These days it seems so hard to pull your eyes from the grotesque geopolitical clusterfuck unfolding in front of us that you'd be forgiven for momentarily forgetting what we were all put on this planet to do: Dance. Thankfully, a glut of new music has been released in the past week that is as cerebrally stimulating as it is body moving, and these are our picks out of the whole lot...
John Talabot and Axel Boman's collaborative project Talaboman announced their debut LP not too long ago. Both are known for being inventive producers, and the LP, titled The Night Land, is an engrossing journey through dancefloor and dancefloor-adjacent sonics. You can stream the whole thing over at NPR, but "Six Million Ways" and "Loser's Hymn" were our favorites...
Veteran Los Angeles dance band HEALTH have been churning up dancefloors on the West Coast for ages now, weaving in and out of trends, but always bringing a high-energy, raw, grizzly presence with their live sets. Their remix album DISCO3 is out now, and features remixes from The Haxan Cloak and Purity Ring amongst others. They've also released the video for the glitchy-moombah number "Euphoria." It's sick.
Also premiered on NPR, Blanck Mass, the solo project of Benjamin John Power, one half of Fuck Buttons, has a new album titled World Eater. Warning: These tunes are not for the faint of heart.
Blanck Mass' aesthetic is difficult to define, but sounds like you've been zapped through a black hole to the unwelcoming atmosphere of a distant and chaotic planet. There's no one who really sounds like Blanck Mass, but the new album finds Power even dabbling with some pretty melody amongst all the bad vibes
Lastly, Austrian live techno/pop act HVOB have followed up their excellent album Trialog with a curveball. They've paired up with Winston Marshall, the banjo player from Mumford and Sons. Yes, we know, at first, this may sound like a very, very bad thing. But the first track they've put out from the collaborative album, titled Silk and released on their own, brand-new Tragen label, is the track "The Blame Game," and they definitely keep in interesting.
The vocal heavy intro gives way to some dark, twisted, and heavy beats and it works very well and it all comes together to have a very unique and moving effect.