Bleep is a column focusing on varying degrees of electronic music news, videos and MP3s. For this week, I’m tired of some forerunning trends in glitched out electronica that often possesses, I feel, little to no human qualities! Instead, I will be focusing on electronically-minded musicians who build their work primarily off manipulations of analog sounds. Most recently, such individuals who have captured my heart have included Co La and Kone; now, a submission from the unknown Glass Boy and the epic Flying Lotus both fall under this same heading. This mixture of soulful passion with experimental electronics — not just in an intentional sense on the part of the artist, but in an aural sense that translates to the listener — is what’s highlighted in this post. (That and a new Lindstrøm track!)

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Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus’ latest, “See Thru To U”, comes from his upcoming album, Until The Quiet Comes, which drops October 2nd. Erykah Badu is featured on the track, and the album sees other guest stars like Niki Randa, Thundercat, Laura Darlington, Niki Randa, and most famously Thom Yorke of Radiohead. With such a lineup and such a powerful track record, Until The Quiet Comes is pretty much guaranteed to be sick as all hell, with killer artwork to boot.

After the jump, you can stream the first album single “See Thru To U”, check out a full list of tour dates, learn more about the special versions of the vinyl, and hear his Adult Swim series single.

 

Flying Lotus (cont’d)

Flying Lotus – “See Thru To U”

Flying Lotus’ Until The Quiet Comes comes in four versions: a double 180g vinyl with full colour inner sleeves (amazing), wrapped in black buckram embossed paper with tipped on cover image; a regular double vinyl package; a 8-panel digipack CD, and a digital download.

He has recently also participated in a singles series for Adult Swim. Listen to the track HERE, where you can also peep a video interview.

FLYING LOTUS TOUR DATES
SEPTEMBER
Sun 23rd – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Animal Collective)
OCTOBER
Sun 7th – Terminal 5, New York, NY
Mon 15th – The Hoxton, Toronto, CO
Tue 16th – Metro, Chicago, IL
Thur 18th – Ogden, Denver, CO
Fri 19th – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Mon 22nd – Fortune, Vancouver, Canada
Tue 23rd – Neptune, Seattle, WA
Thur 25th – Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
NOVEMBER
Sat 3rd – Brixton Academy, London, UK (all-nighter w/ 2 special Flying Lotus performances)
Sun 4th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mon 5th – Conne Island, Leipzig, Germany
Tue 6th – La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Paris, France
Wed 7th – Fri-Son, Fribourg, Switzerland
Thur 8th – Gretchen, Berlin, Germany
Fri 9th – Manchester Warehouse Project, Manchester, UK

 

Lindstrøm

Lindstrøm’s last release, the more experimental Six Cups of Rebel struck some as “too crazy”. Now, later in 2012, his latest, “Rà-àkõ-st” is over eight minutes of slow rise and fall dance floor electronics, stereotypically Lindstrøm style, with little semblance of insanity. It comes from Smalhans, which means “scarcity” or “poverty” in Norwegian, which will be released November 6th on Smalltown Supersound (a label we have recently mentioned in connection to the rad new release from SF’s Tussle. The record was mixed by Todd Terje!

SMALHANS TRACKLISTING
1. Rà-àkõ-st
2. Lāmm-ęl-āār
3. Ęg-gęd-ōsis
4. Vōs-sākō-rv
5. Fāār-i-kāāl
6. Vā-flę-r

 

Glass Boy

In his press release, Glass Boy describes telos (noun /’teläs/ /’te-/) as “an ultimate object or aim”. When pressed for further details, he added that, “Telos is an anagram of stole. Not to get too deep into it but I feel art is some collection you get from things in your life.”

Everything about Telos feels like a collection of sounds gleaned from anywhere and everywhere, be it horror movie film soundtrack, urban playground, 8-bit video game, or jazz club. The record is completely unpredictable. The occasionally jarring samples and the schizophrenic compositions are all fragmented glimpses into a fragmentary universe, but it somehow just works. Glass Boy is a prolific guy; for him, 2011 alone saw 12 releases, and 2012 so far has 10. I’m not even going to pretend like I’ve listened to them all, or that I will — but Telos has certainly sparked my interest enough that I will at least listen to the previous two, Let It Alone and Fog. Should you, dear reader, like what you hear, you can scope his entire back catalog out at glassboy.bandcamp.com.

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