Flying Lotus has already released one of the year's best albums, but he's not stopping there. On 20 September, the electronica pioneer releases a new seven-track EP called Pattern+Grid World.
The record comes with a free poster by the artist, Theo Ellsworth. While Cosmogramma introduced a wide sonic palette, according to his label, "Pattern+Grid World pulls the focus back to Steven Ellison (Flying Lotus' real name) and his machines." I haven't heard the whole EP yet so I can't vouch for that, but I have listened to its penultimate track, "Camera Day", which is streaming at warp.net, and I can say that it's a brief but nice synthetic beats workout.
A skittish, Turkish delight
The Turkish singer/musician Ahu (full name Ahu Kelesoglu) graduated from the Red Bull Music Academy in 2005 and got attention for guest vocal appearances with the likes of Flying Lotus (using the name Dolly) and Mr Beatnick. Now she strikes out on her own with a new single. It's a vinyl and digital release, out on 13 September, and available at onehandedmusic.com. Called "To: Love", the song is a downbeat dash of low-key electronica. A skittish beat hops back and forth over lazy synth lines, with a breathy jazz-inflected vocal languidly leading the charge. Listen to it at independent.co.uk/artsblog.
Fans drool over Sufjan's latest epic
Fans of expansive, ambitious indie pop have already been salivating over Sufjan Stevens's brand new EP, All Delighted People. It arrived last Friday on sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com, where you can download the eight track, 60-minute-long EP for around £3.50. A physical release will follow from Asthmatic Kitty Records at a later date. The EP is built around two versions of the title-song, kicking off with an epic, 11-minute take on the track, full of choirs and brass and intricate instrumentation. A normal day at the office, then, for Sufjan.
Fever all through the night
I've been listening again to Fever Ray's freaky/brilliant brand of dark electronica from the 2009 self-titled debut album. It scares the bejeesus out of me and beguiles in equal measure. I'm pleased, then, to see some fresh music emerge from the Swede (aka Karin Dreijer Andersson of the Knife). NME.com premiered a new track by Fever Ray, a suitably creepy cover of Peter Gabriel's "Mercy Street". It's going to be released as a 7", but you can hear it at ind.pn/dgncPG. "It is a monotone track, but we worked with the dynamics trying to make it sparkle," Karin told the NME. Her sparkle might be a touch different from the average Joe's sparkle, but, indeed, sparkle it does.