Cave

“The Great Pan Is Dead”

Sharing is caring: Cold Cave share “The Great Pan Is Dead” off their forthcoming Cherish The Light Years, due May 5 on Matador.

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This wintry little piece of ambient pop is the first single from the forthcoming W-H-I-T-E (that’s “White Horses In Technicolor Everywhere” for you superfine) album Twin Tigers. The album will be released March 16 on Swill Children, but if you’re too impatient for that kinda shit, you can buy the 7-inch single RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW, with a B-side remix by Amen Dunes. Neat, huh?

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Eternal Tapestry

“Galactic Derelict”

Eternal Tapestry’s Thrill Jockey debut, Beyond the 4th Door, is being released on March 15. It’s 2011, readers, and Thrill Jockey continues to be awesome.

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James Blake

“Tep and the Logic”

“Tep and the Logic” isn’t on James Blake’s self-titled debut (TMT Review), but maybe it should’ve been? You can find the track on the vinyl edition of the album, which also features another bonus track, “You Know Your Youth.” But hey, you’re so cool that you already don’t like James Blake, right? (via GvsB)

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James Ferraro

“IAsia 2 RAVER”

I saw Best Coast play on David Letterman the other day, and wow, they sounded like any other live rock ‘n’ roll band, with booming drums and muddled, metallic guitar. Compare that to the slightly jangly, echoing, borderline lo-fi album track. My point? A record’s sound these days is particularly important (sometimes all that matters), so it’s interesting to see what kind of actual tunes/compositions people are throwing through the sonic mud.

With that in mind, check out this 30 minute track posted on James Ferraro’s Soundcloud. It’s one of the more washed out slices of sun-soaked VHS-pop I’ve heard since, I guess Ferarro’s last album? The actual source of the music is completely eschewed. Is it played live, then put through a million filters, transferred from the computer to cassette and back again? Is it all sampled from lost 80s cassettes? Nostalgia culture being appropriated twice over to highlight the unreliable nature of our personal and societal memories? Or does it just suck ass.

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