SXSW Review: Jessy Lanza brings “Strange Emotion” to Austin

As someone who has been listening to electronic music almost exclusively for the last 2 years, there are a number of things that I’ve noticed. One is that many electronic acts hate coming to Texas (or at least any of the acts that I like and would love to see live), so one of the great things about SXSW is it brings people from all over the world into one place, making it a Mecca for acts to come and show themselves off. For me, SXSW has never really been about networking or partying or getting free stuff, but it is an opportunity to see acts that I would normally never get to see without having to travel across the country.

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SXSW Review: And you thought “Bipp” was catchy… SOPHIE is going to change the electronic landscape in 2014

“I can make you feel better, 

if you let me. 

I can make you feel better, 

if you want to. 

I can make you feel better, 

and you know you will.”

There really isn’t that much to SOPHIE’s infectious first single “Bipp” that he released last year. It takes a simple hook that repeats through most of the song; the music is very spacious which puts a focus on the space in-between the melody and the bass; all in all it’s not much more than a very experimental pop song.

And yet it’s something entirely new. It is rare for a new artist to truly shock me. Usually it takes a few releases before I realize that an artist is doing something really great, maybe after a few singles, or EPs or album releases. SOPHIE did this with only a single single released. Continue reading

Burial – “Rival Dealer” // A discussion on the divisiveness of the EP, and the social issues that it presents

It seems that every time Burial releases a new song, it is either hailed as the greatest release of his career so far, or the worst track he has ever made. Such divisiveness is a rare occurrence within music fandoms, where opinions usually meet at the median, but Burial is different. From his first release he was a voice in establishing a new movement in garage music and in dubstep, and by the time Untrue released in 2008, he solidified himself as one of the most important innovators of the 21st century. The sounds that he creates have been mimicked, dispersed, deconstructed, and reinvented since he first made waves in 2006, but even still it is incredibly easy to differentiate a Burial track from any of his imitators.

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