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Check out a track, hot off the press, from UK producer Jai Paul. Jasmine marks Paul’s second official  release, coming off 2010’s immensely successful BTSTU. If you’re a fan of bass music, crank the volume and enjoy the wonders Jasmine has to offer.

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Big news came following the indefinite hiatus of Montreal rockers Wolf Parade, when band co-leader Spencer Krug announced the next installment in his solo project Moonface was to be released later this year. “Headed For The Door” is the first track to drop from the upcoming LP Heartbreaking Bravery, and  the sounds coming off this track are unlike anything Krug or Wolf Parade has explored before. The simplest word to describe is big. Big in every way possible: ambient drums, flowy soft synths, wandering electric guitar, and Krug’s very distinct vocals, all drenched in reverb.  Although I haven’t been a fan of Moonface’s earlier more lo-fi works, “Headed For The Door” has certainly excited me for Heartbreaking Bravery which is set to release on April 17th.

Breaking news from the San Fran collective’s website, The Morning Benders notifies fans of a name change and new & free mix-tape. Band leader Chris Chu has recently released a statement, revealing that the band on tour in UK discovered the term “bender” to mean homosexual. The band felt that they simply could not continue their newfound success under an offensive/derogatory epithet; so henceforth they have recreated The Morning Benders into what will forever be known as POP ETC. Along with the name change, the band announced plans for a third album along with a free mix-tape available for download now on the band’s new website.

The new mix-tape reveals a fresh new take on the classic Morning Benders sound. POP ETC explores a new electronic style in place of their signature organic sound. Synths and electronic drums take the place of acoustic guitars and drums; and even more surprising, Chris Chu’s vocals trade in their trademark reverb for auto-tune… yes auto-tune. The end result feels eerily similar to Vampire Weekend / Ra Ra Riot side project Discovery. There is no word whether POP ETC’s upcoming album will take from their new or old sound, but the news is nonetheless exciting.

Read Chris Chu’s statement here

Check out the bands new website and free mixtape here

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Let me start off with a few blunt statements. Purity Ring is one of the greatest live acts I have ever seen. If you are into Electronic music, see them. If you are into Pop music, see them. If you are into music, see them. See them, see them, see them.

Now that I got that out of the way, lets get to the show itself. Brooklyn based Ava Luna kicked off the night the right way, fusing funk and soul into strange modern grooves. This band has some serious chops, but their lead vocalist really sends them over the top, hitting notes with a charisma that I have only seen from the likes of James Brown and Michael Jackson themselves. These guys have a seriously distinct sound and the talent to back it up.

After a long intermission and stage setup, the lights dimmed. Megan James and Corrin Roddick took the stage to the sold-out crowd . Roddick fiddled with his laptop, grabbed a drumstick, and hit one of the eight paper lamps that were setup during the intermission. The lamp lit up bright orange and triggered a dark and ominous wobbly bass. He hit another lamp, and triggered a different not from the same bass sound. James soon joined in the jam using her youthful voice while pounding a sole kick drum that also lit up each time she hit it. By the time the first track ended I knew I was in for an show unlike anything I’ve seen before. There was not a single dull moment in their short but sweet set, filled with unreleased tracks, more midi light sequences, and masterfully timed live vocal effects. Their sound and performance are so unique that I can’t do them justice by trying to explain them. Their genre has been coined “future-pop” by some of the music world, but their sound is really so much more than that: hints of pop, hints of dubstep, excellent use of sampling, and a blend of prerecorded and live melodies. While Purity Ring may only have three released tracks, I can assure you that they are the next big thing in electronic music.

Province is a split LP from Russian producers OL and Vgtnike. There isn’t really much to say about this album. It is quite simply a solid collection of beats and tracks from each respected artist. It is not as cohesive as possible, and some of the tracks are not as high quality as others, but I enjoyed it pretty thoroughly. The album is currently on sale on their band-camp (below) for “name your price” (free).
Album rating: 7

If you don’t feel like checking out the whole album, listen to a soothing track by OL below.