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What Todd Terje, Roxy Music and Grace Jones Have in Common

By Andy Beta, Contributor

[In each Six Degrees feature, we explore the sonic and spiritual connections behind one record. — Ed.] In the early 2000s, Norway experienced a musical renaissance of sorts, from the electro-confections of Annie to the groggy prog-disco of Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas. Somewhere between the two resides producer Terje Olsen, who hails from the small town of Mjøndalen and re-jiggered the name of New York house producer Todd Terry for his own nom de plume, Todd… more »

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Not Not Fun’s 10 Years of Weird

By Marissa G. Muller, Contributor

Hidden behind a corner store in a mid-century, motel-like building in Los Angeles's Highland Park neighborhood is the office of the electronic label Not Not Fun. There's no arrow overtly identifying it, no sign on the teal door leading inside. It's a perfectly unassuming location for a label that typically champions hard-to-pin-down, occasionally inaccessible artists. Not Not Fun's co-founders Amanda Brown and her husband Britt started the label as a hobby back in 2004. "We started… more »

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How Liars Made Their Mess

By Andrew Parks, Contributor

Despite a long, illustrious, career — one that spans 12 years and seven albums — Liars still don't seem like they belong anywhere. They're even an odd fit for their lifelong label, Mute. When the band shared a festival bill with lifers like Erasure, Nitzer Ebb and NON a few years ago, multi-instrumentalist Aaron Hemphill told Pitchfork, "It was all these electronic bands with this amazing history…and we were just guys with guitars and drums."… more »

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Chet Faker, Built on Glass

2014 | Label: Downtown Records / The Orchard

In 2011, Chet Faker’s brilliantly brooding version of the Blackstreet ’90s-R&B classic “No Diggity” went viral, not only reaching No. 1 on Hypemachine and sound-tracking a Super Bowl beer commercial but also helping to turn the Melbourne singer-musician’s debut EP Thinking in Textures into a pop hit back home. This led to a 2013 collaboration with kindred EDM upstart Flume; their haunted “Drop the Game” went platinum in Australia.

All this is particularly remarkable for a dude who consistently looks and sounds as though he just woke up from… more »

Lockah, Yahoo or the Highway

2014 | Label: donky pitch / Kudos Records Limited

It’s been two and a half years since Rustie’s Glass Swords, but its influence is hard to overstate. Alongside fellow Glaswegian Hudson Mohawke, Rustie’s pristine, album-oriented EDM continues to serve as a jumping-off point for a new wave of bedroom producers. Tom Banks, who records as Lockah and hails from the slightly less cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen, is one such producer, and on his debut album for Brighton-based label Donky Pitch, Yahoo or the Highway, he restructures what he has called his “rap-influenced pop music for the club” into something… more »

Todd Terje, It’s Album Time

2014 | Label: Olsen Records / Redeye

In the early 2000s, Norway experienced a musical renaissance of sorts, from the electro-confections of Annie to the groggy prog-disco of Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas. Somewhere between the two resides producer Terje Olsen, who hails from the small town of Mjøndalen and re-jiggered the name of NY house producer Todd Terry for his own nom de plume, Todd Terje. Emerging in 2004, Terje drew from both Annie’s pop sensibilities and L&PT’s penchant for expansive space disco grooves, amassing a catalog of remixes, catchy disco edits (of everyone from Paul Simon… more »

Max Cooper, Human

2014 | Label: FIELDS / The Orchard

The Belfast-born, London-based Max Cooper left behind a career as a genetic physicist to begin exploring the mind through the medium of minimal dance music. Influenced by modern classical composers like Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Michael Nyman, his output in the past decade includes a series of 12″ releases inspired by scientific and mathematical concepts. This debut album attempts something more ambitious still: to reflect what it means to be human, no less.

The track titles — “Awakening,” “Numb” — suggest what he’s trying to do with each. Opener “Woven… more »

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The Mixtape

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

This Month: Mollusk Jamboree Festival The grandeur of California's Big Sur is legendary -- a breathtaking expanse of verdant green hills, roaring waterfalls and the deep blue beauty of the Pacific Ocean. At the end of this month, Big Sur gets a soundtrack befitting its vistas, when Mollusk Surf Shop and (((folkYEAH))) present the Mollusk Big Sur Jamboree. To help get you ready for this fantastic combination of scenery and sound, we've compiled this radio station… more »

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