Author Archive: Jordan Rothlein

Roman Flügel, Fatty Folders

More than a paean to long-lost subgenres or a play at shifting the conversation back in a particular direction, Fatty Folders is a celebration of having an inimitable voice.

Agnès presents Cavalier, A Million Horses

Over 80 minutes, Cavalier’s A Million Horses inhabits a warm, vintage, and unabashedly soulful pocket with a fervor few can match. But can it set itself apart from the many other producers doing the same?

Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts, Ubiquitous Gaze

Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts was among the relatively few producers whose take on tropical minimal house was worth following, Ubiquitous Gaze is unlikely to convince listeners that’s still the case.

Martyn, Masks/Viper

On the eve of his next full-length, Martyn isn’t currently innovative so much as he’s articulate. But as Masks/Viper, the album’s teaser 12″, reveals, sharper teeth change surprisingly little about this guy’s bite.

Mount Kimbie, Carbonated

If you were hungry for new Mount Kimbie tracks, Carbonated will sate your appetite, though admittedly you’d probably like nine or ten more bites.

Kassem Mosse, Musical Generics

While Wendel’s remix work has started to sound like Kassem Mosse hunkering down into peggability, this solo outing reveals a producer still very much open to interpretation.

Machinedrum, Room(s)

Room(s), the fruit of Stewart’s new production ethic, proves that music can sound as 2011 as any album put out this year without sounding much like anything else.

LWE Interviews Machinedrum

LWE caught up with Machinedrum in Brooklyn a few weeks before he decamped to Berlin for the summer to better know a veteran we expect is about to get his due in a very big way.

Sigha, HF029

Sigha’s self-titled EP for Hotflush may leave you thirsty for something that distinguishes its tracks as James Shaw’s own and more of the label’s sound signature.

LWE 2Q Reports 2011: Albums

For LWE’s first 2Q Report of 2011, Jordan Rothlein rounds up five full-lengths that stand tall above their peers so far.

AnD, Horizontal Ground 09

Horizontal Ground continues to defy expectations with its ninth edition by AnD.

Deadboy, Here EP

Here EP reminds listeners that, while neither Deadboy nor the Numbers camp is synonymous with the eternally next-level, they’re very much engaged with those who are.

Andy Stott, Passed Me By

Andy Stott’s Passed Me By might be dance music shaved down to within an inch of its life, but it’s an inch far too tantalizing to be left for dead.

LWE Podcast 83: FaltyDL

In advance of FaltyDL’s June 2nd performance at MUTEK 2011, we spoke about his production ethic, his local and national scene, and his favorite spots for sushi. He also compiled LWE’s 83rd podcast, a blistering 42 minutes of music which leaps across styles and tracks like a sonic gymnast.

Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Horizontal Structures

Where Vertical Ascent was made up of four discrete and easily approachable tracks, Horizontal Structures works most effectively as an entire set, one you may find a bit difficult to fully digest.

nsi., Sync

Sync doesn’t feel like the group’s next logical step so much as a blatant restatement of purpose: these are nsi.’s machines, and this is everything they can do.

BNJMN, Plastic World

What’s perhaps most impressive about Plastic World is how confidently BNJMN navigates uncharted sonic territory.

LWE Podcast 78: Tin Man

LWE checked in with Tin Man to find out what we did to deserve this sudden bounty of music, why he won’t be settling into a multi-release deal anytime soon, and what sounds and places inform his inimitable body of work. He also contributed LWE’s 78th podcast, a mix of his own tracks that provides a jaw-dropping preview of his forthcoming material.

Little White Earbuds Interviews Mala

Interviewing Mala felt like a task as heavy as the bass weight that made him famous. LWE spoke with him about the downsides of the Internet, the virtues of not having a codified creative process, and the general aura of greatness that surrounds Moritz von Oswald.