louis the child

Louis The Child Put Out Divisive Remix Of Skrillex’s “Midnight Hour”

Skrillex teamed up with Boys Noize and Ty Dolla $ign to drop “Midnight Hour” earlier this year, a bouncy club track with lots of flavor and personality. Taking more influence from “Would You Ever” than Show Tracks, it found itself more at home in a softer set than one attuned to headbanging.

Now, Louis The Child have gotten their hands on the single and offer up a remix that has fans of both theirs and Skrillex quite divided.

The intro is as sultry and smooth as the original, but it’s the drop that is causing controversy. The duo replaces the pounding drums with what one SoundCloud commenter described as a 4th grader learning to play the recorder. The tempo is slower, giving it a less club-ready vibe, as if it was aiming for a more emotional impact. But the lead synth is far too distracting to let that happen.

That being said, many fans are extremely happy with the remix, calling it a “banger,” “crazy good,” among other compliments. On the other hand, a lot of fans are asking what happened. At the end of the day, we can’t fault LTC from trying something new; we just wonder if they might have jumped the shark a bit.

Listen below and make a decision for yourself!


Photo via Rukes.com

Read More

Continue reading »
Tek Genesis Unveils Lead Single "Amber" From Forthcoming Album On Noisia's Division Recordings

Tek Genesis Unveils Lead Single “Amber” From Forthcoming Album On Noisia’s Division Recordings

Sydney-based producer Tek Genesis is preparing to reveal his debut artist album, and he’s not pulling any punches. He’s releasing it via Noisia’s Division Recordings, and just dropped the debut single from the project, “Amber.”

The sound design on “Amber” bears immediate resemblance to other tastemakers like Eprom, G Jones, Tsuruda, or Esseks. The glitchy characteristics and understated hip hop beat present a unified front that both showcases his skill with a DAW and as a composer.

As we wait for more from Tek’s debut album, “Amber” should be sufficient to quench any thirst in the meantime. Listen below.

Read More

Continue reading »
And Now For Something Completely Different: Thys from Noisia Showcases His Experimental Chops in 'Music from Sleeping Beauty Dreams' [Division] [Video]

And Now For Something Completely Different: Thys from Noisia Showcases His Experimental Chops in ‘Music from Sleeping Beauty Dreams’ [Division] [Video]

While we’re all still trying to adapt to this new post-Noisia world, one thing everyone’s been certain about is that it wouldn’t be long before Thys came out with some weird stuff. Enter: Music From Sleeping Beauty Dreams, a new cutting edge “album” of sorts, composed to accompany an equally cutting-edge audiovisual dance show called, unsurprisingly, Sleeping Beauty Dreams.

Now just to clarify, Thys was clearly working on this project long before the announcement of Noisia splitting but everyone know he’s been working on a number of side projects, so this hasn’t been a surreptitious situation. That said, Sleeping Beauty Dreams is entirely its own project and, as Thys himself has said, the resulting album/score was originally composed for the show and its 32 surround sound system. Adapting it for release on digital streaming formats must have been an absolute bitch. It was clearly a labor of love, however, and we’re glad Thys has decided to share it on the Division imprint.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams was created by Magic Reality group, a production company rooted in contemporary dance but using added hyperreal audiovisual elements to its performances to create something otherworldly and to, in their words, “alter the audience’s perception of the physical world.” Right up Thys’s alley. This performance imagines, in stunning visual detail, what Princess Aurora was dreaming about in her 100-year slumber.

Just from watching the performance on YouTube, the visual artistry in this show is one of a kind and completely mindblowing. Seeing it live in

Read More Continue reading »
IDM Artist Healing Spells Returns With New Album 'Vestiges,' Pushes Sound Even Further

IDM Artist Healing Spells Returns With New Album ‘Vestiges,’ Pushes Sound Even Further

IDM is a funny thing to try to place against the recent pop juggernaut that EDM has become but it still has a loyal fanbase and is actually quite important to the development of electronic sounds. With the “I” in IDM standing for “intelligent,” this form of dance music is really at the leading edge of experimentation and creating new sounds.

Tokyo-based artist Healing Spells definitely falls into the sound-pushing category with his latest LP Vestiges, as he turns IDM into true experimental electronica and then takes it back again.  This album seems to really push the beat matrix in dance music in a way we’ve not seen from Healing Spells before. Fans will recognize his characteristic bleeps and bloops, lofi drum samples and 80s-inspired melodies but a discernible beat proves elusive in many of the tracks.

Anyone looking for a beat in this mass of sound “vestiges” (hence the album’s name?) would be wise to do two things: listen to the vocal loops and not expect the drums or snares to provide a beat. The vocals loops almost always repeat themselves in a consistent pattern on this release, so once the listener finds that loop in tracks like “Altitude,” “Through the City” or the title track, the brain can sort of construct its own followable rhythm. If you rely on a drum or snare coming in, however, forget it. They come in at random intervals and often don’t lead anywhere.

Healing Spells has become sort of a sonic trickster

Read More Continue reading »