Maria Minerva and d'Eon just dropped their own versions of "Birds of Paradise" and "Hey Sparrow," adding to Peaking Lights' ever-expanding roster of top notch remixers that includes the likes of DaM-FunK, Main Attrakionz, and Patten, all of whom appear on the forthcoming '936' Remix LP. But if you're craving even more from Madison's best husband-and-wife duo, Peaking Lights are curating additional 936 re-workings by Damu, Sunless '97, Cadenza, and Doldrums available streaming at 936.fm. --Mark Craig, Altered Zones via Gorilla Vs Bear
The UK/Europe release of 936 drops tomorrow on Weird World, the same place you can pick up the limited '936' Remix 12"
While d'Eon's effort from last year, Palinopsia, was overshadowed by stronger Hippos In Tanks' releases, namely Games' That We Can Play and Laurel Halo's King Felix, his most recent, Darkbloom, is definitely a step in the right direction. Yesterday, blue-eyed soul contemporary How To Dress Well dropped his rework of d'Eon's latest single, "Transparency," and put his own silkysexycool spin on it. In HTDW's light mod-- which entails some resequencing and slowing down of d'Eon's production work-- he plays to the strengths of the new age musing and isolates different parts of the original, resulting in a track that's more minimal and digestible. However, even with the novelty of having HTDW's signature croon outside of its usual context, the rework still feels like it came straight out of the How To Dress Well textbook.
Overall though, HTDW does a great job of singling out what works and what doesn't in the song. The real lifesaver here is the exclusion of the original's main flaw, a hilariously annoying outro which features grating electromagnetic interference-- aka that sound computer speakers make when a cell phone is too close-- a sonic motif that's ruthlessly hammered throughout another d'Eon song called "Telepathy." Thank God for remixes. --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones
AZ contributor Gorilla Vs Bear just premiered two videos from the upcoming d’Eon/ Grimes split 12", Darkbloom, out next week from Arbutus Records/Hippos in Tanks. We're glad to see that the Montreal dwellers show no shortage of weird; Grimes' chanteuse chews on clumps of d'Eon's luscious locks in his video, while Grimes' video features another femme smearing blood all over herself. Delicious! --Ric Leichtung, Altered Zones
Montreal producer d'Eon is back with more liquid gold following last year's beautifully enveloping Pallinopsa LP. This sparkling new jam picks up where that record's ultra-smooth, half-dreamt R&B melodies and half-cut 2-step shudder left off, forging an idiosyncratic brand of ultra-modern dance groove, full of wacked-out, G-funk romance and half-time bump-n-grind. You wanna be high for this, but if not, it might just do it for you anyway. --Jack Shankly, Transparent
Hippos in Tanks has been coming hard with a string of releases banging from iPhone playlists round the globe (Games, White Car, Laurel Halo, just to name a couple), but don't let that distract you from seeking out Chris D'eon's, ahum, D'eon project. The Montreal-based electronic composer, whose work falls somewhere between the minimalism of Kompakt bangers and the third-eye'd dance floor jams of his H.I.T peers. While D'eon's last release found him exploring a variety of genres, his latest, Palinopsia, is more "in-the-groove"; it's cohesive and tight, with extended cuts winding in and out of each other, each track still retains its individual identity. It's not a concept record, but the concept of Palinopsia, defined as "a visual disturbance that causes images to persist to some extent even after their corresponding stimulus has left," could not be more present, as shades of rhythms past and present stew in an enticing, often brilliant, cauldron where future philosophies boil to bewonderment. The visual accompaniment for D'eon's "Keep the Faith" comes from FCP-freakazoid Megazord, who, well, you'll see. Just watch.
D'eon's Palinopsia is available via Hippos in Tanks.
Hippos in Tanks is establishing itself as a prime purveyor of new electronic music, with a roster that includes Games, Gatekeeper, Laurel Halo, and shortly, Montreal native D'eon. His latest single from forthcoming freshman album Palinsopia, "Kill a Man With a Joystick In Your Hand", is an East-flavored Sega Genesis groove. Its crisp, metallic synth meanderings and tight drum machine tactics carve out a darker niche in the budding new age-dance genre. (Get Off The Coast co-premiere)
Palinsopia will be released November 16th via Hippos In Tanks