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NO CEREMONY/// – 'WEARME'

While we are no closer to figuring out exactly who is behind No Cermony, we do have a new single titled ‘Wear Me’. The Manchester electronic outfit first hit the googlesphere back in August releasing ‘Hurtlove’. Then a few week’s ago No Ceremony dropped another taster in the shape of a Patrick Wolf remix for ‘Time Of My Life’.

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Just like ‘Hurtlove’, No Ceremony are offering up ‘Wear Me’ as a free download from their official site, here. ‘Wear Me’ is a progressive piece that rises from atmospheric piano chords into ambient dance territory. Just like No Ceremony‘s choice of artwork and design, there’s an apocalyptic feel to both the song and the creepy video (just released today).

No Ceremony favour effect heavy vocals on ‘Wear Me’ and push for a highly textured sound. Many of its parts are repeated samples that evolve and overlap before falling away into the ether. For this reason, I suspect No Ceremony is the work of a sole producer. Someone that’s a little shy in revealing his vocal chords (regardless of style).

However, for the sake of buzz, I’d just as soon make claims that No Ceremony is actually a CIA operative in hiding after uncovering a wicked government secret, forced to hide away in a studio and express himself in the only way he knows how. I could be wrong.

For more information and free downloads visit No Ceremony @ www.noceremony.com.

Warm Ghost – ‘G.T.W.S.’

Warm Ghost released their new album ‘Narrows’  via Partisan records last week. This follows on from the ‘Uncut Diamond’ EP from earlier in the year. In other words, the Brooklyn synth-pop duo don’t fancy sleep!

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‘G.T.W.S.’ kicks off Warm Ghost‘s new album, it’s a laid back, new wave leaning track with a totally spun out video. By the way, if you decide to start a band today I’d advise against putting ‘Ghost’ in your band’s name because… well, everyone else has.

Connect with Warm Ghost @ Facebook @ www.warmghost.com or shop at Partisan Records here.

Oliver Tank – ‘Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion’

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Just when I thought it was safe to turn off the computer, Oliver Tank‘s ‘Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion’ taps me on the shoulder and I’m back. Fans of James Blake, Boards Of Canada or Jamie xx will lap this up on first listen. Promise.

It’s a slick and simple production making good use of the contrast between warm strings and an electronic drum pattern. Oliver Tank has even dared to apply the often misused vocoder to his vocals, it didn’t work out so well for Kanye but in this instance it’s just the right amount. The song title is also fitting, it ebbs and flows like a sci-fi lullaby!

So who is Oliver Tank? Oliver is a Sydney-based producer who is just about to drop his debut EP. And he’s only 21 years old! ‘Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion’ will feature on the EP along with a bunch of new songs via Australian imprint Yes, Please Records on October 24.

Sydney locals who tune into FBI Radio may’ve heard Oliver Tank recently as he took out the Northern Lights competition and will be heading to Reykjavik next month to perform at the Iceland Airwaves Festival – and deservedly so! In the meantime, Oliver is offering this track as a free download here. (right click, save link as)

Connect with Oliver Tank @ Facebook or visit Oliver Tank @ Yes, Please Records.

Balam Acab – 'Oh, Why?'

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Balam Acab’s debut album ‘Wander/Wonder’ was only released a week or so ago, already it’s being hailed as the electronic album of the year. Not my words, but an opinion held by many.

Balam Acab is the work of Alec Koone, a 20 year old college student from Pennsylvania who released his first tunes on the ‘Sea Birds’ EP through Tri Angle in August last year. Since then Balam Acab’s music has been thrown in with the growing witch house trend. But the downbeat, creepy, warped vocals that defined the sub-genre have taken a more positive turn on Balam Acab’s new release.

‘Wander/Wonder’ is credited for its warmth and depth despite its indulgence in spacey, electronic textures. ‘Oh, Why?’ (free WAV download here) is one example that switches between classic and contemporary vocal styles, earthy strings give way to modern bass, then the droning synth kicks in. Still, Koone manages to hold it together and make it personal. Even if you’re not a big fan of this style, Balam Acab is a worthwhile listen.

Download ‘Wander/Wonder’ @ Beatport. Balam Acab @ Tri Angle Records / Balam Acab @ Myspace / Facebook.

Radiohead – 'TKOL RMX 1234567'

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Radiohead have unveiled their latest remix offering from ‘The King Of Limbs’ which features Blawan, Altrice and Brokenchord’s treatment of ‘Give Up The Ghost’ (see player above). This marks the fifth remix package for the album, which to date has included remixes by Four Tet, Jamie XX, Caribou and Lone among others.

If the volume of Radiohead remixes is making your head spin, you can hold out for ‘TKOL RMX 1234567’ which bundles them all into a tasty double album. ‘TKOL RMX 1234567’ will be released on October 10 in the UK and the rest of the world, North America following on October 11.

TKOL RMX 1234567 Disc 1:
01 Caribou: “Little By Little Rmx”
02 Jacques Greene: “Lotus Flower Rmx”
03 Nathan Fake: “Morning Mr Magpie Rmx”
04 Harmonic 313: “Bloom Rmx”
05 Mark Pritchard: “Bloom Rmx”
06 Lone: “Feral Rmx”
07 Pearson Sound: “Morning Mr Magpie Scavenger Rmx”
08 Four Tet: “Separator Rmx”

TKOL RMX 1234567 Disc 2:
01 Thriller: “Give Up the Ghost Houseghost Rmx”
02 Illum Sphere: “Codex Rmx”
03 Shed: “Little by Little Rmx”
04 Brokenchord: “Give Up the Ghost Rmx”
05 Altrice: “TKOL Rmx”
06 Blawan: “Bloom Rmx”
07 Modeselektor: “Good Evening Mrs Magpie Rmx”
08 Objekt: “Bloom Rmx”
09 Jamie xx: “Bloom Rework”
10 Anstam: “Separator Rmx”
11 SBTRKT: “Lotus Flower Rmx”

For more TKOL RMX 1234567 info visit www.radiohead.com or order from The King Of Limbs store here.

Bon Accord – 'Lopsided'

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It’s not often that a four to the floor bass drum makes its way onto these pages… but today an exception has been made! London beatmaker Bon Accord has a new single ‘Huish Park/Lopsided’.

‘Lopsided’ is a light, airy, 80s synth tune and a very worthy b-side to ‘Huish Park’. The easiest way to lap up Bon Accord‘s catalogue is via his Bandcamp page where his three EP’s and this free single is available for download.

Just in case your still hungry… here’s some Indonesian shoegaze tunes courtesy of Jakarta’s Sharesprings

Sharesprings – ‘Ceiling Blossom’

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Sharesprings – ‘I Love To See You (Daydreaming Me)’

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