Most of you likely know the name Matrixxman, the alias of Bay Area DJ/producer Charles Duff. He’s become a staple in the techno/house realm on the back of no less than 12 EPs released since 2013, including two for Spectral Sound last year. With so much momentum behind him, it seemed like the perfect time to announce Matrixxman’s debut album, a 12-track techno epic called Homesick.
The news appeared today on Resident Advisor, and arrived with a stream of lead single “Augmented”. Duff’s steely techno jam is just a glimpse of Homesick’s fascinations with artificial intelligence and “a true post-corporeal” reality, not mention a Grade A dancefloor heater. Look for the rest of Matrixxman’s debut album to drop on July 10.
It was just before Christmas 2014 when we first unveiled Ghostly Swim 2, the appropriately titled second installment of our compilation series with Adult Swim. And now that collection of zonked ambient textures and punch-drunk house and techno—courtesy of Ghostly friends and artists Shigeto, Heathered Pearls, Lord RAJA, Dauwd, and Patricia, CFCF, Nautiluss, and Anenon, among others—is getting a beautifully packaged CD release on April 28. You can check out the announcement on The FADER, which premiered with a stream of Glacher Lustwerk’s bonus track, “In the Place”.
We’ve also decided to bring artist/designer Jacob Escobedo’s lavish interpretation of the Ghostly logo to a new t-shirt, available in The Ghostly Store. Escobedo had this to say about his illustration: “I think it comes the closest to relaying the feeling and textures of the [Ghostly Swim 2] compilation, solemn with a bit of optimism.”
Between the 1st and 3rd of May, the first annual Further Future festival will gather at a beautiful, secret location in the mountains not far from Las Vegas, Nevada. The line-up is absolutely massive and well-curated, and features a number of Ghostly friends and artists—including Christopher Willits, Dauwd, Beacon, The Sight Below, and Com Truise. You’ll see them alongside the likes of Tim Hecker, Actress, The Orb, Bob Moses, FaltyDL, Frank & Tony, Hundred Waters, Pezzner, Nosaj Thing, Loscil, Martyn, and so many more. Sounds like a pretty fantastic weekend to us.
Coming next week, the second album by Fort Romeau is set to further illuminate the London producer’s vision of patient and pristine house music. Insides will be made available on March 31, but can now be heard in its entirety, courtesy of Hype Machine. Give yourself some time and space to properly experience Fort Romeau’s eight-song excursion through warm electronics and lavish dancefloor energy.
The latest single to appear from Fort Romeau’s impending sophomore album, Insides, is “All I Want”, a steamy house jam that balances vibrant synth moods with big dancefloor energy. Stereogum premiered the piano-laced song, saying, “You might miss some of the yearning on ‘All I Want’ unless it’s so loud that it’s pulsing through your earbuds or (preferably) your surround sound.” So get to properly vibing on Fort Romeau’s new track while you wait for Insides to drop on March 31.
With his second Spectral Sound record on the way next week (March 16, specifically), Bay Area dancefloor maven Matrixxman has shared the four-song StuxNet 12”. His new acid-centric release premiered with XLR8R, featuring the original title track split into two distinctive productions and a couple of steely remixes from techno pros Silent Servant and Hieroglyphic Being. Listen to the latest Matrixxman record on SoundCloud.
Taking the reigns of the latest GhostlyCast is Frankfurt DJ/producer Orson Wells, a favorite of ours from the Innervisions and Live at Robert Johnson crews. The versatile house and techno specialist, born Lennard Poschmann, eschews his usual sound to take us deep into the realm of moody, atmospheric drum & bass—with a few pitstops taken throughout the 54 minutes. It’s an engrossing listen that finds an expressive balance of nostalgic and contemporary music, all of which Orson Wells mixes together with his deft touch.
This year, we’re having an official showcase on Wednesday, March 18th, at Swan Dive in Austin. The lineup features Ghostly showcase veterans (Michna, Beacon, Heathered Pearls) and fresh acts alike (Fort Romeau, Matrixxman, Lord RAJA).
Director/designer Jack Featherstone (Simian Mobile Disco, James Holden, Warp Records) has delivered the first video for Fort Romeau’s upcoming Insides LP, an expressively abstract piece for “Not a Word”. Premiering today on Dazed, the restrained collaboration with Dublin house producer/vocalist New Jackson suits Featherstone’s flickering movements well. As Fort Romeau told the UK publication of his new clip, “It feels analog and mechanical, which really resonates with our approach to the production and mixing of the track.”
Between March 15 and June 21, Tycho will once again hit the road for another extensive tour of the US and Canada. The San Francisco band is taking their immersive live performance to the East Coast, West Coast, and everything in between, eventually meeting up with UK indie rockers Alt-J for a handful of dates. Make sure to see Tycho at this year’s festivals, too—including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Bonnaroo, and Firefly.