5th  August


Blondes – “Swisher” (RVNG INTL)

The duo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman was last heard demonstrating this transcendent practice – one favoring analog serenity to digital flare – on the duo’s 2012 self-titled debut album. Tracks were titled with conceptual dualisms, released on opposing 12” sides prior to album compilation and gleaned house and techno rudiments with spiritually escapist split ends.

Around the release of Blondes, Haar and Steinman advocated the humanistic side of dance culture, mentioning the meditative potential of electronic music as channeled through their interest in the physicality of music making, such as hardware instrumentation and improvisation. At the same time, Blondes’ live performances steadily flared up in various types of venues, mostly outside of the DIY spaces the duo got their start: the traditional club, the art museum, the open air festival, and some of the best sound systems throughout Europe.

The evolution of sound systems on which Blondes played created a curve along which Haar and Steinman built a universally impactful sonic experience. After rehauling their gear and settling into a new studio space, Blondes’ busy year ended in an intensely focused production period during which Haar and Steinman sculpted the boldly detailed Swisher.

Moderat – “Moderat II” (Monkeytown/Mute)

Back in 2009 Apparat and Modeselektor teamed up for what seemed like a one off album release. However, they’ve announced a new album the Moderat side project. Combining Apparat’s emotive soundscapes and Modeselektor’s twisted hard hitting club beats, this album promises to dominate underground dance in 2013. You can see the art and track listing for “Moderat II” here.

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12th August


The Bug – “Filthy” EP (Ninja Tune)

The Bug is back in full effect with the “Filthy” EP, and has hooked up with the inimitable Danny Brown and his King Midas Sound cohort Kiki Hitomi for the ferocious “Freakshow”. It promises to be a great taster ahead of the long awaited “Angels and Demons” album.

19th August


Free the Robots – “The Balance” (self-released)

Shortly after the release of his excellent In Other Worlds EP, Free The Robots is on to his full-length, The Balance. Santa Ana’s Chris Alfaro plans on dropping the album on his own accord. With features from just Jessie Jones and Jonwayne, this album is sure to be yet another expansive and exploratory instrumental adventure.

Julia Holter – “Loud City Song” (Domino)

Loud City Song is Holter’s first studio album proper, and it both continues and furthers the singular vision of its predecessors, 2011’s debut Tragedy and last year’s Ekstasis, as she experiments with intricate arrangements of words and pop melodies to build both an individual collection of songs as well as one unified story–a “song” of songs.